Hemp hearts are one of my favourite foods. Not only are they grown in Manitoba, but they are wicked awesome for you and very versatile. I purchase my Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts in the 800g bag from Costco and I store them in the fridge to keep them fresh for longer. They also have a high fat content so keeping them in the fridge helps them from going rancid too quickly.
Here are some of my favourite stats on these babies:High in protein. 10g per 30g serving, whaaaat!? Great omega-6 to omega-3 ratio and high ALA content Solid amounts of iron, manganese, magnesium, and folate.
With all of these awesome things in mind, here are a few of my favourite ways to use hemp hearts.
Throw them on anything.
I toss these guys on top of all kinds of oatmeal, including steel cut oats and overnight oats, and on top of salads for an added nutrient bonus.
My most recent concoction was about 2/3 of a cup of steel cut oats warmed up in the microwave, or freshly made, topped with 1tbsp hemp hearts, 1/2tsp chia seeds, 1tsp pepitas, 1tsp sunflower seeds, sliced banana, and a handful of raspberries.
Throw them in anything.
Because of their mild flavour, you can add hemp hearts to almost anything without them being detected, but you still get their awesome nutrient punch. I love adding them to chilli (a couple tablespoons) and smoothies (small handful). I would imagine you could also add them to soups but I’m not sure if they would float or not!
Cook and Bake with them.
Hemp seeds are an awesome nutrient dense + versatile ingredient to have in your kitchen and they definitely have a solid home in mine! If you haven’t tried them out yet I encourage you to, I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!
Have you used hemp hearts before? What are your favourite ways to use hemp hearts?