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Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review, Giveaway + Banana Bread Recipe

Hey again!

Today I’ve got a delicious review for you! Ever heard of Hemp Seeds? I hadn’t either, but don’t worry, I think you’ll want to add these to your list of pantry staples once you’re done reading this!

Manitoba Harvest is a company based out of Canada, and they’ve recently partnered up with the ladies of Fit Approach to promote their Hemp Hearts super seeds! I was graciously sent these little gems to review, (free of compensation) and I am excited to share the recipe I used them in as well!

So first things first, what is hemp? No, not marijuana, but rather the valuable crop that is high in protein, omegas 3 & 6, and many vitamins and minerals. This little seed is packed full of nutrients, and actually lower in carbs than flax and chia seeds. Seeds are an easy, easy, easy way to ramp up the nutritional value of your meal, and with the Hemp Hearts having such a indistinguishable taste, (though slightly nutty) they can be added to pretty much anything you can imagine. Hemp seeds actually start out larger, but Manitoba uses a shelling process to only get the center of the seeds, which is the densest and most raw part. Thus, the Hemp Hearts are a tiny but highly sustainable and delicious treat! You can read ALL about Manitoba’s Hemp products and Hemp Hearts on their FAQ page.

When I first opened these I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the taste of the seeds or they would be too strong to add to anything. But, they really only have a SLIGHT nutty taste, if that, and I could seriously put these on or in anything. I’ve actually even taken them to work just to snack on.

Ok, now it’s time for a yummy recipe using Manitoba’s Hemp Hearts. I decided to make Banana Nut Bread, and since it’s not necessarily the healthiest indulgence out there, I figured adding in some protein and omegas would healthy it up a bit. I try to eat a lot of bananas as it is to keep my potassium in check when running, so banana bread is always a go for me!

Easy Banana Nut Bread with Manitoba Hemp Hearts

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This recipe is super simple, and actually comes from my husband’s side of the family. I altered it just a little bit, but overall it’s a fool-proof way to whip up a delicious loaf of banana nut bread.

Ingredients:

1/2 C Crisco or shortening of choice
1 1/2 C sugar (I use a little bit less than this, since the bananas are so sweet)
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 C chopped pecans
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg (I just sprinkle in as much as I’m in the mood for)
1 tsp cinnamon (same as above, you can never have too much of either!)
3 Tbsp Hemp Hearts (I basically used half of the bag, actually)

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1. In one bowl, using a mixer, combine the crisco, sugar, and eggs.

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2. Add in the ripe bananas, flour, baking soda, pecans, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and Hemp Hearts. Mix until well blended.

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3. Pour into a lightly greased loaf pan.

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4. Bake at 350* for 45mins to 1 hour. Mine took almost an hour.

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5. Serve with butter and enjoy!

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Now, one lucky reader will win a bag of Hemp Hearts, just like the one shown above. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! The winner of the giveaway will be announced a week from today, October 29.

If you don’t happen to win, fear not, you can still get 20% off with this code…HHSweatPink14 and it doesn’t expire until November 30.

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Have you ever used any Hemp products? Have you heard of Manitoba Harvest before? What would you like to use your Hemp Hearts for?

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10 Comments

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    October 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I love hemp! I sometimes prefer it to chia seeds. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      You’re welcome! I’d never tried hemp before, so I was pleasantly surprised 🙂

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    Tara @ Running 'N' Reading
    October 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked them, Sarah! Okay, I’m definitely going to have to dig that bag out of my pantry – ha! I got them on sale one day at Whole Foods, because they looked interesting and I often put things like chia seeds into my smoothies. I get stuck in a rut, though, usually because I’m short on time, and I’ve just forgotten to use them. Thanks so much for this info and review AND this incredible recipe! YUM!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Yes Tara, you need to for sure!!! Now go make some banana bread 😉

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    Jamie @ Wandering Portlander
    October 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve seen those hemp hearts at the grocery store and wondered about them. I like chia seeds a lots, but these seem like another great option. I’ll have to pick up a bag next time I’m there. Can you tell they are in the bread when you eat it (does it mess with the texture)? I’m thinking of hiding them for picky eaters.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Jamie! I couldn’t tell! To me it just seemed like maybe there were a few extra Pecans in there. And I think if you didn’t TELL picky eaters that they were in there, they’d never know!

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    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
    October 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I have heard of hemp hearts and hemp seeds but never have gotten the chance to try them yet. So many foods and ingredients I want to try! My list keeps growing. I’ve also heard of Manitoba Harvest and they’ve seemed like a high-quality company–great review! And you can’t go wrong with banana bread. 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      November 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      I think you’d really like them! Anything that makes it easier for me to get in extra nutrients and still tastes good, is a plus in my book! And I agree, banana bread is the best!

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    Emily @ Sweets and Beets
    October 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I love hemp seeds! I add them to my salads for an extra punch of protein. Thanks for doing this giveaway! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      November 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Adding them to salads is a great idea! I’ve done that a couple times since as well!

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