Hemp Milk is quite possibly the healthiest plant-based milk out there! So, it definitely it deserves a bit of love here in the Kind Earth Kitchen. This is quite possibly my favourite plant milk ever.
I am not into over complicating stuff, so my way of making hemp milk is incredibly easy.
In fact, you can make it in a couple of delicious, minutes – flat.
There are different ways of making hemp milk. For ease and speed, I use shelled hemp seeds (also known as hemp seed hearts). This means that I can blend them up quickly without the need for straining at all. You’ll get a little bit of sediment settling to the bottom (after a little while) – if you don’t strain it – but to me, that is all part of the fun and goodness. I never strain my plant-based milk if I am making with hemp seeds hearts.
Remember: No straining is required IF you use SHELLED hemp seeds.
All you need to do is give it a quick swish and a jiggle in the jar before you drink it.
However… if you use whole hemp seeds with the shells on you WILL need to strain your hemp milk
This recipe here is for shelled/hulled hemp seeds. However, if you do actually use whole hemp seeds (with the shells/hulls still ON) then you will need to strain it; otherwise, the sediment will be too coarse. Straining it involves, either a cheesecloth, a piece of muslin or a purpose made nut milk bag to do so and squee-e-e-eze.
Hemp has a sort of nutty taste
Hemp has a nutty sort of taste. If you aren’t instantly taken by it, then give it a chance, because it really can grow on you. A lot of people I know, absolutely adore it and couldn’t live without it now! I add a little bit of coconut sugar and vanilla to this recipe – just to make the whole hemp milk experience dance and sing. Although you can make it plain (hemp and water only) if you prefer.
Why are hemp seeds so good for us?
It has to be said… hemp is one of the most amazing plant foods that exist on our planet! Hemp is a protein power superstar, having one of the most complete protein profiles in the plant food kingdom. It contains a fabulous balance of essential fats (essential fats are crucial to include in your diet for health) including omega 3. It’s excellent for skin health, cholesterol levels and is especially high in beneficial antioxidants. Read more about hemp benefits here: All about Hemp Seeds and their health benefits
Getting your shelled hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are available in all good health food stores (in most countries). I am not talking about the hemp with the high THC levels that gets you high though… I am talking about the culinary hemp seeds. It helps a lot to buy shelled hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts or hulled hemp seeds) without the crunchy outer shell on them; this makes it very easy to blend smoothly.
In the UK, I use these ones all the time: RealFoodSource Organic HEMP SEEDS. They are excellent value (you can get their non-organic version for even more of a bargain) and also grown in the EU – yay! I absolutely love them. Using them on a daily basis I probably go through about 1kg (2lbs) every two months – for my own personal use. If you don’t use them all the time, they’ll probably last you longer and you could buy a smaller packet. When I visit North America I’ve purchased these ones: Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Hearts and used to my hearts’ delight.
Quick Hemp Milk Video – see how I make it myself
Check out my super quick visual guide for more tips on making hemp milk…
How to make your own Hemp Milk at home
Hemp milk recipe using hemp seeds hearts, vanilla and coconut sugar. Super healthy and made in two short minutes
- 100g (½ cup) shelled hemp seeds
- 500ml (2 cups) spring water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
Please check out my video first for more tips and a quick visual guide
- Add all ingredients to a jug for blending.
- Blend for about a minute or until everything is combined.
- Pop the hemp milk into a large jar or bottle.
- Pop it into the fridge to chill before serving (it tastes best chilled).
- You will still get some sediment settling from the hemp seeds. This is all super healthy.
- Note: If you don't want the sediment OR if you have used whole (seeds that aren't shelled) hemp seeds then you will need to strain it will a cheese cloth or purpose made nut milk bag.
- Give it a swish and a jiggle before using.
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Looks like a healthy and good drink. I will try this when I find the shelled hemp seeds.
It is indeed. I hope that you get to making it Marlena.
Holy moly! I love how easy this is!
I love hemp seeds, we put those suckers in everything!! I love making my own milk but the way my kids drink it that’s all I would be doing!! LOL, but I do make it for special occasions here and there!
Ha ha I can just imagine 🙂
I can’t believe how easy it is to make hemp milk! Thanks for sharing this great info.
This looks so much better than store-bought – and so much easier than getting the car to buy it!
Indeed – so quick how can we resist 🙂
There’s a huge bag of hemp seeds in my fridge just waiting to be made into milk. Thanks, Trinity!
I love hemp milk but haven’t made it in quite a while so I definitely will now that I saw your amazing photos to encourage me!
Fresh, homemade hemp milk in two minutes that doesn’t cost an insane amount!?!?! This perfect Trinity! Thanks so much for sharing!
Very welcome Vanessa 🙂
I lov making my own milk. It’s so easy and tastes so much better than store bought. I’ve never tried hemp milk though. I need to give it a go!
This past year I’ve become a huge fan of homemade hemp milk. I never liked the store-bought hemp milk because it was so grassy, and assumed homemade would be even stronger. But it actually tastes so addictively amazing! I typically use maple to sweeten, but you’ve made me curious on using coconut sugar in it!
I am so glad that you have discovered homemade hemp milk and love it too. I’d probably use maple syrup too if it wasn’t so expensive here ( added to the fact that every time I buy a bottle it mysteriously goes down REALLY quickly whenever I take my eye off it ha ha). Coconut sugar is awesome though. Love it.
This is so cool, like everything else you create, that you can make your own hemp milk! I watched your video before and loved it. I make almond milk and cashew milk but never hemp milk. You have inspired me!
Delighted to hear that!
I just made it! My first homemade “milk”. And it’s delicious. Thanks Trinity.
Oh fab ***happy dance***
You are very welcome – glad you love it.
How long does this last for if you keep it in the fridge?
I have kept this for a few days in the fridge 🙂
Delicious! Thank you for this quick and easy recipe!!
If I use whole hemp seeds and strain, how do I go about calculating nutritional values? I would think the discarded pulp would take along most of the fiber at the very least. After I use up this bag I’ll buy hulled. Thanks.
I wouldn’t be too concerned about nutritional value to be honest – just eat a good variety of healthy foods and you should get everything you need. If you want to incorporate hemp into your daily food then you might like to add hulled hemp seeds (when you get them) into smoothies or something too.
I am new to the world of plant milks and I am currently trying to taste them al to find my favouritel. So far, I have only made oat milk at home, which is rather bland, bu shop bought stuff seems to have a lot of additives that I don’t really want. Can I just ask, do the hemp seeds need to be soaked in any way before making the milk?
The hemp seeds are actually soft enough to blend just as they are.
If you are new to plant-milks then you might like almond or whatever you fave nut might be perhaps? Hemp milk is great if you have a test for hemp seeds already, otherwise it might be acquired.
Thank you for sharing this recipe with us! Is the sugar essential or I can try to avoid any kind of sugar/sweetener?
I would use maple syrup or any other healthy sweetener too.
It’s also fine without it if you like the less sweet taste.
I just now made this and I love it. Even my husband likes it, although he would like it a little sweeter. This is my first time making plant milk and I’m grateful how easy it is. I’m looking forward to trying different add-ins such as cinnamon for variety. This may become my new evening “snack”. Thanks Trinity!
Happy to hear it – what a super healthy first plant-milk to start off with.
I’m new to you site and I’m loving it.
Can you tell me what brands & where you get your hemp hearts for this recipe please.
Big welcome Carole 🙂
I use different brands depending on which country I am in… where are you located? I’d be happy to make suggestions if I can.
I scored on a 5lb of organic hemp hearts! What is the shelf life for this? Even though it will be consumed quickly, lol.
Wowzers what a fabulous score!
The shelf life for the hemp milk is not too long. A few days at most. I would not normally have it in the fridge for more than about three or four days, although it’s possible it will go for longer. I normally drink it within a day to be honest haha!
This is such an exciting prospect! I have an adult son who has confirmed intolerances to dairy, coconut, oats, rice, and cashews. He suspects almond milk may be making him unwell now, too. I have just sent him the link. Thank you so much!
Fab that you have found this!
Hemp seeds are so great for healing too. I hope they work for your son.
Hi Anastasia, nice to see someone taking about drinking it unstrained.. now here’s a thought…. I’m pretty sure that most of the protein benefits will be lost when the milk is strained …hence a very good reason not to strain it. Would you agree? One batch of very creamy , home made hemp milk made with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of hemp hearts (total weight 730G) delivers a known 42.6 grams of protein – 5.8g protein/100g unstrained milk. When you look at the nutrition data on a couple of reputable brands, neither deliver more than 0.5g/100g of protein. ?!?!?! That would suggest that straining is definitely NOT the way to go to receive the full benefits of these little seeds! Thanks for your site, I’m looking forward to reading more as this is my first visit.
Welcome, Sue – lovely to have you here.
I’m definitely a fan of keeping things as whole as possible for full nutritional benefits.
Happy exploring and thank you for your comment.
Hey, thanks for sharing this recipe. Never thought it would be this easy to make. Going to try it soon.