Hemp Seed Energy Balls

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One of the sponsors of #Choctoberfest was Just Hemp Foods. They sent us all some goodies to try for the event, but unfortunately they got hung up in customs and didn't arrive until the week the event was happening.

Not wanting to leave any of the awesome sponsors out, it was decided we'd have another week to share a recipe using their product. First I think I have a bit of explaining to do since when these arrived Tom looked at the package and said "pot seeds?" (This is also the same guy who asked me if I was going to grow a chia pet when I brought home chia seeds...)

So let's start there. Hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant, but they are not the same thing. Just like a domestic short hair and a himalayan are both breeds of cats, they are the same. So, no, hemp seeds or hemp oil or anything of the sort that it made for consumption is not going to get you high. Nor does it contain any traceable levels of THC to show up in a drug test. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move onto the cool goodies received.

* I also received a box each of the toasted salted hemp seeds 
and hulled hemp seeds and just forgot to photograph them. 

Hemp Seed Oil - like all hemp seed products the oil is high in omega fatty acids and proteins. It should be kept refrigerated or in a cool, dark place. It's not an oil you want to fry with, it's better to use cold, drizzled over salads, pastas, vegetables, etc. Should you want to put it in your hair, it adds great shine and elasticity. 

Hemp Protein Powder - hemp seeds manage to contain all 21 of the known amino acids. Two tablespoons of hemp protein powder contains up to 15 grams of protein, which is quite the wallop. It's also a safe plant source typically farmed without pesticides and herbicides. Alone, the powder may taste bitter so most choose to add it in with fruit to smoothies. 

Hulled Hemp Seeds - also known as "hemp hearts" this just means that the hemp seed has been hulled from its outer shell. Hulled seeds are easier to eat and digest because the shell is very fibrous. You can hemp seeds to salads, pastas, oatmeal, cereal, into parfaits, etc. 

Toasted Salted Hemp Seeds - These hemp seeds are still in their fibrous shell which some people may find hard to eat. Just like the hulled variety, you can enjoy them in various ways. 

There are some websites that say that eating hemp seeds will increase energy and digestion while reducing cravings and hunger, therefore reducing weight.

Now that you know what they are and what you can do with them, lets move onto the recipe, yeah?



Hemp Seed Energy Balls
Source: The Honour System
Servings: 16
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Ingredients:
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
    • 1/4 cup Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds 
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • pinch of salt
Directions:
1. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir until combined.
2. Wet hands and form the mixture into 16 golf-ball sized balls.
3. Place them on a plate or baking sheet and freeze for 10-20 minutes to set them.

Hemp Seed Energy balls can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.



Oh! I can't believe I forgot to mention that while you can typically pick up hemp seeds at all natural grocery stores, the Just Hemp Foods brand is available on Amazon where typically everything is cheaper so I suggest getting them from there.


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