Hemp Seed Mayo
Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Hemp hearts are the shelled seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. These little but powerful seeds are considered a "perfect protein" due to the fact that they contain all 20 amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. This means that they also contain all of of the 9 essential amino acids. These compounds are known as "essential" because our body cannot produce them and therefore they must be consumed from food. Hemp hearts contain an optimum 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. They also contains high amounts of GLA, considered the "good" omega 6, which, similarly to Omega 3 fatty acids, seems to have an anti-inflammatory action in the body.
I feel like I should clarify that even though hemp and marijuana come from the same species, Cannabis sativa, they are different plants. You can think of them as two different strains which are produced for different purposes. While marijuana is produced for it's big buds containing high levels of THC, hemp plants are mostly produced for their fiber and seeds. In case you are wondering, yes, trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, are found in hemp hearts. However these levels are very low and not enough get anyone high.
Hemp seeds are one of my favourite foods. Besides being highly nutritious, they are also very easy to use. I add them to salads, smoothies, desserts, soups, etc. Since learning about the recipe bellow I have to say that this has become my preferred way of consuming these energy powerhouses. Here is what you will need to make this irresistible hemp seed mayo:
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts - 1 tbsp oil (I used avocado) - juice from one lime (about 1+1/2 tbsp) - 1 tsp onion powder or about 1 tbsp of red onions chopped in small pieces - 1/2 tsp of sea salt - 3 to 4 tbsp water
- optional: powdered cayenne to taste Blend all ingredients together for about 60 seconds. I used a Nutribullet to do this, which worked really well. An immersion blender may also do the job. If you are using either a Magic bullet or Nutribullet it is useful to start by adding the liquid ingredients first. This way when you flip the container to blend the ingredients will flow down to the blade much more easily. This recipe does thicken a bit more after refrigerated. It keeps well in the fridge for a week or more. Pictured above with an oatmeal flour crepe. I like adding some thinly sliced avocado and tomatoes for an incredibly tasty breakfast. Enjoy!
Pro tip: keep your hemp hearts in the fridge to preserve the delicate Omega 3 fatty acids it contains.