Monday, September 20, 2010

An Experiment - Make Your Own Hemp Seed Butter

I still had lots of hemp seed powder left over from my last science experiment, so I decided to try another one. This time, I wanted to see if I could make hemp seed butter, similar to the sunflower seed butters you might purchase at the health food store.

To make the hemp powder, I used the seed grinder that I usually use to make flax seed powder (for flax seed eggs). My approach was very simple– combining hemp seed powder with oil.

I really like hemp for it’s high protein content, and it’s nutty taste made it perfect to try as a substitute for peanut butter, so I was really excited to try this project. And I was thrilled that it worked!

I ended up with a butter that could easily be spread on your favorite allergen-free bread, or used with crackers or veggies for a snack. Celery sticks with hemp seed butter are really good!

If you want to try it yourself, here’s the recipe:

Hemp Seed Butter

Combine one tablespoon of oil with four tablespoons of hemp seed powder. Add a pinch of salt. Let the mixture sit until the seed powder absorbs the oil (about an hour). Mix in ¼ teaspoon of honey. Refrigerate.

I used walnut oil because it has a nice mild nutty taste, and we don’t have tree nut allergies in my house, but canola oil would also work well. The longer you refrigerate, the creamier the mixture will become. This recipe will make about ¼ cup of butter. Double or quadruple the recipe for a larger batch.

Try it and let me know what you think!

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