Creamy Coconut Hemp Milk

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Jug of homemade vegan milk next to coconut flakes and hemp seeds

Say hello to my go-to dairy-free milk I’ve been crafting up for my beloved moringa and matcha lattes, granola, baking, and beyond!

It’s made with unsweetened coconut flakes and hemp seeds and sweetened with dates, making it a 3-ingredient recipe that’s made easily in the blender. Let us show you how it’s done!

Tray of coconut flakes, hemp seeds, dates, and salt

This recipe is as easy as blending up coconut flakes, hemp seeds, dates, water, and an optional pinch of sea salt, then straining through a nut milk bag.

And not only is this milk simple to prepare and tastes way better than store-bought, but it’s loaded with nutrients and is more affordable! Read on for the details.

Blender with coconut, hemp seeds, and dates

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are the nuts of the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike the leaves of the plant, the seeds contain only trace amounts of (if any) CBD or THC. 

Instead, they’re packed with nutrition and offer a variety of health benefits:

  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, including B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, iron, and potassium. (source)
  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids (including alpha-linolenic acid, an important anti-inflammatory fat known as “the plant omega-3”). (source)
  • Contain all of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). (source)
  • Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a moistening laxative and found in a variety of different formulations used to support health. (source)
Pouring Coconut Hemp Milk through a nut milk bag into a bowl

Cost of Homemade vs. Store-Bought

It’s easy to say it’s more affordable, but you want the proof, right?

We did the calculations, and here’s what we found: Homemade is ~3-4 times less expensive than store-bought!

Cost of Homemade

For our homemade calculation, we visited Natural Grocers and determined that the cost of required ingredients was:

1 cup organic coconut flakes = $0.52
1/4 cup hemp seeds = $0.46
2 pitted dates = $0.38

TOTAL = $1.36 for ~6 cups coconut hemp milk = $0.23 per cup

Cost of Store-Bought

The only store-bought brand of coconut hemp milk we have seen is Living Harvest Tempt.

For a 32-ounce carton, the cost was $2.99 = $0.75 per cup

Now, we know that doesn’t factor in the cost of labor and electricity, but the freshness and flavor of homemade are enough to win us over! The greater affordability is just an added perk.

Squeezing coconut hemp pulp through a nut milk bag into a bowl
Coconut flakes and hemp seeds next to a jug of homemade dairy-free milk

We hope you LOVE this dairy-free milk! It’s:

Coconutty
Nutty
Creamy
Smooth
Perfectly sweet
Versatile
Refreshing
& Delicious!

It’s perfect for adding to hot and iced lattes! And it would also be delicious alongside energy bites, brownies, cookies, and more!

More Ways to Enjoy Hemp Seeds

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Jug and glasses of creamy homemade Coconut Hemp Milk

Creamy Coconut Hemp Milk

Creamy dairy-free milk made with unsweetened coconut flakes and hemp seeds! Just a 10 minute soak, blend, and strain stands between you and homemade dairy-free milk that’s perfect for hot and iced lattes and beyond!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Pouring Coconut Hemp Milk from a measuring glass into a jug
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 (Cups)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4-5 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (hulled) (also known as "hemp hearts")
  • 2 pitted dates (or sub maple syrup // omit for less sweet coconut milk)
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)
  • 5-6 cups warm filtered water (for creamier milk, use lesser amount and for thinner milk, use greater amount)

Instructions

  • Add coconut and hemp seeds to a high-speed blender along with pitted dates and salt (optional). Cover with warm (not hot) water (the lesser amount for creamier milk, the greater amount for thinner milk). Allow to soak covered (with the blender lid on) for 10 minutes to allow the dates and coconut to soften.
  • Blend on high for 1 minute 30 seconds or until completely smooth and few visible bits of hemp seeds and dates remain.
  • Strain into a large mixing bowl through a nut milk bag. Squeeze until all that’s left is dry pulp, which can be composted or frozen and added to smoothies (this wouldn’t be ideal for drying or using as “meal” or flour due to its texture).
  • Perfect for hot or cold lattes, baking, oatmeal, and more, our favorite being a hot or iced moringa or matcha latte! Store in the fridge for 4-5 days. Can freeze up to 1 month, but best when fresh (after freezing, it requires much more shaking as separation is more likely).

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients and with 6 cups water and with the “pulp” nutritional content removed.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 cup Calories: 85 Carbohydrates: 7.9 g Protein: 1.7 g Fat: 5.9 g Saturated Fat: 4 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.32 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.36 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 3 mg Potassium: 132 mg Fiber: 1.8 g Sugar: 5.9 g Vitamin A: 12.29 IU Vitamin C: 0.12 mg Calcium: 9.19 mg Iron: 0.56 mg

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  1. Amanda says

    Often when I make coconut milk, a solid layer of fat forms on the top after I refrigerate it. Would adding hemp, like in this recipe, solve this problem?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes actually it does! This recipe doesn’t form the fat layer on top (which, by the way, in the future you can just scoop off and add to smoothies).

  2. Jess says

    I had high hopes for this! I’ve been trying to find a homemade milk alternative to use in making chai (in the traditional way on the stovetop). This tastes delicious cold out of the fridge, however it failed big time being heated on the stove making tea. It completely separated. :-(

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no- sorry to hear that, Jess! We wonder if it might work better to add it toward the end? Did you make sure to not let it boil?

  3. Sophie K. says

    I love how easy this was to make. It didn’t turn to sludge in the bag, which can make the squeezing take a long time. I have tried soy milk several times, both with and without my pressure cooker, and this is a constant issue. Dana, if you ever develop a stellar soy milk method, I would sing your praises.

  4. Sophie K. says

    Wonderful coconutty flavor! I will definitely be making this again. I kept it unsweetened so I can use it in savory recipes as well.

  5. Ethan says

    This is the first dairy-free milk I’ve made that I’ve actually liked! Any idea if the pulp would work instead of almond in your almond pulp brownie bites?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love it! I haven’t tried that but I don’t think so because it’s quite a different texture. However, if you try it let us know!

  6. Margo Ruschmann says

    I calculated the cost of hemp hearts at 1/4 cup (46 cents)comes to $5.i8 per pound in your recipe. I have not found hemp hearts to cost that low anywhere. Can you tell us where you were able to purchase?

  7. Bridgette Pinder says

    I think your using hemp hearts and not hemp seeds? Are the hulls off the hemp or still on? I’m a hemp grower and have lots of seeds but this looks like your using the inside of the seed, called the hemp hearts…

    I just want people to have the correct info and me to if you do actually use the seed ill make it that way.

  8. Barb says

    This is delicious with great flavor and texture. I didn’t have dates but otherwise followed recipe exactly. Loved the flavor unsweetened but also good with a little maple or honey. The combo of coconut and hemp is just right.

  9. Shari R. says

    Hi there!
    I just happened to have hemp seeds and coconut flakes lying around so I made this!

    I am a bit stumped on how to use the leftover pulp – would it be possible to use it in a quick bread? Also, I imagine that this milk can be used for curries and desserts as well.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love it! I haven’t tried making bread with the pulp but I’m sure it’s possible! Let us know how it goes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I wouldn’t recommend it because that’s an extracted form of hemp that has a very strong flavor.