Happy Hemp Day!

I have a fruit bowl full of ripe bananas (well x 3)! due to this late run of stunningly warm weather…AND A freezer full of them ready for making smoothies.

Thats when I thought, I’ll make the dogs some doggie banana bread – NOT the sugary kind – the dog friendly kind.

I also thought it would be nice to top it with some seeds.  I’ve fallen for the delicious humble hemp seeds, I’m enjoying them every morning on my porridge and scattered as a topper on salads.

Hemp surely is one of the most eco friendly substance around.  It can make oodles of eco useful products like medicine, bioplastic, health food, bedding, clothing, body care products, cleaning products, dog collars, dog bedding just to name a few.

Hemp Seeds:

  • High in Omega 3
  • Contain GLA – [Gamma Linolenic Acid] an Omega 6 fatty acid – essential fatty acid plays a crucial role in general health
  • Promotes brain health
  • Aids digestive health
  • Encourages cellular growth in coat/skin/nails

You don’t need to worry about you or your furry friend overdosing or getting high.  Hemp Seeds have no psychoactive ingredients.  It contains a trace amount of naturally occurring tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC).  They are perfectly safe to eat and are highly nutritious.

If you haven’t tried them, they have a pleasing nutty taste; rather like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut in flavour.  And yep, they are jam packed with goodness and are have great health benefits for our furry friends too.

I threw this One-bowl-dog-friendly banana bread recipe together.  Super quick, super easy and really delicious.

Badass Bananas:

  • High in Potassium
  • High in Magnesium
  • High in Vit C, B6, fibre, Biotin & Copper


Only took a few minutes to mix together with a hand blender.

I also added a few store bought organic watermelon seeds, that have been soaked and stripped of their hard black shells, which makes them easy to digest.  I would be mindful of  a dog consuming a large quantity of the fresh black seeds of the watermelon, as this outer shell could cause intestinal blockage, a few black seeds gulped won’t cause any harm.

Doggie Banana Cake Recipe (GF):

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Makes: one 555 gram cake (4 -10 slices) Depending on size of dog


2 C organic coconut flour (GF) – or another flour of choice

1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 medium ripe banana

1/2 C Greek plain yoghurt

55g organic coconut oil, melted

1 free range egg

1 Tbsp organic hemp seeds to top

1 tsp organic watermelon seeds to top (optional)


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius

Place the above ingredients, except seeds in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth.

Line a prepared cake tin (approx 25cm x 15 cm) with baking paper, spoon banana mixture into  cake tin and smooth the top with the back of the spoon, sprinkle seeds on top and bake for 40 minutes or until cooked through.

Once cooled, store in an air tight container in the fridge, keeps for one week.  Or pre slice, wrap and freeze.

Great to take on a hike with the dogs or use as a celebration cake.

Love to hear what you are doing with hemp seeds!

Happy baking!

Fiona x