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Easy Homemade Poppy Seed Milk

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Poppy Seed Milk, or aguonų pienas, is a tradition Christmas drink from Lithuania. It's considered a dessert and served with spices and honey added and is part of the 12-dishes Christmas Eve tradition.

It is a quick to make sugar-free beverage that has a really interesting flavour. Apart from making a tasty low-carb beverage option, poppy milk is the ideal dairy-free option and a nut-free alternative to more commonly used almond milk or any nut milk recipes. To keep it plain simply skip the sweetener and vanilla.

Poppy seeds are a rich source of thiamin, folate, and essential minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese. Apart from being a great dairy-free and nut-free option, poppy milk  may help those with insomnia and improve sleep quality.

Serve it hot, diluted and sweetened to taste, or use as an almond milk alternative in any keto recipes. Enjoy!

Avoid consuming poppy seeds if you're planning on getting a drug screening. Eating foods that contain poppy seeds such as bagels, pastries, muffins, granola bars, or drinking poppy milk  can result in a false positive for opiates in a drug test. Although consuming poppy seeds won't cause any drug-like effects, it may be enough to fail your test.

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Nutritional values (per serving, 1 cup/ 240 ml)

Net carbs1 grams
Protein1.4 grams
Fat7 grams
Calories81 kcal

Calories from carbs 5%, protein 8%, fat 87%

Total carbs1.7 gramsFiber0.7 gramsSugars0.6 gramsSaturated fat0.5 gramsSodium96 mg(4% RDA)Magnesium29 mg(7% RDA)Potassium352 mg(18% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)


  1. Place poppy seeds in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for at least three hours.
    Easy Homemade Poppy Seed Milk
  2. Strain and then place the soaked poppy seeds in a blender, along with 3 cups of filtered water, vanilla and sweetener.
  3. Blend for approx. 5 minutes, or until the seed release their milk.
    Easy Homemade Poppy Seed Milk
  4. Strain through cheesecloth or through a nut milk bag. Easy Homemade Poppy Seed Milk
  5. You can dilute the milk to suit your personal taste and serve warm. Easy Homemade Poppy Seed Milk Store, in a capped bottle, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Shake well before using.
    Easy Homemade Poppy Seed Milk

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 cup/ 240 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Poppy seed milk
0.7 g1.4 g7 g70 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0.1 g0 g0 g10 kcal
Total per serving, 1 cup/ 240 ml
1 g1.4 g7 g81 kcal
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Comments (2)

I highly recommend that anyone with a job who gets drug tested at random intervals avoid this drink--poppy seeds will make you test positive for drug use, even though you haven't used any drugs!  Whether the seeds are on your morning bagels, in your drink, wherever--they will make you test positive.
Make it during a time when you have a week or so off from work--time to let it work through your system and be gone in time for you to return to work.


Good point, I'll add a note about this. Where I grew up in the Czech Republic we eat poppy pastries are very common but I've only read about it recently.