If you’re someone who HAS to drink non-dairy, nut-free milk due to allergies like me, then you learn very quickly, which brands taste like butt, why you should keep hulled hemp seeds in the stash, and why making dairy free milk yourself is the tastiest, easiest, healthiest way to go.
(Even if making dairy free milk isn’t something you have to do.)
Today’s recipe is so good, it may make you give your current milk favorite…at least for a week!
Pumpkin seed milk tastes good AND it’s good for your brain, hair, skin, memory, sleep quality, weight, and mental relaxation and physical relaxation.
This recipe has replaced our homemade go-to — hemp seed milk. Hemp seed milk is one of the few dairy free milks that you don’t have to sweeten to enjoy. You don’t have to soak the seeds, just measure out a 1/2 cup and add 3 1/2 cups of water. You can drink it as soon it’s blended and smooth.
But we’re not talking hemp today — its all about the P.
Pumpkin Seed Milk needs a little more but it still comes in at 4 ingredients.
Not even my beloved coconut milk comes close to my new love affair with this milk.
And here’s why…
It’s packed with tryptophan which is an essential amino acid that is necessary for a bunch of good stuff. Tryptophan:
- helps the body build tissue and produce hormones
- plays a role in protein formation and
- it’s the primary precursor for the trace mineral and neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin helps calm the digestive system and helps you feel good.
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds:
- boosts hair growth
- reduces cholesterol
- reduces and balances your blood sugar levels
- gives you 42% of your daily recommended dose of magnesium
- may reduce your risk of developing certain forms of cancer (breast, lung, gastric and colorectal)
Magnesium helps strengthen and develop bones, increases physical and mental relaxation, and protects the heart.
Pumpkin Seed Milk is a light, creamy milk thats high in:
- zinc – balances and improves mood
- selenium – protects the body from infection, essential for normal thyroid function
- antioxidants – protect your cells from damage
The best benefit from drinking a cup of pumpkin seed milk — it’s great for your brain! It strengthens cognition, improves memory and learning and just to show off, it helps reduce your risk of developing breast, lung, gastric, and colorectal cancer.
And it tastes good too!
It has a slight, light green hue that comes from raw, hulled seeds. When buying pumpkin seeds for this recipe, make sure to get raw, organic, unsalted pumpkin seeds. DO NOT buy roasted salted pumpkin seeds. They’ll leave your milk with a weird aftertaste that pitted dates and maple syrup can’t remove.
Raw, organic, hulled pumpkin seeds is whatcha want.
Measure out 1 cup and allow these cuties to soak uncovered for 8 hours or overnight. Soaking will soften your seeds so that most of the raw pumpkin seed goodness stays in the milk. Plus this step makes it even easier for the milk to digest.
- 1 cup raw, organic, hulled pumpkin seeds
- 3 cups filtered, purified, or distilled water
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add soaked pumpkin seeds to high speed blender.
- Pour in the water. Blend on high-speed for up to 2 minutes. Because you soaked the seeds (for 8 hours or overnight) they'll be very little left to strain out. You'll be able to strain it through a mesh sifter/strainer with a fork in under 2 minutes.
- Don't throw out any leftover pumpkin smoothie in the strainer. Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to it with a teaspoon of your favorite hair oil and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed milk. Pour this through your hair and condition for 10 to 20 minutes. This is a super hydrating recipe your ends will LOVE!
Bonus Recipe: Pumpkin Seed Milk Conditioner
You know I couldn’t let you go without something to put in your hair! I used to use warm coconut milk for this recipe until I ran out one weekend. Pumpkin Seed Milk to the rescue! I think the true star of this recipe is the maple syrup. It’s an excellent moisturizer that adds hydration to hair and skin. Plus it smells better than molasses (which is also a great hair conditioner that promotes hair growth), which can kinda get to me after about 30 seconds…
I’m working through another JBCO fetish so I’m using it interchangeably in all of my recipes with avocado oil, which is also great in this recipe.
- 3 tablespoons rhassoul clay
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Jamaican black castor oil (or your favorite hair oil)
- Optional – 1 tablespoon marshmallow root powder
To reduce clumping, pour milk into the bowl first and then add the clay, powder, syrup and oil.
Jenkins, T. A., Nguyen, J. C., Polglaze, K. E., & Bertrand, P. P. (2016). Influence of Tryptophan and Serotonin on Mood and Cognition with a Possible Role of the Gut-Brain Axis. Nutrients, 8(1), 56. doi:10.3390/nu8010056. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4728667/