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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: 

  1. shelled hemp seeds
  2. hemp protein powder
  3. hemp oil
  4. 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. 

Happy Hemp Seed Milk

  • 1 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 4 pitted dates soaked, or 2 -3 tablespoons maple syrup plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon NON GMO soy or sunflower seed lecithin (optional to obtain a smooth consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon raw unrefined coconut butter/oil (optional for a richer milk)
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  1. Throw all the ingredients into the blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until combined.
  2. Sweeten to taste if desired, and if you want a richer milk, add the lecithin and coconut butter. 
  3. Consume unstrained for the most nutritional benefit. However, if you prefer a smoother milk, strain with a nut bag. You can find nut milk bags from health food stores or from raw online stores. Make sure you wash the bag as soon as you are done so you can reuse again and again.
    To strain: place your nut milk bag over a large glass container, large jar or jug. Pour the milk into the cloth and then squeeze it like a cow teet until every last drop is out. 
  4. Keep in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for two days, possibly three if kept very cold.
  5. Don’t waste the pulp. Save it and dehydrate it, and then use it to make cookies.
  6. Makes about 2 1/2 cups milk.
  7. You could flavour this milk with cacao, berries, cinnamon etc. 

* For more General Information about Home Made Plant Based Milks head to my Nut Milks page.

Tip: Freeze leftover milk in ice cube trays for use later

Don't waste that leftover milk. Freeze it in ice cube trays, and them empty into containers or zip-lock freezer bags for use later in smoothies, soups, and other recipes. 

I LOVE homemade hemp milk! I’m going to try adding lecithin to see the effects—bet it is ricidulously creamy. Thanks for the recipe, Tess! :)


Yes, lecithin and a bit of coconut butter make nut and seed milks SO creamy and smooth. LOVE hemp milk too, and LOVE YOU xxx

Ricki, I just checked out your website ... loved your video on what sugar free means to you ... that’s my definition too!  I’ll be checking out your site even more! 

Tess, I can’t wait to try hemp milk!  I make almond milk often ... it’s time to try other milks now!  Thanks for sharing all that you do!  I’ve learned so much from you!!

Wonderful. Thankyou for your kind words. x

Hey Tess, just managed to get my hands on some hemp seeds, so I am little bit excited.  Just made the hemp milk and I was blown away…........ so yummy.  Just added a few dates and some vanilla bean…......didn’t strain the milk.  Can’t wait until morning so I can have it on my raw breakfast.  Thanks!


Oh Helen! SO glad you gave this recipe a go! Homemade hemp seed milk is just DIVINE with vanilla bean and dates! YUMMO! I never strain mine either. SOOOO good. Enjoy :)

Wow, I never could imagine you could do so much with hemp seeds. I would love to try this; I don’t have a Vitamix though, :(

Also, I live in the desert and they don’t have any health foods stores. I’m going to see about buying online.  Do you have any recommendations on that?


You can absolutely make this milk with any blender. You just may need to strain, and yes, you can absolutely purchase hemp seeds online. I love iHerb for natural ingredients. It is a one-stop shop, and they have all of the top organic brands. I don’t like buying “in bulk” as I like my raw ingredients to be as fresh as possible.

You can use raw hemp butter instead if you don’t have a vitamix

Yes! You can. Yummy. Thanks for sharing.

i cant wait to try this! i always have hemp seeds on hand for their yummy goodness. 

question: i made hemp milk a while back (using just seeds, water and a little agave) and when i heated it up on the stove to make tea, it curdled.  have you experienced this?  any ideas to prevent this?  i wonder if i would have a similar reaction if i added it to my coffee…


Hey Gail,
Yes, I LOVE hemp seeds and hemp milk too. I must admit that I almost never heat my home made milks because I want all of the live enzymes and heathy oils. I do, occasionally slightly warm almond milk with turmeric in the evening as a sleep aid With this hemp milk, I have slightly warmed it and had no problem. But, I have never brought it to a boil. I would suggest brining the hemp milk to room temperature before you heat it, and then only warm it slightly. I hope this helps.

Hemp seed oils are extremely prone to oxidation and the heat probably oxidized the fat and caused the curdling.

I like hemp seeds very much , i also add sesame seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds all together in the morning i take one full mug of yummy milk.


Ohhh I can’t wait to make this. I also can’t wait to use the pulp to make a sweet cookie. Maybe raw cacao perhaps? :P


Yes, hemp pulp makes a great base for cookies.

Using hemp hearts means the hulled seeds have been exposed to air,thus have some damage. The best way is get unhulled seeds,soak them for 12 hours,allow to germinate for 12 hours,then blend them. You have activated enzymes and the seed is “alive” after germination. The hemp seeds in the pic are de-hulled,thus have oxygen damage. Im trying to buy “viable” seeds. Its a tough ask as i live in Australia and the government has banned using hemp as food. How backward is that.


You are quite right. Thanks for the info Kevin.

also soaking the hemp seeds reduces the shelf life of the milk but the turmeric can help you with the shelf life extension.

There is no need to soak hemp seeds. They don’t have the same phytates as other nuts and seeds. I’m interested to learn more about your comment about turmeric extending the shelf life of nut milks. That has not been my experience. Can you please share more about that? Thanks

i have made hemp milk in the past. Its so good. For some reason I am following your recipe but the milk has a bitter after taste? Any suggestions?


Hmmm - are you using fresh hemp seeds? You could try adding a splash of lemon juice, too.

maybe as some local honey

Thanks Randy, It could be the sweetener. But, I am wondering if the milk has fermented?

Stephanie de Madrid - Dec 10, 2014 at 06:11am #

For Kevin: I bought raw, unshelled hemp seeds online from the UK (I live in Madrid), I was hoping to sprout them for salads and smoothies. But they never sprout. I’m going to try your 12/12 germination technique to make milk. Thanks, and any other tips or recipes that anyone would have for raw, unhulled seeds would be much appreciated. I bought a kilo!


I made hemp milk with unshelled hemp seeds, 1 cup hemp seeds, 4 cups water, 2 pitted dates and a piece of fresh vanilla (skin and seeds).  I was surprised when my milk did not turn a nice milky white but rather a tinted brown color, I figured I must have done something wrong.  I used a nut milk bag to strain it.  Could it have been the vanilla bean skin making it a brownish color?  All videos and recipes I’ve seen of hemp milk it looks so nice and white.


I tried another batch today and used vanilla extract and it’s still brown, could it be my hemp seeds I wonder?  I purchased them from

Eldred - use shelled hemp seeds. But, hemp milk is a darker color than almond milk.

I have since made hemp milk using shelled hemp seeds (all other ingredients the same) and the milk is wonderful, nice milky white and it has a milder flavor than the unshelled seeds.  So I can conclude the color and stronger flavor of the unshelled seeds is indeed from the shells.  I will now continue to try using my unshelled seeds as I have a 5 lb bag but the strong flavor will take some getting used to, if I can get used to it at all.  But shelled hemp seed milk, delicious.

Yes. Stick to shelled hemp seeds. Enjoy!

Love this post and all the great ways to use hemp milk. Have you ever tried using hemp seed butter to make hemp milk? It blends faster and has a smoother texture than when it’s made from hemp seeds. I use 3 - 4 Tablespoons per glass of super cold water. Blend & Enjoy!


Yes. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing, and I will check out your site.

Hi! I just made my hemp milk and i love the taste. I work at a coffee house and I wanted to bring it to my job and try to make a latte out of it. Is that a god idea?


I find it makes coffee a bit grassy and it separates and curdles. I find coconut milk the best for coffee.

Sorry! What would be for you the best way to filter the water?!


Emilie - it depends on where you live and the quality of the water. You could use a small portable water filter jug, attach something to your faucet, use an alkaline filter machine, or use commercial filtered water. You just don’t want chemicals, chlorine, etc.

If you are starting with 1 cup hemp seeds and 3 cups water, how do you end up with only 2-1/2 cups hemp milk, less liquid than when you started? When I make hemp milk using shelled seeds, and strain through fine mesh bag, there is no remaining pulp at all. 99.9% of the seeds are dissolved, just a remaining tiny amount of darker pieces of the seed


That’s great Sandy. I am accounting for the pulp being removed. Different seeds come out differently. It may be 2 3/4 cups. But, 2 1/2 cups is a good average yield guide. Thanks for sharing your experience.

I’m trying to buy hemp seeds in Ireland, but there seems to be a variety. Is there a certain type or name you could recomend please. Thank you so much, Eddie.


Eddie, I’m in Dublin, and I tend to go for Iswari Shelled Hemp seeds. I’m sure there are cheaper alternatives, but the quality is great, and they’re a Kinsale based business :)

Thank you so much for your reply. Appreciate it!

Edward, purchase any shelled hemp seeds. Not unshelled.

Would it be feasible/possible to use sprouted hemp seeds for milk making?


You can absolutely sprout hemp seeds for an activated milk.

Hi is using hemp seeds still in their shells healthier than not thank you .


You need to use shelled hemp seeds.

What kind of soy do you mean? Soy milk, soybeans, ground soybeans, soy protein powder?


Sorry Brian, I am referring to all soy if you mean why I mentioned people being averse to it. Soy contains phytoestrogens which can affect hormone levels. While I do eat moderate amounts of whole soy and fermented soy like tempeh, fermented tofu etc I do not recommend highly processed forms of soy like soy protein powder etc. Powdered soy sprouts are good, though. I hope this helps.

I’m going to have to try this for my daughter… store bought hemp milk has xanthan gum in it. And unfortunately our family has a history of allergies (wheat, dairy, corn, nuts…).  My daughter just turned one and so far has hated store bought coconut milk and I found a rice/quinoa blend and that didn’t do it either… Fingers crossed this stuff is a hit! (I attempted a cashew milk recipe I’d found prior to finding your blog and it was GROSS….). I have a Ninja mixer so hopefully I won’t need to strain.


There are lots of milk recipes on the site here and there is a whole milk chart for making every plant-based milk in my first book, The Blender Girl. Hopefully one of the options will work for you.

hemp seeds are great and natural source of proteins,  minerals and vitamins!
if you are looking more more hemp inspiration check thid out:
I found great eBook with some #hemprecipes by #hempyourself


I am a hemp grower in Canada and while scrolling down through the comments I noticed that a few people used whole hemp seed that they purchased online instead of shelled. Here in Canada, the only way to legally sell whole hemp seed is to irradiate it first so that it will not grow. Since that clearly kills the seed, I would not use it at all. Until such a day comes that the whole seed is legal, I would stick to using the shelled. Please, for your own health, find out if the whole seed you have available to you in your country has been irradiated.


Thanks for sharing Cathy. Yes, hemp seeds need to be shelled.

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