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.
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.
First, we'll be making a simple hemp milk recipe, which has three basic ingredients: hemp seeds, water and a pinch of sea salt
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.
Ingredients for Simple Hemp Milk
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
For Chocolate Hemp Milk
For Strawberry Hemp Milk
For Vanilla Hemp 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.
1. Blending Basic Hemp 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
4. Flavored Hemp Milk
Using the sweetened hemp milk as a base, you can add almost any flavoring you like.
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.