This delicious homemade hemp chocolate milk is ultra easy, done within 5 minutes, super healthy and made using only 3 simple ingredients. No strainer or soaking required! It yields a super creamy plant-based milk that has a bold dark chocolate flavor and that's also sweetened using dates, no added sugar needed. Enjoy for breakfast, snacking, as a post workout refreshment or anytime you feel like a treat.
This easy hemp chocolate milk is by far my favorite homemade dairy-free milk to make at home. I have been making it for a while now, I should have shared it before!
This is actually my-go milk I make when I run out of store-bought plant milk because it is the easiest and quickest kind of plant milk to make at home. I do LOVE my cashew chocolate milk for its richness and creaminess, but since cashews are a tougher kind of nut, they do require soaking ahead of time, which means more planning.
Hemp seeds are so tiny and delicate, they blend super easily! No matter the kind of blender you have at home, you will be able to make a SUPER creamy, smooth, rich and healthy hemp milk without any soaking or straining steps required. All done in 5 minutes and no planning ahead needed. Amazing!
Using raw cacao powder makes this hemp milk so rich in chocolatey flavor, but also contributes to the thick and creamy consistency. Unprocessed cacao powder also carries an impressive amount of nutrients, especially antioxidants and healthy fats, making this hemp milk feel like a treat while still being super good-for-you.
And one of the best part in making your own hemp chocolate milk is that you will be able to control how sweet you want it to be. I used Medjool dates to sweeten this milk, which keeps the added sugar lower and boosts it with more fiber, too.
We drink it mostly by the glass for snacking, but it is also perfect to pour over cereal or granola, in overnight oats, to use in smoothies or to cook your oatmeal with.
This recipe will give you an incredibly flavorful dairy-free milk without all the sugar and preservatives you find in store-bought chocolate milk. Our kids absolutely love it and my husband always asks for more, I assure you your batch of hemp chocolate milk won't last long in your fridge!
Let me know how you liked it! ❤️
Highlights of this recipe
- Very easy plant milk to make at home
- Made without soaking or straining
- Completely oil-free
- Rich chocolatey flavor
- Allergen friendly: nut-free, soy-free
- Sweetened with dates, no need for any refined sugar!
- Cheaper and healthier than store-bought plant-based chocolate milk
- Quick-to-make, which makes it a great last minute milk
- Filled with nutrients, such as healthy omega-3 fats, antioxidants and minerals.
- Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and low-in-sugar
Ingredients you'll need
I love that short list of yummy ingredients! All plant-based and pantry friendly:
- Hemp seeds: make sure you use hulled hemp seeds (see picture below), which is the most common type of hemp seeds you can find in grocery stores. Unhulled hemp hearts still have their shell around them and they would not blend easily. You can find them online if that's easier.
- Raw cacao powder: cacao powder is preferred to cocoa powder (less processed). If you only have cocoa powder, then it's fine, it will work too.
- Medjool dates: my favorite way to sweeten plant-based milks. Be sure to use the large and soft medjool dates as they are easier to blend to smooth. You can also swap for maple syrup or any other sweetener if you prefer or if you don't have a high-speed blender.
How to make hemp chocolate milk
This is a great plant-based milk to make at home as it will come together within 5 minutes without much effort.
Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender (hemp seeds, cacao powder, dates, water) and blend on high until super smooth. You can also add a pinch of salt to enhance the sweetness.
Adjust and chill
Then, taste to adjust flavoring and make sure there are no pieces of dates left. Keep blending as long as it needs to get a super smooth texture.
Then, pour in a storing glass jar and transfer to the fridge.
You can enjoy the milk right away, but I think it tastes better when it has a little bit of time to chill first.
Watch how to make it
- If you don't have a high-speed blender and/or if your dates are a little dry, then you might want to soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes before blending them to help make them soft enough to be completely pulverized.
- Usually, you don't have to strain a milk made with hemp seeds as they blend so easily, but to be sure you have a super smooth milk without any pieces of hemp or dates, then check the texture using a spoon and strain using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth if needed.
- The milk won't be very cold once just done, so if you want to enjoy it right away after blending, you might want to help chill it by adding a few ice cubes to the blender and do a quick blend at the end once the milk is all done.
- Hemp milk gets a little foamy once blended, which is something that I actually like. But, if you want a plant milk that's more "flat", then simply let it rest for a few minutes in the fridge and the foam will dissipate.
- High-speed blenders, such as the ones from the brand Vitamix, are more expensive and they feel like an investment at first, but they do such wonders in the kitchen! This milk can be done using a regular blender, but you will reach an unbelievable silkiness if made using a good quality blender!
This plant milk makes for such a great recipe to make ahead as it stores very well.
Once blended, simply keep in a glass storing container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Shake well before using as there might be some separation happening while storing.
Homemade plant-based milks are amazing since you can add more ingredients to your taste.
You customize this plant milk by adding more flavoring ingredients to it, such as:
- Vanilla extract
- Peanut butter
- Turmeric powder
- Chai spices
- Maple syrup
You could even completely skip the cacao powder and simply include some vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon for a plain white milk that's just a little sweet.
Also, if you want to make it thicker and sweeter, you can also blend the ingredients with 2 frozen bananas. This would give you a drink similar to my banana milkshake! In that case, I would recommend serving it all right away as it would not store very well with fruit being part of the recipe.
If you have more milk than you can enjoy, then feel-free to freeze the extra. I recommend to freeze it using an ice cube tray, then transfer the cubes to a storing bag. Simply add them to your smoothies later!
Yes! Simply warm it up in the microwave or on the stove for a delicious and creamy hot chocolate!
Try these homemade plant milk recipes next!
More vegan chocolate recipes
- Oat milk hot chocolate
- Spelt banana and chocolate bread
- Chocolate strawberry bars
- Vegan chocolate orange cake
- Chocolate orange overnight oats
- Chocolate covered chickpeas
- Vegan dark chocolate frosting
- Chocolate milk tea
- Turmeric hot chocolate
- Chocolate oatmeal no bake bars
I hope you enjoy this hemp chocolate milk as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Hemp Chocolate Milk
- 3 cups water
- ½ cup hemp seeds - hulled
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder - cocoa powder works too
- 4-6 medjool dates - pitted, to taste, see notes
- pinch of salt
- If not using a high-speed blender, then I recommend to first soak the dates in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
- In a blender, add the hemp seeds, cacao powder, dates and water. Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour in a storing glass container and transfer to the fridge. The milk can be served right away, although better enjoyed cold.
- Keep the milk in a sealed glass container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Shake well before serving.
- You can also use maple syrup instead of dates to sweeten the milk, especially if you don't have a high-speed blender.
- Other ingredients you can add to your milk include vanilla extract, cinnamon, turmeric or a spoonful of peanut butter.