Hemp Heart Cookies Are The Future Of Plant-Based Dessert

by The Z Living Editors
  • Total Time: 40 Mins
  • Cook: 30 Mins
  • Prep: 10 Mins
  • Serves: 24
  • Level: Beginner

We all love dessert, but choosing which sweets to eat can be tricky when you’re trying to stick to a plant-based diet. These nutritious cookies — dubbed "the great Canadian hemp cookies" by recipe author and Healthy Gourmet host Julie Daniluk — are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while sneaking in some plant-based ingredients. This recipe is featured in Daniluk’s new book, The Hot Detox Plan: Cleanse Your Body and Heal Your Gut With Warming, Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

Daniluk came up with this dessert recipe for her nephew one holiday season, while he was eating according to an elimination menu to pin down a mysterious allergy. One unusual ingredient? Hemp hearts, which bring a subtle, nutty flavor to the cookies. (PS, her nephew loved them, and ate them without issue!)

In addition to the hemp hearts—excellent sources of plant-based protein—this healthy cookie recipe is filled with natural ingredients, which replace common inflammatories found in cookies. 

What these cookies remove: A large element of Daniluk’s new Hot Detox Plan is eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet. Typically cookie recipes unfortunately contain many inflammatory ingredients. As Daniluk tells Z Living, Using white refined sugar or refined flour makes your dish into a substance that is extremely inflammatory. This is like having a credit card inserted in your body, for which you need to make a massive nutritional withdrawal, just to handle those empty calories.”

What goes in place of common inflammatory ingredients: Daniluk brings flavor to these cookies with natural, plant-based sweeteners like raw liquid honey, coconut butter, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger. Using more natural ingredients to replace processed fillers makes your dish both easier to consume and more flavorful. 

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  • 2 1⁄2 tbsp filtered water 
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (freshly ground if possible)
  • 2 cups hemp hearts 
  • 2 cups unsweetened dried shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 tsp pink rock or gray sea salt 
  • 2⁄3 cup raw liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter (or coconut oil if coconut butter is unavailable)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the water and flax, and let sit for 10 minutes.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the hemp, coconut, ginger, cinnamon and salt.

4. Add the honey and coconut butter to the flax. With a hand mixer, beat until smooth, about 1 minute.

5. Fold this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and combine well. The resulting texture should be fairly dry.

6. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture, and, using your hands, roll into a ball. Place on a baking sheet. With wet fingers, flatten the top so the cookie is 1⁄2 inch thick. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

7. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Makes 24 cookies. Will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature or up to 6 months in the freezer.

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Recipe reprinted with permission by Julie Daniluk RHN and Hay House Publishers /©TheHotDetoxPlan2017. Visit TheHotDetoxPlan.com for your free book bonuses. Connect with Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk and on Twitter @juliedaniluk

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