While hemp and its many derivatives may once have only been utilized by the savviest health and wellness folk a few decades ago, times are a’changing.
Hemp, it would seem, has become the leading health adage to everyone’s health routines. And its uses range from medicine to skin care, and even through to baking with hemp protein powder.
So, how has hemp become the go-to health product of this era? Well, it may have something to do with new legislation that re-edified hemp as an agricultural commodity. This meant that hemp – with less than 0.3% THC– would have the same growing, producing, manufacturing and selling laws as any other fruit or vegetable.
So how do you get the goodness of hemp into your diet and benefit from all its wondrous health properties?
First, let’s take a look into why you should be including hemp protein powder into your diet before we dive into hemp protein powder recipes for the tastiest treats.
- What is hemp?
- What is hemp protein?
- Hemp’s health benefits
- Baking with Hemp Protein Powder
What is Hemp?
Hemp is one of the oldest agricultural crops on the planet. Due to its easy cultivation, growing and its massive yields, it has served humankind in more ways than imaginable. From paper to textiles, cord to medicine and a nutrient-rich food source, hemp is thought to have had as many as 25,000 diverse uses in its history beside humans.
After World War 1, however, hemp was heavily regulated and prohibited for its THC content. This meant growing, producing and utilizing this sustainable natural resource was off the cards.
It wasn’t until late last year, when the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp with less than 0.3% THC in it (all other plants with more than this amount would be defined as cannabis or marijuana) an agricultural commodity, which made it almost as accessible as your average garden tomato – though with a few more growing, manufacturing and selling regulations.
What differs hemp from many other plants is that it has one of the broadest ranges of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids in the plant kingdom.
How Hemp Protein can Improve Health
One of hemp’s quality traits is its protein content. Whether you just want to feel fuller for longer or want to add more plant-based food into your diet, adding hemp protein to your next recipe is a move in the right direction.
Hemp seeds are made up of approximately 10g of protein in every tablespoon (approximately 30g). It is made by grinding up pressed hemp seeds into a powder and is about as protein-rich as animal sources such as lamb and beef. Of course there are other plant sources of protein such as lentils, nuts, and soy, however, these don’t hold a flame to hemp. Why? Because hemp is a complete protein.
Why is this important? Well, there are about 20 amino acids which the body uses to make proteins. Of these, there are 9 that cannot be made by the body. These 9 essential amino acids must be included in the foods you eat every day.
These are called essential amino acids, and they include:
The other 11 are nonessential amino acids, meaning the body makes these itself, and so is not necessarily integral to include in your diet. There is one more group of amino acids known as conditional. This group is made up of amino acids which are needed during times of stress or illness. They are made up mostly of non-essential amino acids.
Because hemp seeds contain all essential and non-essential amino acids, it is known as a complete protein. This provides your body with all the protein it needs for optimal nutrition.
The Amazing Health Benefits of Hemp
While the protein that hemp contains is quite impressive, hemp has an incredible range of other beneficial properties for your health.
Hemp seeds, specifically, contain the optimal 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), which is seen as the optimal ratio for human health. EFAs have an important role to play in improving certain health conditions like:
- Mental health
- Eye health
- Brain health
- Heart disease
- Symptoms of ADHD
- Auto-immune diseases
- Alzheimer's and more
So, how can you include all this goodness easily and simply into your diet? Let’s look at the best baking with hemp protein powder recipe below.
How to Include Hemp Protein Powder in your Diet
Baking with hemp protein powder is as simple as adding it to your favorite protein-packed recipe in place of other proteins. Below is an easy baking with hemp protein powder recipe that will not only fill you up but provide quality nutrition to get you through the day. It is vegan-friendly, with no refined carbohydrates or sugars.
Baking with Hemp Protein Powder
Healthy Walnut, Oat & Hemp Banana Bread Recipe
What you’ll need:
- Mixing Bowl
- Loaf pan
- 4 super ripe bananas
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup light spelt flour
- ⅓ cup Endoca Hemp Protein Powder
- ¼ cup Maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup crushed walnuts
- ¼ cup unhulled hemp seeds
- ½ cup berries of your choice (optional)
- A handful of coconut chips
- Preheat oven to 350F or 175C
- In a large bowl, peel and mash bananas until basically smooth (or as lumpy as you like for chunky banana bites).
- Whisk in coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until combined (you may need to heat coconut oil if it is hard, before whisking).
- Next, using a sifter, sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Using a spatula, mix the wet and dry ingredients together until well combined.
- Fold in the hemp seeds, berries, and crushed walnuts until evenly distributed and set batter aside.
- Grease your loaf pan with coconut oil, and slowly pour in the batter. Smooth out the top with a spatula and add additional hemp seeds and coconut chips.
- Cover the mixture with foil and take foil cover off after 45 minutes.
- Bake an extra 15 - 25 min or until coconut chips turn golden.
- Using a toothpick or spaghetti stick, check the cake. It is ready when the stick comes out of the center clean.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).