Vanilla Hemp Milk – Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegan/Vegetarian

Published with permission from TheSeasonalKitchen.com

If you’re looking for a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds make a good choice.  Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that help reduce inflammation, and getting more in your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease.  They may also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Omega-3 fatty acids are found in concentrated amounts in the brain, and may play an important role in helping memory and cognition.  So, start the day with a little heart and mind boost by adding hemp seeds to your hot cereal or yogurt.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 cup raw organic hemp seeds/hearts (try the organic hemp seeds/hearts at Costco)

4 pitted dates soaked in ¼ cup hot water

1 tsp vanilla

2½ cups water (purified or filtered if possible)

Instructions:

Soak the dates in ¼ cup of hot water for 5 minutes.  Add the dates and soaking water along with the hemp seeds, vanilla, and water to the blender.  Cover the blender tightly and blend on high for 1 minute. Strain through the nut milk bag over a large bowl.  Gently squeeze the milk through the bag so that you do not put excess pressure against the seams of the bag.  Pour the strained milk into a glass jar to store and cover tightly.  The milk lasts up to 4-5 days.

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