How to Make Hemp Milk at Home
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Hemp milk is by far my favorite alternative milk out there (even above almond milk). This stuff is amazing and it is probably the closest to resembling dairy milk in every way. It is super creamy, very filling, and packed with nutrients to boot! The best part of all is hemp milk is very easy and fast to make. So today (you guessed it), I’m going to show you how to make hemp milk at home.
What Is Hemp Milk (Or Hemp Seeds)?
Hemp milk is (much like any other non-dairy milk) just two ingredients, in this case, hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) and water. You just put them in a blender, set it to high speed, and in minute you have hemp milk. If you’ve never eaten hemp seeds before, they are small, round, soft, and nutty in flavor.
Hemp seeds are considered one of the “superfoods” out on the market today. They are loaded with both omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, high quality protein, vitamin E, and minerals; such as potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc.
They may lower your risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, blood pressure, relieve dry skin and eczema, and reduce PMS and menopause symptoms,
Yes, hemp seeds are a variety of Cannabis sativa but they contain almost no THC. It is perfectly safe for anyone to eat. In fact, I make this for my infant all the time.
And the hemp plant is by far one of the most sustainable sources out there. The plant grows incredibly fast, needs little water, and requires almost no pesticides and other poisons as it has a ton of natural resistances (it is called a weed for a reason). So you can choose to buy organic hemp seeds but it isn’t as important as with other foods.
The crop also improves the soil it is grown in. In fact, farmers do not have a fallow period before planting another crop after a hemp harvest. It is being used as a natural way to clean up soil pollution because of its natural resiliency. And it actually absorbs CO2 as it grows making it carbon negative right out of the gate.
Reasons to Make Hemp Milk At Home
With other types of non-dairy milk, making it at home can be a hassle. For example, almonds require soaking, a good blender (it will kill any conventional blender), and filtering afterward. It makes sense to just buy the stuff at the store. I know I do.
However, there is almost no reason to buy store brand hemp milk. You don’t need a high-performance blender since the seeds are so soft and easily broken down. You can choose to filter the milk afterward but it isn’t necessary to. And they require no soaking. It literally takes a few minutes to make hemp milk!
Tips and Tricks
At the most basic level, you just need three things: a blender, hemp seeds, and filtered water.
The best ratio I’ve found is 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds for every 16 oz. (2 cups) water. Since there is little preparation needed, I typically do my hemp milk in small batches. Depending on how creamy you want it, you may opt for either doing less or more hemp seeds per parts of water. So it may take a little experimentation to find the ratio you like. For example, if you prefer skim milk, I’d suggest 2 tbsp of hemp seeds. Alternatively, 4 tbsp. if you like whole milk.
From there the sky is the limit! If you’d like a little sweetness add 2-3 dates or a tablespoon of honey (or other sweetener). Do you like chocolate milk? Just add a tablespoon of cacao or cocoa powder. If you’d like strawberry or another berry milk, just add a 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen berries. Or just add the hemp milk to a smoothie instead of using water or juice.
The one thing you want to watch out for with this stuff is heat. The oil in hemp seeds cannot tolerate high temperatures (anything above 165 F) so you have to treat it gently in a hot beverage.
Looking for recipes using hemp seeds or milk? You might want to check out my avocado peanut butter cookies (v), chai milkshake (v), matcha pistachio smoothie (v), and pumpkin-less pumpkin pie smoothie (v).
*v – vegan
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Basic Hemp Milk
- 2 cups water
- 3 tbsp. hemp seeds 1 tablespoon cacao powder (optional) 1/4 cup strawberries (optional)
- pinch pink himalayan or sea salt
- 2-3 deglet dates (1-2 medjool dates)
Chocolate Hemp Milk
- 1 serving basic hemp milk
- 1 tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder
Strawberry Hemp Milk
- 1 serving basic hemp milk
- 1/4 cup strawberries, hulled
- Place everything in the blender.
- Turn on blender at the lowest setting and slowly turn the setting to high.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Filter with cheese cloth (optional).
- Immediately serve or refrigerate.
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