Banana Chocolate Hemp Muffins

More and More People are Waking Up to the Powerful Nutrition & Nutty Flavor of Hemp Foods

It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  What we choose to eat at breakfast can affect our physical and mental performance, mood, weight and general health.  A horde of health conscious people are hungry for convenient new breakfast options that provide the nutrients and energy they need to fuel an active lifestyle.  One of the hottest health food trends in North America, hemp foods provide a powerful nutrition profile and a nutty gourmet flavor that is a great way to start the day.

The nutritional value of hemp is backed by science.  “Hemp is a powerhouse breakfast food,” explains Koya Webb, NASM, a fitness trainer and lifestyle coach based in Beverly Hills, California.  “Not only is hemp one of the richest plant sources of protein, it also features the perfect balance of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids and plenty of vitamins, minerals and fiber,” adds Webb, a former college track & field star that is training to compete at the 2008 Olympics. For more information on hemp foods, visit www.manitobaharvest.com

Try these Banana Chocolate Hemp Muffins to get your day started!

(Vegan, Wheat-free Recipe Courtesy of Brendan Brazier)
Makes: 12 muffins; Prep Time: 15 minutes; Bake Time: 20 minutes

1 cup Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Protein Powder
1 cup Spelt flour
1 cup Bean flour (grind any kind of bean in coffee grinder)
1 cup Flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
1 ½ cups Oats
1 tsp Sea salt
¼ cup Organic cane sugar
½ cup Cocoa powder
½ cup Carob chips
1 tbsp Baking powder (aluminum free)
2 large Bananas (or 3 small)
3 ½ cups Water

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a large mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, blend bananas with water.  Combine wet mixture to the dry mixture.  Mix until smooth.  Lightly oil the muffin tray.  Spoon the mixture into the tray.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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