Hemp-infused snacks have become increasingly popular among health-conscious individuals. Many consumers have incorporated hemp into their workout recovery snacks or evening snacks to facilitate their health regimen.
With the global hemp-based food market expected to grow at a CAGR of about 6.2% and reach $4.89 billion by 2026, it’s no wonder food companies are investing in hemp-infused snacks like hemp granola.
If you wish to include hemp granola in your daily diet, here’s what you need to know about it:
What is Hemp Granola?
Hemp granola is a crunchy, on-the-go snack that fuses the superfood capacities of hemp hearts, oats, pumpkin seeds, and pecan.
With one serving (1/4 cup), it offers 8% of the needed fats, 2% of sodium, and 5% of potassium. It also has 6g of protein and 36g of carbohydrates, making for a healthier meal.
It’s usually sweetened with maple syrup and dates to enhance its taste.
However, hemp hearts used to make hemp granola shouldn’t be confused with hemp seeds. Hemp seeds come with their hard exteriors, while hemp hearts are the white, chewy dehulled part extracted from the hemp seeds. They’re usually soft, making them easy to eat and cook.
Is Hemp Granola Vegetarian?
Hemp granola is great for vegetarians. Hemp hearts used to make the snack come from the hemp plant. No ingredient in this crunchy snack comes from fish, eggs, fowl, or meat.
Even without the meat-based ingredients, hemp granola has all nine amino acids with 35% protein content and healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids. It’s the perfect vegetarian snack to consider in your diet.
Does Hemp Granola Have CBD?
Hemp granola is made of hemp hearts that have little to no traces of CBD. CBD is found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.
Is Hemp Gluten-Free?
The hemp hearts that make the granola are from the hemp plant. Since all parts of the hemp plant lack gluten, you can include hemp granola in your gluten-free diet.
However, hemp is a grain-like crop, and it can be grown in rotation with crops containing gluten, like wheat and rye. At this stage, the hemp plant may get contaminated with gluten from these grains. Make sure to check in with the hemp hearts’ producers to ascertain how the hemp plant was grown.
How to Make Hemp Granola?
You can get hemp granola from a store near you. But, some of these granola bars may have a lot of sugar or highly processed oils. The good news is that you can make your own healthy, homemade hemp granola.
Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe:
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 250°F.
- Step 2: In a large bowl, mix the hemp hearts, oats, pumpkin seeds, and pecans. Ensure these dry ingredients blend well.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, add oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt, and then stir. Pour the dry ingredients into this mixture and mix until everything is coated.
- Step 4: Spread a uniform layer of the mixture onto a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Then place it in the oven, and after 15 minutes remove it, add dates, and stir the mixture.
- Step 5: Bake for 25-30 minutes until the hemp granola is golden brown. Remove from oven, let it cool, and enjoy it with a chilled drink or store it.
How To Store Homemade Granola?
Homemade granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about two weeks. Store it in a cool, dry place to ensure it stays fresh and crunchy.
Or the other option is you can extend its shelf life by keeping it in a refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to three to 6 months. However, remember that storing granola in the fridge or freezer may cause it to lose some of its texture and flavor.
When storing granola, make sure the container is airtight to prevent moisture from getting in. You can also add a desiccant pack to absorb any excess moisture that may be present. If you’re storing granola in the freezer, let it come to room temperature before opening the container to prevent condensation from forming.
Does Hemp Granola Make You High?
Hemp granola won’t get you high or make your cannabis drug test turn positive as it contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The hemp plant has less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.
Only cannabis with 5-30% of THC can make you high. In most states, cannabis is still a highly regulated substance. However, hemp production and hemp use are legal at the federal level thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill which helped differentiate hemp from cannabis.
What is the Difference Between Hemp Granola vs. Hemp Muesli?
While they’re both made with the same ingredients— hemp hearts, oats, nuts, fruits, and seeds, hemp granola is mixed with oil and a sweetener like a maple syrup before being baked. Hemp muesli isn’t baked and can be served hot or cold. And since you don’t bake hemp muesli, it’s easier to control the sugar content you put in it.
Additionally, hemp muesli isn’t made into clumps, so you don’t need oil to bind it. You can also soak it in milk before eating.
Is Hemp Granola Healthy?
Although some ingredients — dates, oil, and maple syrup — may be high in added sugars and fats, hemp granola is a generally healthy snack. It’s rich in protein and fiber, which contribute to its high nutritious value.
The high-protein and fiber ingredients like oats and hemp hearts can quickly satiate hunger and increase digestion time, making you feel full for longer.
Can You Eat Hemp Granola During Pregnancy?
Hemp granola is a hearty, fiber-packed snack during your pregnancy. Its high protein content helps you meet the protein requirement per day.
It also contains all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make from the hemp hearts. However, some hemp granola bars can have excess sugar, so look for products with less than 10 grams of sugar.
Always consult with your doctor on how much hemp protein you should add to your granola bar and other snacks to meet your needs.
Where to Buy Hemp Granola
If you’re looking for a granola bar rich in nutrients and fatty acids, get hemp granola! It has great nutritious value – lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease, and weight loss.
Hemp granolas are available from health food stores, cannabis dispensaries, and supplement stores. You can also find them at your local convenience store or buy it online. If you have the skills and confidence, customize the recipe for a homemade bar. Enjoy your hemp granola bar the way you like it.
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