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Hemp Seed Maple Butter Recipe

While coaching one of my clients a few weeks ago she asked me where she could buy hempseed butter. Since I had not seen my favourite brand in a while (and later discovered it's been discontinued - boo hoo!), I watched a video and realized just HOW easy it is to make yourself (woo hoo!)

And so, that's precisely what I did this morning - made some hempseed butter to take on the road with me!

The timing couldn't be more perfect because I just taught a workshop last week on my favourite superfoods and hemp was on the list, not be confused with the illegal hemp of course! ;)

Here are some health benefits of hemp that people have reported when introducing hemp to their diet:

  • Increased energy levels & metabolic rate
  • Reduce symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
  • Reduce inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis (due to fat content – esp GLA)
  • Improve recovery of muscles after exercise
  • Reduce & treat dry skin and hair conditions
  • Lower blood LDL cholesterol levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve cardiovascular circulation & function

These benefits are largely due to the complete protein (yes, ALL the essential aminos), good fat (omega 3s and 6s) present in hemp. Hemp is also a wonderful source of a fatty acid called GLA which is both hormonally balancing and anti-inflammatory.

This recipe is wonderful spread on toast or sliced apple. You will love just how easy it is to make too. If you are new to hemp seeds, keep in mind this butter tastes very hemp-y, which is a good thing in my opinion but I LOVE hemp!

Hempseed Maple Butter

Breakfast & Brunch
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  • 1 cup shelled hempseeds
  • 3-4 tbsp hemp seed oil
  • 2 soft medjool dates, pitted
  • 2-3 tbsp dark maple syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until a paste forms. You can stop blending early to keep it chunky or continue blending for a smoother texture.


Yields: 1 cup(ish) of hemp seed butter

Joyous Tip

If you want a creamier and/or sweeter texture add more oil or more maple syrup.

kamotion   •   March 26, 2013

Just made this one with coconut oil and it's fantastic! Thanks Joy!


bruce   •   August 21, 2013

good recipe - thanks! I also made a variant using 1/4 cup of shredded fresh coconut in place of the dates - that turned out well also. I'm looking for recipes that use whole, unshelled hempseed but am finding very little. the whole seeds have great fiber content and some other components that should be healthy. Any ideas or possible resources? thanks!


John Fisher   •   January 8, 2014

I've never tried hemp seeds before, so am looking forward to giving this a try. Sounds like it might be tasty.


BJ   •   January 17, 2014

For better digestion or nutriton do you need to grind the seeds to a flour?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 20, 2014

Iona   •   May 10, 2014

Just to clear up, hemp is perfectly legal, no THC in there at all. It's cannabis (weed) that contains THC and is illegal :) Hemp is all good, fully legal and non-trippy :)


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