Disclaimer: I was given Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to review and give away as a #sweatpink ambassador with FitApproach. As always, all opinions are my own!
I was excited to be chosen to review Manitoba Harvests’s Hemp Hearts as I was already familiar with the product.
I often put Hemp Hearts in my blast. With 10 grams of protein per 30 grams, Hemp Hearts help me feel full. I have a NutriBullet blast everyday for a morning snack and an afternoon snack.
Now and then, I throw Hemp Hearts in my salad. I like the nutty flavor.
Hemp is a super plant. It has 10 grams of omegas and 181 grams of magnesium per 30 gram serving. It’s a vegetarian protein. It’s Non-GMO, raw and vegan-friendly. All good stuff and easy to incorporate into your smoothies, salads and other dishes!
I decided to try something new since I have been eating Hemp Hearts in my blasts regularly but nothing more than that. I explored the Manitoba Harvest website and found great recipes. I wanted something I could have as a mid-day snack or a little energy bite for the times when I’m stressed at work.
I chose the Superseed Energy Balls since I had some of the ingredients at home already.
This recipe appealed to me since it called for cacao nibs and I had been wondering what to do with the cacao nibs my sister just brought back for me from a recent trip to Panama. Yay!
- 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup Hemp Hearts
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut plus extra for rolling the balls in
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
I measured all of the ingredients. I was excited about trying coconut oil since I’ve seen it at the store but hadn’t tried it.
I put all of the ingredients into a bowl.
The hardest part was mixing since I didn’t have a big food processor. I tried different tools to mix the ingredients in the bowl but ended up mixing the ingredients in small batches in a small food processor.
I got it to mix pretty well. The recipe says to add more dates if the dough isn’t sticky enough but I thought the consistency was good.
I kept mixing until the dough looked mixed enough and then used a spoon to scoop a tablespoon of the mixture. I formed the mixture into a ball.
I rolled the ball in the unsweetened shredded coconut.
Tada! I placed them in the fridge to harden a bit.
I didn’t try them until the next day. I thought they would be perfect after my running group’s longest trail run before our big race. (Read about my longest trail run here!)
My friends loved them! I told them to be honest and they were! They liked the taste and texture. I wondered if they were too “seedy” since the recipe has chia, flax and the hemp hearts. My friends didn’t think it was too “seedy” and really liked it.
Thumbs up for the Superseed Energy Balls! Some girls even wanted some to take home!
Since I had plenty of energy balls, I had some for mid-day pick me ups during a rough work week or as an after dinner dessert bite! The energy balls are perfect since they’re sweet but have all good things in them so they satisfied my sweet tooth. I always need that during October when the month is crazy at work and I am always stressed out. I also am preparing for my first 50k race and don’t want to eat junk. The Superseed Energy Ball is great for cravings and just a little something sweet when you need it.
Giveaway! Hemp Hearts contest runs from November 2, 2015 to November 6, 2015 at 12:00 am, PST. One lucky reader will win a 2 oz. bag of Hemp Hearts! Follow @manitobaharvest on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+. Comment below with which recipe you’d like to try! Check out the recipes here!
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