quick 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?

<-a little mixing.

<-a little straining.

<-and you’ve got yourself some milk.

quick hemp seed milk

Serves about 2 cups milk
Cook time 2 minutes
Dietary Corn Free, Dairy Free, Diabetic, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage, Breakfast, Condiment
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold


  • 1 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla and/or agave nectar (optional, to sweeten)
  • +a handheld mixer or blender
  • +a cheesecloth or clean thin towel for straining


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

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  1. 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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