A few years ago, as a food scientist, I was researching plant-based ingredients when I came across a technical paper on the nutritional aspects of hemp seed hearts and was amazed by how much nutrition this little seed packed. Diving more into the topic, I learned that hemp was also a highly sustainable crop, especially when grown in organic systems. Two questions popped into my mind, “Why aren’t more people eating this?” and “Could I use this to make the most delicious, healthier, and more environmentally friendly non-dairy ice cream?”. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to create the best non-dairy gelato using hemp and other plant champs.
Hemp is an amazing, multi-purpose, sustainable plant; it can be used to create foods, paper, rope, medicines, textiles, building materials and beyond. As a company driven to create better-for-you and better-for the planet treats, we love hemp seeds for their sustainability and nutritional benefits - plus they’re tasty too! This little seed is a plant powerhouse, as it’s one of the best plant-based sources for amino acids, protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids. Its protein and healthy unsaturated fats help give our gelato an incredible texture and creaminess, without making it too heavy. Hemp is also considered to be less allergenic than many plant proteins like nuts and peas.
Packed with nutrients and great taste, the mighty hemp seed is beginning to shine in new products in every aisle of the supermarket. Seeing new hemp foods stand beside other plant champs and deliver amazing tastes, textures and flavors makes us really excited! Team Doozy loves to explore these new products and here are 8 products we love:
Shaun and Veronica of Grounded Foods are making “cheese free cheese” from hemp seeds and cauliflower, with varieties like herb marinated feta, black truffle & garlic cream cheese and Camembert-style cheese. If this is the future of plant-based cheese, we are here for it!
Grain free, sprouted hemp seed tortilla chips are the perfect crispy super-food snack. Hemp nachos? Yes, please.
A dairy company founded in 1925 was reborn in 2017 as a plant-milk company and they are leading the way with simple, delicious plant milks. We especially love the Barista Edition Hemp Milk for its creaminess and the perfect froth in our cappuccinos. Hemp also shines in their line of Oat Creamers.
Ari Sherman and Jourdan Samel Co-Founded Evo Hemp in 2012 and have been hard at work establishing a supply chain of U.S. grown hemp, and they’re working to revive the country’s agricultural system. We love their Cookie Dough Hemp Protein Bars, which are a great snack and an even better gelato topping. We recommend pairing them with our Vanilla Bean gelato.
Sfoglini is dedicated to sourcing top quality American organic grains and using traditional Italian methods which makes some of the best pasta out there! They have partnered with JD Farms, a USDA certified-organic farm in Upstate New York to create delicious, nutty flavored, heart healthy hemp pasta.
Good Seed hemp seed burgers aren’t just delicious veggie burgers, they’re some of the best burgers, hands down. Their super-food patties are loaded with hemp seeds, chia seeds, mushrooms and cauliflower are so flavorful you’ll never miss meat.
We just discovered these and are excited to see hemp greens enter the conversation. Move over kale chips, these chips are made from real hemp leaves which are high in nutrients and minerals such as protein, magnesium, terpenes and chlorophyll.
Lumen created the world’s first USDA organic cold-pressed hemp juice, maximizing all the plant’s benefits in their range of functional super-food shots. We appreciate that they go beyond organic requirements, working with regenerative farmers (like we do at Doozy Pots!) and aiming to be carbon negative in the future.