25 Dairy-Free and Healthy Plant-Based Hemp Seed Recipes

Shelled hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are one of those under-loved foods, in my opinion. Not only are they hugely nutritious, but they’re also incredibly rich, a little nutty, and have that great, snappy little bite. Overall, they’re extremely versatile and even somewhat fun for dairy-free diets. That’s why I’ve put together this great list of 25 plant-based hemp seed recipes.

25 Dairy-Free and Healthy Plant-Based Hemp Seed Recipes (Mostly Gluten-Free and Vegan Too!) - Dairy Alternatives, Baked Goods, Meals, Sides, and Even Desserts!)

25 Dairy-Free and Healthy Plant-Based Hemp Seed Recipes

Hemp seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and have a good balance of Omega 6 fatty acids. They are also a notable vegan source of protein and several micronutrients. On that note, hemp seeds have been shown to benefit heart health, brain protection, and reducing inflammation, which can cause skin problems, arthritis, and more.

To showcase these benefits, these herbal hemp seed recipes combine various healthy ingredients. And I hope to give you new ideas for incorporating hemp seeds into your daily diet. As a bonus, most of them are naturally gluten-free.

To note: Hemp seeds are related to the cannabis plant, but they do not naturally contain THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

Dairy alternatives

Hemp seeds mix easily and are quite creamy thanks to all those healthy fats. We use them to make all those rich milks, butters and sauces.

Baked goods

I love the little hints of hemp seeds in baked goods. They add interest, but aren’t as bulky or obtrusive as walnuts.


You can mix hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, or hemp protein directly into smoothies. Sometimes hemp seeds even make a fun topping for smoothies or smoothie bowls.

Meals and side dishes

There are delicious ways to incorporate hemp seeds into lunch and dinner. And these healthy plant-based hemp seed recipes are getting pretty creative!

Desserts better for you

Beyond the sweet recipes below, I think hemp seeds are fun to add to homemade dairy-free chocolate barks or rolled over chocolate-covered frozen bananas.

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