I like hemp seeds for lots of reasons, including, if I'm honest, their amusing hippy connotations. I feel a bit like I should be living in a commune and wearing tie dyed clothes when I use them. They are also from the same species as cannabis and so (to a closeted, non-adventurous soul) it feels rather daring to pick them up in a local store. Those points aside, hemp seeds are fantastically nutritious - rich in healthy fats, protein, iron, and a whole host of vitamins and minerals. They also have a nutty, earthy flavour that I very much enjoy.
Hemp seeds are technically a nut rather than a seed and you want the shelled variety for this recipe. They are pretty readily available these days and while they were illegal to buy for consumption in Australia when I lived there, I believe they are now legal as a food.
These orange hemp balls are a great way to try out hemp seeds if they are new to you, because the hemp flavour is subtle and the orange balances it perfectly. Dates and apple provide sweetness and oats give a soft-yet-firm texture. I really liked the final product and these make great portable snacks or even an easy breakfast. The balls need to be refrigerated to stay firm but are perfectly enjoyable at room temperature too - just rather soft.
As shown, I made a mix of large and small balls but the recipe would make roughly 20 of a standard energy ball size.
Orange hemp energy balls
Delicious orange flavoured energy balls with the earthy nuttiness of hemp but plenty of sweetness from dates and apple
Makes roughly 20 standard sized energy balls
Food processor required
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
1/2 cup hemp seeds (shelled)
1/2 cup roughly chopped and pitted dates
1 cup rolled oats
Zest of 1 medium orange (approximately 1 tbsp)
1 apple, quartered (no need to peel)
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined and starting to clump together.
Roll into balls of your desired size and place in the refrigerator to firm up. Store in the refrigerator.
Are you a fan of hemp seeds?