Meet the Maker: Vasse Valley Hemp

πŸ’š Introducing Vasse Valley Hemp πŸ’š

We thought you might like to get to know some of our amazing local suppliers, so we had a chat with Bronwyn who grows our hemp seed in Margaret River…

Vasse Valley Hemp Farm is WA’s leading hemp foods business and we’ve been growing hemp since 2015. We are committed to sustainable farming and educating the community about the many benefits of hemp and the environment. We are happy to announce that the WA State Government has recently awarded us an Environmental Stewardship grant to replant sections of our farm to encourage biodiversity and capture carbon!

Some of the ways we have incorporated sustainable practices into our farming:

🌱 In 2020 we made the switch to solar energy and are proud to say we are a 100% solar run business.

🌱 The water used for on-site manufacturing is from rainwater captured by our roof and pumped using solar energy.

🌱 In 2020 we also made the bold move to a paperless invoicing and filing system and, where we do use paper, it is all 100% recycled wherever possible.

🌱 To further support the environment around the property we have planted natives and practice spray-free farming to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife.

There is even more info on our blog: https://www.vassevalley.com.au/environmental-benefits-of-hemp/

We love Wasteless Pantry’s values and commitment to reducing humanity’s environmental footprint.

One waste-free tip? We’ve replaced all liquid soaps in our house with natural, hand-made hemp soap. This has significantly reduced our plastic footprint.


Sprouting Tips

We often get queried about what is ‘sproutable’ at WP.

Our very own, Belinda, shares this list of goodies available at Wasteless Pantry that she has managed to sprout successfully:

Mung Beans – super duper easy, they will sprout just looking at water
Linseed
Chia Seed
Adzuki Bean
Borlotti Bean
Red Kidney Bean
Soya Bean
Broccoli Seed
Chickpeas
Poppy Seeds
Whole Wheat Grain
Brown Rice
Fenugreek Seed
Mustard Seed
Coriander Seed
Sesame Seed
Buckwheat
Millet

Amanda has also had some luck with Lentils, Popping Corn and sunflower kernels.

Larger beans are probably better sprouted in jars, I used a flat sprouter and the seeds went mouldy JUST as they started to sprout because it took so long.

Things that probably sprout but that we haven’t tried:

Pepitas
Other beans not listed above
Other spice seeds not listed above
Quinoa

It’s easy:
1. Soak your chosen item in a jar for 12 to 24 hours
2. Drain and cover with a lightweight, mesh fabric leaving upside down on its side in a bowl to allow drainage as well as air circulation
3. Each day for 2 to 5 days rinse and drain to keep hydrated
Once they have sprouted enough you can keep them in the fridge to slow down further growth. Eat them quickly though whilst they are at their best!


Brownie in a mug!

As the cooler weather sets in it’s the perfect time for a cheeky brownie in a mug while you’re are snuggled up on the couch.

Ingredients from WP

– 1 cup of brownie/mud cake mix

– 1 tbs choc chips

Ingredients from elsewhere

– 1 tbs butter (melted)

– 1/2 cup of milk of your choice

Mix all the ingredients in a mug and then sprinkle the choc chips on top.

Microwave for 1:30-2 mins on high.

Serve with cream, ice cream, or both!

If you want to make it into a self-saucing pudding add 1 tbs brown sugar, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and 1 tbs of hot water on top of the mix and then microwave.


Healthy cookie dough balls

Ingredients from WP

– 1 cup of flour, you can use pretty much any flour

– 1/2 cup of nut butter, I used peanut but how good would choc hazelnut be 😍

– 3 tbs of honey or maple syrup

– 1 tbs coconut oil

– 1 tsp vanilla essence

– 1/2 cup of choc chips

* you can add protein powder if desired

Method – Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir/ knead until combined – Roll into small balls – Enjoy!!


Baked Oat Meal

As winter is fast approaching this is the perfect winter warmer to start your day!

Ingredients from WP: 1/4 cup of maple syrup 2 cups of rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup of choc chips 1 tsp of cinnamon 2 tsp of vanilla extract 2 tbs coconut oil

Ingredients from elsewhere: 2 cups of milk ( you can use any eg. almond, oat, dairy) 1 egg 1 banana smashed other desired fruit and fruit to top, I have used berries πŸ™‚

Method 1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. 2. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until combined 3. Pour into a baking dish, place desired fruit onto, and sprinkle with a few choc chips 4. Cook at ~160 C for ~ 50 mins or until bouncy to touch 5. Serve in a bowl with milk or cream!


Snickers smoothie recipe!!

Ingredients from WP

– 2 dates

– 1 tbs cocoa powder

– 1 tbs peanut butter

Ingredients from elsewhere

– 2 frozen bananas

– 2 cups of almond milk (unless you make your own with our almonds πŸ˜‹)

Method

1. Combine all ingredients, using a blender, until smooth

2. Pour into a glass and top with chopped dates, chocolate shavings and if your feeling really naughty, whipped cream 😍


No-bake peanut butter choc cups

Ingredients from WP

– 2 1/2 cups of granola or oats

– 2 tbs peanut butter for the base

– 1 1/2 cups melted peanut butter

– 1 cup chopped peanuts

– 3 tbs honey

– 2 cups dark melting chocolate

Method

1. Combine granola, peanut butter, chopped peanuts, and honey in a bowl. Spoon the mixture into muffin tins and press down, with a spoon, into a cup-like shape

2. Pour the melted peanut butter into the ‘cups’

3. Refrigerate for 1 hr

4. Melt the chocolate and pour over the top of the peanut butter

5. Refrigerate for another hour and then enjoy!


Oat Slice recipe

If you are looking for a healthy and yummy lunchbox snack or breakfast on the go idea, you have to try this

Ingredients from WP

– 1/2 cup SR flour

– 1/2 cup plain flour

– 1 cup of rolled oats

– 2/3 cup of coconut

– 2/3 cup brown sugar

– 1/2 cup of choc chips or cranberries

Ingredients from elsewhere

– 125g melted butter

– 1 egg

Method:

– Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl

– melt the butter and then pour into the dry mixture, add in egg and mix until combined.

– Spoon into a baking dish and cook at 180 C for 20 mins!


Homemade chocolate energy bites

βœ… Vegan βœ… gluten free βœ… Paleo

Ingredients from WP

– 1/2 cup of peanut butter

– 1/4 cup of maple syrup

– 1/2 cup of almond meal

– 1/4 cup of flaxseed meal

– 2 tbs cocoa powder

– Shredded coconut

Mix maple syrup and peanut butter together in a bowl until combined. Add in almond flour, flaxseed meal, and cocoa. Mix. Roll the mixture into balls and cover it in coconut. ENJOY!!