Winter Glow Green Smoothie with Hemp & Ginger

Winter Glow Green Smoothie with Hemp & Ginger

This Winter glow green smoothie has a bit of spice from ginger and cinnamon, sweetness from pear, and protein/creamy-ness from hemp hearts. Fresh lemon brightens everything up in this healthy breakfast smoothie.

This post is sponsored by Manitoba Harvest.

An overhead image of ingredients for a winter glow green smoothie.

I have been drinking so many green smoothies. I do have some travel coming up and with busy (typically indulgent) holiday times on the horizon, I’m taking a “fuel” approach to my meals these days. The simplification has been surprisingly relaxing, not gonna lie, but variety is a challenge. I keep leaning on the typical healthy vegan smoothies, but also the same roasted veg/salad/whole grain bowl combos day after day.

So in the interest of sharing more of my real life food, I’ve got a recipe for a smoothie I made up when I was getting a little tired of the old peanut butter and banana combo. The base here is ripe pear and hemp hearts, with lots of warm spice and a fresh burst of lemon.

I picked up an excellent smoothie tip from my bud Lily a while ago: instead of using non-dairy milk as your liquid, you can just scoop in some hemp hearts and add water to the blend. You’re basically making fresh hemp milk AND your smoothie at the same time. No soaking necessary. So smart! You can also just make hemp milk ahead of time in a big batch with my Maple Cinnamon Hemp Milk recipe.

Hemp hearts are one of my favourite everyday superfoods. Compared to some of the other weird and wonderful fruits/powders/herbs/seeds, hemp is quite affordable and (where I live) totally accessible. It’s also a complete, totally sustainable protein source. I added hemp to pretty much everything when I first went 100% plant-based because I didn’t have a great handle on cooking yet and was looking for a mega nutrient boost. I still add hemp to everything though haha.

The flavor is nutty and slightly sweet-grassy, which makes hemp quite diverse. In addition to smoothies, I love using hemp hearts in place of pine nuts for pesto. Lately I’ve been making a kale and oregano pesto with a hemp base for drizzling on bowls and tossing with zucchini noodles. I just use this recipe, replacing the almonds with hemp and adding a couple sprigs of fresh oregano.

And another one: I always have some sort of nut-based vegan “parmesan” on hand for sprinkling, and hemp works perfectly for it. In my little electric coffee grinder, I combine ¼ cup hemp hearts, 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, and a good pinch of salt. I pulse the mixture a couple times and it’s done. Delicious, so healthy, and super easy (looove my spice grinder).

I hope that you’ll try this super fresh green smoothie combo!

An overhead shot of ingredients in a blender jar for a smoothie, pre-blending.

An overhead shot of a green smoothie in a glass. The top of the smoothie is sprinkled with hemp seeds and a sprig of mint. A slice of lemon is tucked into the rim of the glass.

Winter Glow Green Smoothie with Hemp & Ginger

This Winter glow green smoothie has a bit of spice from ginger and cinnamon, sweetness from pear, and protein/creamy-ness from hemp hearts. Fresh lemon brightens everything up in this healthy breakfast smoothie.


Course Beverage, Breakfast, SnackDiet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 1

Author: Laura Wright


  • Blender


  • 1 cup chopped greens (I like a 50/50 mix of baby spinach and kale)
  • small handful fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon MCT oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup water


  • In an upright blender, combine the greens, mint, hemp hearts, ginger, cinnamon, salt, MCT oil, lemon juice, pear, and water. Blend the mixture on high until completely smooth. Enjoy the winter glow green smoothie immediately, with an extra sprinkle of hemp hearts on top if you like.


  • I think a pinch of ground cardamom would be so delicious in this smoothie.
  • I peeled my pear to get that ultra green shade (always doing it for the photo haha), but normally I’d leave it.
  • I like using a mix of mild and strong greens for a green smoothie like this one. If your taste buds are hardy enough for all kale though, definitely go for it 😉
  • The pear should be quite ripe for the right level of sweetness.
  • This smoothie ends up being room temperature, which I like in this colder climate.

*This post was created in partnership with Manitoba Harvest. All opinions/endorsements are my own. Thanks for supporting!

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  • cristina

    honestly im so basic but I love topping any oatmeal dish with hemp hearts <3Reply

  • Erin

    I love the taste and texture of these hemp hearts so much that I will eat them straight from the bag with a spoon. Beyond that, I enjoy sprinkling them on everything and anything, sweet or savoury: salads, smoothies, pasta, ice cream, you name it!Reply

  • Annette

    I’ve never used hemp seeds, but I’ve been wanting to try them in a smoothie.Reply

  • Ann King

    What a fantastic idea to use the hemp seeds to create the liquid! Love this idea! I make ranch dressing using hemp seeds, lemon, and dill, it’s a hit this household.Reply

  • Jessica

    I use Manitoba Hemp Hearts to make my favorite GoldenMilk – both hit and cold. So delicious!Reply

  • Sj Dc

    i woulg love to make milk from the seeds and toast the residue to sprinkle on my oatmealReply

  • Heidi Yalowitz Lasser

    I use Manitoba Hemp Hearts in two main ways: sprinkled on salads and added to yogurt. Regarding the latter, I made a batch of green tomato mincemeat and use the yogurt and hemp hearts for dessert.Reply

  • Kathleen

    I’ve long been an advocate for the legalization of hemp (it still isn’t in some places!), but I haven’t used hemp seeds in cooking yet! I’m a big Pesto person and I grow kale, so I’m anxious to try using hemp hearts in pesto! Also the pasta sprinkle – so simple!Reply

  • Ken Gilmour

    My favourite way to use hemp seeds is in the Manitoba Harvest recipe Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (

  • Janet

    I add one tablespoon of hemp hearts to my salad daily. Boring but tasty and a nutritional boost. Great smoothie recipe! Thanks.Reply

  • Jenna

    We always have a big mason jar of fresh hemp milk in the fridge (so smooth and creamy!) and we sprinkle on salads and oatmeal and throw it in smoothies. I’m going to try your hemp parm recipe, I always make cashew parmesan but hemp sounds great!Reply

  • Cindi Fleming

    My favorite way is in my oatmeal or oat bran cereal.Reply

  • Sonia

    I have to say, my favorite use of hemps seeds ever has been in your cold coffee drink in your book. It is amazing!Reply

  • Saniel

    I add hemp hearts to my green smoothies and an added bonus to my vegan pesto sauce on my spaghetti squash. Sprinkle a little on top for added crunch. Thanks love this blogReply

  • Julia

    I usually sprinkle hemp on yogurt but need to start adding it to smoothies. Love hemp, for all the reason you said!!Reply

  • Kristina

    I love hemp hearts as a topping on my baked sweet potatoes. Yum!Reply

  • Caroline Atwood

    I like my hemp hearts sprinkled and stirred into my daily morning porridge 🙂 On a side note, making this after my run today!Reply

  • Teresa Whetsell

    I love Manitoba hemp hearts in Banana Chia pudding – and I eat it every day.Reply

  • deborah mele

    I love folding hemp hearts into my oatmeal in the morning, on top of my salads at lunch, and even as a garnish for soup at dinner.Reply

  • Lisa

    I add hemp hearts to my smoothies. Also sprinkle them on salads and stir into pasta sauces. I find them to a very versatile nutrition boost.Reply

  • Lilly

    I like to roll energy bites in them.Reply

  • Bianca

    My favourite way to use them is actually your hemp seed ranch dressing! Love it as an alternative to tahini or cashew based dressings.Reply

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  • Pennie

    I use Manitoba Hemp in my danish nut bread, which is a mix of eggs, nuts and seeds!Reply

  • Deanna Reardon

    lIke so many other readers have said, use hemp seeds daily : salads, smoothies, sprinkles, and in dressings! I just made an herb sprinkle with hemp and nori and I put in on everythin!Reply

  • Emmaline

    I love putting hemp hearts on top of my oatmeal in the mornings ♥️ Can’t wait to try this smoothie!Reply

  • Ashley

    I like to sneak hemp hearts into soups before blending for richness and an extra boost of protein.Reply

  • Kathy Duckett

    Love using hemp seeds sprinkled on almond butter and banana (or sometimes strawberry) toast. Really easy, delicious, and adds a great nutritional boost as well as added flavor and texture. Great for a quick breakfast in the morning. 🙂Reply

  • Sarah

    Homemade hemp milk is my favorite way to use hemp hearts. No soaking, no straining, no waste and an extra nutrition boost to all of my smoothies!Reply

  • Smadar

    I always have a Costco-sized package of Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds in my fridge. I use them in a lot of the ways you mentioned, including scooping them into smoothies, but my favourite way to use them is sprinkling them on an avocado half and calling it dinner.Reply

  • Kari Anne

    I use hemp hearts sprinkled on yogurt, steel cut oats, and salad. Love this idea of hemp heart milk. Thank you!Reply

  • Kristine

    So many ways to use hemp hearts………my favorite though is sprinkled on top a salad!Reply

  • Carla

    Oh man. I LOVE hemp hearts. I go through a bag so quickly. I like to throw them in my green smoothies, on top of salads, and oatmeal.Reply

  • thefolia

    I also sprinkle hemp seeds on everything too for that additional nutritional boost. I have a special seasoning for avocados that include hemp but I love using then on deserts and pancakes or waffles in lieu of the sugary sprinkles. For homemade peanut butter cups the hemp has to be added before it sets in freezer but for cakes just sprinkle them after you frost…happy sprinkling.Reply

  • Leigh DeBiasse

    I use hemp seeds to make hummus and tabbouli. I also love them for nut milks.Reply

  • Jen

    I sprinkle them on saladsReply

  • Jessica

    I love using hemp seeds in smoothies and on salads. They are one of the only plant-based foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids (a complete protein food)! They’re also great for homemaking protein powder!Reply

  • Catherine Lavergne

    I love hemp seeds and use them in a variety of ways, but among favorite & unusual :

    savory oatmeal bowl:

    And….does hemp milk count? non-dairy ice cream

  • Julie Melrose

    Hemp is wonderful!
    I use in mixed with my morning nut butter, it is so yummy !
    Thank you

  • Becky Gean

    i ended up finding manitoba harvest when i was looking to add nutrition to my little guys foods. he’s almost 2 and we’re entering picky eater territory. he LOVES the hemp heart pancakes i make him and of course in our smoothies. i like to sprinkle them on top of everything. especially avocado toast. their subtle taste makes them so diversable!

    thanks for such a new fun take on smoothie making. i too am getting a little bored of my banana peanut butter combo.Reply

  • Diane

    Hello! Hemp hearts are nutritious bundles of deliciousness. One of my favourites is adding to a smoothie as it thickens and gives it a creamy goodness- no nut milk required. Cucumber, pineapple, lemon, ginger, hemp hearts and a squeeze of lemon. Thank you for sharing your recipe.Reply

  • Katie

    Sprinkled on top of avocado toast, or a tablespoon thrown in to my morning oatmeal/granola is how I usually enjoy my hemp hearts.
    Stoked about the hemp heart/water in smoothie tip! 🙂Reply

  • Toby Ellen

    Hemp hearts are my go to add-in for smoothies, salads sprinkling & warm drink blends. In autumn/winter, this is my fave cozy bowl-of-goodness mix;
    2 tbs organic hemp seeds
    2 tbs organic chia seeds
    1 tsp organic toasted almond meal
    2 tsp organic ground flaxseed
    for sweet, sprinkle a dash of ground cinnamon and cardamom
    for savory, pinch of salt and pepper
    Add boiling water to desired consistency, and finish with a bit of coconut oil or ghee
    The add in options to customize the bowl are endless, and the dry mix portion packs beautifully in small bags for travel for a great bkfst or snack…hot water is easy to source anywhere!Reply

  • Brittany Shipley

    I love my hemp hearts on my oatmeal! Love them! They are such a great way to add some important nutrients to the daily diet!Reply

  • Deb Cusic

    I love using the toasted hemp hearts on a green salad instead of croutons. Gives you a wonderful crunchiness! Can’t wait to try making the instant hemp milk.Reply

  • Vanessa

    I just bought my first small bag of hemp hearts this week! I moved to Toronto from Yellowknife a few months ago and just love how accessable Everything is here (the ‘Health food store’ in Yellowknife would carry hemp hearts, but for $$$$). I used them two ways this week – in a arugula/cilantro/banana/pineapple/avocado/ginger/turmeric/vanilla smoothie ❤️ And mixed them into my spinach quinoa walnut salad with spicy lime vinaigrette.

    Great list of suggestions for hemp heart usages on the site! I may just make your pesto tonight. Thanks!Reply

  • Shirleen

    I always put hemp seeds on salads and overnight oats. I love the nutty grassy taste and so easy to digest. I really enjoy your recipes and have made many of the cookbook recipes, all just delicious!Reply

  • Kacey

    Although not creative Manitoba hemp hearts are a staple in my smoothie every morning. Like the addition of lemon in your smoothie recipe!Reply

  • Alicia

    I love your idea to make a vegan cheese with the hemp hearts. I have only used hemp in smoothies so far!Reply

  • Angela Schenk

    On toast with peanut butter!Reply

  • Ariel

    What a great post! We like to simply add them to oatmeal though lately I have been making energy bites in my food processor with dates and nut butter and a little honey, and then stirring in hemp hearts and puffed brown rice and forming the mixture into balls! I’ve got a bunch of these stashed in the freezer as well! The recipe is from Aimee Bourque’s Brown Eggs and Jam Jars.Reply

  • Sandra Lea

    I have been using hemp hearts in my smoothies. I’ve not explored using them in anything further so was very excited to see this post. I am definitely going to try making some pesto using hemp hearts. Also can’t wait to try this smoothie, for some reason I always end up including a banana in my smoothie for thickness and sweetness but then the banana flavor always seems to overpower any of the other flavors.Reply

  • Emily

    I like making cashew milk and adding hemp seeds tog it. Adds a nice nutrition boost and earthinessReply

  • Heidi

    I love putting hemp hearts in my smoothies, on my oatmeal and in muffins. They are my absolute favorite!!Reply

  • Suzanne

    I like to add a spoonful of hemp hearts to the top of my morning oatmeal. Yum!Reply

  • Hannah

    I love putting hemp seeds on my oatmeal!Reply

  • Jess T

    I like to sprinkle hemp hearts over salad greens and a simple vinaigrette. I makes the best quick salad. My kids also like hemp hearts on their plain yogurt!Reply

  • Tracey

    I like to use hemp hearts in lieu of protein powder in my smoothies. Protein powder seems sketchy to me but I love that hemp hearts are a “pure ingredient.Reply

  • Naomi

    I love sprinkling hemp hearts on half of a baked Japanese sweet potato: a nutrient and protein boost to my mid-afternoon, preworkout meal! Delicious!Reply

  • Suzanne Johnson

    My favorite ways to use hemp hearts are sprinkled on acai bowls and also on wheat toast smeared with almond butter drizzled with honey!Reply

  • Breanna

    I love the idea of using hemp in pesto! I really love using hemp hearts to make a creamy caesar salad dressing. They blend so nicely and really work well with the tanginess of lemon of ACV.Reply

  • Sunny Xu

    I love having hemp seeds in my overnight oats every day. It adds creaminess and lots of nutrients!Reply

  • Caroline

    Looks like a great recipe! I love using hemp hearts in granola and to top acai bowls with.Reply

  • Danielle

    Thank you for reaffirming what I know to be true. Hemp is my ultimate protein source as a vegan. I love them in and on everything. Favorite way to eat, a handful popped into my mouth. They are so delicious all on their own!Reply

  • Sophia Chang

    I normally use hemp hearts in my smoothies or sprinkle it on top of my salads… But I love the pesto idea and will have to try that out!Reply

  • Katie Fiore

    I love using them in salad dressings to help emulsify and make them creamy.Reply

  • Morgan

    My favorite way to use hemp hearts is to sprinkle it on my pasta… When im too lazy to cook and i want to convince myself that its healthy. It also tastes great!Reply

  • Kathy

    Love using hemp in place of the non dairy milks in my smoothies!!Reply

  • Laura Jeanne Hansen

    I typically sprinkle them on salads or into smoothies. 🙂Reply

  • Ann

    I love the nutty flavor of hemp. I sprinkle it on roasted carrots.Reply

  • Lisa

    Love hemp hearts in so many things! My fave is on my morning oatmeal, especially at this time of year. Thanks for the smoothie recipe!Reply

  • Pcross

    Hemp hearts are yummy and so versatile!Reply

  • emily

    I love hemp hearts sprinkled on pretty much anything!! I always add them to my homemade granola for a nutrient boost!Reply

  • Nancy Glover

    I love adding hemp seeds to my smoothies for the added creaminess they add. I feel like they texturally add a lot to any smoothie with the added protein it’s a win win win. Thanks for your delicious recipes and for sharing your knowledge. Best to you now and through out the Season.Reply

  • Leah

    I love pineapple and spinach smoothies with hemp seeds.Reply

  • Saba

    I love using hemp hearts in my smoothies and sprinkled on top of salads.

    I’m so glad this recipe is for a room temperature smoothie! It’s been hard to get my greens in these days because a breakfast of warm oatmeal has been a lot more appealing than a freezing cold green smoothie.Reply

  • Emma

    I love to use them as a topper for nicecream!Reply

  • Peggy Acott

    Hemp hearts is one of my favorite toppings for oatmeal – can’t wait to try them in a smoothie and beyond!Reply

  • Hope

    I love hemp hearts sprinkled on my morning oatmeal.Reply

  • Chrissy

    Oh my! Just one favorite way to use hemp?? Perhaps in my homemade vegan pesto!! So many fabulous ways to use hemp hearts..Reply

  • Mollie

    I use hemp hearts for everything, from smoothies to salads to granola. I think my favorite way is sprinkled on top of a banana with peanut butter 🙂Reply

  • Krista

    I grew up in Manitoba! Haven’t tried these yet, but I was just reading about using hemp hearts instead of protein powder in smoothies! Need to try!! Reply

  • Hannah

    Lately, creamy hemp dressing has been my jam for salads of all types, hot and cold, leafy and starchy, so this couldn’t have come at a better time. I could sure use an extra supply to stock back up!Reply

  • Jeris Coughler

    I haven’t used Manitoba Hemp Hearts yet. This recipe is my inspiration to start. I am trying more alternate protein souces in an effort to eat less meat. (I like it, but it doesn’t like me). Laura, your writing is so pleasing and your recipes make shifting to a healthier, plant based diet more achievable and less daunting for this beginner! I read some of the other commenters uses for Manitoba Hemp Hearts and think I will try them too. This sounds like a handy, delicious and versatile ingredient to add to my expanding pantry!Reply

  • callie lathem

    In our home, we use hemp hearts, those delicious nutty nuggets of nutrients, to sprinkle on just about anything! Our favourite way to use them (and why we keep them in the cupboard) is for your mocha hemp fuel which we keep a batch of in the fridge 🙂Reply

  • Linda

    I add 1T of Manitoba Heep Seeds to my overnight oats. Love the “nutty” flavour.

  • Laura

    I never tried hemp hearts before, but you’ve convinced me I need to try them! I especially like the idea of using them in a vegan “parmesan.”Reply

  • Charlene

    My favourite way to use Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts is in my morning smoothie for a great nutritional boost and I also enjoy them sprinkled on yogurt and salad. I love that I can purchase a large bag of these wonderful little seeds in Costco, so much more affordableReply

  • Wehaf

    I like to add hemp seeds to my salads.Reply

  • Carly G

    I love mixing them in melted chocolate and dunking a banana in the mixture for a “healthy” dessert.Reply

  • Anne McCollam

    I love hemp! I add it to my daily vegie/salad bowl. Hemp is especially good sprinkled over warm cooked egg white.Reply

  • Heidi Cusworth

    I wish I had some exotic or original use of hemp hearts, but they are great in my overnight oats. 🙂Reply

  • Amanda

    I have always wanted to try hemp hearts, as I love hemp milk, but I haven’t tried them yet as they are pretty pricey at my grocery store. Thanks for the giveaway!Reply

  • Violet

    I love them in smoothies or, like you, to be kind of “cheesy” like in a pesto that’s awesome stirred into quinoa or as a pizza sauce/topper!Reply

  • Courtney

    I love mixing them into a smoothie after it’s belended – it adds a nice texture that I enjoy. I also love throwing a small handful on salads.Reply

  • Jessica

    I always add them to my smoothies and usually granola tooReply

  • Mary

    I use Manitoba Hemp Hearts in all my stir fry recipes! Yum!Reply

  • Kelly Miller

    I love using hemp hearts in homemade granola bars and as a topper on pretty much everything from yogurt to soup 🙂Reply

  • Denise Johnson

    I enjoy them on top of yogurt, mixed with fresh fruit.Reply

  • Susanna Deemer

    I put them in smoothies with some flaxseed!Reply

  • Shannon

    I love hemp hearts sprinkled on avocado toast with nutritional yeast and fresh ground pepper!Reply

  • Linda Cirocco

    I have never tried hemp hearts, but you have convinced me to try them.Thanks for the recipes. This is my first visit to your website. : )Reply

  • Sandra

    I always sprinkle hemp hearts on my veggie and grain bowls.Reply

  • Natalie

    Not sure how to choose just one favorite way! But if I had to narrow it down I’d say on top of big salads. Love the nutty creamy flavor hemp seeds give them!Reply

  • LF

    The reliability of hemp seeds is my favorite when there’s no other milk in the house for morning coffee or tea. I love being able to instantly blend water and hemp seeds and have a perfectly nutritious solution in 30 seconds.Reply

  • Rebecca

    I’ve just learned to make hemp milk in the last month–it’s so game-changing without the soaking required!Reply

  • Micah

    I love putting hemp hearts on top of my oatmeal or smoothie bowls! I also have been putting them on top of mashed avo on toast 🙂Reply

  • Isabel

    I love adding hemp to my breakfast, be it a dash on avocado or pb&j toast, a generous shake over oatmeal or homemade granola, or a big big scoop into my morning smoothie. It really does help keep me full until lunch!Reply

  • Elissa

    My favorite way to use hemp seeds is to sprinkle them on almost anything! As a topping for oatmeal, toast, salads, smoothies, and popcorn they are an easy nutritious and delicious boost!Reply

  • Rosanna Esparza Ahrens

    I like to lightly toast them and add them to Mole as a substitute for peanuts. so YUMMM.Reply

  • Audra

    I love adding hemp hearts to all things breakfast since they help keep me full – porridge, pancakes, overnight oats, hemp milk lattes, smoothies, even to (very rare) breakfast salads. They are so easy to sprinkle into anything!Reply

  • Karlie

    Favorite way is a green hempy dressing!! WIth basil, hemp seeds, water, and dijon. So yumReply

  • Allegra

    I love to use hemp hearts when I make apple cinnamon oatmeal, I just sprinkle some on top to add the nutty flavour!Reply

  • Anna

    I add hemp hearts to my morning granola! Love the extra crunch & flavour!Reply

  • Claire

    I like to use hemp seeds in place of pine nuts in pesto.Reply

  • Christina

    I always add them into my overnight oats 🙂Reply

  • Leigh

    I make a sprinkle like parm cheese from Manitoba Hemp.

    Hemp Hearts, Garlic powder, Nutritional Yeast, Pepper, Salt. Grind until powdery and sprinkle on everything!Reply

  • Alexandria Hardy

    I love putting them in granola bars, but your pesto sounds fab!Reply

  • Aubrey

    Hemp hearts are a great addition to homemade granola!Reply

  • Marie-Claude Babin

    I put Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts on everything! I love them! I use a spoonful in my daily smoothie and sprinkle them on salads and granola.Reply

  • CK

    Just poppin’ in. My 2 favorite ways to use hemp hearts is in smoothies and over a warm bowl of oatmeal!Reply

  • Sabrina

    Hemp milk! And hemp-crusted anything.Reply

  • Sarah

    This looks amazing, I cant wait to try it! I usually have two different smoothies on rotation, and am also in search of a new one!

    I love adding hemp seeds to pesto, specifically kale pesto!Reply

  • Elizabeth Williams

    I’m a fan of any smoothie recipe that doesn’t have a banana in it (ick!). I’m definitely whipping this up for myself this afternoon – room temperature as you suggested.


  • Rebecca

    I love to sprinkle hemp seeds on top of salads, or use them to make dressing. Love me some phytonutrientsReply

  • Karen Pelrine

    I use them in my homemade granola. Also I like them on linguine w/cashew cream sauce and top w/toasted hemp seeds and parm! SO goodReply

  • Tana Howell

    I use hemp hearts in my smoothies.Reply

  • Natalia M

    I love making vegan ranch with hemp seeds.Reply

  • Paulina

    This smoothie looks delish and packed full of nutrients! I love hemp seeds to make home made “milk” or vegan mac n cheese.Reply

  • Cynthia

    I use hemp hearts in my morning smoothie (they really help keep me full until lunch!) and sprinkled on oatmeal for a pick me up snack. Delicious!!Reply

  • Laura Sharp

    I like them best in smoothies for breakfast, it is such a good way to add just a little more to your meal! And by the way, I have your cookbook and I wanted to thank you for making it so beautiful!! I just love flipping through the pages, not to mention cooking your delicious recipes!Reply

  • Renée

    Magic sprinkels with pollen on morning smoothie bowls and porridge. Also hemp milk or part of nut milks. But soon, I’m looking forward to add some in pesto!Reply

  • Tamara

    I put hemp on pretty much everything too! Yum 🙂 in the morning when I want to have almond butter & toast but don’t feel like putting something sweet like jam on top, i sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of hemp on the almond butter. So good thank you for all of your amazing recipes, love them all and I use your cookbook almost every day. I will have to try this smoothie out!Reply

  • Krispy

    My favorite way to use hemp hearts is as a component in a topping for just about anything. I mix in a bowl hemp, chia, various nuts and seeds and some powdered mushroom. I put it in a really pretty bowl on the table with a cute little spoon and then put in on anything and everything. It’s neutral so it can go with sweet or savory. A great way to amp up nutrition!Reply

  • Brenna

    I’ve actually never had hemp seeds! I’ll have to try them, they sound super yummy…Reply

  • Heather

    I add hemp hearts when I make bread each week. I love the texture they add!Reply

  • Rosemary

    I just added them to a Winter Waldorf salad for lunch today! Delicious!Reply

  • Bianca T

    i’ve actually never used them :O but i’d love to win! i’ve had them sprinkled on top of avo toast before though 🙂Reply

  • Margareta

    I really like to make a crumble out of it using almond flour and a couple other ingredients and put it on sweet or savoury dishes. It adds an extra nutty flavour to it, as well as a nutritional kick 🙂Reply

  • Kathryn

    Thanks for this article. I just bought hemp hearts a few weeks ago and have been struggling with and how to eat them.

    Happy Holidays and thanks again.Reply

  • kim

    I love adding them to my morning oatmeal. I can’t wait to try the new hemp heart toppers.Reply

  • Angelica

    Your green smoothie sounds really good! I am looking forward to trying it out. My favorite way to use hemp seeds is to roll raw date energy balls in them. I also like to add them on top of oatmeal.Reply

  • Carol Munro

    I recently became a vegan, and I’ve been finding so many recipes calling for hemp seeds (dressings, smoothies…). I haven’t tried any yet. Eager to do so now that the energy-zapping winter drabness is upon us. Energy bites with dates (no honey!), mentioned by Ariel, sounds yummy!Reply

  • Kaela

    I love adding a scoop to smoothies!Reply

  • Danny

    I always add some hemp seeds to energy snack ballsReply

  • Fatimah

    my favorite way to use hemp seeds is to grind up a few tbsps and add it to muffin batter for a little protein boost!Reply

  • Zada

    I LOVE Manitoba Hemp Hearts!! Smoothies, salads, granola are my favorites 🙂Reply

  • ali

    love using hemp hearts on my salads and my avocado toast!Reply

  • Brenda

    looks delicious!Reply

  • Arnold Laura

    There are some great ideas here! I’ve just sprinkled them on my hot cereal or salad, but will branch out and use them more frequently.Reply

  • Carolyn

    Oohhh yeah!!! I use hemp hearts every single day on my overnight oats and im just starting to make my almost 1 year old son fresh hemp milk too and he loves it!Reply

  • Erin at Pure Feast

    I have hemp seeds every morning blended into my morning matcha “latte” – the hemp seeds make the base for a creamy drink once everything is blended together!Reply

  • Leslie Drake

    I put two tablespoons of hemp seeds on my salad every day. I’ll have to try putting them in a smoothie, it sure sounds good.Reply

  • Cam

    I really love to put them in energy balls!
    (But really, I use hemp seeds on everything!)Reply

  • Jesse

    In my smoothies and in a creamy dressing together with nutritional yeast for a punch of mineralsReply

  • Krista

    I like putting hemp hearts on avocado or peanut butter toast!Reply

  • Kelly

    Yay, thanks for this recipe 🙂 I have been needing some inspiration for a new smoothie recipe myself – can’t wait to try this. I love hemp hearts added to basically everything… But would have to say that my ultimate favourite is on toast of any kind! They are great to sprinkle on top of savoury spreads like hummus or smashed avos, but also on top of nut butter and sliced banana – soooo good!Reply

  • Mary

    So far, I’ve used hemp hearts only in smoothies. Plan to make the “parm” as well as a vegan recipe for Tzatziki that calls for them.Reply

  • Avital

    Wow! Love these recipe ideas! I use hemp in my smoothies, sprinkled over my morning eggs, or on my salads for extra boost of protein!Reply

  • Jackie G.

    I normally just sprinkle them on top of finished dishes for a little texture or put them in smoothies, but I’d like to experiment more with them!Reply

  • Daisy chiu

    The only way I used hemp is hemp powder in my post workout drink. Thanks for the pesto tip! Got to try itReply

  • Sarah

    I like to sprinkle my morning oatmeal with hemp hearts and chia seeds!Reply

  • Melissa Clark

    I love to sprinkle hemp on my oatmeal and add it to smoothies. Love the tip about using them and water instead of adding other non dairy milk.Reply

  • Julie Gerdes

    I don’t have a lot of experience with hemp hearts. I’ve enjoyed them stirred into oatmeal. I know I’d definitely like to try them as a “parmesan”Reply

  • Kathion

    I use Manitoba hemp hearts with oatmeal. Add-in? add during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Add on: mix 1 tbl hemp hearts, 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice, and sweet spices of your choice (I like 1/2 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of cloves, and 1/8 tsp ginger, then layer hemp spice mix with oatmeal, reserving some to sprinkle on topReply

  • jacquie

    I haven’t used hemp harts so no favorite way. Your smoothie looks great though so might need to try it. Would it work with an apple instead of a pear? also what is MCT oil. Thanks.Reply

  • Shelby

    I agree on adding hemp to smoothies! Easy, affordable, healthy protein!Reply

  • kelli

    Hemp hearts by the handful to support my body! I put them on salads, top stir fry, on soup, granola. They really are good just about any way you want to use them. One question? Does their benefits remain if they are cooked? I think they would be a great addition to my Ginger Date Nuts & Seeds bar.Reply

  • Teresa

    I love Manitoba hemp hearts and have been adding them to smoothies and salads but my favorite way to use them is to add them to hummus 🙂 gives the spread an extra nutty creamy consistency, it’s really delicious!!Reply

  • diane

    I LOVE HEMP Milk and use 1/2-1 c Manitoba Hemp Hearts with 4 cups water and 1 date, blended. I make the milk every couple days and use it in smoothies, on my morning hot cereal. I also use the Hemp Hearts for making healthy protein bars and as an addition to many desserts.Reply

  • Jennifer

    I like to make homemade hemp milk!Reply

  • Melissa

    I love to add them to smoothies and sprinkle them on salads. It’s also fun to use hemp seeds in homemade vegan parmesan.Reply

  • Emily Burak

    i eat hemp seeds in my smoothies!! great recipe by the way, i love the idea of pears, mint and cinnamon! can’t wait to try it 🙂Reply

  • Jen

    I blend hemp hearts, coconut milk and banana into a smoothie. It tastes great and it’s filling.Reply

  • melanie huttner

    I use them in my smoothies!Reply

  • Susi E Brust

    My favorite use for hemp hearts is to sprinkle them on my oatmeal, but I can’t wait to replace non dairy milk with hemp hearts and water in smoothies. This green smoothie sounds yummy! SusiReply

  • Ella zehr

    Ah I love hemp hearts! Also can’t wait to try this recipe… gotta say my favorite way to eat hemp is in overnight hemp porridge! (Kinda like overnight oats but with hemp)- current fav is pumpkin spice hemp porridge made with pumpkin purée!Reply

  • Olga

    I use them in raw desserts to sub for oats. I also love how it makes hemp milk almost instantly – no soaking required!Reply

  • Liz

    I put hemp hearts on my avocado toast and also use them in pesto to replace the nuts since my daughter is allergic. The smoothie looks great!Reply

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  • Laren

    My favorite way to use hemp hearts is on your ol’ reliable avocado toast recipe from your cookbook. I’ve made this avo toast for several of my friends and it never fails to impress 🙂Reply

  • Casey the College Celiac

    Love hemp seeds on my oatmeal and smoothie bowls, or in homemade nut free pesto!Reply

  • Molly

    I’ve only tossed hemp hearts on top of yogurt bowls, but the idea of using them in smoothies with water is genius!Reply

  • Amanda F

    I love topping my yogurt & oatmeal bowls with hemp hearts! Also have recently tried pesto with hemp & loved it.Reply

  • Lacey Kloster

    I also love hemp hearts on/in everything, but my fav application is def smoothies. SO creamy and tasty.Reply

  • Amber Ostrej

    Smoothies!!! And thx for the ideas on how else to use them.Reply

  • Jennifer

    I’m simple- I use hemp seeds in my smoothie. I also put them in my toddler’s smoothies for an extra boost!!Reply

  • JoAnn M Lakes

    My favorite way with hemp seeds is my avocado toast with sprouted whole grain bread. I love the omega 3 action. I also use them when making my homemade vegan mayo. I add them in with all my ingredients at the beginning and give it a whirl and then slowly add the oil. It requires way less oil added.Reply

  • Lisa

    I love supporting Canadian companies for one- I love your blog and you are a fantastic resource for me! My favourite way to use them is roasted and topped on a salad and or veggie meal. Love the toasted flavour. Secondly I love sprinkling raw ones on drinks and smoothie bowls. Yum!Reply

  • Melanie

    What a great and inspiring post. Been enjoying hemp seeds for a while. Usually throw some in any smoothie I am blending up. Also as you suggested in a previous post, I love using them with cashews to make a creamy and delicious nondiary milk. I use it to make hot cocoa. Enjoy this holiday season. Thanks so much for all the amazing information and inspiration.Reply

  • Nicole

    I love to add hemp seeds to my dandy blend drink. It makes it creamy.Reply

  • Angela

    I like to use them in smoothies, topped on a salad and vegan parm.Reply

  • Susan Browning

    I love adding a tablespoon hemp hearts to my Cacao Tonics for the creaminess they add as well as the protein and good fats we need.

    I play around with these in different versions but basically 2 cups hot herbal tea of choice like Yerba Mate or Dandelion Root blended with the T hemp seeds, T cacao, 1/2 T lucuma, 1 t raw honey, heaping t Coconut oil, 1/2 t each of Maca, ashwaganda, reishi, chaga, scoop Dandy Blend for more of a coffee flavor and vanilla stevia to taste. Love this so much. It’s a feel good blend that’s for sure and a good substitute for coffee.Reply

  • Tiffany

    I love hemp seeds on top of oatmeal or to make a quick and easy non-dairy milk!Reply

  • Kelly Malone

    I can’t eat yogurt anymore unless I put hemp hearts on it. I love the nutty flavour and actually could just eat them plain.
    Thanks for the chance to win this great prize pack.Reply

  • Penny

    I love hemp hearts sprinkled on top of spiral zucchini salad.Reply

  • Emily Willey

    Basic answer but smoothies!Reply

  • Andrea

    I just put them in smoothies but I am excited to try some of the things you told us!Reply

  • Valentina | The Blue Bride

    I often use them to top my waffle! They add just the little crunch I need – together with cacao nibs – and a decent protein boost ^_^Reply

  • Shannon McLaughlin

    I love hemp seeds on basically everything, but lately I’ve been topping sweet potato pesto noodles with vegan Parm and hemp seeds. Loveee your recipe for vegan parm up top!


  • Sandie

    I add them to the pancakes or cookies I make for my two grand daughters so they keep healthier.Reply

  • Michelle Bush

    I love adding hemp hearts to my homemade granola as well as sprinkling it on salads and steel cut oats!Reply

  • Kelly D

    I have not tried these yet, but I would add them to my banana/apple smoothies.Reply

  • Emily

    Honestly, I’ve never eaten hemp seeds despite being curious about them for a while now. I’m currently finishing up my masters degree in food studies and school is all consuming. Graduation in April is simultaneously too soon and not soon enough , if that makes sense. Being so busy with my studies and work, this season of my life is ruled by nutrient dense foods and chocolate (gotta fuel the body and the soul). I can see myself tossing hemp seeds into my daily bowl of oatmeal, which is kind of like my calm before the storm each morning.Reply

  • Kate

    Hemp milk in a smoothie is already my favorite way to use hemp seeds! It’s perfect for green smoothies, and in beet smoothies (like your Hot Pink smoothie) I also like them sprinkled on avocado toast.Reply

  • Tova

    My favorite way to use hemp seeds are in smoothies!Reply

  • Spring

    I love hemp seeds in my smoothies. I totally do the short cut mentioned above as well.Reply

  • Shimmy

    My favorite use of hemp hearts is actually the hemp ranch dressing on your blog ! super delicious and much better for you than the bottled ranch dressing in stores made from hydrogenated oils 😛Reply

  • Samantha Haas

    Garnish on muffins for extra crunch ! And always mix into homemade granola bars. And your first cookbook is the favorite in my collection, seriously !Reply

  • Shaun Dubreuil

    I like using hemp hearts in granola!Reply

  • Tracey

    I love adding hemp hearts to a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal. Filled with bananas and peanut butter, it’s my favourite way to start the day!Reply

  • Maia

    I love adding them to banana bread batter, and always in granola!Reply

  • Andrea Maria Vazquez Fernandez

    Hemp Hearts a fav food of mine, seriously I’m addicted to them. I cannot get enough! And it helps to know they are good for you yumminess.
    Warming dishes are my preference, so a chai spiced oatmeal with hemp hearts sprinkled on top and a dollop of maple. Definitely my way to use Hemp Hearts!Reply

  • Lilli B

    I love to use soaked hemp seeds blended as a base for a smooth and luxurious vegan ice cream with cashew/coconut milk!! smoothies are the next best thing 🙂Reply

  • Jasmine

    I LOVE hemp seeds because they are from Canada (like me!) …I love put sprinkling hemp seeds and sea salt on roasted yams, potatoes, and sunchokes. BUT, the all-time best recipe I have tasted is at a restaurant here in Toronto called Kupfert and Kim. They make crispy sunflower hemp seed savory balls. Kinda like the best falafel EVER. 🙂Reply

    • Laura

      I’ve had those! They are ridiculously good. Need to figure out how to replicate them at home 🙂

  • Danielle

    I love to top my overnight oats with hemp seeds. I also throw them in smoothies.Reply

  • Ruth

    Mmmm… this smoothie sounds good! 🙂
    How to pick a fave for hemp?! I love mixing it into my granola and sprinkling it on fruit crumbles, in both cases post-baking… #hemponeverythingReply

  • Eileen

    I like having hemp hearts on my oatmeal. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!Reply

  • Samantha Papagiannis

    I love using hemp hearts in smoothies! Great added protein 🙂 Thanks!Reply

  • Carolyn!!

    i put hemp hearts in my homemade muesli mix and add it to salads. but now im realizing that i’ve not been creative enough. i love your ideas and all the ones i’ve seen in the comments too!Reply

  • Tori

    I just tossed some hemp seeds in cranberry scone batter. Adds a nice element of texture 🙂Reply

  • Linda Lonsdale

    I love them straight off the spoon but I also add them to smoothies and salads!Reply

  • Justyna

    Home made hemp mylk of course!Reply

  • Leisha

    I’ve actually never used hemp before but would love to try the pesto recipe you suggested!Reply

  • Hannah

    I love to use hemp seeds in vegan cheese sauces!Reply

  • Jaya

    I love to use it in smoothies and as a mix-in for yogurt and chia pudding. Using hemp hearts instead of cashew for parmesan sounds like a great idea!Reply

  • Becky

    i like to top my porridge with hemp hearts and recently my boyfriend started an anti-inflammatory diet to help his auto-immune so he made his porridge with hemp hearts as the base. thank you for the great recipes in this post!Reply

  • Hollie

    I sprinkle hemp hearts on my cereal in the morning!Reply

  • Hannah M

    As a matter of fact I’ve never actually tried hemp hearts, but this post makes me want to go out and get some! I’ve seen a few recipes out there for “hempesan” and I admit I’m intrigued 🙂Reply

  • Leah

    Oh my goodness, I love hemp hearts and there are so many ways to use them! I’m currently loving them on top of a baked sweet potato with almond butter, cinnamon and cocoa nibs 🙂Reply

  • Anna

    I absolutely love hemp hearts in my morning oatmeal, mixed into yogurt or sprinkled on top of avocado toast!Reply

  • Laura W

    I love them sprinkled on top of a kale salad.Reply

  • Mira

    I love using them somewhat like this, but in “lattes” — either golden milk or matcha. I also just enjoy them sprinkled on salads as-is. 🙂Reply

  • maire courtney

    My favorite way is the smoothie you mentioned. I’m new to using it but just adore it!!! Thanks for sharing your additional recipes to use with the hemp hearts. I’ll be ordering!!!Reply

  • Beth

    Love Hemp Hearts! Most of all in my smoothies, but I’ll add them to anything I’m baking, too! xoReply

  • Lisa

    Love hemp hearts on my oatmeal.Reply

  • stacey

    I throw them in smoothies! So good!Reply

  • Rebekah

    Sprinkling of hemp hearts on everything!Reply

  • McKel Hill, Nutrition Stripped

    This green smoothie sounds excellent – I can’t get enough of the ginger. Love adding hemp hearts in smoothies too, along with just about every recipe. So good!Reply

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    Lily’s tip is genius! I’ve been slowing down on the smoothies since it’s gotten cooler, but I’m so ready to jump back in!Reply

  • Isadora Guidoni

    This smoothie must be delicious! Can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing!Reply

  • Village Bakery

    OMG this smoothie looks so goood! I cannot wait to try it!!!Reply

  • Cornelia

    I usually don‘t really like green smoothies cause either the texture or the taste usally are offputting to me – but this one was absolutely fantastic! Thank you for the recipe :)!Reply

  • Kerry

    This smoothie is delicious.  Not overwhelming in flavour but filling and easy to drink. Thank you for introducing me to hemp seeds in my smoothies.Reply

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