chocolate hemp seeds

Chocolate Hemp Seed Snack Bar

These are your new go-to homemade snack bar, developed for us by Tajda Ferko (@myveganminimalist). Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and agave nectar and packed with a variety of seeds and nuts, these are rich in both flavour and nutrition. High in fibre, protein and omega-3, share with your mates, kids or grandma and they won’t stop asking for more. Top off with an optional chocolate layer to add a touch of indulgence (only optional if you’re a crazy person.) This recipe makes 16 bars, how every many servings that is can be up to you. Keep in an airtight container for up to four days.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Melt the butter, vanilla extract, sugar, maple syrup and agave nectar in a small pan on low to medium heat.

Once fully melted and combined, pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients (except dark chocolate, coconut oil and salt flakes which will be used to create the optional chocolate layer on top.) Stir well, making sure the dry ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

Line a 9-inch square tin with baking paper and transfer your mixture to the tin, ensuring it’s evenly spread throughout. Use a flat spatula to firmly press down the mixture into the corners of the tin.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown around the edges. Whilst you wait for the bars to cool, prepare your chocolate layer.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave or using a bain marie until fully melted (careful not to burn!) Then, pour the melted chocolate on top of the bars, using a flat spatula again to ensure the chocolate is spread evenly.

Place into the fridge for 2 hours, and once set, cut into desired shapes and top off with salt flakes. Voila!

Healthy snacks are necessary for a balanced & healthy lifestyle! Try Good Hemp's chocolate hemp seed snack bar recipe & change your snack game today!

Good Food

Can hemp seeds get you high?

Elissa McCallum
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Hemp seed sales are on the rise. The seeds taste delicious, are highly nutritious yet come with a whiff of illegality.

Two stockists contacted by Fairfax Media were too nervous to be named in this article.

”I’ve heard of recent crackdowns on retailers,” said one.

Hemp seeds are readily available in shops, but trade occurs on a ”don’t ask, don’t tell” basis. It is illegal to sell them for human consumption. They can be sold as ingredients for a facial scrub, for example, but a shopkeeper can’t sell them to a customer who divulges an intention to sprinkle them on cornflakes. This is despite no evidence that you can get high on hemp seeds or hemp-seed oil.

”Drink as much hemp-seed oil as you like. It’s not going to happen,” says one retailer who is often asked about its powers.

”Hemp contains no or very low levels of THC, the chemical associated with the psychoactive properties of marijuana,” according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand. The authority says hemp seeds do, however, contain protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. FSANZ considers hemp to have THC levels sufficiently low to make it safe for consumption.

A ministerial review about the legality of hemp seed, taking into account the FSANZ position, was due to conclude last week, but is now expected to go on until later this year. The last review was in 2002, when health ministers rejected a bid to legalise food derived from hemp, saying it could send a confused message to consumers and could affect drug-testing results.

”We have to position them at a certain place in the store,” explains one retailer. ”That’s why they’re with the cleaning products, rather than with the rest of our superfoods.”

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Hemp seed stockist Francesca Boch urges change. ”If there’s a debate, there will be a bombardment. People want to make up their own minds. Eighteen months ago, I sold one packet every three to four weeks. Now I’m selling 10 packets a week.

”We could get into trouble if we sell it as food, so we are very diplomatic about how we term it.”

Out of earshot of customers, a staff member launches into an enthusiastic description of her hemp-seed protein balls. The nutty-flavoured seeds can be sprinkled on salads, and hemp-seed milk (a blend of seeds and water) can be added to smoothies.

Recipe: Raw hemp-seed chocolate fudge balls

1 cup hulled hemp seeds

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

dash of vanilla extract (organic and cold extracted, if possible)

1/4 cup extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, melted

6 medjool dates, pitted

1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and whiz until smooth.

2. Roll the mix into balls.

3. Roll them in your choice of coating, such as cocoa powder or desiccated coconut, and set them in the fridge until firm.

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