How to Make Hemp Milk


how to make hemp milk

I LOVE how many options there are for dairy-free milk today. The most popular substitutes are soy and almond, which not everyone can have! So I’m showing you how to make hemp milk. It’s a nut-free option that’s incredibly creamy and nutritious!

Nut Free Milk Options

While oat, soy and rice milk are the big nut-free milk in stores, did you know that you can make ‘milk’ out of seeds? Flaxseed, hemp hearts, sesame, pumpkin seeds… the list is endless of seeds that can be turned into milk.

Once you learn how to make hemp milk, you can apply the same process to just about any seed you want to try. I want to know your results! Different kinds of milk act differently in recipes, so don’t be afraid to experiment until your smoothies and baked goods are just how you want them.

hemp hearts and water on a counter with a blender in the background

How to Make Hemp Milk

Unlike other homemade milk, there’s no need to soak hemp hearts before you blend them. So you can measure your 1 cup of hemp hearts and 3 cups of water straight into that blender.

showing how to make plant based milk by adding seeds to a blender, then water, and finally blending

Blend on high speed for about 2 minutes or until the seeds are completely liquified. This may take longer depending on how high powered your blender is. I know some blenders have a milk function, so you can try that out too!

straining the pulp from your homemade milk into a glass beaker

Strain the blender contents through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth into a glass bowl.

Squeeze the pulp until you get all the liquid out. You just worked hard for that milk, get all that you can!

Tada! You’ve got gorgeous, creamy milk that you can now use for smoothies, baking, cooking, drinking and more.

Best Supplies for Homemade Milk

Blender– You don’t need a high-powered blender, though it will make this easier! Check out my guide on the best blenders for your budget.

Cheesecloth– Any time you make plant-based milk, you need a way to strain it. Whether you use a nut milk bag, a clean tea towel or cheesecloth, you want a way to remove the pulp from your gorgeous new milk.

a measuring cup with hemp seeds

Benefits of Hemp Milk

One major benefit of hemp milk is it is a worthy alternative for those with nut allergies. More than that, hemp seeds contain healthy fat and protein. It contains more protein than almond or rice milk. 1 cup of this superfood milk contains 4.7 grams of protein and over 7 grams of healthy fat. Def use it in your next chocolate or vanilla protein shake!

Hemp Milk FAQs

Is hemp milk good for you?

Yes! Hemp seeds are full of healthy fat and protein. It’s a great nut-free option for those needing plant-based milk without nuts. If you make your own hemp milk, it will be free of any weird fillers and gums often found in store-bought milk.

Does hemp milk contain CBD?

No! Hemp milk is made from hemp seeds, which do not contain CBD or THC. So no weird effects from incorporating this into your routine, just great superfood benefits!

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What does hemp milk taste like?

This is a super creamy, nutty option. Hemp hearts are seeds, not nuts, yet this milk gives off a nutty flavor.

Plant-Based Milk Recipes

Once I learned how to make dairy-free milk at home, I stopped buying it from the store. And now I’ve got several plant based milk recipes to share with you!

Cashew Milk

Almond Milk

Coconut Milk

Oat Milk

3 photos of smoothies that use plant based milk

Smoothies with Plant-Based Milk

If you’re looking for some smoothie recipes to make with your fresh batch of homemade hemp milk, then check out this list:

Smoothies are great because you really can use whatever’s on hand. So no matter the milk listed, just swap it for hemp and enjoy!

How to Make Hemp Milk

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This recipe is 2 ingredients and a super simple way to make your own hemp milk. Apply this method to sesame milk, flaxseed milk, pumpkin seed milk and more!

Total Time10 minutes

Yields4 cups

Supplies

  • 1 cup hemp hearts
  • 3 cups filtered water

Instructions

  • Place hemp hearts and water into a high speed blender container. Blend 2 minutes or until completely liquified.

  • Pour blender contents through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag into a large glass bowl. Squeeze the cheesecloth until you get all the liquid out.

  • Transfer your newly made hemp milk into pitcher with a sealing lid. Discard the pulp from the cheesecloth.

Notes

  • Fresh hemp milk should last 4-5 days in the refrigerator. It will separate while sitting, so be sure to shake it up before using. 
  • You can replace milk in almost any recipe with hemp milk, so don’t be afraid to try it in smoothies, baking and more. 
  • This recipe yields about 4 cups of milk. 
  • I like to freeze the hemp pulp in an ice cube tray to add to smoothies for an extra boost.

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