Wondering how to make hemp milk? Commercial hemp milks are dark in color, and have an unpalatable grassy flavor. But, homemade hemp milk is really fresh and delicious, is loaded with high quality digestible protein, and is super quick and easy. This hemp seed milk recipe is really basic, and you can adapt it to your taste preference. The best part is, you don't have to soak the seeds. So, you can be enjoying a glass of homemade hemp milk in literally minutes!
Hemp is an incredibly powerful food, and I highly recommend including it in your weekly diet in any way possible.
You can enjoy hemp four ways:
- shelled hemp seeds
- hemp protein powder
- hemp oil
- hemp milk
Hemp seeds are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy plant based fats, antioxidants, fibre, live enzymes, and natural chlorophyll. Hemp is also an amazing source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty essential fatty acids, and contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to repair tissues, particularly after exercise.
Hemp seeds also contain complete protein -- that is, all 10 essential amino acids. In fact, the amino acid, Edestin is present only in hemp. Edestin is considered integral to our DNA, making hemp the closest plant based source of protein to our own human amino acid profile. Not only is hemp protein of excellent quality, it is highly digestible. It is very easily aborbed by the body, not requiring much energy, which leaves more available for muscle regeneration and fat metabolism.
Hemp protein powder is produced by pressing the raw hemp seeds, and then milling this "flour" even more finely to remove some of the starch. Hemp protein powder makes a wonderful addition to smoothies and puddings. Hemp oil is cold/expeller pressed hemp seeds. This oil is incredibly delicate, and needs to be refrigerated, and once opened, consumed quite quickly to reap the full benefits. Just a tablespoon added to smoothies every day is extremely beneficial. In case you are going to ask, organic hemp milk, hemp protein powder, and hemp oil do not contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana and are perfectly safe and legal.
I love making hemp milk, by blending raw hemp seeds and filtered water. Hemp milk is a fantastic alternative to dairy, soy and nut milks for those people suffering from food allergies. It is also highly nutritious. Not only is it a great source of protein, is also contains valuable calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fibre and B Vitamins. Hemp milk has been linked heart and skin health, and is known as a fabulous immune booster. It is rich and creamy, and fabulous in smoothies and puddings.
Homemade hemp milk raw and fresh, it doesn't contain any additives or preservatives. You can also control the quality of the hemp seeds and other ingredients, as well as the flavour, sugar levels, and texture. This is especially important for hemp seed milk, as it has quite a strong flavour.
The rich nutty flavor is similar to sunflower seeds. If you don't enjoy this flavor add some more vanilla extract and dates or other sweetener. Also add in the optional NON GMO soy or sunflower seed lecithin and coconut butter too.
I mix things up and make a different plant based milk every couple of days to get nutritional diversity and flavor variety. I make homemade almond milk, cashew milk, macadamia milk, hazelnut milk, Brazil nut milk, coconut milk, rice milk, pumpkin seed milk, sunflower seed milk, and sacha inchi seed milk. They are all super easy, and are wonderful to drink, to use in smoothies, puddings, soups, or for use on cereals etc.
But hemp milk is so protein-rich I include it in the rotation every week. I always consume my hemp seed milk unstrained for the maximum nutritional benefit. But, if you would prefer a smoother milk, strain it with a nut milk bag. Either way, give this recipe a go! It's so much better than commercial hemp milk. But, make sure you use shelled hemp seeds. Enjoy.