Recipe Files: Hemp Milk + Bedtime Tonic
I've made my own almond and cashew milks before (both of which were great), but after seeing Lee from America make her own seed milks - which don't require any soaking (i.e. NO PREP WORK) - I needed to give it a whirl. The results? OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. Why did I not try this sooner? I am now fully on the hemp milk bandwagon and lovin' it.
This milk is super duper (stupid) easy to make. It's also delicious, creamy and loaded with health benefits. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, have all 10 essential amino acids and contain magnesium, fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorous, omega-3, omega-6, stearidonic acid (SDA) and omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is quite the all-star since it helps with cholesterol, inflammation, skin and hair health, balancing hormones and heart health. Wowza!
Other benefits of making your own hemp milk? It's more cost effective and you know exactly what you're getting. When I buy nut/seed milk at the grocery store, I do look for organic options with clean ingredient lists, but they still almost always have extra additives and things to keep them fresh for longer. When you make nut/seed milk yourself, it's basically just nuts/seeds and water (plus any sweeteners you choose to add). Doesn't get any fresher than that.
3 cups of filtered water
1/2 cup to 1 cup of hemp seeds (the more you add, the creamier it will be)
1/2 t vanilla extract
optional: sweetener to taste (honey, dates, maple syrup or stevia) and a pinch of salt
Combine first three ingredients in a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and bend on high for about 3 minutes.
With a spoon, taste the milk. You can add more hemp seeds to make it creamier. If you want to sweeten it, add any sweetener of choice (I used raw, local honey) and a pinch of salt (I like Pink Himalayan salt). Finish blending for 30 seconds to a minute.
If you want to strain it (like I did) you can. You just need a nut milk bag to strain the milk through and a bowl to catch the milk. This step is totally optional.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Separation will occur and is normal, just give it a shake before serving.