Hemp seeds are one of my favorite sources of energy. They are full of fatty acids, dietary fiber and a great source of plant based protein. In fact its one of the few plant based protein sources that contains the 9 essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own.
Hemp is also a fantastic source of vitamin E, phytosterols, carotenes, lecithin and cholorphyl.
Despite being a close relative to the marijuana plant, hemp hearts (and all hemp food products for that matter) they have no psychoactive effects.
They are beneficial for the environment too!
On average hemp plants pull around 20 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere per hectare, as well as promote soil remediation, absorb toxins and help to replenish the earth.
Why would you not want to use this amazing super plant?
I usually add hemp to my smoothies, but this time I wanted to try something new. These balls are seed cycling friendly too. Bonus for those who love seed cycling as much as I do!
Read more on seed cycling from a previous post here https://chefdot.com/2019/09/15/seed-cycling-2/
Hemp seed balls
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Seed Cycling Phase 1
2 tsp hemp seed protein powder
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp unsweetened designated coconut plus extra for rolling (optional)
5 Tbsp almonds slightly roasted (grounded)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Slightly toast the almonds in some coconut oil in a pan or in the oven before grounding them. It makes a huge difference in the flavour.
Add the toasted almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp protein powder to a blender. Once well combined, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
Roll the mixture into small balls. You can roll the balls in designated coconut for garnish if you want too.
Pop in the fridge or enjoy immediately.
Dot you later!