homemade hemp seed butter


The recess bell rings, and all of my fellow classmates grab their brown bags, bouncy balls, jump ropes, hacky sacks, and other kiddo delights.  We all scamper out to make the most of these precious 15 minutes away from our intense studies of dinosaurs, basic addition, and, the obsolete, cursive writing.  Aw, recess.  The time where we all learn the importance of the break, of taking time away from work, and, of course, of snacking.

<–who thought this game was a good idea?

Snacking for non-Bubble Children was a different game than for yours truly.  Before the tetherballs were whipped around those poles, and we all found our stomachs growling on those blue lunch yard tables, I cannot tell you how many plastic containers I saw unveiled revealing sliced apples, celery, and creamy, luscious peanut butter.  I knew it was capable of taking my life, but that didn’t stop it from both smelling and looking like some strange combination of gooey caramel, melted milk chocolate, and just-too-soft ice cream.  It wanted it so bad.


And I still do.

“Recess” remains important to me.  I am taking mine right now, eating my Sunday breakfast in the sun before a long night of cooking at The Heathman tonight.

After a busy Saturday evening shift last night, my body wanted something comforting this morning, something that reminded me that I was still on a break before feeding the elite masses, again.  Good morning, sunshine, my inspiration to develop a new way to make hemp seed butter.

When you buy this stuff in stores, it is not only extremely overpriced, but it is both green, not toasted, and, frankly, nothing like that smooth goodness I desired so badly as a young thing.

cookinghempseedbutterThe trick is, you’ve got to actually toast the hemp seeds, and then let them cook a little bit so they expand into their full, rich potential.  Then it is time to add the flavor (salt and honey).  Now your hemp seed butter is both golden brown and toasty delicious.

homemade hemp seed butter

Serves 1 small pot hemp seed butter
Prep time 2 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 17 minutes
Dietary Corn Free, Dairy Free, Diabetic, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Condiment, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold


  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup neutral flavored oil (grapeseed or canola)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons agave nectar, honey, or xylitol


Step 1 Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Toast hemp seeds for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Step 2 Reduce heat to medium-low, and add oil.  Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
Step 3 Remove from heat, and strain out excess oil.  In a medium bowl, combine hemp seeds, sea salt, and honey with an electric mixer until desired creaminess is reached. Stores in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

6 thoughts on “homemade hemp seed butter

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  2. I can’t wait to try your recipe! I have made hemp butter before with honey but didn’t toast the seeds first. I will give that a try once I get my Vitamix (I used a Magic Bullet, but it took a dive -literally- onto the floor and it is no more).
    I want to comment on the use of canola as an oil option (in this recipe): First of all, I wouldn’t recommend canola to anyone, unless it is certified ORGANIC/NON-GMO. Secondly, as my son has an allergy to all things mustard, including the mustard seed from which canola oil is derived, I will avoid canola. That being said, I would suggest HEMP as a first choice as this is hemp butter. Optional oils worth using are COCONUT, AVOCADO or EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL in recipes requiring cooking oils.
    But that’s just my opinion…Pam

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