Need a dairy-free milk alternative that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients? Try this homemade hemp milk! This homemade milk is made with only two ingredients, is filled with essential nutrients, and contains none of the bad stuff!
Whether on a vegan diet or need to be dairy-free, hemp milk is a great way to enjoy “milk” on a plant-based diet.
Hemp has many benefits including protein and minerals that our bodies need. The downside is store-bought hemp milk is NOT cheap.
And if you’re trying to avoid unwanted additives like carrageenan, it’s going to be much pricier.
Fortunately, there’s a healthier and more frugal option. Make homemade hemp milk!
What is Hemp Milk?
Hemp seeds come from a breed of the cannabis plant that has low or non-existent concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The same plant used for hemp seeds is also used for hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and even fuel.
The seeds themselves have a definite nutty flavor and look much like cooked quinoa, except they’re raw. They’re great on salads, in granola bars, as a gluten-free breading on Pork Chops, and can even be made into hemp butter for those allergic to nuts.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of high-quality plant protein – two tablespoons offer nearly 7 grams of protein! That’s one reason why I included them in several of my homemade protein bar recipes in my book, High Protein No Powder.
Hemp seeds also contain magnesium, phytosterols (plant-based, similar to cholesterol, but shown to help reduce cholesterol in humans), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), beta-carotene (half of vitamin A that provides the orange color in carrots and pumpkins), calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3) and thiamine (vitamin B1).
Finally, hemp seeds contain essential fatty acids and healthy fats, making them a complete protein.
Dangers of Hemp Milk
Since this milk contains all of the nutrients I just talked about, there aren’t any dangers in consuming it. There are, however, problems with commercial hemp milk.
Similar to store-bought coconut and almond milk, you will find additives like carrageenan and synthetic vitamin A. Neither are great for you and are included in the list of ingredients I avoid in food.
Another downside to commercial hemp milk is that we don’t know the complete process involved at the manufacturing facility. High temperatures and modern-day processes often damage food, causing those amazing nutrients to be lost in the final product.
Homemade Hemp Milk Ingredients
Where to Buy Hemp Hearts or Seeds
Making this milk recipe is a very similar process to coconut milk. I’ve seen hemp hearts at Costco and Whole Foods carries them too, but they’re DEFINITELY pricier there. As of this posting, I’ve found hemp hearts at…
- Amazon – Manitoba brand is affordable, and if you have Prime, it has free 2-day free shipping. (If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime right here.)
- Thrive Market – Manitoba is the best deal, but it’s slightly more than Amazon. Thrive Market also requires a yearly membership. Click here to see the Exclusive Offer for Crumbs readers!
How to Make Hemp Milk Recipe Instructions
Step 2: Blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute, then repeat until the desired consistency is reached.
Step 3: Store in a sealed container or mason jar in the fridge. Shake well before using.
For easy pouring out of a mason jar, try one of these reCAP mason jar lids! The pour-spout one is perfect for homemade dairy-free milk!
- If the flavor is too bold, feel free to use a different hemp-to-water ratio. I thought the ratio of 1:4 with hemp seeds to water was perfect, but feel free to use more or use less water, depending on what you prefer.
- Add maple syrup or Medjool dates to sweeten the milk. The vanilla and cinnamon act as sweeteners in this recipe. A pinch of sea salt can also draw out some sweetness as well.
- Strain the hemp pulp if desired. A fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag works great.
- Add cacao powder or cocoa powder for chocolate plant milk!
How to Use Hemp Milk
Hemp Milk FAQs
Is hemp milk healthier than other nut milk?
Unlike other nut milk, soy, or oat milk, hemp milk is a complete protein. However, most nut and soy milk contain similar nutrients to hemp milk. It all depends on the flavor profile you like and if you’re trying to avoid nuts or soy.
Is hemp milk good for people with gut issues?
Yes! Because this milk is a non-dairy beverage, it can reduce the typical symptoms associated with lactose intolerance, making it a great alternative for people with gut issues.
Is hemp milk a good option for weight loss?
While this milk won’t make you magically lose weight, it does contain fiber which can help you feel fuller. As a result, you may feel less hungry throughout the day, reducing your overall calorie intake.
How do I make unsweetened hemp milk?
If you prefer the hemp milk taste, you can omit the vanilla and cinnamon!
Hemp Seed Milk
This homemade milk recipe is the perfect way to enjoy the creaminess of cow’s milk without consuming dairy products! Since hemp milk provides nutrients like protein and minerals, this plant-based beverage will make you wonder why you ever drank regular dairy in the first place! Whip up a batch of this homemade milk recipe, and let me know how it goes!
Dairy-Free Milk Recipes:
We’ve been experimenting with a variety of dairy-free milks lately, with homemade hemp milk being just one of them. If you don’t have the ingredients to make this milk recipe, I suggest looking at one of these other options:
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How to Make Hemp Milk
Need a dairy-free milk alternative that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients? Try this homemade hemp milk! This homemade hemp seed milk is made with only two ingredients, is filled with essential nutrients, and contains none of the bad stuff!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 1 quart 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: American
- For two cups: ½ cup hemp seeds, 2 cups water
- For one cup: ¼ cup hemp seeds, 1 cup hot water
- Calories: 94
Keywords: hemp milk