Recipes with hemp seed

In the healthy, contemporary and organic kitchen, it is becoming increasingly popular to cook with hemp seed.

For many years the Sensi Seeds café in Amsterdam (just over the bridge from the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum) served the Sensi Shake, a delicious and nutritious concoction of fresh fruit and hempseed made from a secret recipe. The café eventually became a Sensi Seed shop and, as drinks are no longer served, the recipe can now be shared! 

Sensi Shake (serves two)

You will need:

- A blender
- 2 tall glasses
- Desiccated coconut
- Almond sugar syrup 
- 1 large banana, peeled
- 2 kiwi fruit, peeled 
- 8 to10 strawberries
- 6 oranges, juiced (about 400ml / 1 ½ cups)
- Honey (optional)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 5 to 6 teaspoons of hulled hempseed
- Ice cubes

Pour a little of the almond sugar syrup and the desiccated coconut into separate saucers. Dip the rims of the tall glasses first into the syrup and then into the coconut, so that the coconut coats the rim of the glass. Set them to one side.

Cut the fruit into chunks and place in the blender. Add the orange juice, hemp seeds, cinnamon, and honey. Blend until smooth. Slowly add the ice and blend again until the desired consistency is reached. More ice will give a thicker shake.

The Sensi Shake should be served immediately; if shakes are made in advance, the ice should not be added. Cover and chill the blended fruit mixture and use it within 24 hours, adding the ice and blending again just before serving.

Quick and Easy Hempseed Hummus 

Hummus is a great snack food and is popular at parties, picnics and when relaxing with some munchies. This version is simple to make and tasty as well as very healthy - the hempseed provides essential fatty acids and protein, the chickpeas are high in fibre as well as iron and other essential minerals, and the tahini provides calcium.

To make about four cups of hummus, you will need:

- A food processor
- 2-3 cups canned chickpeas, thoroughly rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 1 fresh lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1 clove fresh garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup shelled hempseed
- 2-3 sprigs fresh parsley, minced (optional)
- Salt and pepper 
- Olive oil or water 

Place all the ingredients except for the parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper into the food processor. Blend until smooth, slowly adding just enough olive oil or water to create a creamy texture. Olive oil will give a richer, heavier hummus with a more full-bodied flavor; water gives a lighter, low fat result. Add salt and pepper and blend again, continuing until the seasonings are to your taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the fresh parsley. Serve with tortilla chips, crudités, or crackers. Hempseed hummus is also delicious on toast! 

Hempseed Banana Bread

This tasty, super easy cake impresses everyone and only takes about 10 minutes to mix up. The hard part is waiting for it to cool down when it comes out of the oven! 

For one cake, you will need:

- 4 ripe bananas
- 1 cup of raw brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 egg
- 1½ cups self raising flour
- ¾ cup of hulled whole or ground hempseed
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
- Optional: ½ cup of one of the following: raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, chopped nuts.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Put the bananas into a large mixing bowl and mash them thoroughly with a fork. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin and bake for about an hour, until the top is golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

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