Inspiration: Quick and Easy Hemp Seed Milk

Whether or not I had an intolerance to uncultured dairy products, yesterday morning, did not change the sincere satisfaction that was my instant bowl of cereal with milk using a little hot water, cheese cloth, and “I-hope-this-works” tactics.  It is a rare occasion my household will have a box of gluten-free cereal atop the (older than some) refrigerator housing my precious perishable goods, and I woke up wanting the contents of that box– and bad.

I swung open that chilled door to find no milk.  Not even the stomach-aching kind.

What’s a girl to do?

I found 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds, and decided to commence a successful project of fruitful desperation: quick seed milk.  Here are a few cooking properties I do know to be true: (a) hemp seeds cook quicker, and have a higher “mashability” than flax seeds, and (b) adding heat to anything increases its absorption.  Since my homemade flax seed milk is a slow process of flax seeds absorbing cold water, why wouldn’t a mixture of hemp seeds absorbing hot water be a quick fix?

And it is!  Cereal was had!

…and no time was wasted.

To make a batch of hemp seed milk “on the fly”, try this on for size:

Homemade Quick Hemp Seed Milk

<-a little mixing.

<-a little straining.

<-and you’ve got yourself some milk.

You’ll need:

1 cup hulled hemp seeds

3 cups water

1 tsp. vanilla extract and/or agave nectar to sweeten


+1 handheld mixer or blender

+1 cheesecloth


Inactive preparation time: 15-30 minutes

Cooking time: 2-3 minutes

Yields about 2 cups hemp seed milk

1. Bring water to boiling.  Pour over hemp seeds in a sterile heat-resistant container.  Let soak for 15-30 minutes.

2. Blend all ingredients using either a handheld mixer or in a blender until particles are as finely ground as can be.  (About 1 minute.)  Pour into a cheesecloth, and squeeze out the milk, making sure no solids follow, into a clean bowl.  The bowl has the milk, the cheesecloth has the “remains”.  Toss the remains, stir in vanilla and/or agave nectar, and use that milk within 4 days to your liking.



Filed under dairy bubble, gluten bubble, nut bubble, recipes, smarty pants, vegan

2 responses to “Inspiration: Quick and Easy Hemp Seed Milk

  1. Laila

    A few hints: 1~ if you use a large enough stainless steel pan, you can boil your water, add hemp seeds, remove from heat and soak
    2~ no need to “toss” the “remains”, but eat them as you would a hot cereal, especially as you can make a bigger batch in order to have more milk.

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