There are many health benefits reported by people who eat hemp hearts including weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease of injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural sugar control.
You can add hemp hearts to salads, pasta dishes, cereal, or yogurt. You can blend them into smoothies and soups or put them into cookies, muffins or pancakes. You can bread things with them or just eat them plain out of the package. And if you have a picky eater in the house, such as my David was, you can mix them into cottage cheese or peanut butter, or any other favorite food, to increase nutrition. Basically, the sky is the limit. Here are some ideas to get you started.
I have wanted to make gluten free crackers for the longest time. A year ago, my mother gave me her copy of Organic Gardening magazine, which had a recipe for Flaxseed and Herb crackers. I have modified the recipe and added hemp hearts.
These are the most scrumptious crackers ever and you would never know they are gluten free. Plus they are SUPER nutritious!
Flaxseed and Hemp Heart Crackers
(Modified from Organic Gardening Flaxseed and Herb Crackers)
½ cup golden flaxseed
½ cup hot water
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced rosemary
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon fine sea salt (original recipe called for 1 teaspoon, but I think it is too salty)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup garbanzo bean flour
½ cup hemp hearts
¼ cup ground almonds or almond meal ( The original recipe called for ½ cup ground almonds and no hemp hearts)
1.Preheat oven to 350°. Cut 2 pieces of unbleached parchment paper to fit neatly into an 18-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
Using a pastry wheel or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2 inch squares.
(Seen here with hummus dip.)