Not What You Think……
Thank goodness it is Friday! With the temperature in the mid 30’s, and the week having been incredibly long, this recipe should be some sort of spiked hot chocolate, but I won’t be delivering that today. Today I made some simple decorations for the Christmas tree with our princess who I can no longer call three since she will be four in less than two weeks. I made some great bread, but it decided to stick to the pan in various places so it looked less than appealing when it finally came out. (Found the solution to that problem.) And spent some time adding to my list of must makes/create for the future. Two that made it to the top of the list are dairy free hot chocolate with coconut cream, and Christmas sugar cookies, so keep an eye out for them. 😉
I have been trying different plant based milks for years, but only recently have we gone dairy free, and stopped buying “cow drippings”. (You can thank my 5-year-old for that visual.) If you have ever entered into the world of plant based milks, you know that they can get pretty expensive. The most expensive milk, and one of the healthiest, is hemp milk. It costs twice as much as the other plant based milks, but has a lot more protein. If you read my post on Hemp Hearts, you know what nutritious little power houses they are. And for inquiring minds, no they don’t get you high, and yes, you can pass a drug screen after consuming them.
I honestly can’t give you the exact nutrition, or calorie, count for this recipe because of the fact that it is hard to tell how much hemp you are actually consuming. I can tell you that it is healthy though. You get Omega 3 and 6, calcium, protein, B12, Riboflavin, and the list goes on! The question is, will you like the taste? Each plant based milk has a distinct taste and hemp milk isn’t any different. What I can tell you is do NOT drink it warm. It tastes…. Well, it tastes yucky. 😉 (Yes, it is possible that I spend way too much time with a four and a five-year-old.) It does have a hemp heart flavor which isn’t bad, but is an acquired taste. I personally enjoy it on cereal, in oatmeal, or cooking, but I’m probably not going to sit and drink it by the cup.
You’ll notice that after you put the milk in the fridge that it will separate after a few hours even though you strained the pulp out. You can either mix it back in, or you can leave it sit at the bottom. For regular cereal I don’t mix it up, but for oatmeal I do. Another bonus is that aside from coconut milk, this is one of the cheapest plant based milks to make. If you are wondering where you can buy hemp hearts you can get them just about anywhere. The cheapest place that I have found them is Thrive Market. Whether you are dairy free or not you should give this milk a try for an extra pop of nutrition in your diet, then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!
What are your thoughts on the use of hemp milk?
What is your favorite plant based milk?
Vanilla Hemp Milk
By Angie Gouchenour
3 – 1 cup servings
1 cup hemp hearts
3 cups water
1 Tablespoon vanilla flavoring
2 Tablespoons Sugar 2.0
Combine the hemp hearts, and water in a blender and blend until foamy
Option 1: Don’t strain, drink as is
Option 2: (What I did) Dump the mixture into a strainer over a bowl, or measuring cup, and using a spoon squish the hemp pulp down so it can drain (Save the pulp to add to recipes, or hot cereal)
Add the vanilla, and Sugar 2.0, to the strained milk and store in the fridge in a covered container for up to a 5 days