Whether almond, hemp or hazelnut, nut ‘milks‘ are here to stay. What was once a vegan-only trend for those in search of non-dairy solutions to their lactose-indifferent ways, nut milks like Pressed Juicery’s Spiced Almond and this homemade version of hemp milk are so delicious, people on diets of every shape and size are getting hip to these delicious, nutritious drinks.
We made this version of nut milk with raw foodie and GoodBites founder, Angelica Xavier. We love Angelica for creating the raw, superfood-stuffed truffles, GoodBites – like most perfect foods, the truffles are crammed with raw, highly-nutritious ingredients, but taste like something you shouldn’t let your trainer catch you eating. Angelica’s love for raw food goes beyond chocolate and she’s got the trademark raw foodie glow to show for it. We recently gathered at her studio for a little hand’s on instruction in creating this nutritious drink for ourselves.
Hemp is a quick nut milk to make because, unlike almond, it doesn’t need to be soaked overnight. Hemp seeds (hulled hemp nuts) are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, all 10 essential amino acids, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin A and magnesium. Drink it on it’s own or, at Angelica’s suggestion, add a little matcha tea for a healthy pick-me-up or a good sprinkling of chia seeds to create an incredible breakfast pudding.
We were delighted to find just how simple this is to make and how few items are required: a good blender, a woven nut milk bag, veggie bag or piece of cheesecloth, a funnel, a large bowl to strain the milk in, and jars or bottles for the finished product.
Make the milk yourself with the recipe below and tell us how it turns out! See our slideshow for in-depth, visual instructions too.
Homemade Hemp Milk Recipe
1 cup hemp hearts (also called seeds or shelled hemp nuts)
3 to 4 cups filtered or spring water (3 cups for thicker milk, and up to 4 cups for thinner)
1 Tbsp of coconut oil (optional)
2 Tbsp of raw honey or a few drops of stevia
1/2 Tbsp of organic vanilla powder
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt (or other unprocessed sea salt)
In a high speed blender, add hemp and water.
Blend on high for about two minutes, until fully liquified.
Strain into a wide glass bowl through a milk bag. (You can find a milk bag online or at health food stores. You can also use woven veggie storage bags).
Discard the hemp fibers from the bag.
Rinse the blender and pour the milk back into the blender from the bowl.
Add coconut oil (if using), honey or stevia, vanilla powder and salt. Blend briefly.