Hemp seed. I picked it up for a recipe I wanted to try and discovered it’s a useful little seed. It is typically imported from Canada because the USA wouldn’t allow farmers to grow it. It has exceptionally miniscule levels of a marijuana-like substance. About like poppy seeds and opium probably. Once I found out how much we liked it, I tried to talk my farmer dad into growing hemp instead of soybeans and corn, since the USA has recently legalized its growth. No go for the farm boy who was drafted in the flowery era to head off to Vietnam.
These bars are a twist-off from some bars that a beautiful neighbor brought us. The original was called “Dr. Oz Energy Bars” and used oats. Here is my family’s version.
2 cups of hemp seed
1 cup of peanut butter
6 T honey or maple syrup
2/3 cup chopped dried fruit (we like dates, raisins, cranberries, and cherries)
2 t vanilla
1/4 cup of chocolate chips (or sunflower seeds instead)
Mix all ingredients together well. Press into an 8″X8″ pan. Refrigerate for two or more hours. Cut into bars. Best served chilled to hold their shape best.
I also have found that hemp makes a great “cereal” when mixed with fresh fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a “milk.” My kids like to do this. It also works well for me to make cobbler topping, kind of like you would do for an oatmeal topping. I was really excited to discover that use! Hemp seed has a chewy, nutty type of flavor. Unlike other nuts and seeds, you’re not supposed to soak it. The bad news about hemp is that it’s awful darn expensive.
Have you tried hemp seed in your home? Do you think my dad should grow hemp or corn and soybeans? Is your diet going the way you want? Can you tell a difference when it does?
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Food imaging done by my girls.
Have a super weekend!