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How to make your own hemp milk – quick, easy and healthy

Hemp Milk

Making your own hemp milk is a good way of ingesting the nutritious qualities of hemp seeds without all the additives that are often found in bought varieties. It’s a great vegan alternative to dairy milk and as long as you have a good blender it’s a quick and easy process.

Hemp seeds come from the plant Cannabis sativa, but don’t worry, they aren’t illegal. They’re rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, complete protein, Vitamin E and various minerals. They’ve also been consumed for centuries. Unlike many nuts, there are, apparently, no known allergies. Win win. Whole hemp seeds are cheaper and more nutritious than hemp hearts and they are fine for making hemp milk. Organic ones are better still.

Hemp Milk

All you need to make hemp milk is a good blender, I used my Optimum 9200A power blender and a fine muslin cloth or nut milk bag. Don’t be put off by the rather sludgy grey colour of the milk whilst it’s blending, it ends up surprisingly white once filtered.

Whilst not essential, soaking nuts and seeds before use is a good idea. This process removes the enzyme inhibitors that make digestion problematic and reduces the nutrients available to us. Adding linseeds helps emulsify the liquid and stops it separating out. With most nut milks, you can use the remaining pulp in baking or other recipes, but unless you use hemp hearts, the husks are rather bitter and the pulp is best discarded.

Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is a bit of an acquired taste, but I quite like it. You can of course add a sweetener, but I wanted mine left plain. Honey, maple syrup and date syrup, however, all work well. Use as you would dairy milk or any non-dairy alternative. You can add it to hot drinks without it splitting and it makes a great base for a smoothie.

Hemp Milk
An easy and nutritious dairy free milk made with hemp seeds. It can be used as a direct substitute for dairy milk, although it does have a bit of an acquired taste.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 100g hemp seeds (ideally soaked for an hour and rinsed)
  2. 1 tbsp linseeds
  3. a pinch of sea or rock salt (I use Himalayan pink rock salt)
  4. 750 ml filtered water
Equipment
  1. 1 good blender (I use my Froothie Optimum 9200A)
  2. 1 large piece of fine muslin or nut milk bag
Instructions
  1. Place the linseeds in a bowl and cover with a little of the water and leave to soak whilst you're getting ready. The longer you can leave this the better, but it's not essential.
  2. Place the hemp seeds and half the water in the blender and blitz at high speed for 20 seconds.
  3. Add the linseeds (with soaking water), the salt and remaining water. Blitz at high speed for 45 seconds.
  4. Place the muslin cloth into a sieve or colander over a large bowl or jug and pour in the milk to strain. Alternatively use a nut milk bag if you have one.
  5. Squeeze the cloth to get out as much of the milk as you can.
  6. Discard the pulp or add it to your compost bin.
Notes
  1. Yields 1 pt or 570 ml.
  2. Soaking nuts and seeds before use is a good idea to remove enzyme inhibitors that make digestion problematic and reduce the nutrients we can extract.
  3. Adding linseeds helps emulsify the liquid and stops it separating out.
  4. With most nut milks, you can use the remaining pulp in baking or other recipes, but hemp seed husks are rather bitter and a bit flinty in texture and I haven't found an acceptable use for it.
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    Dom
    24th June 2016

    I love that you’ve done it but i’m not sure I would or could!

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Thanks Angie. If you like hemp, making your own milk has got to be tried.

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    Vicky
    24th June 2016

    I’ve always wanted to try hemp milk but am always confused by hemp seeds, are yours hard in texture? The ones I once received were soft. were they hemp hearts? Where do you get yours from? I’m pinning this for later, thank you for the tutorial.

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Thanks Vicky. I’ve never actually tried hemp hearts as I’ve not been able to source them, but I would imagine they are relatively soft – also white. The whole hemp seeds I use have quite a hard greyish shell which makes them a bit off-putting for baking. I used them in the malted superfood bars I made recently, but I’d use hemp hearts next time – assuming I could get some. They are great for making milk though as all the hard outer casing gets filtered out. I got mine from Suma, but I’d imagine most health food shops sell them. Hope that helps.

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        Vicky
        25th June 2016

        I’ve just looked them up, I won some from The Raw Chocolate Company, they were shelled hemp seeds but they weren’t white, they were a sort of green colour. I should have used them to make milk, we sprinkled them on salads. I’ve heard that hemp milk has a lovely flavour so I’ll try this recipe sometime, I also like that you’ve included the linseeds to stop the milk from separating.

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          Choclette
          26th June 2016

          Thanks for letting me know Vicky. Whole hemp seeds are grey green too, so I’m not quite sure what shelled hemp seeds are. Anyway, let me know how you get on if you do get around to making some.

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    Diana
    24th June 2016

    Wow I’ve never tried hemp milk before, but I have hemp and linseeds at home so will have to try this!

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      I’m really excited by this Diana. It’s the first ‘nut’ milk I’ve made.

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work Camilla, but I haven’t tried it, so wouldn’t like to say for sure.

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    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    25th June 2016

    I always think of hemp as being made into bags and clothes and stuff. It would never have occurred to me to make milk from it!

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      Choclette
      26th June 2016

      Hahaha Cathy. One of the many things I love about food blogging, is coming across things I didn’t know about or hadn’t thought about 🙂

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    25th June 2016

    Oh your blog is a wonder of information – I would never have thought how to make hemp milk – I bet it would be lovely with the addition of honey. How magic that it turns white during the process.

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      Choclette
      26th June 2016

      It sort of is a bit like magic Helen. I wasn’t looking forward to drinking (and photographing) a sludgy grey liquid 😉

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    26th June 2016

    I’ve never made my own milk, and in fact I very rarely experiment with different kinds of vegan milk. Sounds like this is something I need to push myself to try!

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      Choclette
      26th June 2016

      Well it’s taken me this long to get there Becca. Glad I did though.

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      Choclette
      27th June 2016

      Such a good idea to use the leftover pulp Rebecca, but couldn’t think of anything to do with the hemp as the husks are just too unfriendly.

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    Aimee
    27th June 2016

    I’m on a real hemp seed kick at the moment but never thought to make hemp milk! I’ve heard it’s fantastic though. Thanks for linking to my nutella milk 🙂

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      Choclette
      27th June 2016

      My pleasure Aimee. I really like hemp seed milk, but it definitely has a flavour!

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      Choclette
      28th June 2016

      Thanks Kate. I’m really enjoying the hemp milk. I had some warm this morning with turmeric and honey and it was delicious.

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