Disclaimer: I was provided with a bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
Some of my favorite “healthy” living things are things are things that I discovered by happenstance. Brussel sprouts, flax seeds, sunbutter and, hemp!
Hemp isn’t brand new to me and it (hopefully) isn’t brand new to you either. Hemp can be found in clothing, rope, paper, oil, resin, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, and paint. Hemp is also super delicious. But hemp can get a bad rap.
Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa. No, hemp is not the same as marijuana. Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will our products cause a false positive drug test.
And more importantly, hemp is delicious!
Manitoba Harvest sent me a bag of their hemp hearts.
Hemp hearts have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut. They are super easy to incorporate into your meals: simply sprinkle hemp hearts on salad, cereal & yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat them straight from the package! Hemp hearts are also nutritious! Hemp hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas, which is more than the same serving of chia or flax!
It was my niece’s 15th birthday and she doesn’t exactly to have the healthiest diet. So I wanted to incorporate the hemp hearts with her favorite thing ever: red velvet.
Soooo that is how red-velvet black bean hemp brownies were born!
- 1 can of 15 oz low sodium black beans (plus 1 can of water)
- 1/3 cup hemp hearts (reserve 2 tbsp for sprinkling on top)
- 1 package of your favorite brownie mix, 19.5 oz
- 2 tbsp of organic red food coloring (not pictured, buy here)
- 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Pre-heat oven according to brownie package directions. Open the can of beans, drain and rinse. Fill the same can (now empty from the beans) with water. Put beans with water and hemp hearts (remember to reserve 2 tbsp!) in your food processor or blender until smooth. Mix pureed beans-hemp heart mix with brownie package mix. Add food coloring. Re-blend until color is evenly distributed. Grease baking dish with cooking spray. Pour batter into the pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and the 2 tbsp of hemp hearts. Cook brownies according to package directions. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy!
Manitoba Harvest is giving you the chance to try Hemp Hearts on your own! Enter below – GOOD LUCK!!