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This recipe hast two surprising twists to a traditional treat: healthy and sweet nutty hemp seed and spicy cayenne pepper! It is crunchy when entering mouth, then immediately melts and leaves no residue in mouth. I have tried pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and hemp seed with shell, none of them beat the sweet and nutty flavor boost the hemp seed (no shell) adds to it. Try this recipe and enjoy the flavor, taste and texture sensations.

The star ingredient in this recipe is hemp seed(shelled, no shell, shell removed) which in 30g has 11g protein and 14g (only 1g saturated fat) fat. It has a good omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acid ratio; is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Zinc, iron and a very good source of Magnesium.

Another good thing about this snack is it's easy and quick to make, your stove top (or air popper) and oven do the job for you. With no further delay, followed are ingredients and directions to make this amazing snack.

For 10 cups popped popcorn you'll need:
1/3 cups and 1 tbsp. organic popcorn kernels
Hot air popcorn popper
3 tbsp. safflower oil (sunflower oil, coconut oil, corn oil, butter or any high smoke point oil)
1 3-quart covered saucepan (I don't have air popper so I used stove top oil popping)

For the remaining recipe you'll need:
2 cups hemp seeds(no shell)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
1⁄3 cup honey
3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

Makes 10 servings
Nutrition facts label for this recipe (calculated by edamam.com):
377calories / serving 19% daily value
Fat 23g 35%
Carbs 39g 13%
Protein 8g 16%

kiwi236 months ago
Mmmmm I have only recently discovered the health benefits of hemp seed and can't wait to try this out!
babybayrs (author)  kiwi236 months ago

I promise you won't be disappointed. I have stopped making and eating any other popcorns.

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bajablue1 year ago

Love this, babybayrs! For those who can't find hemps seeds, I'm guessing they could be substituted with toasted sesame seeds!

babybayrs (author)  bajablue1 year ago

Yes, but the flavor and texture I think will be quite different. Sesame is nutty and dry. Hemp seed (without shell) is nutty and sweet, soft, oily, it kind of pops and melts in mouth after baking and toasting. The closest might be crushed pine nuts. I linked to hemp seeds listings on amazon although I don't know about the quality. I got mine from a different source which is more expensive than amazon's but very good. When my current stock is gone, I'll try the hemps seeds on amazon.

Interesting! I've never tried hemp seeds before. Thanks for sharing!
babybayrs (author)  bajablue1 year ago

It totally beats other things I tried with this snack.

This looks scrumtious :). Thank you so much for sharing.

babybayrs (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thanks for your kind comments. Hope you'll try it soon.

SANDBOX11 year ago

They are Canabis Seeds. Once sterile they can be sold and legal.

budhaztm1 year ago
Hemp seeds are kinda a legal. In the US you can't buy them unless they've been sterilized or shelled. You can find it at most health food stores.
babybayrs (author)  budhaztm1 year ago

my local organic food store has the shelled seeds. But it's more expensive than the online seeds (shelled). The whole seeds with shell can be found online, much cheaper. However the one I got isn't good. So don't bother to buy the whole seeds.

Are these seeds legal? Where do you buy them?
babybayrs (author)  strings30021 year ago

It may be found in local organic food store or online. I'm surprised there are discussions of if it's legal in America. The whole seed, expressed oil, and the part left after expressing oil have been eaten all the time in China, a few really delicious regional foods. The hemp thread is made from the bark of the plant.