DIY Fresh Hemp Milk + tips for the best taste

Famously rich in Omega-3’s, hemp seeds make the easiest plant-based milk. No soaking required, just blend with water, strain (if you want to) and you have quick, simple hemp seed milk! But there are a couple things to watch out for to make the best-testing hemp milk which I’ll get into.

Video Tutorial for Hemp Heart Milk


I wanted to share this recipe ahead of Vegan MoFo because my theme this year is going to be Vegan Cultured Cheese and one of the recipe that I’m planning uses the leftovers from making hemp milk. It’s going to be a delicious, dreamy Vegan Month of Food.

In preparation for this tutorial, I reached out to Manitoba Harvest, a Canadian producer of hemp foods to see if they wanted to be a part of it. They were kind enough to send me a bag AND are provided one to giveaway! NOTE Manitoba Harvest Giveaway closed on September 5th, 2025.

Tips for Great Tasting Homemade Hemp Seed Milk

Hemp seed milk is nutritious, a source of complete proteins, and all-important omega-3 fatty acids. And it can be very delicious. However, not all hemp milks are made the same. Some can be horribly bitter. If you want to make the best tasting hemp milk, keep the following in mind:

  • hemp seed hulls are bitter! So buy only hulled hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts).
  • hemp seeds’ high fat content makes it vulnerable to rancidity. Always do a sniff test. If the seeds smell rancid, they are. Toss them and get fresh ones.
  • feel free to add flavors! Vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and other spices can really enhance your homemade plant-based milk. I mean, what’s the point of homemade if you don’t customize it perfectly for your own taste?

close up of hemp hearts

More ways to use Hemp Seeds

Have you tried HempFu? It’s soy-free tofu made from hemp seed milk! It’s much easier to make than regular tofu and the texture is more like cheese. Give it a try!

single block of hemp heart tofu

Don’t throw away the pulp leftover from making Hemp Seed Milk! Save it for making this easy vegan cheese spread.

hemp pulp cheese

Printable Recipe for Homemade Hemp Milk

Yield: 5 cups

Best-Tasting Homemade Hemp Seed Milk

Best-Tasting Homemade Hemp Seed Milk

One of the easiest and most nutritious plant milks you can make at home: hemp milk! You don't need to soak the hemp hearts or use a high-speed blender.


  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp hearts
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt


  1. Combine the all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for one to two minutes or until mixture is super smooth.
  2. Strain the hemp milk through a nut milk bag, a jelly bag or a few layers of cheesecloth.
  3. Taste and adjust for sweetness. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. This type of milk can separate over time; just give it a stir before serving.

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  • The Vegan Scholar

    Thank you for this simple, easy to follow and delicious-looking recipe! I’d really love to give it a try 🙂 Gets me really excited to learn about how to make tasty, healthy vegan food for myself.

  • leslie

    I just started making my own “milks” and am going to try this tomorrow with breakfast, looks so good!

  • veggiebytes

    I love hemp! I’ve been making hemp milk for a while and love that I can vary the sweetener if I use any at all.
    You can make hemp ranch dressing by using hemp hearts and water at a 1:1 ratio and adding lemon juice, some garlic and onion powder, salt and fresh herbs like thyme and dill. Anyway, have a great Vegan MoFo and I’ll definitely come back for a visit! 🙂

  • John H

    I love almond milk over soy. Never tried hemp milk, what does it taste like. Can you describe it? Looking for hemp cheese video. Keep up the good recipes.

  • Saniel

    Love hemp milk, we drink unsweetened almond milk in our house but once I brought home some hemp milk and everyone loved it. 5 year old says no HIM milk mommy.
    I have never made my own but I will now give it a go. Thanks.

  • Bozena

    I made it today and I love it! Up till now I was only making almond milk, but hemp milk is delicious too. I will use the pulps for my husband milkshake in the morning. Thank you very much for the recipe!

    • Mary

      That’s fantastic to hear! Thank you so much for sharing your experience <3 Enjoy!

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