Use this super quick hemp milk recipe as a morning coffee replacement, in smoothies, for your cereal, or as a pre-bed tonic!
When I first discovered hemp milk in the grocery store – I was overjoyed to find a soy milk alternative that had some heft (more on why I was looking for a soy milk alternative here). I had previously used almond and cashew milk, but these are more like almond and cashew water…the unsweetened varieties only have about 30 calories per serving and not a crazy amount of flavor. Plus, there was a bunch of added thickeners and stabilizers to make it taste more like “real milk”.
Hemp milk on the other hand was actually full of protein and good fats. Hemp seeds are a powerful little seed and are filled with tons of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. It more closely resembled soy milk in it’s nutrition which means that I could actually justify buying and using it to supplement my breakfasts.
Unfortunately, the hemp milk I was buying was 1) expensive and 2) still full of the same stabilizers that almond and soy milk had. I wanted to try making my own hemp milk at home, but I was a little intimidated.
Back in college, I religiously made almond milk at home for about two months, but it was time consuming, and I felt bad about my accumulating amount of nut pulp (the stuff you strain out when you actually make nut milk).
Recently I learned that hemp milk doesn’t require the same soaking and straining process as other milks. Instead, you can blend up hemp seeds directly in a blender, and keep the hemp seeds in the milk for a little texture and extra boost of nutrition. This was great news to me!
So today, I’m sharing my favorite hemp milk recipe. It takes 3 minutes to make, it’s delicious and flavorful, and you can store it in your fridge for up to 5 days.
I recently made two additions to my hemp milk recipe that make it extra special delicious:
1. I use molasses as my sweetener instead of honey. The molasses adds a depth of flavor, PLUS a generous heap of iron and calcium to power pack my milk even more.
2. Chia seeds! In addition to the amazing nutrition they provide (fiber! omega 3 fatty acids!), they also thicken up the milk in a nice way if you want a more smoothie feel to your milk.
Note: Neither of these additions are requirements. If you want a thinner milk, simply replace the chia seeds with the same amount of hemp seeds. If you don’t have molasses on hand, use another sweetener, and feel free to use less or more depending on your flavor preferences.
One last note before we go to the recipe: one of my favorite things to do is use warm water to make my hemp milk and drink it as a tea. It’s super cozy and delicious.
Check out the video and written instructions on how to make your own hemp milk in 3 minutes. It’s the most nutritious and easiest way to boost your protein and healthy fats in the morning!
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (can replace with hemp seeds for a thinner milk)
- 6-8 oz water (cold or hot!)
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses (can replace with another sweetener or omit)
- dash of salt.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for ~30 seconds.
- Serve right away or store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Milk will separate, so you may need to reblend quickly when you serve.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.