With the legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp foods market has grown steadily and will have a market value of about $7.08 billion by 2027.
While the thought of eating hemp foods may seem strange at first, once you figure out its nutritious value, you’ll start adding hemp to every food recipe, including muesli – to make hemp muesli.
But what is hemp muesli? How is it made and eaten? And what are its benefits? If you’re asking these questions, this hemp muesli guide will answer them in detail.
What is Hemp Muesli?
Hemp muesli is made mainly from all-natural ingredients including roasted hemp seeds, rolled oats, and pumpkin seeds. This snack is quite versatile. If you don’t like the main ingredients, you can always substitute them with others, including:
- Seeds: hemp seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds
- Grains: whole rye, wheat bran, sorghum flakes, whole barley, millet flakes, quinoa flakes
- Nuts: unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, sliced almonds, pecans, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts
- Dried fruit: raisins, cherries, apricots
Hemp seeds – the main ingredient – are brown, non-psychoactive seeds extracted from the hemp plant. They’re rich in protein, fiber, fatty acids, and antioxidants great for your health.
A hemp muesli recipe doesn’t contain any added sugar, making it suitable for a range of healthy diets.
How to Make Hemp Muesli
Although you can always buy ready-made hemp muesli, feel free to explore new flavors if you have the time and resources. Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe you can try at home:
Step 1: Roast the Grains, Nuts, and Seeds
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the ingredients in two separate baking sheets – one with nuts, the other with grains and seeds – and spread them evenly. Then bake for about 10 minutes.
Remove the baking sheets and let them cool.
Step 2: Add the Coconut Flakes
Sprinkle the coconut flakes over the oats and bake until the coconut is golden brown. Once they cool down, transfer all the baked ingredients into a large bowl.
Step 4: Add Dried Fruit
Add any dried fruit of your choice – apples, apricots, or cherries – and mix. You now have yourself a tasty, healthy bowl of hemp muesli.
Step 5: Storage
If you’re not going to eat it right away, the best way to store your hemp muesli in an airtight container. This way, it can stay for up to one month without going bad.
How to Eat Hemp Muesli
You can eat hemp muesli in so many different ways. It generally depends on your taste and creativity. Here are just a few ways to enjoy hemp muesli:
- The overnight oats style: Pour a two-thirds cup of muesli into a small-lidded jar, cover with a two-thirds cup of milk or non-dairy milk, add frozen blueberries, screw the lid, and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy a chilled and softened hemp muesli in the morning. This dish is refreshing in the summer.
- Hemp muesli as a cereal: Top the hemp muesli with sliced bananas or fresh berries and stir into yogurt, warm milk, or water – and eat it like oatmeal.
- Sweetened hemp muesli: If you like your breakfast a little bit sweet, add some honey or maple syrup on your hemp muesli.
- Folded muesli: Fold your hemp muesli into baked foods or energy bars, or sprinkle it over smoothies or salads.
What are the Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Muesli?
If you’re still doubtful about making hemp muesli as your go-to breakfast meal, here are some of its nutritional benefits that may change your mind.
Hemp muesli offers 17g of fiber per serving (1/4 cup) thanks to hemp seeds. It’s a great way to add fiber to your diet to improve your digestion, heart health, and immune system.
This meal offers a great alternative to animal protein, especially if you’re allergic to things like dairy. Proteins like edestin and albumin from the hemp seeds easily assimilate into the body, improving your immune system.
Essential Fatty Acids
Hemp muesli provides the body with Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). These fatty acids are responsible for improving heart health, supporting brain development, fighting inflammation, and promoting bone health.
Essential Amino Acids
There are about eight amino acids that the human body cannot make, and two that the body cannot make in sufficient quantities. These essential amino acids are present in hemp seeds. They’re vital for functions such as tissue repair, nutrient absorption, and protein synthesis.
Minerals and Vitamins
This dish is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin B, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. It’s also a good source of iron and zinc for the body.
Hemp Muesli vs. Hemp Granola: What’s the Difference?
Hemp muesli contains similar ingredients present in hemp granola – hemp seeds, nuts, and grains. However, hemp muesli comes in the form of a loose cereal, while hemp granola is usually in the form of chunks. What’s more, while hemp granola is baked with canola oil, hemp muesli has no added oils.
Can Hemp Muesli Get You High?
Hemp muesli can’t get you high. Although the hemp plant belongs to the cannabis plant, it contains negligible traces of THC – less than 0.3%. THC is the psychoactive compound that makes people high when they smoke or ingest cannabis.
Is Hemp Muesli Diet Friendly?
You can mix up hemp muesli’s ingredients to fit your dietary regimen – vegan, paleo, vegetarian, keto, or gluten-free. The hemp seed added to the muesli isn’t a dairy nor gluten product. It’s safe for people of all ages and conditions.
Where to Buy Hemp Muesli
You can buy hemp muesli at your local store, in health food stores, supplement stores, or cannabis dispensaries. Also, you can buy it online and have it delivered to your home.
Packed with hemp seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and grains, hemp muesli is a nutritious and satisfying meal – something that can hold you down until lunch. You can also have it as a snack at any time of the day.
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