Hemp Tarts – Cupcake Style

Hemp Tarts – Cupcake Style

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When it comes to crust, graham is good, Oreo is outstanding, and hemp is hearty and homey.  What?  You’ve never had a hemp crust?  I only feign surprise.  Most people haven’t tried hemp crust or a hemp milk custard like the one that fills my hemp tarts in cupcake wrappers.  The reason why stems back to a misunderstanding about hemp that I addressed in my post on hemp seeds.

These hemp cupcakes will not get you high.

Stefani P’s on the back up
Drug free, so put the crack up
No need for speed
I’m the anti D-R-U-G-G-I-E my
Body is healthy
My cupcakes make me wealthy (not quite)
And J. Pollack Photo helps me
To bring you cupcakes with no intoxication
Come on feel the vibration
(If you don’t get this reference, see the bottom of this post for the video of the song I spoofed)

What Do Hemp Tarts Taste Like?

My friend and easily quotable blogger Andrew Veety described the crust of the hemp tart as tasting like a peanut butter cookie.  I’m not a peanut butter fan and I enjoyed the crust, so I’d argue that the flavor is less peanut butter and more generically nutty.  It’s crunchy in a messy way; keep a plate handy to catch all the rogue crumbs – you’ll want to eat those as a cupcake chaser.

Rather than providing a complementary flavor, the hemp milk custard almost perfectly matches the flavor of the crust.  It serves only to add moisture, like the required glass of milk helps wash down a crispy cookie.

The fresh raspberries on top of the tart add vibrancy both in color and flavor to the simple tarts. Replace them with the berry of your choice, but I wouldn’t leave them off.

Hemp Seed Crust Recipe

I got the hemp seed crust recipe by modifying a pine nut crust recipe from TexasMonthly to use hemp seeds instead of pine nuts.

Hemp Tarts – Cupcake Style

Yield: 24 hemp tart cupcake crusts

Hemp Tarts – Cupcake Style


  • 10 oz hemp seeds
  • 3 C flour
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for at least ten minutes.
  3. Divide the crust evenly between 24 cupcake liners. Press the crust up the sides of the liners all the way to the top. The crust should be at least 1/8 inch thick at all points. If it is too thin, the crust may burn.

Hemp Milk Custard Recipe

I got the hemp milk custard recipe by modifying a custard recipe from For the Love of Food to use hemp milk instead of cow’s milk and adding a touch of lemon flavor.

Hemp Milk Custard


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 2/3 C hemp milk, scalded (just before boiling)
  • Fresh berries for topping


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, beat eggs thoroughly.
  2. Mix in sugar, salt, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  3. Mix in hemp milk a little bit at a time (too much hot milk at once could start to cook the eggs).
  4. Spoon custard into prepared crusts.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
  6. Top with fresh berries.


The Closing Song

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6 comments on “Hemp Tarts – Cupcake Style”

  1. oooooh these look GOOD!

  2. ~~louise~~ says:

    You’ve really gone outside the box on this one Stef!

    I would love to try just one out of curiosity. They look cunningly delicious:)

    Thanks for posting the recipe. BTW, your blog looks fabulous!!!

  3. Brilliant! Hempseeds are one of the most nutritious foods out there but are often overlooked.

  4. Here’s my adaptation of thise killer recipe: http://www.muffintinmania.com/2011/06/hemp-tarts.html
    I think yours might be better.

  5. I work in a bakery and we make those frequently. They can either be arranged in a rectangle shape, like a cake, or they can be in the shape of whatever they are decorated like.

  6. Kate says:

    I love hemp hearts! my mom always scares my friends by asking if they want to try some weed seeds ;) i would love to make these for her. thanks for the idea.

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