How to Make Hemp Milk at Home

How to Make Hemp Milk at Home

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Hemp milk is by far my favorite alternative milk out there (even above almond milk). This stuff is amazing and it is probably the closest to resembling dairy milk in every way. It is super creamy, very filling, and packed with nutrients to boot! The best part of all is hemp milk is very easy and fast to make. So today (you guessed it), I’m going to show you how to make hemp milk at home.


What Is Hemp Milk (Or Hemp Seeds)?

To make hemp milk all you need is a blender, hemp seeds, and water.
To make hemp milk all you need is a blender, hemp seeds, and water.

Hemp milk is (much like any other non-dairy milk) just two ingredients, in this case, hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) and water. You just put them in a blender, set it to high speed, and in minute you have hemp milk. If you’ve never eaten hemp seeds before, they are small, round, soft, and nutty in flavor.

Hemp seeds are considered one of the “superfoods” out on the market today. They are loaded with both omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, high quality protein, vitamin E, and minerals; such as potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc.

They may lower your risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, blood pressure, relieve dry skin and eczema, and reduce PMS and menopause symptoms,

Yes, hemp seeds are a variety of Cannabis sativa but they contain almost no THC. It is perfectly safe for anyone to eat. In fact, I make this for my infant all the time.

And the hemp plant is by far one of the most sustainable sources out there. The plant grows incredibly fast, needs little water, and requires almost no pesticides and other poisons as it has a ton of natural resistances (it is called a weed for a reason). So you can choose to buy organic hemp seeds but it isn’t as important as with other foods.

The crop also improves the soil it is grown in. In fact, farmers do not have a fallow period before planting another crop after a hemp harvest. It is being used as a natural way to clean up soil pollution because of its natural resiliency. And it actually absorbs CO2 as it grows making it carbon negative right out of the gate.


Reasons to Make Hemp Milk At Home

With other types of non-dairy milk, making it at home can be a hassle. For example, almonds require soaking, a good blender (it will kill any conventional blender), and filtering afterward. It makes sense to just buy the stuff at the store. I know I do.

However, there is almost no reason to buy store brand hemp milk. You don’t need a high-performance blender since the seeds are so soft and easily broken down. You can choose to filter the milk afterward but it isn’t necessary to. And they require no soaking. It literally takes a few minutes to make hemp milk!


Tips and Tricks

At the most basic level, you just need three things: a blender, hemp seeds, and filtered water.

The best ratio I’ve found is 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds for every 16 oz. (2 cups) water. Since there is little preparation needed, I typically do my hemp milk in small batches. Depending on how creamy you want it, you may opt for either doing less or more hemp seeds per parts of water. So it may take a little experimentation to find the ratio you like. For example, if you prefer skim milk, I’d suggest 2 tbsp of hemp seeds. Alternatively, 4 tbsp. if you like whole milk.

From there the sky is the limit! If you’d like a little sweetness add 2-3 dates or a tablespoon of honey (or other sweetener). Do you like chocolate milk? Just add a tablespoon of cacao or cocoa powder. If you’d like strawberry or another berry milk, just add a 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen berries. Or just add the hemp milk to a smoothie instead of using water or juice.

The one thing you want to watch out for with this stuff is heat. The oil in hemp seeds cannot tolerate high temperatures (anything above 165 F) so you have to treat it gently in a hot beverage.


Looking for recipes using hemp seeds or milk? You might want to check out my avocado peanut butter cookies (v), chai milkshake (v), matcha pistachio smoothie (v), and pumpkin-less pumpkin pie smoothie (v).

*v – vegan

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Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is a great vegan milk alternative! It's easy and quick to make, zero waste, and very good for you. There are 3 variations on this recipe: basic hemp milk, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make hemp milk, how to make hemp milk at home, how to make homemade hemp milk, make your own hemp milk
Servings: 1 2-cup serving

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

Basic Hemp Milk

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. hemp seeds 1 tablespoon cacao powder (optional) 1/4 cup strawberries (optional)
  • pinch pink himalayan or sea salt
  • 2-3 deglet dates (1-2 medjool dates)

Chocolate Hemp Milk

  • 1 serving basic hemp milk
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder

Strawberry Hemp Milk

  • 1 serving basic hemp milk
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, hulled

Instructions

  • Place everything in the blender.
  • Turn on blender at the lowest setting and slowly turn the setting to high.
  • Blend for 1-2 minutes.
  • Filter with cheese cloth (optional).
  • Immediately serve or refrigerate.

Notes

Hemp milk will keep in the fridge for anywhere between 3-5 days (if not a little longer).
Omit the dates if you want it completely sugar free.

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14 thoughts on “How to Make Hemp Milk at Home”

  • Those are some amazing facts about the hemp plant. I had no idea it was beneficial in so many ways. Thanks for the interesting article!

    • Hi Mariah! Thanks for visiting.

      Hemp is such an amazing plant and it is a real shame that the US will not legalize growing it because it could do so much for our soil and make a great cash crop. All the hemp seeds for sale in the US come from Canada right now. Maybe as more states are legalizing cannabis that will change hopefully.

      I hope you give hemp seeds and milk a try. It’s so good for you. Thanks again!
      Tina

  • 5 stars
    This is kind of an off topic question, but why do you feel so many people go with gluten-free foods?

    But, I have tried hemp milk and hemp has so many good properties in it. I’m going to try out your recipe. However, which blender do you use? Mine just went out the other day.

    • Hello Garen! Thanks for visiting!

      You know, I’m not entirely sure what the big push for gluten-free exactly is. I know for some people they truly have a gluten allergy but from my understanding, celiac disease isn’t quite as common as it seems to be. But I’ve had a ton of people swear by it. They say they feel better, have more energy, and do not have the digestive issues as before. My best guess is that most people are confusing the highly processed white flour with whole grains. I know a bunch of those supposedly whole wheat breads are still mostly bleached enriched flour. Or maybe there is a preservative or something like that in bread that is the real problem.

      I use a Vitamix 5200 blender. I highly recommend it! If you are interested I have a review on that blender here. But it is more expensive than a standard conventional blender. I’ve also heard really good things about the Ninja Professional but I haven’t used it myself. But it is much more affordable.

      The great thing about hemp milk is you don’t need a high-performance blender like the Vitamix to make it since the seeds are so soft. I hope this helps! If you have any questions or give the recipe a try, I’d love to hear from you!

      All the Best, Tina

  • Great article! I’v actually never heard of hemp milk, didn’t even know you could make milk with seeds ? and it is so easy! Just choose whatever fruit you like and put in the mix and that’s it.
    I will give it a try, let’s see if I can find hemp seeds in Sweden. Thanks for the tips!!

    • Hi Jenny! Thanks for visiting!

      Hemp is slowly getting attention, especially since cannabis is getting a lot of political attention as well. Here in the US, any hemp seeds here are imported since it is still illegal to grow hemp. If you have access to Amazon, you can buy it through them if you can’t find it at your local food stores.

      And yes, any fruit you like will work really well in hemp milk. I’d just recommend keeping it at about 1/4 cup or about 60 grams. Much more than that and you’ll be getting something more like a smoothie. Which isn’t necessarily bad if that’s what you are looking for. 🙂

      I hope you try it out! If you have any questions or feedback on my recipe, please let me know! I look forward to hearing from you!
      Tina

  • Great post! I’ve never tried hemp milk, but I know that is really healthy, especially for those who has lactose intolerance. Does it have a weird after taste? I just bought a hemp flour, looking for a perfect muffin recipe, if you have one please share!

    • Hi Alyona! Thanks for visiting!

      I think hemp milk makes the best replacement milk. Unless you get almond milk with calcium added to it, it actually isn’t a good calcium source. But hemp milk does have calcium in it especially if you drink it unfiltered. Hemp seeds can get a little overpowering if you use too much but the flavor or aftertaste isn’t weird, it’s just really nutty in flavor. You know, I have never actually worked with hemp flour before. I bet you that would make an awesome banana bread or muffins! You have just given me something to look into…Once I have something I will most definitely share it! Thanks for the idea!

      I hope this has helped! If you have any further questions or have feedback on the hemp milk recipe, I would love to hear from you!

      All the best, Tina

  • 5 stars
    After reading this article I cannot wait to give this a try. I love milk and this just sounds fantastic with all the health benefits. The family and I really enjoy making all the recipes you put out. Every single one is a winner. It’s also been a great way to bring the family together. Thank you Tina for all the great recipes and keep them coming.
    David

    • Hi David! Thank you so much for your support! You and your family are great inspirations for me. Let me know how this recipe works out for you! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also, if there is anything that you would like to see more of, I would welcome any feedback.

      Take care! Tina

  • I love how quick and simple this recipe is! I have not yet tried it, but may give it a go since you mention that it is similar to regular milk. I have yet to find a milk substitute that I really like, so glad to have another type to try out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hello Christen! Thanks for taking the time to visit!

      I really think that hemp milk is the best non-diary milk out there. It is by far the easiest to make and the most nutrient dense naturally. I plan to start posting some of my favorite hemp milk recipes soon so I hope you check back with me in the near future. Let me know what you think of the recipe and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I am always glad to help out!

      Thanks again and take care! Tina

  • Simple steps and easy to follow. I loved it! Thank you for sharing how to make hemp milk, I love drinking milk but this is way more delicious than ever and it’s amazing! I’m excited to go home and try this. Thank you again!

    • Hi Joe! Thanks for taking the time to visit my post!

      I’m so glad you are going to give hemp milk a try. Let me know how it goes. If you have any questions or feedback, I would love to hear from you!

      Thanks again and take care!
      Tina

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