I share my three favourite vegan hemp hearts recipes including a healthy falafel, power cookies, and hemp hearts no-oats porridge!
Okay so I know the holidays are around the corner, and I’ve been sharing a lot of indulgent desserts and holiday brunches. But in between stuffing my face with monster cookies, I’m trying to balance everything out with really nutritious well-balanced meals. Hemp has become a go-to super plant stable in my home because they’re an easy way to boost the nutrition in literally any meal. But first of all, let’s get one thing straight. This is a totally PG blog post, so no, I’m not talking about illicit drugs.
If you’re not familiar with Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, get ready to meet your new BFF. Hemp hearts are packed with protein, fibre and healthy omega 3 fats so they’re pretty much a vegan, gluten free, low carbers dream. For a three tablespoon serving, you’re looking at a whopping 2.5 grams of omega 3s, 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fats, 3 grams of fibre and 10 grams of protein. They also supply 30% of your daily iron needs, so this is a great vegan way to get your fill without meat or dairy.
How to Make 3 VEGAN Hemp Hearts Recipes
The best part about hemp hearts is that they’re incredibly versatile. I add a handful to my oats or yogurt every day, throw them into any baked goods for a little extra nutrition, and let them stand in for oats or flour in savoury goodies, too. So I wanted to share my three favourite vegan hemp hearts recipes for showcasing this plant based superfood!
Hemp Hearts Power Cookies
Hemp Hearts Baked Falafel
So I fell in love with falafel in Israel and have been making it at home ever since. The recipe itself is so nutritious, and since we bake ours, they’re even healthier. I combine protein-rich chickpeas with hemp hearts, herbs and spices and form them into sweet little patties. I like to serve these hemp hearts baked falafel stuffed into pita with grated veggies, hummus and tzatziki, but you can totally serve them as an appetizer dipped into hummus, too.
Hemp Hearts No-Oat Porridge
I have nothing against oats, but I know a lot of my followers and readers who are on paleo or keto diets try to limit their oats. Friends, this Hemp Hearts No-Oat Porridge is the warm winter breakfast you’re craving!! I mix together hemp hearts with almond flour, coconut, flax, chia and spices to yield a super creamy, naturally sweet porridge. It’s like cream of wheat but packed with more flavour and nutrition! This is one vegan hemp hearts recipe that you’re going to keep in your back pocket for all of these cold winter mornings.
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Hopefully these three vegan hemp hearts recipes will get you started, but if you’re looking for some more inspiration, check out ManitobaHarvest.com!
So what’s your favourite way to use hemp hearts?
How do you want to experiment with hemp hearts in the future?
Which of these three vegan hemp hearts recipes do you want to try first?
Leave me a comment below and happy snacking!
Disclaimer: This post was developed in paid partnership with Manitoba Harvest, however, all opinions are genuine.
Hemp Hearts Power Cookies
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup rolled oats gluten free if needed
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 very ripe banana mashed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup dates minced
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts plus more for topping
- To make a flax egg, combine the flax and the almond milk in a small bowl and let sit in the fridge for an hour.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F and place a silpat on a baking sheet.
- In one bowl, mix together the almond flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
- In another, mix the banana, coconut oil, almond butter, maple, vanilla and flax egg. Mix the dry into the wet until combined, then fold in the dates, almonds and Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts.
- Roll into small 2 tbsp balls and flatten them out on the baking sheet so they’re 1/2 inch tall. Sprinkle generously with more hemp hearts and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
Hemp Hearts Baked Falafel
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- ½ cup parsley leaves
- ½ cup mint leaves
- 1 garlic clove minced
- ½ small onion minced
- 5 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts plus more for sprinkling
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tsp dried coriander
- 1 ½ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Olive oil in oil atomizer
- Preheat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
- In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, parsley, mint and puree until grainy but well broken down.
- Add in the onion, garlic, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, flour, coriander, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and pulse until fairly smooth.
- Roll into 2 tablespoon balls and form into ¼ inch patties. Sprinkle generously with more Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts on both sides, then spritz with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, flipping once half way through.
- Serve in a pita or dipped into hummus.
Hemp Hearts No Oats Porridge
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2/3 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp almond flour
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp flax seed
- 2 tbsp white chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 very ripe banana mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Maple syrup to taste
- Sliced fruit
- Toasted coconut
- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
- Bring the almond milk to a boil in a medium saucepot and add in the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, almond flour, coconut, flax, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and banana. Reduce to a simmer and stir until the porridge is thick. Sweeten with maple syrup, if desired.
- Serve in two bowls and top with sliced fruit, toasted coconut and a generous sprinkle of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts.
Updated on May 12th, 2020
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.
Paul Brown says
Fantastic recipe!!! Did not change anything in recipe. Tastes wonderful!! This is my new go-to chicken recipe! Thanks.
Holly Hooper says
It’s such a complete “brain save” for me. I literally do nothing.The texture ends up being a tad different, but not enough that my family has ever noticed. 🙂 The kids love having it cooked in baggies too because I will keep some in the fridge and it makes them much more apt to cook up something on their own. 🙂
Ashley Jones says
I tried this sauce on turkey meatballs last night and served them to my very picky children and their even pickier cousins. What a HUGE hit! I cannot thank you enough – you’ve added a new staple to their diets …
Kelly Hubbard says
That looks great – I had a spicy dish last night. It has to be done, even during the summer months! Most of all it helps clear the airwaves and definitely makes me feel fresher and happier 😀
Joseph Donahue says
These meatballs look delicious! Love that they only take 30 minutes to be made.
Harold Burton says
I’m a teenager who is absolutly in love with cooking, and I saw this on your youtube channel one day and I decided to make it for my parents. I really like the info you share, it’s really helpful. The reaction of my parents when they tasted the spagetti squash was so amazing. thank you for sharing this kind of info with all of us.
Cookies were delicious and easy to substitute with what you have at hand! Thanks for the great and nutrient dense recipe!
Erin Vasicek says
We tried these as a healthy cookie alternative and were really pleased with how they turned out! I’d you really miss the chocolate I think you could drizzle a little bit of dark chocolate on top but they are good on their own. The only thing we changed was to use margarine instead of coconut oil to minimize saturated fat.
Hey there! Is it 8 grams of protein per (2 cookies)?
Abbey Sharp says
Hi Sonal. If the recipe makes 12 cookies in total, its 8 grams of protein per one cookie. I hope that helps!