Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Why is hemp milk good for you? Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, containing all of the essential amino acids your body needs.
Here’s what else you’ll love:
- The protein found in hemp seeds may digest better than other plant-based source, including varieties of nuts, grains, and legumes. (Especially when using hulled hemp seeds!)
- The essential fatty acids found in hemp hearts may help with PMS symptoms, and possibly with symptoms of menopause, too.
- Hemp seeds appear to have a good ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which may be important when it comes to your body’s immune response.
Hemp hearts are also very easy to blend, so you don’t need a super-powerful blender to make this plant-based milk.
How to Make It
To make hemp milk, all you need is two ingredients: hemp seeds and water! I find hemp seeds to be a little on the bitter side on their own, so I usually add a little bit of sweetness, too. (But that’s optional!)
All you have to do is add everything to the blender, and blend until smooth.
Hemp seeds break down pretty easily, so you don’t have to strain this milk if you don’t mind a little sediment at the bottom of your glass.
But, you can also pour it through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag, if you want an extra-smooth result.
You can use dates or maple syrup as the sweetener here, and if you use dates, I do recommend straining the milk, so you’ll catch any pieces of date that your blender might have missed.
After that, it’s ready to drink!
How long does hemp milk last? You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Since this recipe has no preservatives or stabilizers, it may separate as it sits in the fridge. Be sure to shake well each time you’re going to use it, to make it creamy again.
Chocolate Hemp Milk: Try adding 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, for a sweet chocolate drink.
Strawberry Hemp Milk: Add 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, then strain well after you blend it. This milk will only last 3 days in the fridge, so only make what you’ll use by then.
More Dairy-Free Milks
Homemade Hemp Milk
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until the hemp hearts are completely broken down, about 60 seconds.
- Pour the milk through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag, to remove any pulp. (There won't be a lot strained out, so this is optional if you don't mind a bit of sediment in the bottom of your cup.) Serve right away, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you try this Hemp Milk recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too.