Hemp Hearts: A Super Food Review!

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I get a chance to review fun products. This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest and I received a sample free of charge to facilitate my honest review. The post may also contain affiliate links.
They sent me a 56g  bag of Hemp Hearts to sample and review, and will give another to a reader from Canada or the U.S. who enters my giveaway contest.

Simply comment on this post to win a bag! 

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So what are these little guys that claim to be so super? Well, hemp hearts are derived from seeds from the Cannabis plant. Besides making weed and health food supplements, hemp is also refined into hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, and fuel. Why should I eat this stuff in the first place? According to the package, 30 grams of hemp hearts has 10 grams of protein. That’s kind of a lot. Nonetheless, if I’m just sprinkling this stuff into my yogurt, hemp isn’t exactly an abundant protein source. What hemp does have are substantive amounts of minerals, namely phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Also notable are low saturated fat content, high proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, lack of cholesterol and sodium, and high dietary fiber.
How do you eat them? Well, they have slightly nutty taste so they’re good on their own. But you can also use them on salads, in yogurt, over pancakes, waffles or even in smoothies! Manitoba Harvest has a ton of different ways to use hemp hearts in every day foods and recipes.
image2I decided to try mine out in their hemp tahini bars that I found on the site. They were super easy to make and were a hit with everyone that taste tested them! Here’s the recipe for you:

Hemp Tahini Bars

Ingredients

  • 12 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup tahiniimage1
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1 pinch of fine sea salt
  • 100 g bar of dark chocolate (70% or higher)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

In a medium bowl, mash the dates with a fork. If your dates are too dry you can soak them in hot water for around 15 minutes. If they still won’t mash easily, you can blend them in a blender with a tiny bit of water.

Next, add the tahini, almond butter and coconut oil and mix until it is well combined. Then add in the chia seeds, macadamia nuts and Hemp Hearts and mix until it forms a soft dough.

Press the dough into a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan. Put the pan in the freezer to let the bars set. Next, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in either a double boiler or a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water.

Once the chocolate is melted, remove the bars from the freezer and pour the chocolate over the top making sure it is spread out evenly. Put the bars back in the freezer for at least 15 minutes or until the chocolate is set.

To serve, cut the bars into squares (of whichever size you like) and let them thaw for around 5 minutes. Store the bars in an airtight container in the freezer until you’re ready to eat.

Yield: 12 to 16 bars

Don’t forget to leave a comment to win your own bag of Hemp Hearts! 

If you are a Sweat Pink Ambassador who is also involved in this campaign you are not eligible to win but you may help promote by tweeting the following:

#hemphearts #hemplove @ManitobaHarvest Win some from @ChristineMince and #SweatPink @FitApproach https://christinemince.com/2015/11/02/hemp-hearts-a-super-food-review/

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One thought on “Hemp Hearts: A Super Food Review!

  1. alphaprep November 2, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    You had me at dark chocolate. Ooh but this really looks delicious! I’m a big fan of their hemp protein powder – have to get some of the hearts!

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