Sunday, 14 December 2014
Chocolate - hemp sweetmeats
Hemp is one of Natures most nourishing gifts and, as as you know, hemp nuggets are one of the rewards for pledging for 'Living Food' along with fabulous recipes to inspire you to use them every day.
Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L a tall vigorous plant that, at maturity,often reaches a height of over four metres. It has the ability to grow below the soil nearly as fast as it grows above with a tap-root that can be over one metre long enabling the plant to draw nutrients from deep in the soil.
Cannabis sativa L contains practically no tetrahydrocannabinol, the property that gives marijuana - a different strain of cannabis - its potent effect.
Hemp has many uses and has been used in a variety of ways for centuries including medicine, clothing, rope, paper, canvas and food, its Latin name means 'useful plant'
Hemp seeds contains over 30% oil, about 25% protein and plenty of minerals and vitamins.
Hemp-seed oil is over 80% in polyunsaturated fatty acids and is an exceptionally rich source of the two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (W6) and alpha-linolenic acid (W3). The W6 to W3 ratio in hemp seed oil is normally between 2:1 and 3:1 which is considered to be optimal for human health. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids . No other single plant source provides complete protein nutrition in such an easily digestible form and has the oils essential to life in a perfect ratio for human health and vitality.
The health benefits of consuming hemp are legendary. Hemp seeds can help strengthen the immune system, ease arthritis, improve brain health, reduce high blood pressure, improve skin conditions like eczema and are a good addition to the diet to help control diabetes and obesity. Hemp seeds are easy to digest making them a good choice for people with gut and bowel problems.
Hemp seeds can be used in so many ways here is a favourite sweetmeat
The aduki beans work surprisingly well with dates and chocolate but I have also made these sweetmeats using pea beans which were a gift from Caroline Cranbrook they tasted rather good. Also thought I might try Hodmeddods kabuki marrowfat peas
Chocolate – hemp sweetmeats.
75g soft pitted dates
150g cooked aduki beans
35g raw chocolate melted
1 dessert-spoon raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon raw honey
75g shelled hemp + extra for coating
1/2 teaspoon salt flakes
In a food processor pulse the walnuts until roughly chopped. Add the dates and pulse for 20 seconds. Add the aduki beans, melted chocolate, honey and vanilla essence and blend until smooth. Pulse in the hemp. Roll a teaspoon at a time into a ball. Mix the hemp and salt flakes together and roll the balls in this mixture to coat well. Pop in the fridge to firm up. They will keep for 3 days covered in the fridge.