Homemade hemp milk found a place in our kitchen, because I sorely wanted an alternative to formula/dairy milk/milk with preservatives. I always knew I would be a mom who exclusively breastfed until my daughter was ready to be done, ideally somewhere in late toddlerhood: walking, talking, and breastfeeding, and no shame whatsoever. Enter, real life: where my body decided it wasn’t going to make enough breastmilk for my life plans.
So formula it was, and enter my new plans: we will use formula until my daughter is ~12 months old and will be eating food. Amaris, however, had her own plans, and chose to boycott what nonsense required her to stop playing and sit in a highchair, only to later suck down formula/milk like nobody’s business. We tried all kinds of things, but she just wasn’t ready until later (which is easy to say now that she finally eats, but there were times it felt like the day would never come). There was a point during “the struggle” when it struck me that I was trying so hard to offer Amaris whole food while ignoring the fact that what she was drinking was highly processed (formula/cow’s milk/even packaged plant milks). That’s when I realized I wanted to start making plant milk!
I debated which milk to make.. almond? soy? hemp? Almond lost out quickly because soy and hemp are both complete proteins. Hemp won out for me in the end, because it is a raw milk (whereas soy milk must be boiled). I am in love with hemp milk for my daughter. To me, it’s an acquired taste that I still haven’t acquired, but my daughter likes it and I frequently use it in baking as well!
- ¾ cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1.5 L water
- put water and hemp seeds into a blender, high speed preferred
- blend on high for about 30 secs-1 min, then rest for 5 seconds
- repeat at least 5 times
- strain through a large fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag
- lasts about 3 days in the fridge; the fat (and probably healthy omegas!) seem to settle at the bottom, so shake before each use
*If you or your child is particular to things floating in their milk or a slightly grainy texture, I would use a nut milk bag to get all the tiny fragments out