Hemp Milk is the latest plant-based craze sweeping the eco community. Since I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy six years ago, my milk replacement to date has primarily been soy. I know it’s not the healthiest alternative but I honestly just cannot stomach nut-based milks. Adore nut butters. Hate nut milks. So, I decided to try making my own hemp milk. It isn’t yet readily available in most supermarkets, and besides, making your own is always a better option- you actually know what has gone into it!
Let’s get one thing out of the way first (one thing I was very confused about before doing some research). Hemp seeds will not have any psychedelic affect on you. The seeds do come from the cannabis plant, but do not contain the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) component of cannabis which produces the psychedelic affects.
Now that we can all breathe easy over that, let’s talk about what hemp seeds do contain. The list is pretty long- hemp seeds are bursting with nutrients. Firstly, they are a complete protein. This means they provide the body all the essential amino acids which our bodies cannot create and need to be fulfilled through our diet. They are also high in fibre, healthy fats, protein and omega-3 and omega-6. Bottom line: they’re super good for you!
Up until now I’ve been sprinkling hemp seeds on most of my breakfasts for an extra dose of nutrients, but I’ve been keen to branch out into making my own milk from this superfood.
This recipe will make about half a litre of milk. You will need a cheesecloth, high speed blender and sanitised bottle for storing your milk.
- 1 cup of hemp seeds
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 1 pitted date (optional)
- pinch of salt (optional
Pour all ingredients into your blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Use a clean spoon to taste-test. If you’d prefer a sweeter milk, add more dates. You can also add vanilla for more flavour.
Place your cheesecloth over a wide brimmed bowl and strain the milk through the bag.
That’s it! Store in a sealed bottle or container for four days.
I love how easy this recipe is- hemp seeds don’t require pre-soaking the way almonds or cashews do, and they are filled with so many nutrients!
This is a basic recipe for plain milk, but experiment by adding natural flavours for a more exciting outcome. Cacao, vanilla or strawberries all make great editions for a tasty treat!