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3 Easy Hemp Milk Recipes

3 Easy Hemp Milk Recipes

Hemp has a long history as an incredibly versatile and renewable resource – from paper to packing and now beauty products – but it has had an undeniable surge in popularity in the food world in the past few years. We love to talk about how hemp seeds have amazing benefits for the skin, but hemp is an incredible pantry staple for the wellness-conscious.

As we dive into cooking with hemp seeds, let’s start with one of our favorite creamy iterations: hemp seed milk!

Why Choose Hemp Seed Milk?

A ton of dairy-free milk alternatives are in the market these days, all of which tout similar benefits: longer shelf life, vegan-friendly, and often more sustainably produced than animal byproducts. Hemp milk is paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and a great option for anyone with wheat or nut allergies, too. Hemp seeds, as we already know, are packed with healthy fatty acids like omega-3, and one cup of hemp milk is also home to five grams of protein. Even better, the protein in hemp milk is easier for your body to digest and process than milk and other milk alternatives, and it’s one of the few plant-derived complete proteins as it contains essential fatty acids. In comparison to cow’s milk, hemp milk is lower in calories and carbohydrates, but it has almost the same amount of healthy fat content. The edible part of the hemp plant is found inside the hard seed shells. You will probably see them referred to as “hemp hearts,” which are the de-hulled soft inner seeds. You can find this ready-to-use product at most health food stores or online. Look for opaque containers or bags that will keep their amino-acid content stable on your shelf for longer.

Make Your Own Hemp Milk

All you need are two ingredients - hemp hearts and water!

If desired, soak ½ cult of hulled hemp seeds for at least 1 to 2 hours.

Add soaked seeds and 3 cups of water to a high-speed blender and blend.

Add a ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and a pinch of salt, then blend again.

For added sweetness, throw in one pitted Medjool date.

If you want a thinner texture, add up to a cup of additional water about a tablespoon at a time until your milk reaches the consistency you like.

Once it’s blended fully, you can seal your hemp milk in a jar, pop it in the fridge, and enjoy it for up to 5 days.

    A few tips:

    You can strain your hemp milk using cheesecloth if you desire, but hemp hearts blend up so finely that it’s definitely not a requirement, another reason we love to make this plant milk at home.
    You can also choose to skip the soak! Hemp hearts are soft and blend easily as-is, but soaking them will create an even smoother consistency and is better for digestion.
    For an extra indulgent variation, try adding in 2 tablespoons of raw cacao for dairy-free chocolate milk!

    Hemp milk has a naturally nutty flavor that pairs really well with savory dishes and also rounds out our sweet recipes or desserts. By making hemp milk at home you can choose exactly what goes in it, which means you can choose to omit added sugar, stabilizers, or thickeners that can be sneakily added to store-bought brands.

    How To Use Hemp Milk

    Hemp milk is a great source of protein and makes a no-fuss base for morning smoothies or even a post-workout snack. Here are a few of our favorite morning recipes to start your day off right.

    Berry Good Hemp Smoothie

    What you’ll need:

    1 cup of hemp milk

    ½ of a frozen banana, chopped into small pieces

    1 cup of organic strawberries, de-stemmed and quartered

    1 teaspoon of moringa powder for an extra antioxidant boost

      Just toss all of your ingredients into a blender and blend! A few tips:

      You can mix up this simple recipe based on what berries are in season – try it with blueberries, raspberries, or a mix of your favorites

      -If you’re looking for an easy way to get your greens for the day, throw in up to a cup of spinach leaves. We promise you won’t know they’re there!

        Chocolatey Hemp Milk Smoothie

        What you’ll need:

        1 cup of hemp milk

        2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

        1 frozen banana, cut into small pieces

        1 tablespoon of nut butter (try almond or sunflower)

        A pinch of cinnamon

        A pinch of salt

          Another no-fuss recipe that you can just throw into the blender! The nut butter adds a rich and creamy texture that makes this almost like a healthy dessert, too.

          Matcha Hemp Milk Overnight Oats

          What you’ll need:

          ½ cup of hemp milk

          ½ cup of gluten-free rolled oats

          1 tablespoon of raw hemp hearts

          ½ teaspoon of matcha powder

          A pinch of salt

            Start by putting your dry ingredients to a mason jar, then add in your hemp milk. Mix well and let your jar sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you’ll have an incredibly simple, no-heat-needed breakfast ready to go! A few tips:

            You can make this in the morning, as long as it has an hour or two to let it soak.
            This is great alone but also makes a delicious and creamy base for a breakfast bowl.
            Top with a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter, chopped fruit, cacao nibs, or even honey – whatever your heart desires!
            Swap out the matcha with raw cacao for a chocolate version; you can skip the matcha, too.

              Need a few more fool-proof ways to use your homemade hemp milk? Try swapping it into your lattes, adding it to your favorite cereal or granola, or refreshing leftovers or sauces.

              Already have a favorite way to cook with hemp milk?

              Share with us in the comments!

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              Joy Benning
              Aug 02, 2020

              Hemp milk is a delicious option to regular milk and fits right in there with oat and almond!

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