Hemp Mylk

Looking for milk alternatives to use in your morning cup of Joe?! Look no further! This 2 ingredient nut mylk recipe is SO simple to make, you’ll be wondering why more people aren’t doing this!

But first, let’s talk about a few HEALTH BENEFITS with Hemp Seeds!

  • EFA’s – nuts and seeds are generally LOADED with omega oils however hemp hearts specifically are high in polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. They have about a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which is considered to be the optimal range.
  • REDUCE INFLAMMATION – due to the high amounts of healthy omega oils, vitamins and minerals that assist the body in reducing inflammation
  • PROTEIN –  for every 2–3 tablespoons, hemp hearts provide about 11 grams of protein! They are also high in the amino acids arginine which has been known to help reduce blood pressure
  • NUTRIENT DENSE – hemp hearts are a great source of vitamin E and minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc
  • DIGESTION – most people have no issues with digesting hemp hearts! They’re generally a safe bet for pretty much anyone at any age/stage of their life and, when using the whole hemp heart, are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre  containing 20% and 80%.
INGREDINTS
  • 1/2 – 1 cup organic raw whole hemp hearts (this will depend on how “thick” and “creamy” you would like it –  see notes below)
  • 4 cups filtered water
OPTIONAL (but highly recommended)
  • 1-2 pitted medjool dates (as sweetener – you could also use stevia or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
FLAVOUR OPTIONS
  • plain/vanilla
  • chocolate/cacao
  • strawberry/beetroot
  • golden mylk/turmeric + black pepper
  • berry/pomegranate + hibiscus
  • mint/chlorella + matcha
  • Salish sea/blue spirulina
  • ..get creative!
DIRECTIONS
  1. Place main ingredients into the blender and blend on high until emulsified, about 30sec – 1min. This is best done with a high-speed blender.
    • If you are using the optional ingredients (not the flavouring ingredients yet), add those into the blender and repeat step one.
  2. From here, you can keep it whole, thick and creamy the way it is or strain it through a cheesecloth for a smoother finish.
  3. If you are flavouring the mylk, add in the flavouring ingredients after you’ve strained the mylk. Put ingredients back into the blender and do a quick blend to mix them all together.
NOTES
  • THICKNESS – start with 1/2 cup of hemp hearts and slowly add more as you blend to attain the proper thickness. I find about 2/3 cup is the perfect spot for me! If i’m using the mylk in cooking such as sauces, breakfast/granola, baking etc. I will make a thicker mylk (1 cup of hemp hearts) and not strain it. However, if I’m using it in tea/coffee or beverages, I will keep it a bit thinner (1/2 cup – 2/3 cup) and strain it.
  • BLENDING – The longer you blend, the smoother it will be however, over-blending can cause the blender to heat up and cook the mylk! Be mindful of this as it could get too thick and “clumpy”. Opt for blending it in 30sec – 1min intervals, allowing it to cool in-between to avoid this. This also protects the oils + valuable nutrients in the hemp hearts from getting altered or damaged!
  • FLAVOURING – Be careful not to add TOO much flavour! I usually start with 1/8 or 1/4 tsp for the stronger tasting flavours like spirulina and only about 1tsp of the milder tasting flavours cacao. I personally find that they don’t alter the flavour of the mylk that much either! However, I don’t add a lot and I primarily do it for the gorgeous colours! Play around with the quantities to find what works best for you – and let me know what flavours you try!!
  • QUALITY – as always, aim for quality vs quantity! At-home mylks can be simple, affordable and nutrient-dense (who says you can’t have it all?!) when done with quality ingredients! If you don’t have a water filter, consider looking at options (or ask me what filter I would recommend for you) and buy non-GMO or organic, raw hemp hearts. I like to buy mine in bulk from these different outlets!

 

With love,
Heidi MacAulay
“Eat more plants. Do more yoga. Read more books.”

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