Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, but lightly toasting them can add some extra crunch and a toasted flavour to the seeds.
Toasted hemp seeds are high in protein, fibre, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. It’s easy to toast your own raw seeds. You can either toast the seeds on the stove or in the oven, and you can toast them on their own or throw them in with vegetables when frying them.
Toasting hemp seeds
To toast the hemp seeds on the stove, you’ll need a heavy skillet and your choice of cooking oil (not hemp oil, heating hemp oil doesn’t have a positive effect on it). Place the heavy skillet onto a burner set to medium-high heat. Toss in about 100 grams of hemp seeds, spreading them out evenly over the skillet. Allow the seeds to cook until you notice they turn darker, which will take two to three minutes. Add in ½ teaspoon of the cooking oil and stir the seeds immediately so that they’re evenly coated. If you want, at this time you can sprinkle the seeds with sea salt for taste. Continue to cook the seeds, stirring regularly, for three to four minutes. Pour the seeds onto a plate or in a bowl to allow them to cool fully.
Toast hemp seeds in the oven
You can toast the hemp seeds in the oven with the help of a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Coat the seeds with cooking oil, sprinkle them with sea salt and then spread the seeds out on a baking sheet. Bake the seeds until they become brown, which will likely take about 15 minutes, and then allow them to cool fully.
Once toasted, the hemp seeds are tasty when eaten as is, but they can be added to other foods. Sprinkle them over your salads, pastas and stir-fry dishes or add them into your sandwiches and wraps for extra crunch. They work great when mixed into bread, muffin, cookie and other baking recipes.