Monday, August 20, 2012

Hemp Heart Oatmeal
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

When nuts are not on the menu, do you have to give up that nutty, crunchy, healthy goodness altogether?

Of course not.  As I keep saying, even when there are foods (sometimes lots) you can't eat, there are always way more that you can.

Case in point ... Hemp Hearts.  I just bought a bag of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest at Whole Foods yesterday.  I've been wanting to try them, and when I found out that Manitoba Harvest has a facility that is free from dairy, soy, nuts and gluten, I felt comfortable giving these little lovelies a try.

They are so good.  We tried them right from the bag, and they were pretty good.  I would definitely sprinkle some on salad.  What I really enjoyed, though, was toasting them up in a dry frying pan for a minute or two.  They achieved a lovely, nutty flavor.  I can't wait to cook with them.

I also am going to whip up some of Ricki Heller's Hippie Dippy Hemp Milk, because like Ricki, I don't care for boxed hemp milk, but think that fresh could be wonderful.  

For my first foray, I added some toasted hemp hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds) to oatmeal for a power breakfast.  (Of course, I added blueberries since they're still delectable at the farmer's market, though diced apples would also be delicious!)

Hemp Heart Oatmeal - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen

Hemp Heart Oatmeal
Makes 2 generous or 4 smaller servings

2 cups water
1 3/4 cups rolled oats (gluten-free, if necessary)
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup blueberries
drizzle of maple syrup
non-dairy milk beverage to taste

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
Add oats, reduce heat and simmer 3-5 minutes or until oatmeal is desired consistency.
While water is coming to a boil, heat hemp hearts in a dry skillet over a medium flame for a minute or two to lightly toast.
Top cooked oatmeal with toasted hemp hearts and blueberries.
Drizzle a little maple syrup and add non-dairy milk to taste.

How do you like your hemp? 

Happy Cooking!

My new book, Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.

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  1. So glad you like them! I LOVE hemp hearts!! I use them pretty much anywhere I'd use nuts. And I agree--they taste great! :D

  2. Wow, I've never even heard of hemp hearts. I'll look for them!

  3. Kathryn,
    If you can't find them in a store by you, they have them online. They are so good!

  4. Never tried hemp hearts. I'll have to give them a try. I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  5. Your pictures are always SO pretty :) This looks so yummy ! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Next Friday one lucky blogger will be randomly selected to win a case of Planet Rice! Its yummy! Its gluten free, sprouted and grown in the US. You can link up to 3 entries! The more you link up the better you chances to win! (entries from US only) Cindy from