make hemp milk

How to Make Hemp Milk

Easy, homemade 2-ingredient hemp milk that’s creamy and delicious! Let me show you how.

How to Make Hemp Milk


  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 3-4 cups water (use less water for thicker, creamier milk!)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 whole date, pitted (optional // for sweetness // or 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa or cacao powder for “chocolate milk” (optional)
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 cup fresh berries for “berry milk” (optional)



Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

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Just made the hemp milk and oat milk. Very easy and turned out great! Added a little maple syrup to each. Making my own milk from now on, thank you!

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This was excellent! I used 3 cups water, 1/2 cup hemp hearts, vanilla, and maple syrup. No salt. It is so delicious. I may try less water just to make it a bit thicker, but really good as is. I also didn’t have an issue with using it in coffee, and heated and frothed it even with my espresso machine. I’m going to try it with berries and chocolate next time…I meant one and then the other…buy maybe both now that I think about that. Thanks for the recipe!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

We’re so glad it worked well, Jen! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

on these nutritional facts and figures
if we dont add vanilla, chocolate etc the fat contain will be lower?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Matt, we wouldn’t expect that to make much difference.

I have whole hemp seeds and when I tried it before wasn’t too keen on the somewhat greyish result. Waste not, want not so I thought I’d dry fry the remaining seeds – and less water. Oh my! Game changer. Ended up so tasty and creamy. Plopped in a fig and banana. Also kinda reminds me of the porridge from back home in northern Nigeria. They’re made of peanut milks flavoured with different spices (cloves, ginger, etc). We cook different grains in them, wholewheat, millet, etc. Sorry I’m rambling. Thanks so much for the continued inspiration ??

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

Love this! Thanks for sharing your experience, Aisa!

Aida, I think that frying the seeds will destroy the omega 3 in the hemp seeds

Thanks for the tip, Heather, didn’t consider that.

Hi Aisa, can you please send me some recipes for these Nigerian porridges? I’ve never heard of peanut milk I want to make it. Makes sense tho we have soy milk (a bean) and we have nut milks so whether peanut is a bean or a nut.. I digress lol

Hello Doreen, sorry I don’t have a recipe per se as we just learned to make them at home with the different variations, the traditional way which is a long process, roasting nuts, spices, etc. The peanut/groundnut one is called “Kunun Gyada” basically translates as porridge or gruel of groundnut. Have noticed a couple on YouTube (not traditional) so can’t verify, but might give an idea as they start off with the peanuts.

I made this and I did not use the the nut milk bag. It is perfect! I have added it to my coffee and I am super happy:) with oat and almond it always gets a bit messy and need to store the scants for future recipes, but with hemp you eat all ingredients you put in and tastes much better than the store bought one. I have used date paste instead of whole date because I feel it combines better of not using the bag. Amazing from the nutritional perspective too! Thank you!?

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

Lovely! Thanks for sharing, Carlotta!

I’m currently out of dates and won’t be able to ship until pay day.. I do have dried figs though….do you think I could use those in place of dates?!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Maybe! Or you could sub another sweetener such as maple syrup (or honey if not vegan).

This was really good! I added raspberries and put 3 dates to sweeten it up for the kiddos. I like it a bit on the thicker side so I used 3 cups of water. This will be a weekly staple for us. Thank you!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Yum! Thanks for sharing, Katie!

I tried making hemp milk with my older Ninja Blender, which is 1500 watts. I put in 1/2 cup of whole hemp seeds and 3 cups of water. The hemp seeds just swirled around in the water and never mixed. When I stained it, it seemed like the 1/2 cup of hemp seeds ended in my nut bag!

Any ideas why it didn’t work? Is it better to pulse the hemp seeds by themselves or another way before adding the water? Thanks!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hmm, could be the blender? Or were the hemp seeds unhulled? Perhaps a combination of those two factors?

Where did you get your glass jars /bottle from? . Thanks going to try your recipe soon. Just got my hemp seeds. No more store bought for me!o

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Angie, we got them from thrift stores. Enjoy!

Shemona Singh says

I just made this and it came out super creamy! Which it great, but I noticed it was much bitter then the hemp milk I usually buy from a store. Is there any way to make it less bitter?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Shemona, that’s likely because the store uses fewer hemp seeds and natural flavor for taste. We’d suggest trying a mix of coconut and hemp for a sweeter/less bitter milk. Hope that helps!

Deshaun S Dunn-Bey says

Maybe you can use agave instead of dates.

Forest River says

Agave is similar to high fructose corn syrup. Better choices are Monk Fruit drops or Stevia. Dates really are quite wonderful.

I made this, and it is great! I bought a big bag of Hemp Hearts from Costco a while back, but I didn’t know what to do with them other than put them on salads, so they sat in my pantry for a while. Today I resolved to find something to do with them, and I found this milk recipe. It could not be easier! I blended the hemp hearts and water in my Nutri Ninja, and it was so creamy!

The reason I never made nut milk in the past is because I am lazy, and the extra step of having to strain the nut milk put me off (not to mention the extra things to clean up). Since this hemp milk does not need to be strained, it is something that I would be happy to always make.

I plan to use this in my daily matcha drink (I drink it cold), where I believe the earthiness of the hemp hearts and the earthiness of the matcha will combine to make a superb drink! Thank you for this great and simple recipe!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

We’re so glad you enjoy it, Faith! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

Peter Medina says

I made the creamier version (just 3 cups of water) and loved it. It’s so easy to make, that it takes almost no motivation to get up and make it. No fuss, no bother.. Thank you!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

We’re so glad you enjoy it, Peter! Thanks for sharing!

Might be worth pointing out that you use hulled hemp seeds. I use whole ones as they hold their nutritional value much better. But definitely needs straining as the husks are quite hard. 🙂

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Sibel, thanks for letting us know! We hadn’t come across unhulled hemp seeds in grocery stores which is why we didn’t specify. We’ll clarify!

Unhulled Hemp Seeds are illegal in Australia. Importing them will be stopped by customs, and you can’t buy them in stores. You can only buy Hulled Hemp seeds for the reason being they cannot be germinated into plants.
Great easy article to read, I love hemp milk and its earthy taste…

Hi there, I don’t have a high powered blender but I do have a coffee grinder that I use for grinding flax seeds and a kitchen aid processor. Could I use the grinder for the hemp and processor to make the nut milk? My husband can’t have sugar and I would love to surprise him with milk and then try ice cream. Thanks!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Helen, we haven’t tried that, but maybe? Let us know how it goes!

I never thought of making hemp milk, and this by far is the easiest milk alternative to make! I wanted to mix up my regime from making the almond milk and wow am I pleased! Thank you

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Yay! Thanks for sharing, Sara! xo


Would a cheese cloth work for straining all non dairy milks?

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Erica Cheek says

I really like Oatly but its sweet. This has an earthier taste and much better for me. I like to use this for iced matcha lattes.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Erica. We are so glad you enjoy this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

Can I use hemp hearts? Not sure what the difference is.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Is it possible to use ground hemp seeds to make this ? Do you know how much I should use?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Maybe! We would say about the same amount. Let us know how it goes!

Dayna Lewis says

I like my milk hot but it separates a d looks like it’s curled. How do I heat up the hemp milk?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Dayna, we’d suggest heating it very slowly and avoiding letting it boil for best results.

hi I followed the recipe but my hemp milk curdles in tea, how do I stop this happening ??

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

Hmm, I’ve not experienced that. I’d suggest heating the milk first before adding?

This would be the first time I make my own milk, being a long term dairy-free-er I want a cheaper way of having milk! Do I need to look at supplementing/fortifying the milk at all if I was switch fully to homemade milk?

Super useful recipe though, looking forward to giving it a go!

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Owen, we’d recommend consulting a nutritionist to determine if that’s appropriate for you. You may be able to get the nutrients from other food sources if not supplementing/fortifying.

Lucy Azevedo says

This hemp milk is super delicious! Enjoy!

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

I’ve made this hemp milk now twice and it is amazing. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It’s much better than what you get in the store.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lucy. We are so glad you enjoy it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

Nia Fletcher says

Hi can I use dried dates for this?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

I made this today. I had been making sunflower seed “milk”, but prefer hemp bc +omegas, no soaking, overall nutrition.
I used 1/2c hemp hearts (organic Canadian source), 3 c filtered water, 1 T local, unpasteurized honey and blended in std Oster Blender. I strained it, but had no particulate left behind.
First glass tasted great – very similar to commercial product. Refrigerated it. Second glass, 4h later, tasted a little sour – like it was starting to turn.
Will sunflower lecithin help with that? (I used lecithin in s-flower milk to increase shelf life).
Do you have other suggestions that may help? It would be really inconvenient to blend on per cup demand for 4 y.o. toddler (primary drinker).

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hmm! Sunflower lecithin is used as an emulsifier, so we wouldn’t expect it to prevent sourness, but maybe it does. It sounds like there may have been bacterial contamination. Perhaps try sterilizing all equipment before use next time (preferably in the dishwasher). Hope that helps!

Denise Ives says

When I make this it has a slightly “green” taste… Hard to describe, but it feels like something similar to if you accidentally include the white skin of a lemon instead of just the yellow zest… it leaves a slightly bitter feeling towards the back of the mouth.
What am I doing wrong?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Denise, hmm! Were the hemp seeds fresh? We wonder if the bitterness could be from the oils in the hemp seeds going rancid? Another idea would be to add more dates or sweetener to balance the bitterness. Hope that helps!

Try it with almond, cold water, little sweetener, are use bullet, I stopped buying almond milk. Delicious

Gyula Halasz says

I dislike hemp but was trying to get more of it into my diet. I thought this was great… refreshing and maybe lightly sweet. I also made the oat milk but it was too thin for my liking. The almond milk was good as well, but this is so healthy!

I added cacao+date to another batch and that was nice too.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

We’re so glad you enjoy it, Gyula! Thanks so much for sharing!

Gesene Dullweber says

Going to make it tonight looks really simple and delicious thank you! just have to say I really appreciate the format of the recipe it’s not overly wordy like so many other recipes tend to be these days! I’ve been tired of reading 20 pages of dissertation on how great the recipe is before I actually get to the recipe lol… Thanks with a name like minimalist Baker I guess it fits 😉 ordered yr ebook too ?

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

Hope you love it!

I found this to be too watery even though I only used a scant 3 cups of water.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Lesley, sorry to hear it was too watery for your tastes! You can certainly add more hemp seeds or reduce water next time to your preferred consistency. Enjoy!

What brand of hemp seeds do you recommend. I used your recipe for the hemp milk from seeds I purchase in bulk from my local coop. It was creamy and sweet even without the dates. Then I decided to buy seeds from amazon at a better price. Big difference. Much less creamy and sweet. Quite weedy in taste. Thanks for guidance in this matter.

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

Wow, I don’t know if we were aware of that potential difference! It might also be dependent on whether or not the hemp seeds were hulled or unhealed ( hulled being potentially sweeter).

Should we use hulled hemp seeds or the unshelled ones? What is better in a nutritious wise?

Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

Hemp hearts contain less fiber, so if you want more fiber get unhulled! Both work in this recipe!

Would this be more wallet friendly than buying the boxes of hemp milk?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Amanda, we aren’t sure, but it might be! It would depend on the cost of hemp seeds where you are.

I just made this hemp milk with 1/2 cup hemp hearts, 3 cups water, 2 tsp maple syrup(less sweet tastes just fine), and about 1/2 tsp vanilla. Used a Vitamix so nothing really to strain. I’m enjoying it now in a cup of my coffee/teaccino blend, and it’s lovely…
I’d like to know how to boost the calcium content?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Thanks for sharing, Sharon! Almonds have more calcium than hemp seeds per cup, so you could try replacing some of the hemp seeds with almonds. Here‘s our recipe for How to Make Almond Milk.

Porgy Tirebiter says

Almonds do. But Almond milk does not. The commercial brands fortify protein and calcium. Almonds have a ton of both but are strained away homemade or commercially made into milk.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Porgy, We agree that homemade would have less calcium than fortified since it doesn’t have any added. But it is our understanding that there would still be some calcium from the almonds. Would you mind sharing your resource regarding the calcium being strained away in homemade nut milk?

Silk brand of Almond milk have 450 mil of calcium. I noticed some other brands do not have calcium.

Toni Williams says

Hi. I believe that Hemp Milk has a higher content of calcium than cows milk so I don’t think it would need the calcium boosted.

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Hi Toni, that is likely due to fortification. For homemade, 1/2 cup of hemp seeds makes

8 half cup servings of hemp milk. That means each glass has about 1 Tbsp of hemp seeds which yields 7 mg of calcium. In comparison, a half cup serving of whole cow’s milk contains 138 mg of calcium. Store-bought fortified hemp milk is typically around the same amount or slightly more than cow’s milk. Hope that provides some clarification!

This tastes amazing! My wife and I just started making almond milk with our hi-speed blender. We love the almond milk we make. Our version of the hemp milk recipe: 1/2 cup hemp seeds, 4 cups water, pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp maple syrup. The only difference between our almond milk and hemp milk is that we use 1 cup soaked almonds instead of the hemp seeds. Advantages: no soaking overnight and no messy nut bag, plus all the goodness of hemp seeds.

On a side note, Minimalist Baker may be interested to know that I was shocked to see an ad for right next to the instructions for this recipe for a non-dairy, milk alternative. I suppose that the advertising AI uses my internet history, plus key words such as “milk” to determine the ads that I see. I would not have mentioned this but for the fact that the home page states in a bold heading, “How Milk Can Bring You Closer to Your Loved Ones.” Sure, while they visit your lactose-intolerant a$$ in the hospital!

They also have an article entitled “Real Milk vs. Almond Milk: What Is the Difference?” Is there a way to make sure these milk industry ads do not show up?

Support @ Minimalist Baker says

Thank you for the thoughtful comment and we appreciate your humor about it! Just to clarify, we don’t have control over the ads you see- they are either random or based on your search history.

So easy. Made in my thermomix. Like others I used 2 dates and didn’t strain it. Was impressed with the result. Thank you

A quick and easy 2-ingredient, 5-minute way to make homemade hemp milk! Naturally creamy and sweet, and perfect for smoothies, granola, and more!