How To Make Hemp Milk At Home? 7 Hemp Milk Recipes
Hemp is one versatile plant—you can wear hemp fabric from head to toe, like in a hemp bra or a hemp face mask, and you can drink hemp tea or even drink hemp milk! That’s right—hemp milk. Who even knew that little magic hemp seeds could be made into milk?
What is hemp milk, you ask? Hemp milk is a great alternative to dairy milk—it’s sustainably produced, easy to digest for almost everyone, and simply packed with nutrients. Oh, and did I mention: it’s easy and inexpensive to make at home?
Read on for how to make hemp milk at home, and reasons why you should—and not just because it’s a seriously creamy, delicious option.
WHAT IS HEMP MILK?
Hemp seed milk, also known as hemp milk, is made from hemp seeds that are shelled and blended with water. The result is a dairy-free, vegan, plant-based milk that is similar to cow’s milk in appearance, consistency, and taste. Hemp milk is versatile and can be flavored many ways, and is allergy friendly.
WHY HEMP MILK?
Yes, hemp milk is delicious—and I promise I’ll tell you how to make hemp milk at home soon—but you may be wondering… why hemp milk?
HEMP MILK IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Hemp is considered a naturally sustainable crop. Here are just a few ways that growing hemp benefits the earth:
- Hemp enriches the soil it grows in, and can be grown without pesticides.
- Hemp is biodegradable, making it a zero-waste option when it comes to hemp fashion.
- Hemp can be made ethically, all over the world, and is cruelty-free.
- Hemp can be used to make a variety of environmentally-friendly materials, such as hemp paper or plastic.
HEMP MILK IS BETTER FOR YOU
Not only is hemp better for the environment—but it’s better for your health, too. Hemp fabric, to start, is antibacterial, which is especially a no-lose situation when it comes to your clothing (I mean, who doesn’t want to wear antibacterial underwear?!).
In addition, hemp milk is full of all the good things we love to see (or eat). Hemp seed milk is ideal for all of your potential dietary needs (I got you, my fellow delicate stomachs!). Here are just a few of the benefits you get from drinking hemp milk:
- Hemp milk is allergy-friendly! It's soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free—making it a rare plant milk that’s safe for those with tree nut allergies.
- Hemp milk is vegan, and a good source of plant-based protein—for vegans and omnivores alike!
- Hemp milk is rich in iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and more. This means that hemp seed milk has a variety of health benefits when ingested, including anti-inflammatory properties, boosted immunity, increased brainpower, a healthy heart, plus stronger hair and clearer skin.
HOW TO MAKE HEMP MILK AT HOME—7 RECIPES
Hopefully by now, I’ve convinced you that hemp milk is a stellar choice to replace ole cow’s milk. Now, I’ll stop holding out on you and get to the real reason you came: how to make hemp milk at home! Hemp seed milk is quick, easy and cost-effective to make from the comfort of your very own kitchen. Read on for 7 different recipes for hemp milk or that utilize hemp milk.
1. BASIC HEMP MILK RECIPE
There are so many varieties of hemp milk you can easily make, but let’s start with the basic recipe first. To make hemp milk at home, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of hemp hearts (also called hulled or shelled hemp seeds)
- 2-3 cups of cold water, divided (per your consistency preference)
- Dash of sea salt (optional)
- 1 tbsp. of sweetener of choice—I recommend maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar, but feel free to add regular sugar, stevia, monk fruit, one pitted Medjool date, and so on.
- A blender (high-powered if possible)
- Wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth (optional)
- Combine hemp hearts, 2 cups of cold water, salt, and sweetener in a blender.
- Blend in short bursts, adding the rest of the water. This will help the hemp hearts blend more easily, creating a smoother, creamier consistency.
- Once the mixture is smooth, taste it, and add extra water or sweetener as needed.
- For an extra-smooth milk, pass the milk through a fine mesh strainer, or a cheesecloth.
- Place in a sealed container, and refrigerate.
Now that you’ve mastered the oh-so-simple master hemp milk recipe, enjoy your hemp milk added to coffee, tea, smoothies, cereal, baked goods, or cold in a tall glass. Fresh, homemade hemp milk should last for up to five days. **Note: hemp milk tends to separate over time, so give it a quick stir before serving.
2. CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE HEMP MILK RECIPE
Let’s be real here—the super-simple hemp milk recipe is great. But who doesn’t need a little more fun and flavor sometimes... in life, and in our hemp milk? The beauty of the simple hemp milk recipe is that the possibilities of customization are vast. You can experiment to your little mad scientist’s heart’s desire, but here are four recipes to spice up your homemade milk.
You’ll start with the basic recipe (as seen above):
- ½ cup of hemp hearts
- 2-3 cups of cold water, divided
- Dash of sea salt (optional)
FOR MAPLE CINNAMON HEMP MILK
Add 2 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of cinnamon.
FOR VANILLA COCONUT HEMP MILK
Add 2 tbsp of coconut sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
FOR STRAWBERRY HEMP MILK
Add 1 tbsp of honey, ½ cup of strawberries and 1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional).
FOR PEANUT BUTTER HEMP MILK
Add ¼ cup of peanut butter, 2 tbsp of honey, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional).
- In a blender, add hemp hearts, cold water and salt, plus sweeteners and flavorings of your choice.
- Blend on high, adding the rest of the water slowly.
- When smooth, taste and add more sweetener, flavoring or water, as necessary.
- If desired, use a mesh strainer to make an even smoother consistency.
- Enjoy! Or pour into a sealed container and refrigerate for later use.
3. HEMP CREAMER RECIPE
I don’t know about you, but I have a very specific coffee ratio, and the creamer I’m going to use has to go the distance in a not-so-large amount. If milk just doesn’t cut it in that morning coffee, you’ll be delighted to learn that it’s very easy to make your own hemp creamer at home, too!
To make hemp creamer at home, you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup hemp hearts
- 1 ½ cups cold water, divided
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A blender
- Combine the hemp hearts, ½ cup of cold water, maple syrup and vanilla in a blender.
- Add the remaining water slowly, until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Taste, and add more syrup or vanilla if needed.
- Add to your favorite tea or coffee drink.
Hemp milk creamer will last up to five days when refrigerated in a sealed container.
4. HEMP MILK HOT COCOA RECIPE
Raise your hand if you’re a fall-and-winter-person? Just me? Even if you live for those summer days, I think we can all agree that there’s nothing like a cozy cup of cocoa on a chilly winter’s day. And now that you can make that cocoa with hemp milk, you might have found winter perfection.
To make delicious, homemade hot cocoa using your hemp milk, you’ll need:
- ½ cup of hemp hearts
- 3 cups of water, divided
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Dash of sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp cacao powder or baking cocoa (unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate (chips or chopped up pieces)
- 2-3 tbsp sugar
- Optional: ¼ tsp of almond, peppermint, orange, or flavoring of your choice
- Optional: cinnamon stick for garnish
- Combine hemp hearts, 1 ½ cups of water, vanilla and sea salt.
- Blend for one minute, then continue to blend while adding the remaining water slowly, until desired consistency.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer (optional), and set aside.
- In a saucepan on the stove, combine the cacao powder, semi-sweet chocolate, sugar, and flavoring if desired.
- Add milk to saucepan, stir well over medium heat.
- Heat until warm, but do not boil.
- Remove from the stove, and whisk until frothy. If desired, serve with a cinnamon stick garnish.
5. HEMP MILK CHAI TEA RECIPE
I know by now you’re starting to understand the many uses of hemp milk, and don’t you worry, I’m not even done yet! Thanks to hemp milk’s nutty flavor, it’s a natural fit for the spices you find in a chai tea latte.
To make your own hemp milk chai tea at home, you will need:
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 black or chai tea bags
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tbsp honey (depending on preference)
- pinch of ground pepper (optional)
- pinch of sea salt (optional)
- Boil water in a small saucepan over the stove. Then, remove and place 2 tea bags in the pan (or more, if you prefer a stronger tea); cover and steep for at least five minutes.
- Add hemp hearts, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, honey, pepper and sea salt to a high powered blender. Then add the steeped tea. Blend on high until smooth and frothy.
- Heat up slightly if desired. For an extra creamy chai, add a splash of hemp milk or hemp creamer.
6. HEMP MILK CHIA PUDDING RECIPE
I don’t know about you, but as a non-morning person who always wants to be a morning person, a simple routine is the way to go. There’s nothing worse than dragging yourself out of bed, slipping into your favorite pair of hemp shorts, and opening the fridge to...nothing.
Enter—chia pudding! Chia pudding is a fabulous way to make mornings just a bit better, as it’s optimal to prepare before bed and let sit overnight. This chia pudding made with hemp milk is a welcome addition to any day.
- 1/2 cup of hemp milk (see basic recipe, above)
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- Other toppings: nuts, seeds, granola, fresh fruit (such as raspberries or blueberries)
- In a lidded jar, combine hemp milk, chia seeds and maple syrup; mix well.
- Let sit for 5 minutes; then stir again. This will help prevent clumps.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours—but overnight is best! Shake periodically if possible.
- When ready to serve, add toppings of choice, and enjoy!
7. GOLDEN HEMP MILK LATTE RECIPE
Turmeric is becoming known as a superstar when it comes to building up immunity and fighting inflammation. One of my favorite ways to get the turmeric goods is by drinking a golden latte. And what can make this tasty brew even better, both in taste and in benefits? To make it using hemp milk, of course.
To make a golden hemp milk latte, you’ll need:
- 1 ½ cups of hemp milk (see basic recipe above)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- Dash of sea salt (optional)
- Pinch of black pepper (optional)
- Combine hemp milk, maple syrup, vanilla, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Whisk constantly, until smooth and hot. Do not boil!
- Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish, and enjoy!
- To elevate your latte, use a milk frother before serving or in place of a whisk.
OTHER USES FOR HEMP MILK
Who’s ready to use hemp milk in...just about everything?? Thanks to it’s nutty, earthy flavor, hemp milk is great added to smoothies, muffins, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more! For even more uses for hemp milk and hemp in general, check out this extensive list of hemp products.
Have you made hemp milk before? Let me know in the comments, or share your own favorite hemp milk recipe!