For anyone looking for a healthier addition to their diet, adding more hemp seeds is a great choice. What better way to do that than to make your own homemade hemp seed butter?
Not only will it be fresh and delicious, it will also be free of any excess ingredients that bog down the healthy benefits of the hemp seeds. You can use this butter as a substitute for most cooking and baking recipes. It also makes for a great snack all on its own.
Plus, making your own butter is actually really easy!
Here are five simple recipes to add to your repertoire that will please your palate.
Basic Hemp Seed Butter
This recipe may be simple but it's everything you could ever want in a butter.
- 1 1/2 pounds of hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of refined oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Extra sweetener to taste (optional)
- Take out your blender and pour in all of your hemp seeds.
- Add the salt.
- Begin blending. It can take several minutes depending on the strength of your blender.
- Keep going and the seeds will begin to release their oils and form a smooth butter.
- Add in the refined oil a little bit at a time to help the butter blend together. A little bit can go a long way.
- After you've got a consistency you like, taste the butter.
- Stir in your chosen sweetener until you're happy with the flavor.
Hemp Seed Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a much-loved nut butter. Known for its great taste and high amounts of protein, we'll be using peanut butter in this next recipe to really amp things up.
Hemp seeds are also high in protein, which makes them a healthy choice to pair with peanuts. This butter will be the perfect companion for anyone working on their muscles.
- 1 1/2 cups of organic peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of refined oil
- Scoop out your peanut butter into a glass bowl. In short bursts of 15 seconds, microwave your peanut butter. Give it a good stir between intervals.
- Once your peanut butter is nice and liquidy, stir in your hemp seeds and oil with a fork.
- With your warmed up peanut butter, it should be easy to mix the three ingredients together.
- Store the mixed butter in a sealed container (such as a jar) and keep it in the fridge.
Chocolate Hemp Seed Butter
This recipe is almost like making your own kind of Nutella, except with healthy hemp seeds instead. It makes for a guilt-free nutritious dessert or a pick-me-up snack that's easy to customize.
- 1 cup of hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk (such as coconut, almond, or cashew)
- 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey (maple syrup is a great substitute)
- Using your handy blender, pour all of your ingredients in and begin to blend.
- Keep blending until the ingredients form a smooth butter.
- Taste to see if the flavors are to your liking. Feel free to add in more sweetener or cocoa powder for a powerful chocolate finish.
Cinnamon Hemp Seed Butter
Cinnamon is a magical ingredient, able to transform anything into a tasty experience. When added to hemp seeds, it's almost too good to be true. Spread this butter on apples or raisin bread for the perfect bite.
- 1/2 cup of hemp seed butter
- 2 teaspoons of honey (maple syrup works well here too)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt (optional)
- Pour all of the ingredients into a bowl and begin stirring with a wide spoon.
- Keep going until all of the ingredients are mixed well with each other.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
Maple Hemp Seed Butter
The addition of maple and dates in this butter give it a sweet flavor without overdoing it. It doesn't get much better than having this on a warm slice of toast to start your morning off on a good note.
- 1 cup of hemp seeds
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of refined oil
- 2 pitted dates, soft and ripe
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of maple syrup (dark syrup can give a richer flavor)
- Pour all of your ingredients into your blender. Start up the blender on high speed until it begins to form a thick butter.
- For an even smoother texture, add a bit more oil. If you prefer it chunkier, stop the blending a minute or two before that smooth texture is achieved.
A Few Helpful Tips
If you're new to the world of homemade seed butter, there are a few things you can keep in mind that will make the entire process easier.
If you want to save time, make your different kinds of butter all in one go. This way, you can have all of the ingredients handy as you make them and you'll only need to clean up once.
To make clean-up even easier, fill your blender with about 3 to 5 cups of clean water and run it for one minute. This will help bring up any excess butter stuck in the nooks and crannies of the blender.
Most seed and nut butter recipes can be interchanged with each other. You might end up with a different consistency, but the recipes are easy to adapt no matter what seed or nut you want to use.
Take the time to both soak and then dry your seeds before making them into butter. This will help break down the outer casing of the seeds and brings the nutrients to the front. It also makes the seeds taste great, which will be carried over into the butter itself.
Incorporate Hemp Seed Butter into Your Daily Routine
Your days of manufactured butter are gone. No longer will you worry about what kind of excess chemicals or processes went into the food you eat.
By making your own butter, you'll know exactly how it was made all while reaping the rewards of hemp's healthy benefits. More people should add hemp to their lifestyle, and with this butter on hand, you'll be ahead of the curve.
Don't have time to make your own, then check out our Hemp Seed Butter