Toasted Hemp Seeds with Golden Berries & Cocoa

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hemp seeds

Lately I have been making note of how terribly I snack. Oreos, roasted gorgonzola crackers with cilantro jalapeño humus, ice cream. Overall, I could be doing a lot more in terms of eating healthy in between meals. The issue I have is that I don't really think of it beforehand so I grab whatever is easiest. What I really need is food that is quick and easy to throw together.

golden berries

cocoa nibs

I have to admit, while I was making this I was very hesitant. It looked like bird feed. I knew that I loved golden berries. But the combination of these ingredients? I just wasn't sure. But...I should have known never to doubt Sam Talbot.

toasted hemp seeds with golden berries and cocoa nibs

The end result is something very similar to a trail mix. Plan 1: Replace Oreos with this and I'll be well on my way to a healthier lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

Toasted Hemp Seeds with Golden Berries and Cocoa Recipe from Sam Talbot's The Sweet Life Servings 12


1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups hemp seeds 1/2 cup golden berries 1/2 cup cocoa nibs 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the hemp seeds and toast, tossing frequently, until the seeds are fragrant and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the toasted hemp seeds to a medium bowl and add the golden berries, cocoa nibs, salt, and pepper.
  4. Enjoy!

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to come back next week for some great new posts!