Hemp Milk Chai

Hemp Milk Chai

Hemp milk makes the fastest, creamiest alt-milk with very little waste, but any nondairy milk works.


Hemp Milk

  • ½ cup hemp seeds

Superdust (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons chlorella powder
  • 1 teaspoon reishi or cordyceps powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

Chai and Assembly

  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ½-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 16 cardamom pods
  • Very small pinch of kosher salt
  • 4 bags strong black tea
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Hemp Milk

Purée hemp seeds and 3 cups cold water in a blender until very smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve (a sheet of cheesecloth or nut-milk bag also work) into an airtight container.

Do Ahead: Hemp milk can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill.


Mix together chlorella, reishi, and cardamom in a small bowl.

Chai and Assembly

Bring cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom pods, salt, and 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until very fragrant, 10–15 minutes. Remove from heat; add tea. Cover and let sit 5 minutes.

Strain chai mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan. Add maple syrup and 2 cups hemp milk (save the rest for another use); cook over medium heat, whisking if milk separates, just until hot. Divide among mugs; top with superdust.

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