A lot of people who hear about hemp seeds being consumed end up rather confused. Hemp is most commonly used as a durable “cloth” material, but we hear very little about the nutritional benefits of its seeds. Luckily, Navitas Naturals has been marketing this product because it is a good source of antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega fatty acids. These seeds have a nutty flavor to them, so they do well in recipes with a flavor profile that matches. Maybe you don’t have a certain recipe in mind, but are interested in trying these delicious and nutritious seeds. This is where we come in!
Protein Date Ball Bites with Almonds, Walnuts, Hemp, Chia, and Sesame Seeds
- ½ c. walnuts
- ½ c. almonds
- 1 c. pitted dates
- ¼ c. sesame seeds
- ¼ c. chia seeds
- ¼ c. hemp seeds
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- a little less than ½ tbsp. clove
- a couple pinches of sea salt (depends on how much you like)
Combine walnuts and almonds in a food processor until they are of a fine consistency. Remove these and place them in a bowl while you use the food processor on the pitted dates. Once the dates are to the consistency you prefer, combine the seeds and nuts, as well as the vanilla extract, cinnamon, clove, and sea salt. Place this combination in the food processor with the dates that are already there, and make sure you evenly disperse it. The processing takes a bit and may seem like it’s not working at first. If needed, add more dates to get the right consistency where the mixture clumps up and is able to be rolled into balls. Once you roll them, store them in the freezer to keep them for as long as possible. You can then grab a few at a time and let them thaw out when you’re in the mood for a nutritious snack. Ta-da!