Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Homemade Hemp Milk
Making your own hemp milk is easier than buying it! Plus by making your own, you don't get any extra added ingredients, just pure creamy goodness. However, since there are no added flavorings, this milk tastes a lot like hemp seeds (as it should) so the flavor might be a tad stronger if you are accustomed to store-bought hemp milk. We buy Nutiva shelled hemp seeds in bulk through amazon.com. I like to store a jar of them in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer to keep them fresh.
Use this milk for baking, in pancakes, as a dairy-free milk base for smoothies, poured over whole grain breakfast porridge, or just for drinking. It stores best in the refrigerator in a sealed glass jar or pitcher for 3 to 4 days. The small glass pitcher you see in these photos is from our local food co-op. I actually have two different sizes, both which have a really nice lid that screws on. I store my homemade almond milk and cashew milk in these glass pitchers as well.
Homemade hemp milk is also suitable for anyone following an Elimination Diet. It can be used in all phases of the diet! Hemp seeds are high in easily digested protein, if fact, they contain all 20 known amino acids!
Homemade Hemp Milk
I use a Vita-Mix to make this milk, I have not tried it using a regular blender so don't know how it would work. If you have made it without a Vita-Mix, could you please leave a comment so others can gain from your experience? I always strain my hemp milk using a nut milk bag, though others who commented on our Facebook page said they just blend the seeds and water and didn't mention straining.
1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
3 cups filtered water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
pinch sea salt
Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for 60 to 90 seconds or until ultra smooth. Place a nut milk bag into a large jar or pitcher and pour hemp milk through the bag, squeezing out the milk, and leaving the pulp behind. I compost the leftover pulp. Store your hemp milk in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Use it in recipes wherever milk is called for. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com
More Beverage recipes:
Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa
Soothing Tummy Tea
Cranberry Orange Punch
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