Homemade Hemp Milk

So I have been making my own Almond Milk for a while now.  While I was writing my post on Superfoods for Good Health, I read a lot about the benefits of hemp seeds.  So, I decided to make my own hemp milk too.  Turns out it is even easier than almond milk.

hemp milk

It’s pretty good too!  I haven’t been able to find store bought hemp milk that doesn’t contain large amounts of sugar.  When I make my own, I can control the sugar amount.  There are also no funky additives like carrageenan in this.  I added ground vanilla bean
to my milk.  I swear by that stuff.  Worth.Every.Penny.  A little goes a long way and it actually gives an impression of sweetness without adding sugar.  Because there are no additives in this milk, it will separate in the fridge so you need to shake it well before you use it.  I store mine in a leak-proof jar so I can shake it really well without it leaking.  You will need a powerful blender, a very fine and strong cheesecloth and a mesh strainer.

Homemade Hemp Milk

Homemade Hemp Milk

Prep Time 5 min



  1. Throw everything in the blender and blend for 90 seconds or so. I used a Vitamix
  2. Lay the mesh strainer across a large bowl
  3. Put the cheesecloth over that.
  4. Slowly pour the milk out of the blender giving the cheesecloth time to drain the liquid. You may have to give the cheese cloth a little squeeze to get all the liquid.
  5. Repeat until all the liquid has been strained.


Recipe Notes

This is different from the almond milk because you will not have a leftover meal. All you are straining is the seed particles. You really can skip the straining process if you like. The seed bits will be small and barely noticeable. Either way works.

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86 thoughts to “Homemade Hemp Milk”

  1. Yikes.. what an ordeal! I really think you need a vitamix with this one. I mixed in a blender and processor and finally got about a mason jar of milk after numerous strainings.(with and without cheese cloth) I liked the taste (kinda grassy) and put in 2 dates and tablespoon of vanilla. 3yo liked it; 6yo no go... Also, Hemp seed was $21.99 lb at Whole foods.. so probably not making that again. I love you website Melissa!(unfortunately not having much luck with lots of the recipes.)
    1. I used a Vitamix to make mine. I am sorry you didn't have luck with this. :( What other recipes did not turn out well?
  2. I made this with hemp hearts. It was super creamy but have to say I cannot get past the taste. Wont be making this again. But thanks for the recipe. Dying to try the Hazelnut milk but I am so stingy with my hazelnuts. Not sure I am willing to sacrifice them. You are the best, Melissa!
  3. I just use the puree/smoothie button on my regular blender. For milk, I toss in almonds and sometimes a couple of dates but not always. I usually do 1 cup almonds (usually that I've soaked overnight), 2 cups water, 3 or 6 tablespoons of hemp hearts, then dates or no dates depending on what I want that day. As an aside, I also toss in 3 T of hemp hearts into my typical morning smoothies with a banana, frozen organic produce, spinach or kale, cinnamon and there's no grassy taste.
  4. Hi Melissa, I want to sweeten this hemp milk with dates. Which brand do you recommend? BTW, I've tried many of your recipes and absolutely love them. Thanks for making it easy to eat vegan.
    1. Thank you Lucy! I recommend using Medjool dates. I get mine at Natural Grocers. Amazon also sells them. Here is the link. http://tinyurl.com/dates-mwfl
  5. Hi! I would like to make this & I do have a vitamix, but do you think there is a benefit from soaking the hemp seeds overnight? I soak my raw cashews overnight because they blend much better.
    1. Babies can of course have hemp milk but only in small amounts due to the high water content and that can be hard on their kidneys if they have too much. At 5 months, I would only give it in small amounts like you would little bits of water. Or if you give your baby formula, you can sometimes sub the hemp milk for the water to make the formula. You could also add it to breast milk in a bottle if you breastfeed. Regardless, hemp is an amazing super food that even babies can benefit from and my babies have definitely done great with it!

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