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Hearty Hemp Flatbread

This flatbread is an adaptation of my BEST EVER Pizza Crust that we eat all the freakin' time in the McJordan home! Since it's the holidays, I thought I would take this beloved recipe and turn it into the perfect flatbread to act as the bottom for pretty much any topping.

This flatbread is pretty hearty because of the ingredients like Hemp Hearts and almond flour. Hemp Hearts are an excellent source of protein and all the ingredients together really increase the fiber too. Protein and fiber together make an ideal snack that is fulfilling and blood sugar balancing, waaaaay better than eating pumpernickel spinach dip or sausage rolls at your next holiday party.

You also might appreciate that it is grain-free and gluten-free too!

I know a lot of people avoid both for better digestion and reduced inflammation. Either way, I'm pretty sure you're gonna love this recipe!

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Now if you want, you can put the Hemp Hearts into a food processor to turn it into a more flour-y texture but you don't have to. It will work either way. I used Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts which are an amazing source of plant-based protein and have all 10 essential amino acids. They are also loaded with GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid) which has been shown to alleviate inflammation and support skin and hair health as well as help to balance hormones.

I think this flatbread with dip is the perfect party snack! Then you hopefully have leftovers to enjoy the next day. 

This flatbread goes perfect with either Sweet Pea Hemp Dip ...

or the Sweet Potato Hummus

Our Vieanbean LOVES the sweet potato hummus on this flatbread. She grabbed a piece as soon as she came home from school today before she even took off her winter coat!

These dips are both festive and delicious. You could even top the sweet pea hemp dip with pomegranate seeds! Now I shoulda done that ;) Or just arrange them on a plate like Christmas trees, like I did. 

Now if you don't each cheese, don't worry, you can easily make it dairy-free by using a non-dairy cheese like Daiya. My preference is usually goat cheese, but it will work with any of the three options I mention below in my recipe. 

I haven't tried it without eggs, but I'm pretty confident it will work with a flaxseed and water substitute. To get my Egg Substitution Chart simply download it here or turn to page X in my book Joyous Detox. 

Here's my recipe for Hearty Hemp Flatbread. See my tips below.

  • 1 cup almond flour or ground almonds
  • 1 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 cup hard goat cheese, white cheddar or non-dairy cheese like Daiya, grated
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tbsp dried garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease a baking sheet or line one with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, hemp hearts, grated cheese, flaxseed, herbs and garlic powder. Mix well.
  2. Add to the bowl, 2 eggs, water, oil and sea salt. Combine. To save time, you can also combine all the ingredients into a food processor.
  3. The dough should be wet and sticky. Pour on to baking sheet and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Be careful it doesn't burn. If you want it crispier, you can cook it a little longer. It will become golden brown.
  5. Cut into squares or triangles and serve with your favourite dip. We enjoy it with the sweet pea hemp dip and sweet potato hummus.


Makes 16, 2.5 inch squares or 32 triangles.

You'll notice the dough is sticky and wet, that's totally normal.

It's super easy to spread on to the baking sheet with a wooden spoon or a spatula.

If you'd like it a little more crispy/crunchy bake it an extra 5 to 10 minutes. Just be careful you don't burn it. I cut them into triangles but squares or rectangles work great too!

Here is the recipe for my Sweet Potato Hummus and it's super easy to make! I also enjoy it with sliced cucumbers.

As always, do tag me on instagram or facebook @joyoushealth or #joyoushealth if you make it because I LOVE seeing you guys create my recipes and put your own spin on them. 

Are you doing any holiday entertaining this year? Feel free to share your favourite holiday entertaining recipes below!

Have a joyous week!


This post was created in partnership with Manitoba Harvest, however all opinions are always my own. Read more about partnership ethos here.

Gerri   •   November 30, 2017

Hi Joy - this looks yummy. Question - could you use this as a pizza dough recipe???? Thanks!!!! Gerri

Rachel Molenda   •   December 1, 2017

Hey Gerri, You definitely could! It would just be more of a flatbread kind of pizza :) If you want a yummy gluten-free pizza crust, you can try this one: Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Carol   •   November 30, 2017

What size baking sheet did you use?

Rachel Molenda   •   December 1, 2017

Hey Carol, Joy just used a cookie baking sheet (26 x 18 in). Hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Barb   •   December 3, 2017

Hi Joy, These are fantastic! Thank you for the delicious snacks! I need to avoid almonds, so I just ground up pecans and substituted cup for cup, then tried some aged goat asiago from Great Lakes Goat Dairy (funny, because I am in Alberta.) They were a great hit in my house. I wonder if this might be good for a pizza crust too. Thank you!

Rachel Molenda   •   December 4, 2017

Hey Barb, That sounds amazing! Good job on the modifications. You could definitely use it as a flatbread pizza crust, or you can use this Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust: I hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Debra   •   December 22, 2017

Joy I would love to try this recipe!! Can I substitute the almond flour with another flour as I have extreme allergy to almonds??? Thanks

Rachel Molenda   •   December 22, 2017

Hey Debra, Sure that should be fine! The one exception would be coconut flour as it doesn't transfer over as easily to recipes unless you tweak other parts of the recipe. Please also keep in mind that because we haven't tried it, we wouldn't be able to guarantee results, but please let us know what you end up using and how it goes :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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Cheryl   •   January 10, 2018

Just made this with sunflower flour (made up in my coffee grinder) and they are 👌👌! Our little guy is a) sensitive to almonds and b) in a nut free daycare so I'm so happy it worked out! Not nearly so pretty (they are quite green) but very tasty!

Rachel Molenda   •   January 10, 2018

Hey Cheryl, What a great idea! So happy to hear it worked out well. Thanks for sharing that with us :) Green flatbread is fun too! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Lucy   •   April 20, 2018

Any suggestions for a substitute for almonds/almond flour due to severe allergy.

Rachel Molenda   •   April 20, 2018

Hey Lucy! You could try brown rice flour? We haven't tried it so we wouldn't be able to guarantee results but it should be okay! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Rebecca   •   April 29, 2018

Can you please suggest an alternative if I do not want to use eggs?

Rachel Molenda   •   April 30, 2018

Hey Rebecca, A flax egg would likely work however we wouldn't be able to guarantee results as we haven't tried it ourselves. But you can find great egg-substitutes over here: Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Anne B   •   June 1, 2018

Hi Joy. Is there a substitution for the cheese? Thank you.

Joy McCarthy   •   June 2, 2018

Hi Anne, if you don't eat dairy, you could use Daiya cheese which is a non-dairy cheese and will still help it stick. Enjoy!

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