A friend from out of town recently called (actually called, didn't just text) and to my delight was dropping by for lunch. I had a couple of hours before her arrival, and happened to be on my way to the market. Like a smack on the head, jalapeño pepper spread was my craving of the day and our lunch would now revolve around it. Thankfully the experimental recipe worked out! And just like that, a couple of gals were enjoying Jalapeño Paprika Hemp Spread on fresh sourdough bread with roasted beets, avocado and topped with spiralized carrots and sprouts. I'll share photos and details of this next week, but for now, go whip yourself up some of this delicious, spicy spread. It's a nice thing to have in the fridge to enjoy in wraps and sandwiches or with some crackers topped with cucumber.


  • 1 green jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup hemp seed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic glove, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until thick and the jalapeño paper has been finely broken down. Store in a jar or glass container in the fridge. 


LEMON: a natural detoxifier, rich source of vitamin C, and contains limonene that promotes immunity and helps fight infection. 

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: reduces sinus infections and sore throats, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, improves digestion and cures constipation, and helps to alleviate symptoms of arthritis. 

JALAPEÑO PEPPER: anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, boosts metabolism and helps promote weight-loss, a rich source of vitamin E and C and minerals. 

PAPRIKA: promotes heart health and circulation and can even help normalize blood pressure, a rich source of vitamin E, A and C which helps fight colds and helps the body to absorb iron. 

NUTRITIONAL YEAST: excellent source of fiber, complete protein, and rich source of vitamin B's, minerals and amino acids. 

SEA SALT: anti-inflammatory, boosts immunity, alkalizing to the body, promotes heart health and circulation and aids to help deal with stress and promotes better sleep and mood by maintaining hormone levels in the body. 

GARLIC:  anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, boosts metabolism, lowers cholesterol and helps to prevent cancer. 

HEMP SEEDS: anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, packed with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, rich source of vitamin B complex and vitamin E and high in minerals, promotes heart health and circulation, high in fibre, and contains tryptophan which helps regulate sleep and improve mood.