TCM Classics — This story on homemade hemp milk originally ran in 2014, but we love it so much we decided to bring it back! This recipe will give you a full flavored classic hemp milk, but also discover our other variations of this delicious dairy alternative: we love this quick version that hacks the process down to two minutes and this epic strawberry homemade hemp milk that our readers swear by!.

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 classic vanilla almond and this homemade version of homemade hemp milk are so delicious, people on diets of every shape and size now love 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.

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.

Discover other variations of this delicious dairy alternative: try this quick tasty version or an epic strawberry homemade hemp milk.

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  1. Excited to try this with my Vitamix! Where are those bottles from?

    Allison Davidson | 01.06.2014 | Reply
  2. Pantyhose is the perfect substitute for a nut milk bag if you don’t have one (clean, of course). And add a touch of hazelnut oil to the hemp! Delish!
    (posted on twitter too!)

    Donna F. | 01.06.2014 | Reply
  3. I buy hemp milk all the time from the store. I pretty much have all of the ingredients to make this myself. I should really try it. I love those bottles, as well. Can we use the strained hemp seed fiber to include in other recipes vs just throwing it away? Following on twitter : )

    Christina R | 01.08.2014 | Reply
    • Hi all!

      Any leftovers I have from milk making, smoothies and everything else, I put in a jar in the freezer and top it up till it is full. When it is, I cook and aubergine and put it in the vitamix with onion and garlic, and all the leftovers. Then just add spices, seeds and nuts and make veggie-burgers!!

      I hope this helps!

      Anna | 09.17.2014 | Reply
    • I think I would put the used hemp fiber in my worm composter. My wormies get hungry, too.

      Dianne | 09.25.2014 | Reply
  4. was just wondering how many calories this has …. if my calculations are right, it is over 1000 … I hope I am wrong! 🙂

    anja | 01.10.2014 | Reply
    • There are about 850 calories in 1c of hemp hearts and about 15g of carbs. The recipes makes 3 to 4 CUPS. Skipping the coconut oil and not using sugar means there is about 4 to 5 g of carbs and about 212.5 to 283 calories per cup of hemp milk (more if you used 3c of water, less if you used 4c of water)

      You should measure your yield and divide 850 calories by how many cups you end up with as the above is a VERY rough estimate that does not account for the volume the hemp hearts add to the total volume. But no, it won’t be anywhere near 1000 calories.

      Pyewacket | 12.05.2017 | Reply

    The Chalkboard | 01.10.2014 | Reply
  6. I make almond milk a lot, but hadn’t thought to make hemp milk. I have a lot of hemp seeds, so need to try this this weekend! Sounds yummy! Thank you for this recipe!!

    Nancy A. | 01.10.2014 | Reply
  7. Sounds great! How long will it keep in the fridge? Can you freeze it?

    Jade H | 01.14.2014 | Reply
    • Hi Jade, this will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. We recommend drinking it fresh, but can be frozen if need be!

      The Chalkboard | 01.15.2014 | Reply
  8. Great hemp seed milk recipe, thank you for posting.

    Hippie Butter | 02.06.2014 | Reply
  9. I love to make hemp milk because it is the easiest. I also don’t find the need to strain it. No soaking. No straining. Just blending.

    Tricia | 02.11.2014 | Reply
  10. I’m interested in making my own hemp or almond milks for the sole reason that the ones I buy from the store are often somewhat processed, even though I choose unsweetened organic varieties. However, those milks are often rich in nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein. I know that some of those nutrients are added by companies so I was wondering what the nutrient content is for the homemade milk. I don’t know if it’s worth it to make my own because it’s more natural or if I should just buy it to get the extra nutrients.

    Anika | 02.14.2014 | Reply
  11. I use my juicer to make hemp milk and hate tossing the ground up seeds. Any recipe suggestions for the “left overs”, a body scrub for example. Thanks!

    Crystal | 02.17.2014 | Reply
    • The waste “fiber” after straining can be used as plant fertilizer or added to yogurt, hot cereal, pancakes, soups, salads, smoothies, sandwich & desert breads, sprinkled on PB&J’s(my favorite for a little crunch if you use the non-hulled hemp seed) and anything else you can think of for a delicious nutty flavor. The shell of the hemp seed has loads of minerals and both soluble & insoluble fiber, so I recommend going for WHOLE hemp seed rather than hulled.

      Hempress | 05.10.2014 | Reply
      • About whole hemp seed: It’s a toss-up, since the corporation known as the UNITED STATES—as distinct from the sovereign United States of America—won’t allow raw whole hemp seed into the country. Only the hulled variety are allowed to be imported raw. Our right to buy or grow affordable raw whole hemp seed was legislated away in 1937, but people are starting to wake up and call for restoring industrial hemp production to benefit both farmers and consumers.

        For now, the choice is between high-priced heated whole seed or equally high-priced raw hulled seed…

        MarilynnB | 09.13.2014 | Reply
  12. I use my juicer to make hemp milk and hate tossing the ground up seeds. Any recipe suggestions for the “left overs”, a body scrub for example. Thanks!

    Crystal | 02.17.2014 | Reply
  13. this is wonderful! thank you for posting. is it possible to use a food processor instead of a blender?

    Martha | 02.20.2014 | Reply
    • I was wondering the same thing. Could you let me know how it went if you happened to make it?

      Moonstone | 04.29.2014 | Reply
  14. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for passing along this recipe!

    Karen | Char Co. | 03.01.2014 | Reply
  15. I made hemp milk using your recipe the other day and it was delicious! I also realized it is my favourite milk for matcha lattes – there is just something about the two flavours that go together so well. Waiting to stock up on hem p hears but will definitely be making more!

  16. Where can I find these bottles?? They are too cute.

    Andie Estes | 01.18.2015 | Reply
    • Hi Andie, you can find similar bottles at World Market, on Food52 Provisions, and Terrain!

      The Chalkboard | 01.22.2015 | Reply
  17. Does anyone know where these little bottles can be found?? Thank you!

    Andie Estes | 06.29.2015 | Reply
  18. Do u have any info on the nutritional values after prepared, such as cals, fat, calcium iron ect. Thanks

    Chris | 08.01.2015 | Reply
  19. After seeing a few how-tos on youtube with glowing reports of health benefits, I tried this as an alternative to my fave- cashew milk, which I prefer ONLY because after blending there is no fiber left over (as opposed to almond which has a lot) and it has little taste. Coconut is easy but a strong flavor, not so good in coffee or tea. However, I got some hemp seed and tried it. I am forcing myself to finish it. As it is so health-beneficial, I will continue to make and put in smoothies but I found the flavor quite unpleasant. Everyone demonstrating had a lot of leftover pulp, which I was okay with but I had virtually none, not even to consider saving, about 1/2 teaspoon. Maybe that’s just because of the blender I use. (Vitamix)

    Diane | 10.14.2015 | Reply
  20. Can you heat this up? I made hemp milk but didn’t strain it and when I heated it, it curdled. 🙁

    Julia | 06.12.2016 | Reply
  21. Just made my first……it’s so much better than prepackaged! Thanks for sharing.

    evelyn cathey | 08.10.2016 | Reply
  22. To Anika: Homemade is always better in my opinion. I also take a multivitamin every other day so saves me from feeling the need to spend extra on fortified, prepared foods. The nutrition label on my hemp seeds package reads: Serving size, 3 tbsp = protein 10g, iron 15% dv, magnesium 50% dv, phosphorus 50% dv, zinc 25% dv. Hope it helps someone.

    angelica | 08.28.2016 | Reply
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    Nostalrius | 12.11.2016 | Reply
  24. Hi, I’ve been trying to work out what the salt is for, I’ve seen it mentioned in all the hemp recipes but not sure why we want it in there. Anybody know?

    Himesh | 06.26.2018 | Reply
  25. Is there a source for the organic vanilla powder?

    Maggie M | 09.09.2019 | Reply
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