We love making our own nut and seed milks. They are fresh and nutritious and cost a fraction of the price of store bought dairy alternatives. Also the store bought ones often contain additives and sweeteners which you can avoid putting in at home. There are many yummy and nutritious alternatives to cow’s milk for those who are lactose or dairy intolerant, vegan or those following a healthier lifestyle. We are also very fond of almond, pecan, cashew and coconut milks. But more about those another time.
Hemp milk made from shelled hemp seeds is in a league of it’s own and this for 2 reasons. Firstly you don’t need to soak the seeds or use a nut milk bag making it a faster process with less cleaning. Secondly hemp seeds are bursting with good fats, protein, fibre and many other nutrients. And no you cannot get high when eating them!
Hemp seeds have been found to lower inflammation in the body relieving symptoms of arthritis, eczema and psoriasis. They also help balance hormones and PMS due to their high levels of GLA. With high amounts of fibre and good fats, hemp seeds keep you satiated and can help curb your appetite when trying to lose weight. The fibre found in hemp seeds is both soluble and insoluble and can therefore aid elimination of waste and feed the good bacteria thereby helping to build a healthy immune system.
3 tbsp (30g) of shelled hemp seeds contain:
2.7g of GLA
11g protein (all 20 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids)
Vitamin E 78% DV
Magnesium 76% DV
Manganese 142% DV
Iron 23% DV
Phosphorous 43% DV
Zinc 35% DV
Copper 8% DV
How to make hemp milk with shelled hemp seeds:
(recipe is for 1 glass)
Add 3 tbsp of shelled hemp seeds and 1 cup of water to a high speed blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until the seeds are completely pulverised. There is no need to strain the milk unless you want it completely smooth. But remember straining will eliminate some of the nutrients. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge with a lid. It will last up to 3 days.
Alternative flavour additions to blend with the hemp milk:
Chocolate milk: 1 tbsp of raw cocoa, 1 tsp sweetener of your choice (xylitol, raw honey, maple syrup or yakon syrup)
Strawberry milk: 1/3 cup of strawberries
Vanilla milk: 1 tsp of vanilla extract
How to make hemp milk with unshelled hemp seeds:
It is possible to use the unshelled hemp seeds to make milk but in this case you will need to use a nut milk bag. No need to soak the hemp seeds if you have a high speed blender. Just add 3 tbsp of hemp seeds and 1 cup of water. Blend on high until liquid turns white. Place the milk bag over a bowl and pour the milk inside. Squeeze the milk bag straining all the liquid out so all you are left with is dry pulp. Discard the pulp. Store the milk in a jar with a lid in the fridge for max 3 days or drink immediately.
Other ways to enjoy shelled hemp seeds is by adding them to smoothies or sprinkling them on salads and stirfrys. Hemp oil is also a great way to access the benefits of hemp and can be added to salads and smoothies right before serving. Hemp seed butters can be used as a spread much like other seed and nut butters.
Note: Shelled hemp seeds are sensitive to heat and light and are therefore best stored in the fridge.
Nut and seed milks are sometimes referred to as mylks to make a clear difference between plant milks and cow’s milk.