Can’t believe it’s not nuts! How to Make Hemp Seed Butter
Today is the day you try something new. It could be making one of these hemp seed butter recipes but it could also be striking up a conversation with a stranger about cats, going to lunch alone, or hitting up a Beyonce dance class. The decision is up to you – we can help with hemp seed butter and cheer you on from the sidelines for the rest.
If you’ve chosen hemp seed butter, good choice. While we would enjoy watching you break it down to 7/11 as much as your friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/mum/dad/colleague [delete as appropriate], we’re also pretty into hemp seeds. These are the base of your butter, and when we say they’re a small but mighty seed, we mean it. Packed full of Omega-3s, plant-based protein (with all 20 amino acids) and super high in dietary fibre, they’re some of the most powerful seeds around.
So, how do you make hemp seed butter? If you’ve ever made a nut butter before – peanut, almonds, cashew – you know how easy they are. Hemp seed butter is no different. It’s a simple case of toasting some hemp seeds, getting a blender and chucking them in with any other ingredients you choose. There’s nothing like smugly placing your own homemade hemp seed butter on the table at brunch while knowing it took you roughly 5 minutes to make.
The best part? It’s nutty delicious without the nuts. So everyone’s welcome to the table (and more praise for you). These recipes are totally nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. For the savoury variety, we add hemp oil – perfect spread over crackers, added to salad dressings or dunked with veg. For the sweet hemp butters, drizzle over warm porridge, spread on baked goods or simple drizzle over seasonal fruits. If you’re up for baking, try any variety with this hemp and chickpea bread by Romy London.
1. Hemp Seed Butter Original
This is your basic hemp seed butter. The grandma of the hemp seed butters, without whom none of the cacao, cinnamon, pumpkin seed butters spin-offs would be possible. We love to make this as a quick mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Spread on some rye crackers or dunk in some fresh veg. It works great in salad dressings too.
How to make: Toast 1 cup of Good Hemp Seed Hearts on the hob for 5 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for 20 minutes then blend with 2tbsp of Good Hemp Extra Virgin Oil and 1 tbsp salt (to taste)
2. Pumpkin & Hemp Seed Butter
We found out about this butter from our old friend Natural Nourishment (otherwise known as Phoebe Liebling) who makes pumpkin seed butter for her morning porridge. We love this spread on rye bread with some smooth sun dried tomatoes or crunchy radishes.
How to make: Toast 1 cup of Good Hemp Seed Hearts on the hob for 5 minutes until golden brown and leave to cool for 20 minutes. Roast 1 ½ cup of pumpkin seeds in the oven until golden brown. Put in blender with 1tsp Good Hemp Extra Virgin or Original Oil
3. Sunflower and Hemp Seed Butter
You’re starting to get the picture right? Pick your favourite seeds and make some hemp butter. This is an omega party with all the gang – that’s chia, flax and hemp – plus a B complex baby (that’s sunflower seeds). How to eat it? You guessed it – crackers, veg, spread on toast, or in your sandwiches. Mix with some extra hemp oil and vinegar for a tasty dressing.
How to make: Toast ½ cup of Good Hemp Seed Hearts on the hob for 5 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for 20 minutes then blend with 1 cup of roasted sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp flax seeds, Good Hemp Extra Virgin or Original Oil (add as necessary)
4. Chocolate hemp seed butter
Ok so you’ve had enough of the healthy stuff. Well we don’t care, we’re going to give you more healthy stuff. This is however a sweet hemp seed butter using hemp milk (instead of oil) with some cacao powder and maple syrup. Dip with fruit, drizzle over porridge or spread on some waffles. Remember that homemade mason jar.
How to make: Toast 1 cup of Good Hemp Seed Hearts on the hob for 5 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for 20 minutes then blend with ¼ cup Good Hemp Seed Milk, 1 ½ tbsp cacao powder, 1 ½ tbsp maple syrup (or to taste), coconut oil (optional)
5. Cinnamon hemp seed butter
One for those winter nights in front of the fire (or radiator) with your hemp milk hot chocolate, this cinnamon hemp seed butter is toasty and warm. Spread over some warm bread, baked goods (like a dairy-free banana bread) or stir into your morning bowl of oats.
How to make: Toast 1 cup of Good Hemp Seed Hearts on the hob for 5 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for 20 minutes then blend with 2 tbsp cacao powder, 2tbsp agave or honey, 1 ½ tbsp cinnamon, salt (to taste).