Hemp milk is the new dairy alternative in town. – this simple, creamy, homemade hemp milk recipe that packs plenty of protein and nutrients.
Hemp milk is a milk alternative like almond or soy milk, but it’s made from hemp seeds. You can buy it in health food stores or make it yourself. It has a rich, nutty flavor, similar to almond milk, and comes either unsweetened or flavored with chocolate or vanilla.
A creamy glass of hemp milk does more than complement your breakfast—it provides you with a variety of nutrients. One serving of hemp seeds (3 tablespoons) delivers 10 grams of complete plant-based protein, which is easier to digest than other plant proteins, like soy. Hemp seeds also offer a variety of vitamins and minerals. One serving provides 25 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B1 (thiamine), which is needed for a healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems, and 45 percent of magnesium, a critical nutrient that promotes high energy, healthy digestion, fewer headaches, and stress reduction. The vitamins and minerals make the list of hemp milk benefits pleasantly long. Because of the significant amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium, it is great for strong bones and lowers your risk of osteoporosis, just like regular milk. The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids promote healthy brain function, so pour a glass for grandma while you’re at it.
Hemp seeds do not typically contain THC or other cannabinoids and so are non-psychoactive. Regardless of the percent of THC in the cannabis or hemp plant, the seeds are sourced from, hemp seeds rarely contain THC. Therefore, hemp milk will not get you high. The good news is that it can be consumed by anyone interested in the health benefits without fear of intoxicating effects.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup hemp seed
- 8 pitted Medjool dates (or more depending on desired sweetness)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- A blender
- A cheesecloth (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender* and blend on high for 1 minute or until completely smooth.
- Strain through a cheesecloth (optional)
- Pour into lidded glass jars and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Put in the fridge, covered. Will stay good for about 5 days
*Note: For those with a regular blender, you may need an extra step: If your hemp milk has too much pulp in it, use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to separate the liquid from any seed or date particles.