How to Make Your Own Hemp Seed Milk & Almond Milk

One of the best lessons I learned in my years working for Free People is that almost anything you can buy from a store, you can make yourself. Even things that might not initially strike you as something you can make are often quite easy to do yourself. Such is certainly the case with certain kinds of milk – in this case, almond and hemp seed. After buying almond milk at the store for the past year, I finally looked it up and was surprised to discover how easy it is to make. I also experimented with some hemp seed milk, which was even more simple. I’ve been on a kick with hemp seeds lately – these powerful little superfood seeds are my new best friend.

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I touched on the many benefits of hemp protein powder in this post, and after using the powder for a little while I went and got a bag of hemp seeds to experiment with. These tiny little seeds are loaded with protein, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E, which makes them great for getting the nutrients you need on a plant-based diet, an excellent source of energy, and are beneficial to your immune system, skin, and hair. They’re mild in flavor and great thrown right into your smoothies, oatmeal, or really anything – and super easy to make milk with.

To make it, all you have to do is mix 1 cup of raw, shelled hemp seeds with 3 cups of filtered water. Strain through cheesecloth, and voila – hemp seed milk! If you want, you can add a sweetener, like as a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey. Store it in a sealed jar in the fridge and it’ll keep for about three days. I use it in my smoothies all the time, but it’s also great in overnight oats or as a substitute for anything requiring milk.

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Homemade Hemp Seed Milk

1 cup raw shelled hemp seeds

3 cups filtered water

Optional: 1-2 tsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

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I sound like a parent saying this, but when I was growing up all the milk alternatives like almond, coconut, soy, etc. were not around – we just had plain old milk and while some people love it, it was never my taste. I think if almond milk had been an option, things may have been different. I use this stuff in everything, and learning how to make my own was a game changer. The only difference from the hemp seed milk is that you have to soak the almonds first.  I let mine soak for about 24 hours before blending with filtered water.  Strain the mixture through cheesecloth, and enjoy! This can also be stored in the fridge for about three days. I use it in smoothies, cereal, overnight oats, you name it – but it’s also delicious on its own, with some cinnamon sprinkled on top or some vanilla flavoring.

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Homemade Almond Milk

1 cup raw organic almonds that have been soaked overnight or for up to 24 hours

3 cups filtered water

Optional: 1-2 tsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice

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+Have you guys ever made your own milk with nuts or seeds? What kind, and what did you think?

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Thanks for the tips! I actually am really interested in making my own almond milk this year.

rae of love from berlin

Great article!

Awesome tutorial – pinning this!

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once the milk is squeezed out the chopped nuts can be used in veggi burgers etc

Yum.This is surprisingly really easy to do!

Thanks so much!!! Can’t wait to try the hemp seed milk! I recently started making coconut milk and it is super easy! You can usually buy coconut shavings in bulk from your local health food store or buy it packaged from any grocery store. Add 1 cup of shavings to 1-2 cups of hot water, combine in a blender and blend for a minute. Then pour through cheese cloth and you have coconut milk! The used shavings can be used if you like to make candles or sometimes I put them in an empty squirt bottle, fill with water, and… Read more »

i was making cashew milk for a while, but i’m excited to try the hemp seed milk! i’m allergic to almonds so that’s not really an option for me;-)

Hi thanks a lot for posting making almond milk at home is not that hard after all.
The detailed and step by step instructions with photos really helped to get the job
done quick and it tastes so good. Definitely better than the once we get from
the store.I too have some info regarding benefits of almond milk that will be of
great value to all your readers.

Beautiful pictures!

Question, do you have a certain brand of almonds that you like?

We recently reviewed hemp seeds and choose a brand by Manitoba. What is your go-to brand?

Much love, stay strong! Hope to hear from you soon.

Cool post! Seems like this hemp seed milk would be a great additive to a natural meal replacement shake, providing valuable proteins, magnesium, and zinc. A lot of the top meal replacement shakes are loaded with these and even contain extra stuff like branch chain amino acids and essential fatty acids. Read more here: