Good tasting ice cream doesn’t have to be loaded with refined sugar or animal products and chemical fillers. And as a vegan, as much as I enjoy coconut based ice-cream, I often find them to be rather too low in protein, minerals, and nutrients for my children’s nutritional needs! Instead, i switch it up by makinh hemp seed based ice cream!
Hemp seeds are very nutritious, high in protein, fiber, and especially Omega 3-6-9. They are a super food that I give to my kids all the time. Hemp seeds are high in magnesium which is great to calm and relax– it’s also a great food to put into the diet of kids who are suffering from nightly leg cramps because of the high magnesium and other crucial minerals that can alleviate leg cramps. I use dates to sweeten most of my ice creams and baked goods because it has a low glycemic index which makes it a healthier option as a sweetener over refine cane sugar..
Watch the video below to see one of many fun and nutritious possibilities with hemp seeds that your kids will love!
9 leveled tbsp of hulled hemp seeds (I use Organic hemp seeds from Nutiva)
2 Pints of Strawberries
1/4c of water
1/2 tsp of raw ground vanilla bean.
5-6 pitted dates (more if you want it to be sweeter; less if you want it to be less sweet)
1 tsbp of lecithin powder (as a natural emulsifier)
You will need a high quality blender to ground the hemp seeds finely and smoothly. I use a Vitamix.
Blend on highest setting for about 1 minute. Pour into ice cream machine. We use Cuisinart Brand.
Nutrition of 3 tbsp of hemp seeds provides this : 11g of protein; 174 Calories. 13.5 g of fat (1g is sat). 0 Cholesterol. 1 g of fiber. 16% RDA of Iron. 23% RDA of Zinc. 48% RDA of Phosphorous. 48% RDA of Magnesium.
If you used 9 tbsp of hemp seeds, then your ice cream has about 33g of protein in it. Pretty awesome.
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