We've been making our own hemp milk for about a year now. It's my absolute favorite milk to use for everything. Especially to drink!
Hemp milk is packed with a ton of health benefits and it doesn't have the sugar that store bought milks have. It's also incredibly creamy and delicious. I usually make a batch every day or so, for us to drink and use for smoothies and recipes.
The good stuff:
Easy for the body to digest
900mg of Omega 3 fatty acids*
(think cardiovascular system, blood pressure)
2800mg of Omega 6 fatty acids*
(think skin, nails, bones, metabolism, brain function)
46% RDA of calcium*
Contains all 10 amino acids, making it a complete protein
Fantastic immune booster
Contains valuable magnesium, iron potassium, B vitamins, and fiber
*per 8 oz glass
Hemp milk is also very easy to make. It takes less than 5 minutes! There aren't any obscure ingredients or challenging instructions! Here is the recipe we use:
1 cup raw organic hemp seeds/hearts
3 cups water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 strainer, cheesecloth, or nut bag
Add hemp seeds, water, and vanilla to blender. Blend on high for about 60 - 90 seconds. Sweeten to taste, if desired. I've commonly seen agave and cinnamon used to sweeten. If I'm looking to make a sweeter batch, I'll usually go for more vanilla. Aria and PJ really like it with some honey in it.
You can choose to strain the pulp with a strainer/cheesecloth/nut bag or not. If you don't strain it, there are more nutritional benefits. But, the hemp milk is still full of amazing benefits even if you choose to not drink the pulp. So it's really about your preference.
I usually don't strain ours, but occasionally I'll get a request to go pulp free. On those occasions I use a fine strainer.
We store ours in large mason jars with lids, in the refrigerator. The milk does separate as it sits, so the air tight mason jars are great to shake up the milk before serving it. It keeps in the refrigerator for 2 days.
What's your favorite milk?
Do you make any homemade milks?