hemp protein powder

9 Great Ways to Use Hemp Protein Powder

For over 12,000 years, humans have cultivated the Cannabis sativa L plant, commonly known as hemp.

Seeds of the hemp plant were used by ancient cultures as a source of nutrition and healing, a practice now catching on in the western world following multiple scientific studies confirming hemp’s benefits.

Hemp protein powder is made by grinding hemp seeds, also called hearts, into a fine powder. This makes incorporating hemp into the diet easy and convenient.

If you’re looking to buy some hemp protein powder, make sure you read our guide where we review the best hemp protein powder on the market.

What Makes Hemp Protein Powder So Good For You?

Let’s start with its pure nutritional value. It’s called a protein powder because of the incredibly high protein content found in hemp seeds.

Hemp protein powder is typically 50% protein, offering about 15 grams of protein per serving.

Also, hemp protein contains all 20 amino acids your body needs, including the nine your body needs from food because it can’t make them.

Moreover, hemp protein contains a litany of vitamins and minerals that promote good health, including:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Thiamine
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Folate
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium iron
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Beta Carotene

Hemp protein also contains some other compounds known to prevent and even treat diseases.

Hemp seeds polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3’s, and aliphatic alcohols help protect against cardiovascular disease. Researchers have even found that hemp improves memory and brain function.

If you wish to learn more, please read our guide that covers the health benefits of hemp seeds.

Now that you know all the good things hemp protein can do for you, let’s talk about nine great ways to use hemp protein powder.

1. Smoothies and Shakes

Incorporating hemp protein powder into your favorite blended drink is a straightforward and portable option for any time of the day. Here are two recipes to satisfy both your savory and sweet sides.

Spicy Green Smoothie

spicy green hemp smoothie
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 chopped mango
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 lime, juiced

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth

Dairy-Free Strawberry Shake

From Living Healthy with Chocolate

hemp strawberry milkshake
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend all the ingredients until smooth, adding ice if desired

Source: Living Healthy with Chocolate

2. Cereal

While cereal can make a quick and easy meal at any hour, there’s no doubt that it provides a much-needed boost at breakfast time.

Hemp protein powder can be mixed into any traditional cereal to provide extra protein for your busy day, but here is a home-made cereal that packs a real nutritional punch.

POW Raw Cereal

From Protein Pow

hemp cereal
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes

Mix the ingredients together. Pour your choice of milk over the cereal and let it sit so the seeds get a little soft

Source: Protein Pow

3. Protein Bars

Protein bars are another convenient way to get nutrition on the go. Unfortunately, too many processed protein bars you find in the stores have ingredient lists more like candy. The good news is that making your own healthy energy bars is straightforward and doesn’t even require baking.

Hemp Protein Bars

From Green Kitchen Stories

hemp protein bars
  • 1/2 cup hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 20 pitted dates
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 6 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Use a food processor or rugged blender to make the following ingredients into a crunchy mixture: the hemp seeds and powder, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
  2. Put this mixture into a bowl then use the processor to blend the following until smooth: the dates, coconut oil, cacao powder, and vanilla.
  3. Pour this mixture over the crunchy ingredients in the bowl, then add in the poppy seeds and rolled oats.
  4. Spread this in a baking dish to the desired thickness, making sure it’s pressed down and compact.
  5. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes, and it’s ready to cut into bars!

Source: Green Kitchen Stories

4. Oatmeal/Porridge

Few things can hit the spot like a bowl of warm oatmeal porridge on a cold morning. The heat and health benefits flow throughout the body, providing comfort and nutrition. By adding hemp protein powder, this wholesome traditional meal offers even more goodness.

Protein Porridge

From Protein World

hemp protein porridge
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup berries and/or bananas


  1. Put the almond milk in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, then back off the heat a bit and stir in the other ingredients.
  2. Stir until creamy and sprinkle on berries, sliced bananas, or other fresh fruit.

Source: Protein World

5. Muffins

Perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or even parties, muffins are some of the most versatile baked goods you can make. This recipe provides a tasty way to get some extra protein, fiber, vegetables, and fruit.

Cranberry Carrot Bran Muffins

From Hummusapien

hemp muffin
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup hemp protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons water (in lieu of eggs)
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 mashed medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Stir together the ground flax and water to create an egg substitute and set aside.
  2. In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oat bran, flour, hemp powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients: egg substitute, carrot, banana, applesauce, honey, and vanilla.
  4. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients bowl and stir to combine them. Then stir in the cranberries.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin tin and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.

Source: Hummusapien

6. Ice Cream

Sometimes you just crave a sweet treat, and ice cream is as smooth and tempting as it gets. By adding some healthy ingredients, you can dive right in without any guilt. The best part? You don’t even need a fancy ice cream machine.

Hemp Protein Chocolate Ice Cream

From Fitness Treats

Hemp Protein Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 1/4 cup hemp protein (30g)
  • 1 tbsp honey (20g)
  • 25 g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips (25g)
  • 3 fresh eggs


  1. Separate egg yolks from the egg white. Whisk egg yolks with honey until egg yolks become pale and fluffy.
  2. Melt chocolate and add to yolks. Add hem protein powder and chocolate chips.
  3. Whip egg whites into stiff peaks.
  4. Fold egg whites into the chocolate-yolks mixture.
  5. Place in the freezer for 1h30.

Source: Fitness Treats

7. Brownies

Ice cream isn’t the only sweet treat that can be transformed with hemp protein powder. Hemp protein can replace flour in baked goods since flour is just ground grain protein. Unlike regular baking flour, hemp protein retains its other nutrients.

Paleo Brownies

From Oh snap! Let’s Eat!

hemp paleo brownies
  • 3/4 cup hemp protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chip
  • 3 eggs


  1. In one bowl, mix your dry ingredients: hemp protein, cocoa powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients: coconut oil, vanilla, honey, and the eggs.
  3. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients bowl.
  4. Spread this into an 8-inch baking dish, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Source: Oh snap! Let’s Eat!

8. Cakes

If even brownies and muffins can’t calm your sweet tooth, this one is sure to.

Microwave Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

From Daily Burn

hemp chocolate lava cake
  • 1/4 cup hemp protein powder
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 ounce chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 ounce chocolate, quartered
  • 6 packets stevia
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Microwave the chopped chocolate and almond butter, frequently stirring, until melted. Whisk in: stevia, eggs, cocoa, salt, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, combine the hemp protein powder and baking powder.
  3. Whisk this combination into the chocolate mixture, then spoon it into 4 mugs or baking ramekins.
  4. Push a piece of the quartered chocolate into the middle of each.
  5. Put them in the microwave at half power for about a minute until the cakes are dry on top.
  6. Let them rest for a couple of minutes, but not too long, so the chocolate “lava” in the middle doesn’t solidify.

Source: Daily Burn

9. Waffles

Waffles have made a huge comeback in recent years. Once quaint breakfast relics of small-town diners, or cursed frozen toaster blocks, waffles have grown up and become a welcome addition to any meal. And now, they can even be healthy.

Paleo Protein Waffles

From The Kitchen Table

paleo hemp protein waffles
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or applesauce)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 8 drops liquid stevia or 1 teaspoon sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 small whole egg
  • 2 tablespoons egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Mix the following together in a bowl: hemp powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. Add in the other ingredients, stirring to combine.
  3. Spread the batter into a preheated, greased waffle iron and cook for about 5 minutes or to your waffle maker’s specifications.

Source: The Kitchen Table

Notes About Cooking With Hemp Protein Powder

If you’ve never used hemp protein powder before, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that it tends to give foods and drinks a slight green color. This green tinge is completely natural, so don’t let it scare you off.

Hemp protein powder has an earthy and nutty flavor profile. This flavor varies a little from one brand to another, so try a few.

Like anything, some people like it more than others. If you don’t particularly care for its taste, there are a couple of ways you can still take advantage of it.

The first is to use it in recipes alongside ingredients with intense flavors, like those above that use chocolate, dates, and bananas.

Also, you’ll notice when shopping for hemp protein powder that some brands sell flavored versions. All the recipes in this article assume plain hemp protein powder, but that’s not to say you can’t buy a flavored type and adjust your recipes accordingly.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, hemp protein powder is a remarkably versatile ingredient. It can be added to raw foods and beverages or used in cooking or baking. It’s an all-day companion that goes as well with breakfast as with dessert and is ideal for portable energy snacks or smoothies.

Hemp protein powder can be a valuable ally for your health, for basically every part of your body from your skin to your inner organs, your digestive system to your brain.

We hope you enjoyed these recipes and that they got your imagination fired up thinking of other tasty things you can make with hemp protein powder.

For more check out our hemp seed recipes post.

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