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Homemade Hemp Milk

Since nut-allergies are all too common, hemp milk is the perfect non-dairy milk alternative.


Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with essential fatty acids, as well as all of the essential amino acids used to build protein in the body.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in hemp seeds can help reduce inflammation in the body, and may also lower the risk for cancer, heart disease and arthritis. They are also a source of vitamin E, which can help boost immune function and aid in red blood cell formation.

Because hemp seeds have a stronger flavor than almonds, I’ve added a couple of dates and a splash of vanilla to this recipe to make it taste similar to the store-bought versions. Feel free to adjust the flavor to suit your tastes, and enjoy it over your favorite cereal, as the base for a smoothie, or simply in an ice-cold glass!

Homemade Hemp Milk
makes 4 cups


4 cups filtered water
1/2 cup hemp hearts
4 Medjool dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until the hemp hearts are completely broken down. Carefully strain the mixture through a nut-milk bag and discard the pulp. (Unless you have another brilliant idea for it!)


Store the resulting milk in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, and serve well-chilled.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Homemade Hemp Milk
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Serves: 4
A creamy, nut-free and dairy-free milk alternative.
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • 4 Medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until the hemp hearts are completely broken down. Carefully strain the mixture through a nut-milk bag and discard the pulp. (Unless you have another brilliant idea for it!)
  2. Store the resulting milk in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, and serve well-chilled.


*For a chocolate variation: Try adding 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mix, plus a few extra dates to your desired sweetness. Delicious!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite milk alternative?

24 comments to Homemade Hemp Milk

  • zosia

    do you know or do you know where i could find the nutritional information for homemade (strained) hemp milk?

    do you think it would have a similar nutritional profile to conventional hemp milk in terms of calories (not counting added vitamins)?


  • Such a great idea for hemp milk! It’s so expensive at the store otherwise. Same goes for almond milk, it’s just so much cheaper, not to mention it tastes better when homemade.

  • Jessica

    That looks amazing!! Hemp seeds are amazing nutritional powerhouses!

  • Becca

    Question—is hemp hearts different from hulled hemp seeds?

  • I just made some zucchini almond carob unsweetened brownies last weekend, using 2 batches of leftover almond pulp. They were so good! You can always try making brownies with the left overs :)

    • Megan

      There’s almost no pulp left in the bag when you make hemp milk, but I do love using up my leftover almond milk pulp in recipes!

  • alli

    I like almond breeze coconut almond milk im almost completey off daily milk. Its sweet so id rather drink the cocoa almond then regular

  • melanie

    I personally love almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk. Could you please add a recipe for coconut yoghurt at some point? Would love that!

  • Kat

    my favorite (or rather most convenient) is almond milk. it’s the one thing I actually like in my morning yerba mate. I tried that brand of hemp hearts, so yummy. got it at whole foods. good idea for adding cocoa! can date sugar be used in place of dates?

  • Felicia

    i am absolutely going to make this!!

  • brittay

    I have never tried hemp milk, but this looks good! I have a question though, what do you do with the leftover hemp seeds? They are such an expensive little treat I would hate to have that go to waste

    • Megan

      Unlike making homemade almond milk, there is almost nothing left in the bag when making hemp milk. The hemp seeds are so small, they practically dissolve during the blending process, so nothing is wasted!

  • Penny

    I have tried home made hemp and flax milk and didn’t care for either. The taste was just too strong and they even changed the way that recipes taste. Our favorite is coconut milk (made my first batch last night and it has changed my world!) with almond milk as an alternative for variety. I think I’ll try hemp milk again with this recipe just as a base for green smoothies. My toddler cant have dairy, soy or wheat, so trying to make sure that he gets everything that he needs in his diet feels so challenging sometimes. Your site has helped a lot. Thank you!

  • Nik

    I’ve never tried hemp milk but I really want to. Almond milk is my go-to alternative, though I haven’t tried making it myself as yet.

  • Glenda

    I made this and there was hardly anything left in the milk nut bag- which is a good thing! I didn’t feel like I was wasting anything. I may try it with 3 cups of water to make coffee creamer.

  • lnielson

    Do you presoak your hemp seeds? For us Weston Price followers we soak all our nuts and seeds but I’ve never worked with hemp seeds before and wondered if this applied.

  • Amy

    My too, I’m wondering if it’s better to soak the hemp seeds.

  • Dianne Pharo

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  • Nora

    Hi Megan, I just made this two days ago. It’s delicious in my smoothies. I ran out of Whole Foods store-bought almond milk, so made this instead. I still prefer almond milk, but it’s nice to change the non-dairy milks around. Homemade is always better. It just tried the hemp milk in a latte, and it didn’t turn out good :( But, that’s ok. I’ll stick to almond milk for hot lattes, and hemp milk for smoothies!

  • I just made my fourth batch (or 5th?!) and am hooked! Whole foods kept selling out of my favorite hemp milk (the only one without carageenan) so looked for a recipe. This is so delicious, healthier and cheaper. My husband even loves it. I can’t make enough!!!
    Thank you!

  • Leana

    Love hemp milk, Plus the hemp hearts you are using are from the province of Manitoba in canada.

    Much better tasting then store bought!

  • kathy schnepple

    i used my bullet blender which comes with strainer lids of 2 sizes. the smaller strainer size worked wonderfully and no seeds ended up in my milk jar. the best part: no milk bag to clean.

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