Recipe: Almond Hemp Protein Dessert

Excellent Food to manage cholesterol, brain, skin & bone health, High in Protein & GLA.  "GLA deficiency may be linked to psoriasis, eczema, acne, heavy menses & IBS." 



½ Cup of soaked Almonds

1 Tbsp Desiccated Coconut

2 Tbsp Hemp Protein Power

1 Tsp Lacuma Powder

Date Syrup

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Pistachio Nuts

A few drops Vanilla Essence




Soak almonds overnight.  Drain and remove their skins.  Add all ingredients except the date syrup, pistachio and half cinnamon) to a container with half glass water and blend to a creamy consistency.  Place in a serving bowl or glass & drizzle generously with date syrup.  Sprinkle with cinnamon & pistachio

Serves 2


Almond is the only nut that alkalises the body, all other nuts acidify.[i]  In Ayurvedic medicine it is revered for its ability to support the reproductive system, particularly in men by improving sperm count.   Almonds can be eaten raw as a snack but those with a weak digestion should soak them overnight first & remove the skins as this activates the enzymes & increases their nutrient value.  Like all nuts they are an excellent source of plant protein while being particularly high in Vitamin E & Manganese.  They are also a rich in flavanols, antioxidants and are known to help with managing cholesterol & there are many discussions on its potential benefits for brain health & Alzheimer’s[ii].  The high quantity of manganese may also explain it benefits in cholesterol & brain health. 

Hemp is a complete plant protein with all 20 amino acids.  It is also a generous supply of essential fatty acids omegas 3 & 6 including GLA (gamma linoleic acid) the most precious of all fats and only found in few foods (spirulina, evening primrose & borage for example).  We eat an abundance of omega 6 (polyunsaturated fats) & not nearly enough omega 3’s unless you are eating large quantities of fish & that in itself has its risks.  Hemp has a healthy ratio of omega 3’s to 6.  GLA deficiency may be linked to psoriasis, eczema, acne, heavy menses & IBS.  Hemp Protein does not contain THC the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. 

[i] Pitchford P. Healing with Wholefoods p.493


Siobhán Shinnors, Medical Herbalist has been working with Nutrition for over 20 years.

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