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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 oat milk to 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 new 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.

Hemp Milk Recipe Video

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 below!

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 in a glass.
5 from 13 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 hulled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
  • 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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46 comments on “How to Make Hemp Milk”

  1. Sorry, but hemp seeds and hemp hearts are not the same thing. Hearts have the hulls removed, which changes the flavor, texture, and nutritional value of the milk. Your video shows the use of hearts. Accuracy counts.

    • Hi Bryan – you’re correct. Hulled hemp seeds (which is what you find in supermarkets) is the same as hemp hearts. I’ll make a clarification to the post. Thanks!

  2. Can you freeze homemade oat milk/cashew milk/hemp milk?

  3. Hi, can I just ask how many ml of hemp milk did you get with this recipe?

  4. Recipe looks great! May I ask where you got the glass carafe you’re using in the video? Thanks!!

  5. Lisa, can I use hemp hearts as well?

  6. Hi and thanks for the recipe – a couple of questions: on what amount of hemp milk is the nutritional information based on please?  (e.g. per 100 ml? per cup?)
    Also, does this work in coffee or does it separate? I normally buy Barista Hemp Milk but would love to make my own. Thanks in advance :-) 

    • Hi Katherine – the serving size is based on 1/2 cup. And it’s not as creamy as store-bought options as they use thickeners, but it works. Enjoy! :)

    • For homemade milks for coffee, my husband and I put some milk to clear the blades of a blender, one raw organic egg, one teaspoon up to one tablespoon maple syrup and one teaspoon maca powder. Blend and the milk even froths. Pour over coffee. This works with hot coffee too, just heat your milk over the stovetop and add your egg last. You can even add turmeric powder to hot or cold, as well as coconut oil and ghee to hot. The possibilities are endless. For thicker milks though, as the author of this site has mentioned, using less water to the seeds also helps. Happy experimenting! God bless!

  7. I’m always amazed by how easy it is to make a healthy and delicious drink with these simple ingredients. I will use your recipe to make Hemp milk for my Hemp/CBD soap. It gives it additional moisture. Which I like a lot:). Thank you for your inspiration.

  8. Hi, thank you for demonstrating this with hemp seeds. 
    Should the seeds be soaked before you make the mylk?
    Thank you

    • Hi Cathy – You don’t need to soak the hemp seeds! Just go ahead and put them in the blender. Enjoy the recipe :)

  9. Did you change nut milk bags? I have the organic cotton one, but this one is clear and seems to strain the milk wayyyyy faster than mine. I quit making homemade milk altogether because the nut milk bag just holds too much air and takes forever to strain. :(

  10. Just made it and is so good!  I think it’s going to be perfect for my matcha lattes!  Thanks, Lisa!

  11. Love ur videos! Question -I am dairy free except for lactose free organic 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee -which of the homemade nut milks would be the creamiest for a replacement?

  12. Great! Have you tried to make yogurt from hemp milk?

  13. 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!

  14. 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 :)

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

  21. 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.

    • Hi Hillary – Happy to hear you made this so quickly! Isn’t this so easy to make?

    • Sounds real good, I want to give hemp milk to my 1 year old. Im not sure if she will drink it plain, do you put the honey and maple syrup together or either one.

      • Hi Alysia – For the sweetener, you have the option of using either honey or maple syrup :) I would just use one.