Homemade Hemp Milk

I remember when hemp milk started popping up on the shelves of natural and health food stores.  I was a soy milk devotee at the time but I was intrigued by this newcomer on the scene.  The health benefits looked legitimate, it had attractive packaging (I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for that), and the price was…out of my budget.  My curiosity finally got the better of my frugality and when I bought some to try it, I loved it!  Even so, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve had the stuff in my kitchen simply because it’s one of the most expensive non-dairy milks around.

Since one of my goals for 2012 is to make as much of my food from scratch as possible, I thought now would be a good time to try my own hemp milk.  I have a fancy schmancy Vitamix blender and so I really had no excuse not to give it a try.  The verdict: success!

Hemp milk turns out to be incredibly easy and inexpensive to make.  I bought the hemp seeds from the bulk bin at my co-op and only needed a half cup of it for the recipe.  I chose to make mine unflavored and unsweetened but I imagine that a tablespoon or so of sweetener and some vanilla would make the final product more similar to what you buy in the grocery store.  I’ve used it in smoothies and hot chocolate so far and found it to be tasty in both.

Hemp Milk
makes 3-6 cups

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
– 3 cups water
– 1/4 tsp salt
– sweetener to taste (optional)

-  up to 3 more cups of water, depending on the consistency and caloric content you’re going for

1. Blend hemp seeds, 3 cups water, salt and sweetener in a high-powered blender for 2 minutes.

2. Strain liquid through a fine mesh or sieve into storage container.

3. Add up to 3 extra cups of remaining water.  Doing this will make the caloric content much more similar to other milk substitutes (about 100 calories per cup, unsweetened).  If your looking for more of a cream substitute, you can opt out of adding extra water but you’ll end up with a milk that contains 300 calories per cup.  It just depends on your preference and how you plan on using your hemp milk.

4. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.  Stir or shake before using.

Happy blending!

* This post is included in this week’s Hearth and Soul Hop at Premeditated Leftovers, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, Gluten Free Wednesdays at The Gluten Free Homemaker, Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFGLINS, and Pennywise Platter at the Nourishing Gourmet, and Traditional Tuesdays at Delicious Obsessions.