My first foray into baking with hemp products from Good Hemp resulted in this rather yummy Mincemeat Crumble Slice. Perfect as a dessert fresh from the oven with a dollop of something creamy on top or cooled with a cup of tea or coffee. The crumbly base is reminiscent of shortbread and the topping like a good old-fashioned fruity crumble. Sandwiched in between is a deliciously moist and fruity mincemeat filling which compliments the crunch of the topping perfectly.
With only a few weeks left until the big day I feel it’s acceptable to post a Christmas recipe. To be honest, if I had my way I would consume mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, stolen and gingerbread all year but I know for some that is a little much. This recipe would definitely suit me all year round but with December just around the corner, I think it’s time to share with you all.
I have an exciting festive period lined up with plenty of socialising. My sister who lives in the Caribbean is coming home to spend Christmas in Devon so this recipe will have to be on a constant rotation as Estella loves festive foodie delights just as much as I do!
For those of you who are vegan or have allergies, this recipe is perfect as it doesn’t contain dairy and you can easily swap out the plain flour for a gluten/allergy free alternative. Perhaps you are like me and haven’t tried cooking or baking with hemp so take a read of the information below. It’s pretty insightful.
Want to know more about hemp?
Hemp is one of the oldest and most sustainable crops to be grown in the world. It is highly nutritious, extremely versatile, and is great for the environment.
Hemp seed has been used as a nutritious food ingredient since Egyptian times. It was also essential to the UK economy as a source of natural fibre until the industrial revolution and the advent of cheap cotton. Crucial again during both world wars, it fell out of fashion in the UK with the industrialisation of farming after the Second World War. It is now experiencing a huge revival across the world. Hemp grows in temperate climates, does not need irrigation, has impressive CO2 net benefits and every part of the plant is used.
Hemp Seed, which is found in the top of the plant, is rich in oil, protein and dietary fibre. Hemp is free from allergens, nuts, GMO, lactose, dairy, soya, phytoestrogen and pesticides.
Whole hemp seed contains approximately 25% protein, 35% oil, 29% dietary fibre and a mix of minerals, iron and zinc.
The oil in hemp seed is naturally rich in Omega 3 and GLA. These are the essential fats that are crucial to brain function, skin health, the immune system and normal growth and function.
Compared with other culinary oils, hemp is low in saturated fat and contains the highest amounts of polyunsaturated fats. And, the most interesting fact is that hemp contains the most effective type of Omega 3 of any plant.
The fats in hemp seed are good fats. With 40% less saturated fat and 25 times more Omega 3 than olive oil, just one glug (10 ml) of hemp seed oil provides over 90% of our entire recommended daily intake of Omega 3 as well as 50mg Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). An Evening Primrose Oil 500mg capsule typically contains 45mg GLA.
Protein in hemp contains all 20 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids. In fact, protein in hemp is one of the very few plant proteins to contain the same amino acids as milk, meat and eggs.
If you are looking for a dairy-free Christmas treat then this is the recipe for you. Taste tested on numerous friends of mine and every time a positive outcome I think you are in for a treat. You can buy your Good Hemp ingredients from the Good Hemp website here.