Homemade Maple Hemp Milk or Hemp Creamer in Just 5 Minutes!

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Dairy-free milk beverages are often looked down upon for being light on substance, but homemade versions, like this maple hemp milk, pack in unparalleled freshness and a wallop of nutrition.

Admittedly, I had never been a big fan of hemp milk. Store-bought versions are a bit too grassy and somehow a little “off” for my tastes. But once I started testing different milk beverages, I became a total hemp seed convert. I ended up creating Healthy Hemp Mylk and Happy Hemp Creamer recipes for Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. And this easy recipe is a spin-off from those formulas.

Homemade Maple Hemp Milk - vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free recipe with unbelievable flavor freshness and nutrition.

Homemade Maple Hemp Milk or Creamer in Just 5 Minutes!

Below are some of my personal notes for this maple hemp milk recipe in addition to bites of nutritional information about its homemade goodness.

  • Hemp seeds are not marijuana, and you won’t get high from them. They are, however, rich in Omega fatty acids and other essential nutrients.
  • The taste of this maple hemp milk is still a touch grassy, but the pure unprocessed flavors are more full-bodied, complimentary, and almost a little, dare I say, addictive. I also find that the vanilla really tames those overtly natural notes and maple syrup brings it all together.
  • Once well-blended and strained, I estimated (based on the remaining hemp see pulp) that each cup of this maple hemp milk contains approximately one 1-ounce serving of hemp seeds. This means that it has MORE protein, magnesium, and riboflavin than dairy milk.
  • Magnesium is believed by many to be an unsung hero for bone health. Some research is saying that we may be overloading on calcium while deficient in magnesium. Want to balance both? Add a serving of calcium citrate powder to this maple hemp milk recipe

Homemade Maple Hemp Milk - vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free recipe with unbelievable flavor freshness and nutrition.

  • Maple syrup gives this recipe a delicious, sustainable light sweetness. Yet even with this addition, my maple hemp milk has approximately the same amount of sugars as a very un-sweet cup of cow milk.
  • I also like it as a post-workout drink. Though chocolate milk has been publicized lately as a fitness beverage, this maple hemp milk is much lower in sugars and yet higher in protein and healthy fats.

Homemade Maple Hemp Milk - vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free recipe with unbelievable flavor freshness and nutrition.This post was originally sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, but I’ve updated it more recently.

Special Diet Notes: Homemade Maple Hemp Milk or Creamer

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, paleo, raw, and top food allergy-friendly (whew!). I think that covers the bases.

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Homemade Maple Hemp Milk (with Creamer Option)
 
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I make small batches of this maple hemp milk as it's very easy to make and tastes best within the first couple of days. If preferred, you can double the batch, refrigerate and optimally use within 3 days. This recipe is adapted from the Healthy Hemp Mylk and Happy Hemp Creamer recipes in my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2¼ cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring or extract
  • Pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place the hemp seeds in your blender with half of the water. Blend until relatively smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. You will still see some little bits of hemp seed, that's okay.
  2. Add the remaining water, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and blend until relatively smooth and creamy.
  3. Strain the maple hemp milk through a nut milk bag or (my method) through a sieve lined with a few layers of cheesecloth. Squeeze to extract all of the creamy goodness.
  4. If chilling any leftovers, stir before serving - it will separate a bit.
Notes
Hemp Creamer Option: Increase the hemp seeds to ¾ cup and reduce the water to 1½ cups.

Hemp Seed Pulp: There shouldn't be much remaining after you strain the hemp milk as hemp seeds do blend up fairly easily, but any pulp from your cheesecloth or nut milk bag can be tossed into oatmeal or baked recipes (such as granola or muffins).
DIY Dairy-Free Hemp Milk - healthy, homemade, easy, vegan & allergy-friendly recipe!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

45 Comments

  1. Just made your hemp milk and decided to add cocoa and xylitol to replace the syrup………. It’s just fabulous , what an awesome taste 🙂 I also tried the hemp cream , love the taste but it makes the coffee look curdled, any ideas how to prevent this ?

    • Hmm, I haven’t had an issue with it taking on a curdled appearance. I wonder if it is a more acidic coffee? It sounds like it is separating too vigorously. That’s difficult to remedy without whisking until smooth again or using additives – like lecithin and gums – like the store brands do. Usually, the fattier creamers, like the hemp creamer don’t separate quickly. So I’m not sure why it is happening for you, beyond the coffee itself.

  2. Reading your description it seems very tasty❤ but I tried to make it (not with your recipe) and it tasted really strong…bad…..and the smell was horrible….it was such a surprise since I always eat the seeds and they don’t taste strong at all!??? So, I would like to try again…but I’m scared it’s gonna be the same… ??? Does your milk smell…really strong? ? I mean, it was really difficult to take the smell out of my vitamix ???

    • Hi Emanuela, yes, hemp seeds are very strong! That is why I made the recipe with additional ingredients – they help to soften the flavor. Please see all of the notes I included in the post – it shares tasting notes, tips, etc.

  3. Susan Knauss on

    Thank you!! This looks great!! I’ve been using store bought organic almond milk for years, however it does have preservatives in it!! Using your recipe, is it possible to make a few day supply by upping the measurements? I think this is going to be s good alternative to the almond milk!!

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