Plant milk is currently part of our diet. I also gave it to my little girl, since she was only a few months old. Although I wish we could consume some type of plant-based milk every day, I only manage to mobilize myself to prepare it once every 2-3 days. Okay and so!
I practiced a few recipes and now I use them in rotation. I’ve noticed that it’s easier for me to focus on just one type of milk for a certain period of time (1-2 weeks) and then start using something else. An extremely simple vegetable milk to prepare is hemp seed milk. The big hassle with other plant-based milks is that you have to hydrate the ingredients overnight, but the hemp seed milk can be used without hydration.
So, let’s see what are the steps to follow to make a delicious hemp seed milk.
- Hulled hemp seeds – they must be of good quality. I use the ones from Canah.
- Plain water
- Honey or dates (for sweetening)
- Other ingredients, to improve the taste (to taste). I use: cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, bananas, carob.
Equipment and logistics:
- A vegetable milk maker or a powerful blender. I use a vegetable milk maker, because we don’t have a powerful blender.
- An upright mixer – if you have a good blender, there is no need for a mixer. With only the plant milk maker at my disposal, after the milk is ready, I work continuously with the stand mixer to add other ingredients.
- Sieve to squeeze out the pulp that remains from the seeds. Attention, you need a special, very fine sieve, or bags to strain the vegetable milk (they can be found through the ceiling or on various websites).
- A bowl for mixing the milk with the rest of the ingredients.
How to prepare (1 portion):
- 1 glass of water (the size of the one in the picture) is mixed in the machine/blender with 2 teaspoons of seeds; mix the mixture well. Add 4 teaspoons of seeds to 2 glasses. And so on :). Don’t skimp on the seeds, leave the teaspoons full, otherwise the milk will taste like raw water!
- The resulting milk may or may not strain. I don’t strain it, I want the properties of the seeds to be fully preserved, but those who want a finer texture can strain it.
How to improve the taste of milk:
- Milk on its own can taste off-putting to a lot of people, so it needs to be tweaked a bit, depending on everyone’s preferences.
- How I usually proceed for the Noria glass: I add 1 teaspoon of carob, 1-2 dates, half a banana, a little cinnamon and vanilla. I mix everything with the vertical mixer. I serve him milk in a glass with a straw 🙂
- How I do it for us: same as above, except instead of carob I add raw cocoa powder.
- In this chapter, it is advisable to test various ingredients and amounts, until you find the right combinations for each member of the family.
Storage: We keep the milk in the refrigerator for a maximum of one night, in a bottle with a lid (not plastic).
The benefits of hemp seeds (a little synthesis from the virtual documentation made by me):
- They are one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world – they contain all 9 essential amino acids for the human body.
- They have an increased content of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, substances beneficial for heart health. They lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing many associated diseases. They reduce the risk of heart attack.
They are indicated in the diet of expectant mothers – essential fatty acids are necessary for the harmonious development of the child.
- They have a low glycemic index – they can also be consumed by those suffering from diabetes.
- They can be consumed by people who have various food intolerances (eg: to gluten, sugar, nuts, milk, etc.).
- They can reduce inflammation in the body and help relieve joint pain.
- They improve intestinal transit.
- It stimulates the production of antibodies that strengthen the immune system and mitigate the harmful effects of free radicals (through the protein called edestin, which they contain).
- Contributes to skin regeneration.
- They improve memory – they contain lecithin. Specialist research has shown that omega-6 and omega-3 acids from hemp (seeds or oil) can delay or mitigate the neurological effects of diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
- Other minerals found in hemp seeds: phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, iron, zinc, sodium, manganese
As you can see, a more than complete food!
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