With winter nearly at its peak, I have been loving warm oats! If I don’t have warm weather to wake up to, at least I have some delicious protein-packed porridge full of healthy fats and omega’s - all thanks to Vasse Valley’s Hemp Hearts. You could even add in some Vasse Valley Protein Powder for that extra protein kick!
- Try this nourishing porridge recipe with hemp hearts as the main source of omegas and healthy plant-based protein. It's one of my favourite dairy free recipes and the perfect way to kick start your day!
Read on to find out more about why this porridge recipe is so nourishing or jump straight down to the recipes itself.
We need to see more recipes with hemp hearts!
If you're not familiar with hemp hearts, they are the soft, white, inner core of the hemp seed. Hemp seed comes from the low THC variety of Cannabis sativa. Don't worry, it won't get you high and is perfectly safe to eat. If you have any concerns check out this blog - Is hemp seed safe to eat? 3 myths busted!
Hemp hearts are still so new to the Australian pantry, that they don't often feature in recipes and many people aren't quite sure how to use them. But trust me, we need to see more recipes with hemp hearts! Why? They are so darn healthy!
Hemp hearts contain every essential amino acid our body needs to function. They are also rich in essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9. Did you know that every cell in our body contains lipids (fatty acids)? This means they are absolutely vital for our body to function properly, so make sure you are eating the right fats for optimum health.
Buy Australian hemp hearts
Please be careful in selecting your hemp hearts as many are imported. Read the back of the packet
(look for the bar chart next to the kangaroo icon) and make sure you are purchasing 100% Australian hemp hearts to ensure you are supporting the Australian hemp industry. They will be a little more expensive, but at least you know those extra few dollars are staying in Australia and supporting Australian farmers.
A dairy free porridge recipe
Your traditional porridge recipe uses milk, however dairy free recipes are becoming more and more popular because, for many people, their tolerance to dairy seems to be decreasing. For 70% of us, our bodies are genetically programmed to reduce our tolerance to lactose with age.
Whilst milk is still a great source of nutrients, if you can't tolerate it like you used to, there are now plenty of plant-based alternatives available. In this recipe I use almond milk. But you could also use hemp milk!
My name is Emma and I am an Aussie health and fitness fanatic! My health journey first began back in 2016 where I was dealing with some gut issues. To combat this, I decided to fix my diet and adopt a healthier way of living.
Being passionate about healthy eating, I started my Instagram page @nourishbyemma
in 2017 to share my recipes and food. Little did I know I would be doing the same thing 3 years down the track!
Hemp Protein Porridge Recipe
A recipe by Emma Wilks – @nourishbyemma_
1/2 cup / 50g Oats
1 1/3 cups / 333mL Almond Milk
2 tbsp / 40g Vasse Valley Hemp Hearts
1 tbsp / 21g Honey or Vegan alternative
*Optional - 1 tbsp Vasse Valley Hemp Protein
A handful of Frozen Berries
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
3 Pecan Halves
- Place almond milk in a saucepan over medium/high heat and allow to simmer
- Once simmering add in the oats and hemp seeds and lower heat.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes (depending on desired consistency- longer cooking time = thicker porridge). Stir regularly, especially in the last 5 minutes of cooking. Add in the honey.
- Transfer into a bowl, add toppings and serve.
If you're in a hurry, use quick oats instead of rolled oats!
You're body will thank you for this nourishing breakfast. Please share it with your friends.