Before I started preparing for this post, I had never tasted or made hemp milk. A couple things that I learned is that hemp milk is extremely easy to make (no soaking required) and hemp seeds have some uniquely healthy properties.
Hemp seeds, which are also called hemp hearts, grow easily (like weeds, bud-um-ching) and often do not require pesticides which means it is not as important to buy organic. They are exceptionally nutrient dense, high in vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. They are also a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. When it comes to protein, they a rare source of complete plant protein, meaning they have all of the essential amino acids! Essential amino acids are those that cannot be produced by the body and must instead be acquired through diet. Most plants lack the essential amino acid lysine, but a few plants, like quinoa and hemp seeds, have it. These little seeds are also 25% protein which is comparable to beef and lamb by weight.
All that you have to do to make hemp milk is put hulled hemp seeds in the blender with water at a 4:1 ratio and blend on high for 1 minute and you’re done. The hardest part is washing the blender.
I absolutely love how homemade hemp milk looks, with the little black specs. Maybe it reminds me of vanilla bean ice cream, or maybe I just like the added visual touch, but I think it is so pretty! I did not strain the finished milk here, because you lose nutrients when you strain it and I like the texture as it is. But if you want a smoother hemp milk, straining is a great option!
At first, when I tasted it, I thought it was a little bitter. But after taking a few more sips I really started to like the creamy, earthy taste and texture. Also, I cooked a mushroom soup with this homemade, unstrained hemp milk and it turned out great – no bitter taste at all!
1 cup of hulled hemp seeds (or hemp hearts)
4 cups of filtered water
Optional: dash of salt
Optional: 1-3 pitted dates or 1-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for 1 minute on high. If you would like to strain before consuming, use a cheese cloth or panty hose to strain.
Sources: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/why-are-hemp-seeds-good-for-me#1; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds#section4