When we were in Manitou Springs last weekend, there was this great coffee shop (wish I could remember the name of it) where they not only offered soy and almond milk, but also hemp milk. That was the first time I've ever seen hemp milk in a coffee shop. I was thrilled because I try to avoid soy milk, and almond milk is never thick enough for chai or coffee. I've had ice cream by this company before, but never their milk substitute. It was made by Tempt. Have you ever tried Tempt ice cream? It's delish. We love the mint flavor. But I don't get it often because of all the sugar it contains.
As we were enjoying our hemp chai lattes in Manitou Springs, I realized I've never posted how to make your own hemp milk. It's really easy. Unlike almond and cashew milk, which I find sweet on their own, I think hemp milk requires a bit more sweetness. Also, it tends to separate more than almond or cashew milks. So just give it a good stir before using it :-)
How to make your own sweet hemp milk:
Add to blender:
1/4 cup hemp seeds hemp seeds (also available in health food stores, often in the omega 3 & 6 department, as it is high in both)
6 dates (soak first if they are dry)
8 drops vanilla liquid stevia
Optional: 1/4 tsp guar gum
Add water up to the top cup line.
Sweet Hemp Milk Chai Latte:
Steep 1 bag of chai (I use Yogi Tea, Chai Black) in 1/2 cup water, just off the boil, for about 7 minutes.
Add 2 tsp of honey to the tea. Stir.
Divide between two small mugs.
Warm 1/2 cup sweet hemp milk slightly. (Too much heat will destroy the omega 3 & 6)
Add to tea.
Makes two small (or one medium) hemp chai latte.
I hope you enjoy this chai as much as Zoe, Ashley, and I do.
Next I'm thinking of taking this recipe and making a big batch for chai ice cream. :-)