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How to Make Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is a delicious dairy-free, nut-free, plant-based milk. It’s naturally light, nutty in flavor, and only requires two ingredients. Just hemp seeds and water! But feel free to add a little sweetener and vanilla extract for a tasty and fresh milk that’s ready to drink!

Hemp milk in a glass.

With more people discovering that they’re lactose intolerant, or just want to be environmentally conscious, there’s been a rise in milk alternatives. From almond milk to soy milk to banana milk, the variations keep going.

If you’ve read my previous cashew milk recipe, you know how easy it is to make your own nut milk. But many have requested a nut-free, plant-based milk. So, I’ve decided to make one that’s a bit overlooked – hemp milk.

Hemp seeds are exceptionally nutritious and rich in high-quality plant protein, healthy fats, and minerals. And when it comes to turning those little seeds into milk, it couldn’t be easier.

How To Make Homemade Hemp Milk

Did you know that homemade hemp milk only takes one minute to make? You’ll see in my video below how quickly this recipe comes together. So ditch those store-bought options and make it fresh. Here’s how to do it:

  • Add the hemp seeds and water (plus any sweeteners) to a high powered blender
  • Blend on high for a minute
  • Pour into a storage container and refrigerate

A bottle of water and jar of hemp seeds next to a blender.

Hemp milk being strained through a nut milk bag.

Do You Need to Strain Hemp Milk?

It’s not required (like almond milk), but it does make it smoother. Hemp milk is nice and creamy and the seeds pulverize almost entirely in the blender. But you may see a little pulp sink to the bottom of your glass. Straining it with a nut milk bag before pouring it into your stored container helps to minimize this.

Making Flavored Milk

Hemp milk on its own has a natural earthy taste. I personally love it just the way it is, but if you’re looking to add a little more flavor, here’s a few ideas to try:

  • Vanilla Hemp Milk: Add 2 tsp of vanilla and 1 tbsp of maple syrup, honey or 3 dates
  • Chocolate Hemp Milk: Add 1 tbsp cacao powder and 1 tbsp of maple syrup, honey or 3 dates
  • Matcha Hemp Milk: Add 1 heaped tbsp matcha and 1 tbsp of maple syrup, honey or 3 dates

Homemade hemp milk in a glass.

How long does it last?

Homemade hemp milk lasts up to 5 days stored in the fridge. Although, it might be best to consume within the first 2-3 days for maximum freshness. But if you want to freeze it for future use, you can pour it into a silicone ice cube tray. Then, you can use these cubes for your next strawberry banana smoothie or chia seed pudding!

Hemp Milk Recipe Video (1-Minute)

While it’s incredibly easy to make this recipe at home, it always helps to watch a quick, step-by-step tutorial. I also show how I sweeten my milk in the video. Give it a watch!

Hemp milk in a glass.
5 from 8 votes

How To Make Hemp Milk (2-Ingredients)

Prep Time: 1 min
Total Time: 1 min
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Hemp milk is naturally light and nutty in flavor, and can be made right at home with just two simple ingredients. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!


  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 4 cups water


  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or 2-3 pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Add hemp seeds, water, and any additional sweeteners to a high-powered blender.
  • Blend for 1 minute or until the milk is nice and creamy.
  • Pour the hemp milk into a sealable container (see my favorite in the notes below).
  • Place it into the fridge and store it for up to 5 days.

Lisa's Tips

  • If  you want your hemp milk to be thicker and creamier, use less water. 
  • I store my homemade milks in these juice jars. And I store my hemp seeds in these glass containers with these beautiful wood lids.
  • And of course, I always use my Vitamix A3500 to blend homemade milks for the smoothest texture. 


Calories: 73kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hemp milk, hemp milk recipe, homemade hemp milk, how to make hemp milk
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19 comments on “How to Make Hemp Milk”

  1. Made my first batch and like it, am now contemplating a hemp cashew milk concoction. What are your thoughts on if that would work? I didn’t strain the hemp milk and the little bit of sediment doesn’t bother me. Thanks!

    • Hi Annette – A hemp cashew milk would definitely be an interesting mix! Try mixing it and let me know how it tastes!

  2. Fantastic recipe! I also blended in soy and added a pinch of salt to extend shelf life. It made for a wonderful flavor profile.

    I saved the solids and added them to my breakfast cereal in the morning, it added a nice boost of fiber and added extra nutty goodness.

    • Hi Liz – So happy to hear you loved this recipe! I personally saved the solids as well to add to my breakfast :)

  3. Question. I am not allegic to dairy but don’t buy regular milk. I DO use Coconut and Almond milk to mix with chia seeds for pudding, but I just buy them at store. I think (but don’t know) that making my own nut milks is probably more expensive and more work that buying quality products. Am I wrong? I would love some information.

    • Hi Ann – It can be a bit pricier at times, but there can be unnecessary additives and more sugar in the options found in store. So, if you want to make sure you know what exact ingredients are going into your nut milks, then you can simply make it at home :)

  4. Love the milk that is plant-based. It is such a great drink to consume on a regular basis. Really love how it looks in the images – yum!

    • Hi Danielle – Thanks! It definitely is creamy and holds a nice earthy flavor to it. Great to drink on its own or mixed in a smoothie.

  5. I definitely need to give this a go! I’ve never tried making my own hemp milk.

  6. I love this recipe! It’s such a tasty alternative to regular milk, and works well for my lactose intolerant friends!

  7. I’ve never made this but you have made me want to for sure!

  8. This looks so creamy and I love your flavor options!

  9. Came out creamy and delicious.  I don’t own a Vitamix or a high powered blender at present.  Mine is a Cuisinart dual fp & blender; blender holds exactly 4 cups and the mix blended really well.  I added maple syrup and homemade vanilla extract.  Very little waste in the bag after straining too.  Thanks for the heads up!  I actually enjoy hemp milk more than using just the seeds.