How to Use Hemp Hearts as Milk
Beginning a dairy free journey and finding the right nondairy milk is very much like finding the perfect pair of jeans. There is a lot of effort that goes into that process. It’s got to be the right fit with the perfect flavor and one that doesn’t make you itch (due to allergies). For me, I immediately started digging on hemp seed milk three years ago when I was told I had a dairy allergy. Its thick consistency, slightly sweet taste and wonderfully creamy texture was easy to fall in love with. I began learning how to bake allergen-free with hemp milk and loved how it gave a unique flavor with every bite. Since going on a restrictive diet my option to buy nondairy milks at the store is no longer available. It’s impossible to find a milk that doesn’t already have a ton of ingredients, making it unable for me to have. That is completely okay though because with this homemade hemp seed milk made from hemp hearts not only is it cheaper to make at home but it is also so easy and simple, there is no need to ever buy it againPlus, it’s the perfect choice for those of you who are allergic to nuts. I see you nut-free people. I’m talking right to you. You get left out of a lot of options due to the heavy use of almonds or cashews that I thought you deserved a post of your own*. Did I also mention that this homemade milk requires only TWO ingredients?
*For those of you who can have nuts but not hemp hearts, you can always check out my highly-rated cashew milk recipe.
Hemp Seed Milk
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Drinks
Forget buying nondairy milks at the store, making a homemade version is so simple and easy! This (nut free) hemp seed milk takes 5 minutes or less to make.
- 3/4 c. hemp seed hearts
- 4 c. filtered water
- Place both ingredients in your high-speed blender and mix until completely smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer, pour into a Pyrex, making sure to catch the hemp seed particles within the strainer.
- Refrigerate in a closed container.
Keeps fresh in your fridge for up to 1 week.
Shake every time you are about to use.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 112
- Sugar: 0g
- Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 7g
Hemp hearts are a in-cabinet must for me. I keep them around at all times, making sure that I am well-stocked because I never know when I will use them. They are so versatile and complement so many diverse foods, from topping salads, oatmeal and yogurt with them, even to sprinkling them on top of toast with almond butter. If ever you find yourself with extra hemp hearts on hand, it’s time to make milk with them.
I don’t have a high speed blender, can I use a food processor or regular blender/immersion blender? thanks
Thanks for this!
Am looking to move to an alternative milk after being oblivious to eating the same foods daily.
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating
I haven’t tried hemp milk yet, but I will have to give it a go. When my youngest was diagnosed with a cashew allergy a few months ago, I sadly said goodbye to my favorite almond milk. Maybe hemp milk will take its place!
Loving this recipe. 🙂 I’m so pleased hemp hearts are now readily available in Australia (despite them being labelled ‘not for internal consumption’! Stoopid government here).
Do you use the ‘discarded’ hemp pulp for anything in particular? Seems a pity to waste it.
Anyone else have a favourite use for the hemp pulp?
This is a really interesting idea. Until now I never considered anything but soy and almond milk, but I guess if you have allergies – then it would make sense you would need alternatives!
Oh the creativity behind having food allergies, right?!
Maggie @ Veg Fiend
Hemp milk is a staple in my kitchen. I use less hemp seeds that you do for 4 cups, and don’t strain it (because I’m super lazy and the hemp particles are so fine I don’t think it really needs to be). I feel you about store nut milks having wayyy too many ingredients. Preservatives, careegan, no thank you.
I have a silly question, are hemp seed hearts the same as hemp seeds? Thanks!
Not a silly question at all Teri, very valid! Hemp hearts are shelled/hulled hemp seeds. So it’s just the insides 🙂
Love it 🙂
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
O I love hemp seeds! They make the bet seed butters too!
Making my own milk is so much fun and always tastes just so FRESH!
Homemade truly is best 🙂 And I love the idea of using as a seed butter. I have been dabbling with that myself as of late (trying to branch away from the nuts when I can since I snack on them always).xo