Sunday, April 28, 2013

Raw Hemp Brownies


I was delighted a few weeks ago when Manitoba Harvest sent me an package of their delicious hemp hearts to try and share with my readers!  [Instructions on how to enter to win are at the bottom of this post]


For as long as I can remember, hemp hearts have always been a staple in my pantry. They make a great addition to any dish and pack an whopping 10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons!  Since I don't eat a ton of meat in my diet, and hate the taste of protein powder, hemp has always been a easy way for me to get the extra protein my body needs.  For breakfast I often have a slice of toast with peanut butter and hemp seeds with a glass of milk.  I also love sprinkling hemp on yogurt, oatmeal, or salads, and even into baked goods.


I've been wanting to make a raw vegan brownie for awhile now and these brownies do not disappoint! Not only do they taste great, but they are also great for you. If you're a chocolate lover like me, these are the perfect snack when you are craving something sweet and don't want the added sugar. 

I had one before my morning walk today and they gave me a ton of energy!  I can see these being a new energy bar staple in my bag from now on! 


To win your very own 8 oz bag of hemp seeds from Manitoba Harvest, simply comment on the post below and tell me what you would use your package of hemp seeds for!  Contest ends May 4th, 2013.  Open to Canada and US residents only. 

Ingredients
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 2 cups unsalted cashews
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp water
- pinch of of sea salt 
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts (reserve 2 tbsp for topping) 

Directions

Combine everything but the hemp hearts in a medium food processor and pulse until smooth.  

Fold in hemp seeds and press into an 8" x 8"pan.  

Sprinkle with reserved hemp seeds and place in fridge until firm.

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27 comments:

  1. I'd use them for a breAkfast addition. I don't eat healthy enough breakfasts.

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    1. I hear you! I have a hard time eating in the mornings but I try something small like fruit or yogurt. Hemp hearts certainly help boost a smaller meal!

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  2. I just bought hemp for the first time and am trying to figure out how to use it. I'm thinking smoothies--or something like this! I love larabars and so this looks right up my alley!

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    1. Funny you should mention that! Stay tuned for next week's Larabar giveaway! ;)

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  3. I'd use it for homemade parfaits c: maybe mix in some of my blueberry flax seeds! Or use it in my fruit tarts, I think it'd taste delicious!

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  4. Yumm! We use hemp hearts for lots of dishes, but our favorite is on salads, especially greek salads! :)

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    1. They are a great addition to salads for sure! In fact, the first time I ever had them was in a salad.

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  5. My kiddos LOVE homemade muffins. To make them a little healthier I use Vega One - vegan protein powder as well as whole wheat flour. I think the hemp hearts would be awesome to try out too. I've never even seen that before. Thanks!

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    1. Homemade muffins are awesome! :)

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    2. Bec C you are the winner!!! Please send me an email at cookingwithjax@gmail.com with your full name and address to claim your prize! Congratulations!! :)

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    3. Just emailed you. THANK YOU!

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  6. I would add them to my morning shake.

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  7. Add them to waffle batter, or in place of granola in your yougurt or make some hemp seed muffins!

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  8. I Love to mix organic hulled hemp seeds, organic almonds with melted organic chocolate and make Chocolate Hemp Seed Bark. Its a big favorite among the kids in our neighborhood. Great blog post Jax!

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    1. Thank you! :) Your bark sounds delicious, I will most certainly be trying it!

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  9. Hemp hearts make their way into most of our meals. At breakfast I whip up a hemp, greek yogurt, spinach, berry and juice smoothie to start the day right for my kids. We sprinkle it on oatmeal! For a filling lunch; we add it to our salad- no need for dressing; just add a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and its to die for! At dinner, the options are limitless!! We drizzle olive oil on top of salmon; sprinkle with hemp hearts, fresh cilantro and seasonings and grill!! We put it in our lentil/tomato stew for a super high fibre, high protein supper! Can't wait to try the brownies!

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  10. I use the product in my organic walnuts covered in 100% cocoa - lots of special herbs and spices plus hemp. Super Food to the max :) I'm a private chef for the well do so my clients are very picky and very much into health. I get rave reviews from movie stars to soccer moms with your products. I tell everyone about hemp! PICK ME TO WIN

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  11. I would add them to my Okara-Veggie Burgers; also sprinkle on stir-fried veggies, as a replacement for/or with sesame seeds. And of course I'd have to make your Brownies recipe to sample it, too!

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