Hemp seeds are such a great additional extra to any recipe. Full of essential omega-3, numerous minerals and 9 essential amino acids – they are the perfect plant-based bonus to your diet.
As a fan of the Hemp + Honey line, I had been waiting for an opportunity to try a recipe that was recently up on the company’s blog, and when I found out that Evelin, a twitter-friend (@evelinruns) was coming to visit Oahu, well – perfect! The recipe is for Energy Bites – ideal snack food – and since we were planning a hike, the bites would be just the treat.
The original recipe on the Hemp + Honey blog was written by Lauren Blake (see HERE) and consists of a few simple ingredients:
- 10 dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- In a food processor combine dates, oats, almonds, and pistachios. Pulse until uniform sized pieces are created but be careful not to over-process.
- Add peanut butter and honey to the mixture and and pulse until combined.
- Add hemp seeds and dried cranberries and pulse a few more times until well combined. The mixture should start to stick together and pull from the sides some.
- Form into desired sized bites (balls) – makes roughly 20.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Roll in hemp seeds and/or shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional).
To add a little twist to the recipe I switched out the almonds and pistachios for macadamia nuts – and also split the mixture in two before adding the honey and peanut butter, adding 2 table spoons of taro flour to one batch. The two resulting forms of ‘bites’ were both based around the same key ingredients but the taro added extra fibre and a different form of carbohydrate.
Both varities of the Energy Bites went down a treat, and the recipe made a big enough batch that I was able to take them on 2 hiking trips. Not only did Evelin and I dig into the bites at the end of our Lanikai Pillboxes hike (check out Evelin’s blog post about her trip to Oahu HERE) but so did visiting cousins Matt & Sarah, on a hike to Maunawili Falls.
This recipe was easy and I was really impressed by the taste and resulting bite-mixture – plus it is plant-based and so perfect for everyone following a vegan diet. Try it out on an up and coming hike or just pack in your bag – they make awesome, quick yet delicious snacks.
To read more about the future, and significance of hemp go to: Why Hemp?
And check back in for more recipes soon!