Hemp milk is a nutritious and delicious plant-based alternative to cow’s milk. If you’re already a frequent cannabis user or a CBD super fan, why not try hemp as your healthy breakfast or drink? Let’s pour ourselves a glass of cold water and quench our thirst with some hemp milk knowledge. You can buy more products in our store.
There are several milks on the market these days, but one thing is certain: there are a lot of them. Every time you get acclimated to a new dairy substitute, five more crop up and become the preferred new choice for coffee, smoothies, or breakfast cereals. Soy has been on the throne as an alternative king for decades, but almond and coconut milks have stolen the show. Over the last decade, oat milk has gained popularity and seems to have surpassed cashews, almonds, coconuts, and peas (yes, there are pea-based milk alternatives available!). Oat milk is smooth, consistent in flavor, high in nutrients, and even froths! What could possibly surpass this fantastic dairy replacer?
Hemp milk is a wonderful nut-free, plant-based dairy alternative. It’s lightly flavored and nutty in flavor and only requires two components. Just hemp seeds and water, right? Feel free to add some sweetness or vanilla extract for a delicious, fresh milk that’s ready to drink!
There’s been a surge in alternative milks lately because more people are discovering that they have lactose intolerance or simply wish to be more environmentally aware. The possibilities expand with each new variation, from oat milk to almond milk to soy milk to banana milk.
If you’ve read my previous cashew milk recipe, you know how simple it is to produce your own nut milk. However, many people have asked for a plant-based dairy that is nut-free. So, I decided to develop one that hasn’t been made before — hemp milk.
Hemp seeds are high in protein, healthy fats, and minerals and are extremely nutritious. It’s also really straightforward to turn those little seeds into milk.
How to Make Homemade Hemp Milk
Did you know that making your own hemp milk takes just one minute? In my video below, you’ll see how quickly this dish comes together. So forget about store-bought options and make it homemade. Here’s how to do it:
- To a high-powered blender, add the hemp seeds and water (plus any additional sweeteners) and mix for 1 to 2 minutes.
- For a minute, blend on high.
- Pour the liquid into a storage container and chill it.
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Why should you drink hemp milk? Hemp seeds are a complete protein source, providing all of the essential amino acids that your body demands.
Here’s what else you’ll love:
- Hemp seeds contain high amounts of protein, which might be digested more efficiently than other plant-based sources such as nuts, grains, and legumes. (Especially when unhelled hemp seeds are utilized!)
- Hemp hearts’ important fatty acids might assist with PMS symptoms and, perhaps, menopausal symptoms.
- Hemp seeds appear to have an adequate ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which might be critical for your body’s immune response.
Hemp hearts are also simple to combine, so you don’t need a high-speed blender to create this plant-based milk.
How long does hemp milk keep? It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Because this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives or stabilizers, it may separate as it sits in the fridge. Each time you’re going to use it, shake well to restore its creaminess.
- Chocolate Hemp Milk: For a sweet chocolate drink, add 1/4 cup cacao powder and 4 to 5 tablespoons maple syrup.
- Hemp milk with strawberry: Blend 1 cup fresh strawberries, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup together until smooth. This milk will only keep for 3 days in the refrigerator, so don’t overdo it.
How to Make Raw Vegan Hemp Milk
Try making this easy raw vegan hemp milk recipe. Hemp seeds are high in protein and essential fatty acids, making them an excellent raw food or vegan meal component. This fast and simple hemp seed milk prepared with hemp seeds may be used as a beverage over fruit, in smoothies and shakes, or alone, just like dairy milk or any of your other favorite non-dairy milks such as soy milk or almond milk.
Hemp seeds have a powerful flavor, so if you don’t want your drink to be too sweet, leave them out. If you’d like a more nutritious beverage, the seeds’ strong flavor may be overpowering. Hemp’s taste is surprisingly distinct in comparison to oat and nut milks; it has an earthy feel that isn’t found in oat or nut milks.
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar, or 2 medjool dates
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, optional
- 2 tablespoons raw cacoa powder, optional
Can I Use a Regular Blender?
Hemp milk is best made in a high-powered blender, but it may also be used with a standard blender. It’s very unlikely that it’ll be as smooth and rich, and I’d strain it through a nut bag to confirm there isn’t too much debris.
How to Make Almond Milk
- In a small pot, add the almonds and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let them soak for 15 minutes.
- Drain the almonds, then add them to a blender along with 4 cups of fresh water and optional sweetener/vanilla.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes until creamy and white. If you are using a regular blender instead of high powered, you may want to blend a little longer.
- Get your milk bag/cheesecloth/thin towel out and place over a large bowl or measuring cup. Strain the milk through it, gathering it up at a top and squeezing to get every bit of liquid you can.
- Vanilla – To make vanilla milk, combine 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and sweetener, to taste. I don’t like it too sweet, so I used 2 tablespoons maple syrup, but feel free to use more if you like.
- Chocolate – Chocolate almond milk is fantastic! To taste, add 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and as needed.
- Strawberry – To make this recipe into a Strawberry Shake, add 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries or 2 cups fresh strawberries and as much sweetener to taste.
What to Do with Almond Pulp
Almonds are also used in cosmetics, as a laxative, and to treat glossitis. When the liquid has been strained, you will have almond pulp left over (as long as there were no undissolved particles). It’s possible that you won’t want to repeat the process! Make almond meal from the residue. Use this material to make energy bites, cookies, crackers, and other snacks.