Hemp Milk


February 23, 2013

This hemp milk recipe is easy to make, is loaded with protein and other nutrients, and tastes so much better than commercial hemp milk.

This homemade hemp milk recipe is really easy to make, is loaded with nutrition, and tastes so much better than commercial hemp milk.

Commercial hemp milks are dark in color, and have an unpalatable grassy flavor. But, homemade hemp milk is really fresh and delicious, is loaded with high quality digestible protein.

This hemp seed milk recipe is really basic, and you can adapt it to your taste preference. The best part is, you don’t have to soak the seeds. So, you can be enjoying a glass of homemade hemp milk in minutes.

Hemp is an incredibly powerful food, and I highly recommend including it in your weekly diet in any way possible.

You can enjoy hemp four ways:

  1. shelled hemp seeds
  2. hemp protein powder
  3. hemp oil
  4. hemp milk

Hemp seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy plant based fats, antioxidants, fibre, live enzymes, and natural chlorophyll. Hemp is also an amazing source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty essential fatty acids, and contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to repair tissues, particularly after exercise.

Hemp seeds also contain complete protein, with all 10 amino acids. In fact, the amino acid, Edestin is present only in hemp. Edestin is very similar in structure to our DNA, making hemp the closest plant based source of protein to our own human amino acid profile. Not only is hemp protein of excellent quality, it is highly digestible. It is very easily absorbed by the body, not requiring much energy, which leaves more available for muscle regeneration and fat metabolism.

Hemp protein powder is produced by pressing the raw hemp seeds, and then milling this “flour” even more finely to remove some of the starch. Hemp protein powder makes a wonderful addition to smoothies and puddings. Hemp oil is cold/expeller pressed hemp seeds. This oil is incredibly delicate, and needs to be refrigerated, and once opened, consumed quite quickly to reap the full benefits. Fortify smoothies with 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds.

Hemp milk is a fantastic alternative to dairy, soy and nut milks for those people living with food allergies. It is also highly nutritious. Not only is it a great source of protein, it also contains calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fiber and B vitamins. Hemp milk supports heart health, is fabulous for healthy skin and hair, and boosts immunity.

Homemade hemp milk raw and fresh, it doesn’t contain any additives or preservatives. You can also control the quality of the hemp seeds and other ingredients, as well as the flavor, sugar levels, and texture. This is especially important for hemp seed milk, as it has an assertive flavor. The rich nutty flavor is similar to sunflower seeds.

For the greatest nutrition, enjoy your milk unstrained. But, for use in recipes, you’ll want to strain it. Either way, give this recipe a go. Once you try homemade hemp milk, you’ll never buy the commercial stuff again.

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Hemp Milk

This hemp milk recipe is easy to make, is loaded with highly digestible protein and other nutrients, and tastes so much better than commercial hemp milk.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

unsweetened hemp milk:

  • 1 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

sweetened milk (unsweetened milk, plus below):

  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pitted dates, (or 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup), plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower lecithin (optional)

chocolate milk (sweetened milk, plus below):

  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder, plus more to taste

strawberry milk (sweetened milk, plus below):

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Throw the hemp seeds, water, and salt in your blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until the seeds are completely pulverized. Use whole milk to maximize nutrition. Or strain for a smoother, more commercial-style milk for use in recipes.
  2. To strain, place a nut milk bag or knee-high piece of sheer nylon hosiery over the opening of a glass bowl, jar or jug. Pour the milk into the bag, twisting the bag closed, and gently squeezing it to pass the liquid through.
  3. Rinse your blender container, and pour the strained milk back in. Add the vanilla, sweetener, and any flavorings, and blast again, until smooth and creamy.
  4. Store the milk in a sealed container in the fridge. Hemp milk will keep for about 3 days in a very cold fridge.

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