Can we just take a moment to acknowledge the amazingness that is iced coffee?
I mean, I love ALL coffee. But iced coffee is so…refreshing. And delicious. And it goes down so easily!
My coffee intake dramatically increases during the summer months, but you know what? I’m totally okay with that. Since riding the Sober Train, most of my summer drinks of choice are off limits. I really have no choice but to drink iced coffee! At least that’s what I tell myself 😉
I have a number of different ways of making my coffee habit a little more nutritious. Sometimes I like to mix some collagen with almond milk before putting it in my coffee.
And other times I come up with delicious things like Iced Hemp Milk Lattes.
Betcha didn’t know you can milk hemp hearts!
Health Benefits of Hemp Hearts
Hemp hearts are amazing little seeds. As their name implies, they come from hemp. But don’t worry – they aren’t going to give you the munchies or make you giggle at the television for hours on end 😉
These seeds are a complete source of protein, something not many plants can boast about! They contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, they’re a great source of fiber, and they also contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
But what I love the most about hemp hearts is that they’re an incredibly digestible source of protein. In fact, they’re even more digestible (we also refer to this as “bio-available”) than meat-based sources of protein such as beef, chicken, or eggs. So while that chicken breast may pack more protein than your hemp hearts, your body is able to utilize more of the protein from hemp hearts.
Pretty cool, huh?
Plus, you can milk hemp hearts. You can’t milk a chicken. At least as far as I know.
To Strain? Or Not To Strain?
When making nut and seed milk, you often have to use a nut milk bag to strain the pulp. Or you can use pantyhose if you’re cheap like I am.
Hemp milk is great because the seeds are already so fine that you don’t NEED to strain them. If you’re using them in a baking recipe in place of almond or another type of milk, I would recommend you strain the milk first. This will ensure the recipe goes according to plan, because I know how finnicky those baked goods can be.
But if you’re going to enjoy your hemp milk in latte form like I am, feel free to keep the pulp for the extra nutritional benefit.
If you’ve been feeling guilty about your summer iced coffee consumption, you can now stop since you’ve got a nutritional powerhouse to add to it!
Iced Hemp Milk Latte
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts (I love Manitoba Harvest)
- 1.5 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or you can use a vanilla bean if you’re fancy)
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 (or 8) cups of your favourite iced or cold brew coffee
- Place all ingredients except coffee in a blender and blend on high.
- Fill a cup or mason jar (for street cred) with 2/3 coffee, 1/3 hemp milk.
- Add ice and enjoy allllllll day long.
*Depending on the amount of milk you use, this will yield 4-6 Iced Hemp Milk Lattes.
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Have you ever made hemp milk?
What’s your favourite way to make iced coffee more nutritious?