Bring donuts to work and suddenly your co-workers will like you a little more.
Bring hemp oil pudding to work, and what do you get? A little confusion…but at least they're snacking healthy.
I could talk about the healthiness of hemp all day long, but I never thought I’d be making a dessert with it. It’s truly the best of both worlds; delicious cacao and all the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds. The reason I was shocked by how sweet hemp oil pudding tastes is that, generally, hemp products have a very distinct taste to them.
What do hemp seeds taste like?
Have you tried hemp seeds? Speaking from embarrassing experience, get the shelled version for when you’re on the go, otherwise, you’ll have teeny brown shells plastered to your teeth.
If you have tried hemp seeds before, then you know what I’m talking about. They taste great, similar to sunflower seeds or more like an almond butter if you have the shelled version. They have this rich, nutty flavor that’s great in protein shakes, but you probably don’t think of dessert when nibbling on them.
You'll have a new appreciation after following this recipe.
How healthy are hemp seeds?
You can add shelled hemp seeds to just about any food to add drastic nutritional value. The first thing I like to show people interested in hemp foods is the supplement facts on the back of a bag of hemp seeds. The protein, omega-3, omega-6, vitamin, and mineral count blows all unsuspecting guests away.
Just look at the image on the left.
To list just a few, this little grab bag has the following quantities in every 5 Tablespoons:
- 18g fat
- 15g dietary fiber
- 13g protein
- 50% magnesium
- 6% calcium
- 35% iron
- 20% zinc
Now, let’s look at the ingredient list: organic hemp seed and sea salt. There’s just something so fulfilling about knowing you’re eating actual food, not something manufactured to…let’s face it, resemble food.
The nutritional perks of hemp seeds come right from the hemp plant, nothing artificially added.
That’s great, now how do I make hemp pudding?
Okay, let’s get virtual cooking!
This is what you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup of pitted dates
- ½ cup of water
- 2/3 cup of ice
- 1 cup of hemp seeds (we recommend shelled seeds)
- 1/8 cup of cacao powder
- A pinch of vanilla bean powder
- Optionally, you can add some berries of your choice to throw on top when you’re done.
Here’s how to do it:
- Add dates, water, and ice into a blender
- Blend until you have a paste
- Add the hemp seeds, cacao powder, and vanilla bean powder
- Blend until it looks creamy
- Eat it (oh, and add some berries on top if you so choose)
If you try this recipe, let us know what you think!
Personally, when I’m feeling sick the only thing I can tolerate is soft foods like yogurt and…mashed potatoes. I’ve been fortunate enough that my immune system has been on it’s A-game this past year, but I think this recipe will be great when sick (and stubborn with food) to get some much-needed nutrition.