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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 Tart Recipe

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Hemp Tarts

Single serving hemp tarts

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best chocolate cupcakes, hemp, tart
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 hemp tart cupcake crusts
Calories 194 kcal


Hemp Tart Crust Ingredients

  • 10 ounces hemp seeds
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

Hemp Custard Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 2/3 cup hemp milk scaled (just before boiling)
  • fresh berries to taste, for topping


Hemp Tart Crust Instructions

  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 Custard and Assembly Instructions

  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.

    Top with fresh berries.

Recipe Notes

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


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6 comments on “Hemp Tarts – Cupcake Style”

  1. 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!!!

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Katesays:

    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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