Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce

April 2, 2014
Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce - Hemp hearts, dates, and vanilla form this wonderfully sweet sauce .. perfect for drizzling on fruit or anywhere else just a kiss of sweet is called for

You know it's going to be a good day .. when the first thing you hear

before you even open your eyes .. is a kitty cat purring happily beside your pillow

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Photo Credit: Mayo Clinic

I smelled The Chef's coffee as he quietly moved about .. working his way through our morning list of chores .. making just enough of a stir .. to ensure I wouldn't go back to sleep. “Remember .. you wanted to make it out of the house on time .. it's weigh-in day”  

Oh yes ..

I lingered a minute more .. pulling the covers to my chin .. the purring got louder as I scratched Lucy's tummy .. Will there ever come a time when the scale won't invoke a deep sense of dread .. ingrained in my spirit after decades of dieting ..

Can I truly rise above defining myself by the number it displays?

Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce - Hemp hearts, dates, and vanilla form this wonderfully sweet sauce .. perfect for drizzling on fruit or anywhere else just a kiss of sweet is called for

Two weeks .. I'm now two full weeks into Venice Nutrition's 8-Week run .. and time for a gentle reminder of my definition of success

Gone are caffeine, sugar, wine, red meat, diary, and gluten .. I've eaten as clean as I can not just a few days .. but two WEEKS.    I haven't quit .. even during the first four days .. when my body felt .. like .. death

Today I'm lighter on my feet .. my mind isn't foggy .. I'm sleeping better .. and I just .. plain .. feel good again

Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce - Hemp hearts, dates, and vanilla form this wonderfully sweet sauce .. perfect for drizzling on fruit or anywhere else just a kiss of sweet is called for

If you follow The Veggies .. much has been written about my love affair with sweets .. with most alternatives rooted in greek yogurt. As I've moved away from dairy for the next couple of months .. it's time to expand my horizons again .. this time with the addition of superfoods

Hemp .. a seed that's not only high in protein .. but considered complete (containing all 9 of the essential amino acids). It's also a perfect balance of omega fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6).

I've slowly been experimenting with hemp hearts (hulled seeds) .. they're fairly benign really .. to date just sprinkling them in smoothies & over greek yogurt .. not really sure where to go from there. That is .. until I ran across this beautiful idea

Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce - Hemp hearts, dates, and vanilla form this wonderfully sweet sauce .. perfect for drizzling on fruit or anywhere else just a kiss of sweet is called for

Here .. the original authors used them to form the base of a sauce .. dates added for a natural sweetener .. vanilla to round out the taste .. water to thin it out. When drizzled over fruit (or roasted fruit) it's just the hint of sweet I've needed to feel satisfied.

I have a feeling the same idea (using them as a base to form a sauce .. maybe with a blended veggie?) will be on the horizon this coming week.

My coach smiled as she recorded my numbers .. down 7 pounds and 2% body comp. A pleasant p.s. to add to the list of successes .. much more to come

(To read about the beginning of my journey on the 8-Week Run .. here)

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  

To read more about the benefits of hemp seed .. here 

I'm excited to try this idea for making the most of your vanilla beans .. here

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~ Adapted from Earth Sprout .. here 

Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts rinsed well
  • 3/4 c + 1-2 Tbsp water depending on how thin you would like it to be
  • 6 large medjool dates pitted
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  • In a food processor add the hemp hearts, dates, water, and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • (** Soaking the hemp seeds for an hour or so will help soften them and make the blending a bit easier)
  • Add the seeds from the vanilla bean & pulse a couple more times, until they're mixed throughout.
  • Drizzle warm or cold over fruit
Serves: 12
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 75
Total Fat 3.3g
Carbohydrates 9.75g
Sugars 7.25g
Protein 2.75g
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1 Comment

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 20, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I definitely need to try a cleanse. Not to control my weight but do live a healthier lifestyle and have more energy. The hemp heart vanilla sauce looks so good!

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