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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"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"

Henry Ford