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Blueberry Maple Hemp Muffins

Here’s a heavenly match of antioxidant-rich blueberries, maple syrup, and pecans ~ blueberry hemp muffins. Fruity and not-too sweet, with nutritious hemp heart hugs and juicy orange kisses, they’re great for breakfast and healthy snacking. These babies have it going on in the romance department, that is, you will fall in love the minute you bite into one.

Blueberry Hemp MuffinsEver since the doctor advised more protein first thing in the day, I’ve been supplementing my morning smoothies with hemp seed hearts. Three tablespoons of the little green and white nubbins gives me 10 grams of protein that I wasn’t getting before, so into my daily blender concoction they go.

Hemp heart seeds are an easy nutritional addition to cookies and bars—like these super-easy honey hemp bars. Packed with protein, omegas 3 and 6, plus magnesium, fiber and iron, they’re an easy superfood sprinkle for salads as well.

Blueberry Hemp Muffins

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Enter center stage–blueberry hemp muffins. I’ve made three batches this week–all in the interest of perfecting the recipe. We’ve been gobbling down the testers. And giving them to friends and neighbors. The muffins keep well in an airtight container and are just as fabulous the next day, in case you have any leftover. A smoothie plus a blueberry hemp muffin in the morning—yes sir-ee!

At a food blogger conference not long ago, I found a sample of Manitoba Hemp Hearts poking out of my swag bag–which became inspiration for this recipe.

Blueberry Hemp Muffins

Blueberry hemp muffins kitchen notes and details:

  • By the way, hemp hearts are not psychoactive. You get a nutritious delicious happy high from the seeds, that’s all.
  • If you are not vegan, feel free to substitute an egg for the flax meal slurry.
  • For a light texture and slightly nutty flavor, make your muffins with half spelt flour. (I baked one batch with all spelt flour, but since the gluten in spelt is not as strong as wheat’s, the muffins came out a bit crumbly. They were still yummy.)
  • Spelt is an ancient strain of wheat, high in protein with a nutty, complex flavor. Spelt flour is more easily digested than wheat flour, so some people with wheat intolerances are able to tolerate spelt. However, spelt is not gluten free.
  • High altitude tip: Reduce the baking soda to ¾ teaspoon and the baking powder to ¾ teaspoon.

Wishing you a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and cook something with hemp hearts!

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Blueberry Hemp Muffins stacked in a basket
Blueberry Maple Hemp Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
37 mins

Tiny hemp hearts add nutritious love to blueberry orange pecan muffins—delicious for breakfast or snacks! Naturally sweetened and whole grain! If you eat eggs, feel free to substitute an egg for the flax meal slurry.

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian
Keyword: blueberries, muffins, maple syrup, hemp seeds
Servings: 12 muffins.
Author: Letty Flatt |Letty's Kitchen
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (from one orange)
  • 2/3 cup orange juice (see note)
  • ¼ cup avocado or grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup spelt flour (see note)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup chopped pecans plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 1 cup blueberries , fresh or frozen, plus 12 blueberries for tops
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat 12 muffin cups with oil, or spray generously with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the flax meal with warm water. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. 

  3. Sift the whole wheat and/or spelt flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a larger bowl. Stir in the hemp seeds.
  4.  Mix the flax meal slurry with the orange zest, orange juice, oil and maple syrup.

  5. Add the orange juice mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula, using as few strokes as possible so as not to overmix the batter. Fold in the ½ cup of pecans and 1 cup of blueberries.
  6. Immediately divide the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Place a reserved blueberry on top of each muffin and sprinkle the remaining pecans.
  7. Bake 20 -25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean and the tops of the muffins spring back when touched with a finger. Cool 5 to 10 minutes, and then remove from the pan.
Recipe Notes
  • Mix 1 tablespoon flax meal with 2 1/2 tablespoons water and set aside for 15 minutes. This gelatinous mixture makes a good vegan egg substitute.
  • If you are not vegan, substitute an egg for the flax meal slurry.
  • I used freshly squeezed orange juice, but any 100% juice OJ is fine. You can even substitute apple juice.
  • Use all whole wheat flour if you don’t any spelt flour. White whole wheat flour is best.


  • Those sound lovely! Packed with so much great nutrition! Reply · 22 February, 2016

    • Thanks Rebecca! They are delicious! Reply · 22 February, 2016

  • I love hemp seeds! We use them almost daily and I have a bunch of recipes on my site with them. Such goodness! Hemp Hearts are definitely my favorite brand! Beautiful muffins! Reply · 22 February, 2016

    • I’m going to search your site for my next hemp addition! Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I LOVE hemp hearts! They are so deliciously nutty. These muffins look wonderful, Letty! Yum! Reply · 22 February, 2016

  • i wish i had these for breakfast tomorrow morning! Reply · 22 February, 2016

    • I know what you mean Dixya. I went to have one yesterday morning and Robbie had eaten the last two! Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I love baking with hemp hearts. I’ve added them several times to muffins but not blueberry muffins yet! Going to try that out this weekend 😉 Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I eat a tablespoon of Manitoba hemp hearts everyday. I put them in my smoothie or oatmeal in the morning. The best! Those muffins sound wonderful. Thanks! Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • These look great, I love blueberries! Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I’ve been putting hemp hearts on everything lately, love them! And baking them into blueberry muffins, that’s genius! You are combining all my favorite things <3 Oh and 10 grams 🙂 Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • Marty C.

    10 grams of protein in three tablespoons? That’s awesome/ Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I love hemp seeds! I sprinkle them on my oatmeal and yogurt. But in the muffin sounds great…and the orange zest is genius! Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • Manitoba Hemp Hearts are the best. I use them as on “add-on”, “add-in” and even as a grab-n-go snack. Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I have plenty of hemp. This is perfect recipe for me right now! Thanks 🙂 Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • I love hemp hearts! They have such a wonderful taste and texture and add so much nutrition. Your muffins sound delicious! I love all the flavours and textures you have going on there. Reply · 23 February, 2016

  • It took me forever to jump on the hemp train but I’m so in love now. And these muffins sound amazing, blueberry ones are my favorite 🙂 Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Paula R

    The muffins look delicious Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Rachel

    10 grams of protein! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Toby

    Ther is 10g protein in 3 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Heidi

    10grams Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Josh Mellman

    I love Manitoba Harvest’s hemp hearts. With 10g of protein in a 3 tablespoon serving, it’s a perfect plant-based way to up protein in any meal or snack. Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • I love how healthy these are Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Sharon

    10 grams of protein Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • robyn donnelly

    10 grams of protein Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Sharon Cosby

    I have tried hemp hearts one time. Going to have to get into them again. These sound wonderful and I could use that extra 10 gms protein myself! Reply · 24 February, 2016

    • Yes, and they are great just sprinkled on/in salads! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Nicole

    18 grams Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Lucy

    10 grams! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Joëlle

    Hemp hearts are delicious and have 10 g of protein in 3 tbsp! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Janet M

    There are 10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons. Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Cathy B*****y

    There are 10 grams of protein in 3 TBS. of Hemp Hearts. I LOVE hemp hearts… my body immediately revs up if I have hemp hearts on hand.. I have found that taking them in the morning and at night works best. At night we also need the extra soluable protein for brain activity and healing while we sleep. This recipe looks delish and healthy! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Candace Galan-Calderon

    Contains 10 grams of proteins! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • The orange juice and rind is a wonderful touch. These sound so yummy! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • panshelbaby

    10 grams of protein. Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • judith

    10 grams! I love them on top of my salads Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Love, love muffins and especially blueberry ones I make all the time for my husband, they are his favorite. What a great idea to add hemp! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Nancy

    10 grams of protein in in 3 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • vickie james

    10 grams of protein Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Autumn D

    10 grams of protein! Reply · 24 February, 2016

  • Michelle Blackwood

    I’m always finding ways of including hemp hearts in my diet because they are so good for me. Thanks for this recipe! Reply · 25 February, 2016

    • You are welcome Michelle! I like hemp hearts in energy snacks too. Reply · 25 February, 2016

  • Kim K

    10 grams of protein! Love this recipe. Reply · 25 February, 2016

  • Oh yum, these sound delicious! We pop hemp seeds into everything these days, love the nutty flavour. Always looking for new muffin recipes – and this one sounds great. Reply · 26 February, 2016

    • Yes, the more the merrier in the muffin recipe department! Reply · 26 February, 2016

  • Tamar

    It looks great! Thanks for creating these for us. Reply · 10 March, 2016

  • Julie Z

    Made these this morning. They’re wonderful! Delicious AND healthy. Reply · 20 March, 2016

    • Yay!I’m so happy to know you enjoyed the muffins. Thanks Julie. Reply · 20 March, 2016

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