Easter is about to arrive and although the children will inevitably be indulging in their fair share of Easter eggs (courtesy of the Easter Bunny!), I thought it would be great to balance all that sickly chocolate with a healthy treat they will also love. Having looked for some inspiration online, I found the recipe for these fabulous lemon and coconut hemp seed bites courtesy of the veggie nook – a fab blog by vegan Gabby who takes a holistic approach to eating.
They are so easy to make, look appetising and are a brilliant way of getting seeds into your children. They also make a great after dinner treat for the grown ups too!
Recipe for Lemon and Coconut Hemp Seed Bites (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Raw)
Makes 22 bites.
- 3/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup agave/coconut nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- zest of 1 lemon
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup unsweetened desiccated for rolling
Take the first 6 ingredients and combine in a blender or food processor until a dough forms that is fairly smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste. Melt the coconut oil very gently over low heat until just melted. Then while the blender or food processor is running add the coconut oil in and mix until evenly distributed.
Now take spoonfuls out and shape into balls. The dough will feel quite oily but don’t worry, the chilled bites will not be! Put the 1/3 cup coconut flakes on a flat plate and roll each ball in the coconut. Place the finished bites onto a baking sheet covered with grease proof paper and when all are finished put in the freezer for at least 1/2 an hour to firm up. Store in the fridge or freezer.
I have kept mine in the freezer and the good thing is they are still soft to bite into when you take them out. Do not leave at room temperature for too long though as they will lose their firmness.
Benefits of Hemp Seed
Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids (like flax). It also has high amounts of fatty acids and fibre as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals. It has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats at around a three to one ratio. This won’t help correct your omega balance if it’s off, but it gives you the right balance to start with.
Further the protein content of the hemp seed is supposed to be very digestible. Many people noted their personal experience of finding that hemp seed protein did not cause bloating or gas, like some of their whey, or other protein shakes did.
Unlike soy which has super high amounts of phytic acid (that anti-nutrient that prevents us from absorbing minerals), hemp seed doesn’t contain phytic acid. At the very least, this makes hemp seed a step up from soy.
- All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
- A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
- Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
- Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
- A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
- A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
- A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
- The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.
Information sourced from: The Nourishing Gourmet