Hemp protein powder is one of the cleanest, most wholesome sources of plant based protein that you can use in your recipes.  Made from raw hemp seed cake,  which is the product left over after cold pressing for hemp seed oil.  Hemp seed cake retains all of the essential amino acids and approximately 10% omega fatty acids, plus an array of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, iron and zinc, all of which are needed for optimal health.   Hemp protein is very versatile in the kitchen, you can add to smoothies and baking.   Of course hemp protein is one of  the best grain-free protein powders you can use in your daily diet . Check out all the ways this economical, delicious, and healthful protein powder can be used in your plant-based kitchen and try out some of the recipe ideas below to see which ones you enjoy the most.

1. Brownies
Hemp is one of the best additions to flour you can use in a recipe because it will bulk up the dish due to the fiber hemp contains. Hemp is also a dense protein and has a really rich, nutty flavor. Though hemp seeds taste deliciously nutty and the protein powder has a similar flavor that can easily be blended with other ingredients for a delicious dessert such as brownies.  All you’ll need to do is add to your regular flour in your brownie recipe and cocoa powder (use equal amounts of both). Use whatever other ingredients you normally use in your brownies, such as your choice of sweetener and egg.

You can also make raw brownies with hemp protein powder instead of cooked brownies, following the same idea. It’s very easy to do with only three or four ingredients. Blend hemp protein with some dried fruit, such as soaked dates or figs, some coconut or nut butter of your choice, cocoa or cacao powder, and a little vanilla extract. Shape into brownies, freeze for 10 minutes and remove to serve for a delicious, raw dessert! For more brownie recipes, check out our amazing brownie recipe list and try using hemp in your next batch!

2. Grain-Free Cereal
One our favorite things to do with hemp protein powder is to eat it for breakfast in a grain-free cereal recipe.  All you need to do is stir one scoop of hemp protein powder (about 3 tablespoons) with a little coconut flour (which is high in protein and fiber, and adds a thickening power), some sweetener of your choosing, non-dairy milk, and any spices you like such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, etc. You can also add chia and flax for more omega 3’s if you like. Stir to make a thick, pudding-like cereal and enjoy the filling benefits of this amazing breakfast!

3. Muffins
There’s just nothing that says breakfast the way a delicious, homemade muffin does. Those sugary muffins you buy at the store may taste good but they’re just going to send your blood sugar crashing later, and possibly leave you more hungry. Opt for a protein-rich option instead. Bake your own muffins using hemp protein powder and some coconut, oats, or almond flour to replace the refined white or wheat flour called for in a recipe. The healthy fats from hemp, coconut, and almond will help keep you fuller much longer. Just be sure to add a little baking soda to your muffins (about a teaspoon) so they’ll be sure to rise nice and pretty like regular muffins.

4. Raw Energy Bites
Hemp seeds are a common ingredient in raw energy bites, and hemp protein is also another great choice, yet with one extra benefit, it’s a better binder than plain hemp seeds are themselves due to the flour-like consistency of hemp protein powder. You can easily mix it with some milk or water, some sweetener of your choice, a little almond or cashew butter, some raw coconut shreds, perhaps some cacao, and whatever spices you enjoy. Then, just stir it all up, roll into small bite-sized balls with your hands and there you go- easy protein-filled energy bites without the need for dried fruit as a binder (though you can use that if you like.) You could also use hemp protein powder in place of hemp seeds in these Raw Hemp Chia Bars if you like.

5. Protein Porridge
This is a bit different than the grain-free cereal mentioned above, though both will make an awesome breakfast. You can mix hemp protein in with your normal grains (such as oats or seed-like grains such as millet or quinoa), or you can opt for a grain-free porridge instead. Warm a half cup of almond milk (or whatever other milk you enjoy) on the stove on medium heat, just until it’s warm to the touch. Then pour into your favorite cereal bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of coconut flour, 3 tablespoons of hemp protein powder, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and some shredded coconut. Keep stirring until you get a thick porridge consistency and top with your favorite fruit or some sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This makes a delightful warm, grain-free porridge in the winter. You can also use oats if you’re an oatmeal lover, as it will turn out just as nice. Using coconut flour in your oatmeal, along with hemp protein, is also one of the best ways to make it super thick and creamy!

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