How to Make Hemp Milk

One of the most versatile ways to use hemp seeds is in the form of hemp milk. As a milk, it can be used in cooking & baking, making shakes and ice cream, or simply enjoyed by itself.

Hemp milk compares favorably to other non-dairy milk. It's the only plant milk that naturally gives you omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that contribute to good health in a variety of ways. One cup contains half the daily recommended omega-3 intake.

Hemp milk is also rich in B-vitamins and phosphorous. More nutritional information about hemp milk can be found here.

While it is now sold at some health food stores, commercial hemp milk often has sweeteners, flavorings, preservatives, and other additives. The best way to consume fresh hemp milk, made just the way you like it, is to make it yourself.

Fortunately, it's a quick and easy process, so keep reading to find out how to make hemp milk at home.

Overview

First, we'll be making a simple hemp milk recipe, which has three basic ingredients: hemp seeds, water and a pinch of sea salt

Whole hemp seeds are too tough for making milk, so for this recipe we need shelled hemp seeds, also called hemp hearts. Click here to learn how to shell hemp seeds.

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Fig 1. Shelled organic hemp seeds

Once the simple hemp milk recipe is mixed, sweetness and other flavors can be blended in. 

Note that hemp seeds don't need any soaking or other preliminary steps, unlike almonds when making almond milk. 

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    Prep Time: Less than 5 minutes
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    Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
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    Makes about 24 ounces

Ingredients for Simple Hemp Milk

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    1 cup hulled hemp seeds
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    3 cups filtered water
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    Pinch of sea salt

Flavoring Options

If you'd like to add some more flavor to the simple hemp milk recipe, below are some options along with their additional ingredients:

For Sweetened Hemp Milk

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    2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
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    Handful of soaked, pitted dates (optional)

For Chocolate Hemp Milk

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    2 tablespoons cacao powder

For Strawberry Hemp Milk

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    2 cups fresh strawberries

For Vanilla Hemp Milk

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    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Equipment

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    Blender or food processor
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    Measuring cup and spoons
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    Straining medium (milk nut bag, cheesecloth, or hosiery)
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    Container to strain into
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    Container to store milk

The only slightly exotic piece of equipment here is a nut milk bag, which is a woven cloth used specifically for straining blended milk like this.

Nut milk bags are available in health food stores, or you can find them online. Good ones can be had for under $10, and if you plan on making this recipe a lot, it's a sound investment. If you don't have one, you can use cheesecloth, a piece of clean hosiery, or a pinch a thin tea towel.

Note that the more powerful your blender is, the less you'll have to strain the milk, so you'll retain more of the ingredients.

You may even want to forego straining altogether depending on what you'll be using the hemp milk for. For example, some hemp seed bits may even be preferable if you're pouring it over cereal.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Blending Basic Hemp Milk

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    Pour the cup of hulled hemp seeds, the 3 cups of water, and the pinch of sea salt into your blender.
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    Turn it on high for at least 60 seconds.
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    Check the mixture and continue blending until it is liquefied and the seeds are fully pulverized. The exact time will depend on the power of your blender.

2. Straining

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    Stretch the straining material over a container (a bowl is perfect if you're using a nut milk bag) and slowly pour the blender pitcher contents across the straining medium, making sure to let the liquid seep through.
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    When as much of the liquid as will drip through has gone into the container, carefully gather the remaining pulp in the straining material and squeeze it into the container to free any remaining milk.

You can see these steps in action with this YouTube video.

That's it! You've just made wholesome hemp milk. From here you can use it or put it into an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (remember it doesn't have any preservatives, so prompt use is recommended).

If you'd like to add some sweetness and other flavors, continue to the next steps.

3. Sweetened Hemp Milk

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    Clean your blender pitcher and pour the strained hemp milk back into it.
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    There are several ingredients you can use to sweeten the milk. Add 2 tablespoons of either pure maple syrup or honey, or several drops of stevia.
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    A handful of soaked and pitted dates can be added for additional sweetness.
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    Blend on high for about 10 seconds.

4. Flavored Hemp Milk

Using the sweetened hemp milk as a base, you can add almost any flavoring you like.

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    For chocolate hemp milk, blend in 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
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    For strawberry milk, blend in 2 cups of strawberries.
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    Another popular pairing with hemp milk is a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

You can let your imagination go wild, creating your own flavor combinations while also controlling the thickness and texture of your hemp milk. It'll be just the way you like it, without any commercial additives or preservatives.

For more hemp seed recipes, check out this post. ​

Now that you know how easy hemp milk is to make, you should have no problem including more of this incredible superfood and its health benefits into your everyday diet. 

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