With a light nutty taste they can be a great addition in almost any recipe!
As part of a balanced and varied diet, these little beauties are a healthy plant based fuel for our body, high in protein, rich in omega 3,6 and 9 and contain essential amino acids we need to flourish.
Have you ever stopped to think how these colder months could be for the birds around us? Making fat cakes for the birds this half term is a great way to keep the children entertained. You could even get a great night sleep knowing you’ve done a good deed too.
Picture of a Robin by MARK GILLOW/GETTY IMAGES
According to British bird foods “Hemp seed is a oil rich seed that can be fed straight or with other seeds, it has very good weight gaining properties for the birds and is an ideal supplement in the breeding season.”
Fat cakes are best used in the winter months or early spring, as they will melt in warmer weather.
Digesting seeds, nuts and grain will boost the bird metabolism, and the fat helps them put on a bit of weight, both are helpful in creating enough body heat to keep them warm through the long nights.
Please note according to the National Trust you should not use any soft fats like margarine or leftover fats from baking trays as these can stick to the birds feathers and stop them from being able to fly.
How to make the fat cakes
Melt the lard on the hob over a low heat, mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl then combined the two when ready.
Poke a hole in the bottom of the cake case.
Cut the string slightly longer than the kebab stick, then cut the kebab sticks in two and remove the pointy end for health and safety purposes.
Tie the string to the middle of the wooden sticks and thread the string though the cake case with the sticks on top.
Place the cases in the tray, then fill to the top with the mixture.
Place the baking tray in the fridge over night so the fat cakes can set.
In the morning peel away the paper cake cases then tie a knot in the end of the string so you can hang them out for the bird to feed on.
We have chosen a spot outside our office window, so we can watch our feathered friends enjoy a good meal.
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
Measure the almond butter, shelled hemp seed and sugar into a bowl, add a ¼ tsp of salt, then mix till you get a crumbly mixture. Add the egg and combine until you form a sticky dough.
Break off roughly 20g balls of cookie dough, carefully press them down, well-spaced apart, on the trays.
4. Bake for 12 mins, until golden around the edges and paler in the centre. Cool on the trays for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Store for up to 3 days, if they last that long..
This recipe makes 18 yummy almond butter and hemp seed cookies, we sell them with our other products at markets across Dorset and Hampshire, I thought it might be nice to share the recipe for you all to make at home, enjoy them and please leave a comments if you love them as much as us… Stay safe David
1. Preheat the oven to 130-140°C not to high, so not to evaporate off all the CBD. Line a tin about 20 x 30 cm with baking parchment.
2. Bring a pan of water to the boil then switch off the heat. Break up the chocolate into small pieces and put into a heatproof glass bowl with the coconut oil and set on top of the pan of hot water, melt, combine the mixture, set aside to cool, then add your CBD oil and mix.
3. Meanwhile sift together the ground almonds, protein powder, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl and set aside.
4. Whisk the eggs and sugar together with the vanilla extract until well blended and frothy,# a minute or two with an electric whisk will do.
5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour in the egg and sugar mix, followed by the molten chocolate. Starting slowly, mix the whole lot together with a wooden spoon until it’s combined in a thick batter. Chop and Stir in the walnuts.
6. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin, spread it out with a spatula and bake for roughly 25 minutes, or until the top looks firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out fairly clean.
7. Let the brownie cool in the tin completely, we put them in the fridge overnight, and they’ll get a bit fudgier and a bit firmer.
8. cut in to 12 portions then serve, chill out and enjoy your wonderful creation
This recipe makes 12 Hemp protein brownies each infused with roughly 20 mg of CBD, add more or less CBD oil to suit your needs, chill out and enjoy…
I have to say I love my smoothies! They are a great way to get your five a day, and guess what? It’s really easy to add your CBD oil too, all you need to do is add a fatty element like avocado for the CBD oil to bind to and you’re away. I use 2 tablespoons of shelled hemp seed, spinach, avocado, apple, blueberries, strawberries and some water, try adding 5-20 mg of your CBD oil, blitz then enjoy.
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