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Beverages & Punches Blender Recipe

Hemp Milk

If you are like us and don’t do dairy, there are a lot of great-tasting milk alternatives out there these days. That said, what do you do when you accidentally run out of your usual drink and need something in a pinch? Hemp milk to the rescue! Milk made from hemp hearts requires absolutely no soaking. Yes, you read that correctly my friend: NO SOAKING! Blend the ingredients and you’re done! An INSTANT milk alternative with minimal fuss!  

Hemp Milk

Close up of hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)


  • 1 cup raw shelled hemp seeds (such as Manitoba Harvest)
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 pinch of Celtic sea salt (I used Himalayan salt)



To the unsweetened base milk add:

  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tbsp maple syrup (could also use 3-6 pitted dates or other sweetener, to taste)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower lecithin (optional)



To the sweetened milk recipe add:

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder, plus more to taste



To the sweetened milk recipe add:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, plus more to taste


DIRECTIONS: Throw the hemp seeds, water, and salt into your blender. Blend on high for about a minute. Strain unsweetened mixture through a nut milk bag or piece of tightly woven cotton for a smoother milk.

To make sweetened, chocolate, or strawberry hemp milk: First, give your blender a quick rinse. Pour strained unsweetened milk back into blender and add ingredients according to above recipes.

Store finished milk in the fridge in a closed container, such as a Mason jar, for up to three days.

Makes between 2.5 and 3 cups of hemp milk.


Kitchen Notes
  • To be honest, if it is going into a smoothie, I don’t even bother straining it through cloth or a nut milk bag. Besides, you get more nutrition from the hemp hearts when you drink/use the milk “whole.”
  • Makes for a thicker smoothie. Personally? I enjoyed the change in texture from my usual almond milk.
  • Did not use the sunflower lecithin in any of my blends — and both the sweetened and chocolate versions were just fine. Waiting until summer to attempt the fresh strawberry version. That said, if I try frozen berries in the meantime, will definitely add an edit and let you know how it turns out.
  • Not gonna’ lie: hemp milk is an acquired taste, but again, when used in a smoothie, a lot less of its stronger “grassy” notes come through.
  • Source: All the above recipes are courtesy of The Blender Girl. Go check out her website right now… It’s pretty awesome and really informative. You can thank me later!


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