Lucky Hemp Bread and Chicago Meetup

by Gena on March 18, 2010


Hey all!

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day to you! I’ve never been one for this holiday — crosstown traffic in NYC and green Irish car bombs aren’t really my thing — but I was inspired by certain blog posts yesterday to showcase some green cuisine for you all.

Remember the last time I posted a raw bread recipe? I mentioned then that I’m usually more likely to select Ezekiel bread, brown rice bread, or another variety of minimally processed, whole grain, cooked bread than take the time to dehydrate. The twins, however–whose culinary energy is a constant source of inspiration–recently wowed me with their raw flatbreads (available here for purchase). To attempt to replicate their creations on my own would be folly, for I have not the baker’s touch. But I can at least try to make a homespun version of my own, and that’s precisely what I did last weekend.

Since the wonderful folks at Nutiva were recently kind enough to share a sampling of raw hemp products with me–including oil, seeds, and protein powder–I decided to make a hemp bread. And since few things come out of my kitchen that aren’t green, I decided to toss some spinach in. The result was a tasty, soft, and savory raw bread that’s loaded with essential amino acids, protein, fiber, and healthy fat.

Lucky Hemp Bread (makes 6-8 slices)


3/4 + 1/3 cup hemp seeds
3/4 cup flax seed, ground in a coffee grinder or spice mill
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Spike (or other favorite mix of savory herbs and spices)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flax oil
1/4 chopped onion (optional)
1 cup spinach

First, mix the 3/4 hemp seeds and flax in a food processor with the sea salt and the Spike or herb mix. Add lemon juice, flax oil, onion if using, and spinach, and mix again, adding water as needed. You want the mixture to moist and dough-like, but not at all runny or overly sticky.

Remove mix from processor and stir in remaining 1/3 cup hemp seeds. When it’s well combined, check the dough for taste, and add salt, spices, or water as needed.

Flatten to 1/4 inch on two paraflex sheets in your dehydrator. Dehydrate overnight (6-8 hours). Turn the bread over by putting another paraflex sheet over the bread, and then flipping the whole thing. Dehydrate for another 6-8 hours, or until bread is very dry and firm, but still pliable. Cut into slices (I used a pizza roller) and enjoy.

Serve as a sandwich bread, with salads, or as a raw snack. Here, I served it with some kale salad and steamed brussels sprouts:


And topped it with some leftover pumpkin seed pate:



The more raw bread I make, it seems, the easier it gets. When it comes to bread, I’m still more likely to opt for a whole grain and baked version than a raw variety. But I don’t mind having options, and raw breads lend a lot of variety and fun to my routine!

Hope you’re all having a nice end to the work week. Before I go, a special announcement:

I’ll be in Chicago for a short trip between April 18 and 20. As much as I wish I had a lot of time to hang out in the windy city, the schedule is going to be tight. Nevertheless, I can’t let the whole trip pass without a blog meetup. So my girls Jenn and Val and I were thinking of a blog lunch on Sunday the 18th — something in the neighborhood of 1 or 1:30. If anyone would like to join, just shoot me an email ( with the subject line Chicago. I’ll keep you posted as details emerge!


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melissa March 18, 2010 at 7:49 am

I have been craving brussels sprouts lately. Strange considering how nice the weather is! Enjoy Chitown. I still need to get there! But I am sure we will catch up before then! The sooner the better. :)


Lauren March 18, 2010 at 7:55 am

That bread looks yummy! I’ve never attempted raw bread, like you I just stick with the sprouted or brown rice version! :) Enjoy Chicago! :)


Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) March 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

Oh, so wish I could meet up with you guys in Chicago. Love that city and some wonderful bloggers live there. :)

This raw bread actually sounds pretty easy Gena. One of my friends is getting me some hemp seeds, and I would love to try this when they arrive. For some reason, I love hemp seeds, but not hemp protein powder. The seeds don’t taste like dirt. :)


City Girl March 18, 2010 at 8:00 am

This looks supertasty – I read your blog for vegetable dish inspiration (I am mostly plant-based except for a little fish) and have been trying lots of your salads and loving every single one. I also consciously eat raw 1-2 meals a day.

I am curious about this bread because I happen to have all the ingredients but no dehydrator. I realize that putting in the oven would remove its raw status, but would 20 minutes on low heat (say 200-300) allow me to try a cooked version of the same bread?

And I am dying to find out the pumpkin seed pate recipe :)


Gena March 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

You definitely could do that!


City Girl March 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Thank you so much for responding – I really appreciate it :)


Keri - IEatTrees March 18, 2010 at 8:01 am

That bread looks beautiful!! Your whole meal looks so fresh and delicious- yum!


Heather (Where's the Beach) March 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

Wow how cool. The bread really looks fantastic.


Jessica @ How Sweet March 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

I am so intrigued by the raw bread. I really would love to taste it.


Raw Candy March 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

Your spinach hemp bread recipe looks great, Gena! I also love raw bread but rarely make it these days, although I did try raw onion bread recently and it was fantastic. This recipe is now on my “to make” list :)


La March 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

The editor in me absolutely loves your posts. Your writing is exciting for me to read, not only for content but also because it appeals to my grammatical and linguistic sensibilities. I am SUCH a nerd.

This bread looks awesome! One of these days I’ll have to try out raw breads.


gina (fitnessista) March 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

thanks for the shout out, lovely!
that bread looks glorious! i might need to make some raw flatbread.. it’s been too long.
or i’ll just order some from the twinnies :)
have a great day <3


elise March 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

have SO much fun in chi town…ive heard its quite the foodie city, but ive never been.


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

I’ve been wanting to try to make a raw bread lately and love all green in it!


Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

Woo hoo, Chicago! I always think of Bueller when I think of Chicago. I’m a dork.

I will so trade you crackers for hemp flatbread, dawg.


Ameena March 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

I would love to try some raw bread, especially because it is gluten-free! Looks delicious!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

Aw, I’m jealous– Chicago is such a fun city!

That green bread looks…well, kind of weird…but I know it TASTES great! :-)


Tuuli March 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

Did you use hulled hemp seeds or whole? I’ve only seen whole ones in the shops, but I’m thinking they might add a little too much crunch…


Mama Pea March 18, 2010 at 8:58 am

Great recipe! I too fell in love with the twins’ flatbreads. So incredible!


Christine (The Raw Project) March 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

I can’t wait to try this especially since I have a pantry full of hemp seeds, thanks! I’ve been enjoying flat breads a lot lately and loved the sour dough flat bread I got from Cafe Gratitude.


shannonmarie March 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Hi Gena. Sorry I haven’t commented much lately. I’ve been busy. Love the hemp bread. That’s my kind of recipe. Mmmmm!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

That bread looks delish! Too bad I’m not near Chicago (well I am SEMI close… but not enough!) let me know if you’re ever in Toronto, though =D



Hannah March 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Aww I wish I had a dehydrator! Could I do this in the oven? I’d probably want to do it around 350 because even though it kills the enzymes, I’m not a raw foodist and I don’t want to waste energy leaving my oven open at 150 you know what I mean? Would that work because it sounds so delish!


Gena March 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

You can definitely try this! Update me on how it goes.


BroccoliHut March 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Yay! Yet another use for my beloved hemp!


Ian March 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Just sayin that I made Irish Soda bread yesterday evening for my own itch to celebrate!


Elese March 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

So excited you are coming to Chicago! YAY!


pure2raw twins March 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm

So glad we inspire you!!! Your hemp bread looks and sounds amazing ;) Love it!!!! xoxo


KRISTEN'S RAW March 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Very pretty!


Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) March 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm

This looks great– I agree, I’m more likely to buy sprouted bread than make it raw. But When I do make it, it’s a nice treat or snack.


Jessica March 19, 2010 at 12:26 am

I’m so disappointed that I wont be in town that week! I hope you guys have a good meet up!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

Love the bread recipe and I have every single ingredient on hand, except the spinach..oh yeah baby! here I come with green bread, thanks Gena for the recipe!


Gina March 19, 2010 at 5:24 am

Oooh, I had some plans to make raw bread today. This looks yummy!


Kathleen (Health and Happiness) March 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

Have a fantastic time in Chicago! Recipe looks beautiful and delicious as always.


Melissa March 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Sounds yum! I was wondering if you have ever tried anything with buckwheat. I have a bag of buckwheat and I don’t have a dehydrator but I want to make something with it. Any ideas? Love your blog! Keep up the great work!


hilary March 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Gena! Is that onion in your recipe?


rawfitnesscoach March 20, 2010 at 5:34 am

i wouldn’t dehydrate flax oil or any other polyunsaturated oil.

rancidity is pretty much guaranteed.

great book: fats that heal and fats that kill by udo erasmus


JodyLynn March 22, 2010 at 4:32 am

UGH! I can’t believe of all the times, I will be out of town the weekend you are coming to my backyard!!! Would have LOVED to meet you and be part of the meet-up. Ahhhhhhh…next time! :-)

Am trying your bread this weekend. My husband can’t have wheat, gluten … anything with flour. So we are really excited to try this one! Thanks, as always, for sharing!!!


Michelle March 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

Ohh mann Gena I WISH i could meet you!!! I am pretty much never ever out of town, but I’m going to Ohio that weekend!! :( I hope that I have better luck next time! Finally a chance to meet the genius behind so many amazing recipes and I can’t make it. :( grrr


Lisa July 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I just made this bread…it was AMAZING! I was definitely amazed at how well it held together. It tasted nutty and chewy and warm and delicious, just like real whole grain bread–but better for you. I will definitely make this again.


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