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8 Ways to Use Hemp Hearts in Your Diet

Hemp hearts are quickly becoming one of the most popular plant-based sources of protein on the market, and rightfully so. Many individuals are interested in adding hemp to their diet, but they have questions about how to do so. One of the most common questions people ask is “how do I use hemp hearts in my diet?”.

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Incorporating Hemp Hearts Into Your Diet

Hemp hearts are a wonderful addition to your pantry and can be added to almost any concoction you can imagine, there are really are no rules. Have fun and know that you are getting more protein and nutrition in an easy way, while also improving the taste and texture of your recipes!

1. Hemp Hearts and Special Diets

Hemp hearts are a great substitute for wheat in recipes that call for breadcrumbs, bread, or granola due to the fact, unlike wheat-based foods hemp is gluten-free. Dietary hemp is great for gluten-free diets. For vegans and vegetarians, hemp seeds are a fantastic source of protein, and they can also enhance keto and paleo diets.

2. There Are No Rules

The first rule of the hemp hearts club is there are no rules. Experiment to your heart’s content, anything you can imagine is fair game. If you want to add seeds to your cereal, go for it. Experimenting with cuisine is an age-old love for many, with hemp seeds your palette is wide open, have FUN making savory or sweet recipes.

3. Sprinkle and Garnish with Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts make for a great garnishment or sprinkle. Things you eat every day can be enhanced by simply sprinkling a teaspoon or two of hemp seeds into your dish. Try adding to omelets, yogurts, popcorn, nachos, dips, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes, mix with rice, chicken recipes, fish, salads, and anything you can think of.

Sprinkling is an easy and effective way to add nutritional value to a dish or snack that normally offers little to no nutrition. Another great upside with hemp hearts is that they help fill you up. They are great for weight loss, reducing the amount you eat while improving your nutrition.

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4. Hemp Hearts Breading, Crusts, Glazes, and Marinades

Hemp hearts make for a great breading substitute. Hemp seeds would be a bit too hard, whereas hulled seeds have just the right density and texture for breading.


Hemp hearts as a crunchy coating (breading) for chicken and a variety of fish. Hemp heart-based breading is high in nutrients, as well as a gluten-free substitute for marinades and bread-based coatings. This is fantastic for people on a gluten-free diet. If you are not on a gluten-free diet you can create a balance that suits you, for example, fifty percent panko and fifty percent hemp hearts.


Hulled hemp seeds also make for great crustings on dishes such as salmon or cod, again it’s all about balance and seeds are a sure way to add diversity to your recipes that called for crusting.


Hemp hearts can also be added to marinades and glazes, adding nutrition, as well as texture, and some flavorful pop to your usual marinades and glazes.

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5. Add Hemp Seeds and Hearts to Baked Goods and Desserts

Healthier desserts are great for the whole family, and hemp hearts can help. Adding them to your baked goods and desserts is also a great way for kids to indulge in both dessert and nutrition.


Hemp hearts can be added to recipes for fruit-based pie fillings, brownies, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, breads, dessert toppings, and more.


You don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in desserts and baked goods anymore.

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6. Hemp Hearts and Smoothies

Everybody loves smoothies, luckily adding hemp hearts to your smoothies is the easiest way to start incorporating dietary hemp into your diet.

Adding hemp hearts to your favorite smoothies is a great approach, it’s also helpful if you are trying to lose weight. Most smoothies contain healthy greens, fruits, and different milk substitutes, adding hemp hearts levels up the nutritional value of any smoothie recipe with a simple teaspoon or two in the blender.

Many individuals avoid dairy milk in their smoothies, alternatives such as almond milk are common. Did you know you can also make hemp-based milk?

Be sure to check out our Hemp Smoothie Recipes.

7. Soups, Gravies, and Salad Dressings

Hemp hearts can be added to a variety of salad dressings, sauces, gravy, and even pesto recipes. Again your imagination is the only limitation to what you can create using hulled seeds. They have just the right texture to be added to your New England or Manhattan clam chowder or even your vegetable soup. They also complement pasta sauces very well and are a great addition to both creamy and oil-based salad dressings.

Also, be sure to check out our Hemp Pesto recipes.

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8. Hemp Hearts for Breakfasts

Hemp hearts for breakfast? Not a problem, hulled hemp seeds make a great compliment to many breakfast dishes. Start your day off with a supercharged breakfast.


Hulled hemp seeds can be added to pancake and waffle batters, or even added as a topping. Oatmeal, porridges, and grits are also great recipes to enhance with hemp hearts and also hemp-based milk.


The versatility of hemp hearts means they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Related: Keto -Friendly Hemp Heart Oatmeal

Conclusion - Adding Hemp Hearts to Your Diet

Adding hemp hearts to your diet is easy, hopefully, this article helped provide clarity and also reduced the intimidation levels for cooking with hemp hearts. As you can see there are a variety of ways to incorporate hemp hearts into your diet, the only limits being your imagination. Hemp hearts can be used in savory and sweet dishes and promotes the high nutritional value we should all strive for but perhaps do not have time for or can not afford.

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