Vegan-friendly Truffles and Hemp Seeds!
Undoubtedly, the questions I get asked the most about being vegan is… ”Where do you get your protein?”
We’ve been brainwashed to think that the only valuable protein source is meat: chicken, beef, fish, pork, etc. While it is true that these items have protein, they also have lots of artery-clogging animal fat. Yuck.
I get PLENTY of protein from vegetables, fruit (!), legumes, grains, tofu, nuts, and seeds. And the proteins found in those plant foods are better for your health than the animal protein.
In the summer of 2013, my husband and son ventured out on their third 100-mile, 12-day backpacking trip at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. This trip was different for my husband because it was his first time going as a vegan. The food they received at the ranch consisted of dehydrated meals (most with meat and dairy), processed cheese and crackers, and good ol’ beef jerky.
Protein was a huge concern, as well as calorie intake. Hiking 8-10 miles a day, carrying a heavy backpack, requires more protein than a regular day. We found a solution to this potential problem: hemp seeds. Oatmeal was available for breakfast, so sprinkling hemp seeds on top of that each morning was an easy and practical way to obtain extra protein and calories. And…bonus: they tasted great!
Hemp seeds taste a little like pine nuts or sesame seeds. Just 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 12 grams of protein and 20% of daily iron requirements. They are high in essential fatty acids, zinc, and magnesium.
I love to sprinkle these nutritional little hearts on oatmeal, salad, and my soy yogurt. And now I’ve found a new way to use them: truffles!
The ingredients are all natural and sugar-free…so they’re healthy, right?! YES!
After my truffle ‘dough’ chilled, a rolled them in a variety of toppings: coconut flakes, chopped peanuts, cacao nibs, cacao powder, and hemp hearts.
These tasty little truffles curbed my sugar cravings and were a sweet treat! Even my non-vegan friends loved them.
The hemp seeds I used here are from Manitoba Harvest. This hemp-dedicated facility grows their seeds in Canada. They are raw, vegan, and Non-GMO (yay!).
If you make my Truffles and Hemp Seeds Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
Truffles Ingredients 1 cup unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter TOPPINGS: Try out our Truffles and Hemp Seeds Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Truffles and Hemp Seeds Recipe
1 cup date paste (make with dates and water in food processor)
½ cup raw cacao powder
¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
raw cacao nibs
raw cacao powder
1 cup unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter
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