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My New Favorite Snack: Toasted Hemp Seeds

Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I’m really feeling like something special, I’ll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

But for now at least, snack ruts are a thing of the past as I’ve become mildly obsessed with this new discovery: toasted hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds aren’t necessarily new to me. I’ve been buying raw hemp seeds in the refrigerated case at our local co-op and sprinkling them on top of my yogurt. If you’re not familiar with them, hemp seeds come from the same plant that hemp cloth is made from; the seeds are edible and are enjoyed raw or roasted and boast some impressive nutritional benefits (they contain all of the essential amino acids, so they’re a great choice for vegetarians and other folks seeking out more protein in their diets).

While I’d long enjoyed the raw seeds for breakfast, I’d never tried them toasted and salted until quite recently. And I’m sold! They satisfy that ‘need a little something salty’ without the fat of a potato or tortilla chip and pack a nutritional punch: Five tablespoons have 15 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

The best part though? They have this addictive crunchiness and wonderful earthy flavor that makes them like no other snack. I’ve been eating them straight by the handful or using them as a topping for salads or soups —we even used them as part of a breading for grilled chicken the other night.

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Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide.

Just like lunch or dinner ruts, snack ruts can be a pretty real thing around here. Cheese and crackers are a go-to around 4pm and if I’m really feeling like something special, I’ll make homemade popcorn (do you remember this super easy way to make it?). Apples and cheddar are a good, healthy choice and sometimes a handful of granola or a spoonful of peanut butter is all there is time for.

Toasted hemp seeds recipe

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, but lightly toasting them can add some extra crunch and a toasted flavour to the seeds.

Toasted hemp seeds are high in protein, fibre, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. It’s easy to toast your own raw seeds. You can either toast the seeds on the stove or in the oven, and you can toast them on their own or throw them in with vegetables when frying them.

Toasting hemp seeds

To toast the hemp seeds on the stove, you’ll need a heavy skillet and your choice of cooking oil (not hemp oil, heating hemp oil doesn’t have a positive effect on it). Place the heavy skillet onto a burner set to medium-high heat. Toss in about 100 grams of hemp seeds, spreading them out evenly over the skillet. Allow the seeds to cook until you notice they turn darker, which will take two to three minutes. Add in ½ teaspoon of the cooking oil and stir the seeds immediately so that they’re evenly coated. If you want, at this time you can sprinkle the seeds with sea salt for taste. Continue to cook the seeds, stirring regularly, for three to four minutes. Pour the seeds onto a plate or in a bowl to allow them to cool fully.

Toast hemp seeds in the oven

You can toast the hemp seeds in the oven with the help of a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Coat the seeds with cooking oil, sprinkle them with sea salt and then spread the seeds out on a baking sheet. Bake the seeds until they become brown, which will likely take about 15 minutes, and then allow them to cool fully.

Once toasted, the hemp seeds are tasty when eaten as is, but they can be added to other foods. Sprinkle them over your salads, pastas and stir-fry dishes or add them into your sandwiches and wraps for extra crunch. They work great when mixed into bread, muffin, cookie and other baking recipes.

Toasted hemp seeds recipe Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, but lightly toasting them can add some extra crunch and a toasted flavour to the seeds. Toasted hemp seeds are high in protein,