This Oat Milk Recipe gives you a deliciously creamy alternative to regular milk. It’s nutritious, dairy-free, vegan, economical, and soon to be your new favorite milk substitute.
Most of us have at least some problems when it comes to dairy. There are many people who can’t tolerate it at all, and some have to limit their intake tremendously. If you happen to be one of those individuals, you are going to appreciate being able to make homemade oat milk greatly.
Plus, it’s great for anyone who just wants to try something different and loves to make items at home instead of buying everything prepackaged.
It’s a lovely addition to any foods or drinks that you want to use a non-dairy milk substitute. Use it in your morning smoothie, make various vegan dishes, eat it on cereal, or pour it into your morning coffee. There is no end to how you can use this DIY oat milk.
Not only is making your own healthy oat milk easy, but it’s also a great way to be frugal and save money too. Store-bought oat milk can be pretty expensive, so making it yourself is a fantastic solution. I love making homemade almond milk, but oats are so much less expensive than almonds!
How To Make Oat Milk
You may not realize it, but you can actually make oat milk in a matter of minutes. There isn’t any soaking involved or waiting, and it honestly couldn’t be any easier. There are some people that do soak their oats, and that’s more than fine, but when I prefer this no-soak method more.
To get started, you will need 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats, 3 cups of water, dates if you want them, and pure vanilla extract. Add all the ingredients to the blender and mix together for 20-30 seconds.
Use a nut milk bag or a towel to begin straining. Once the liquid has gone through the strainer, you can start using it right away. It’s so easy, and there is no waiting necessary.
Oat Milk Benefits
Oat milk isn’t just a flavorful drink that can be used in baked goods! It’s actually very healthy for you too. One of the biggest advantages of drinking is all the antioxidants it provides. Oat milk is loaded with fiber, protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and more.
Old-fashioned oats are naturally gluten-free too. Make sure when shopping, you buy oats that are certified gluten-free to rule out cross-contamination. Adding oat milk to your diet is excellent for you because it’s a nutrient-rich food or in this case, drink!
Keep in mind that oat milk is very good for you, but it’s still not as good as eating a bowl of oatmeal. So you should still eat oatmeal as a healthy part of your diet to get all the health benefits it has to offer.
Oat Milk Recipe Tips
There are a few tips I want to give you for making the best oat milk every time. If you don’t do it correctly, you may find that your homemade oat milk has become slimy and it’s unappetizing. No one wants that! Here is some helpful information to consider when making this oat milk recipe:
- Don’t blend the old-fashioned oats for more than 20-30 seconds, or the oat milk is more likely to be slimy. It doesn’t take long to mix it, and while it’s tempting to blend it longer, I promise the result is better when you don’t over blend.
- It’s okay to strain this oat milk twice just to be sure it’s the texture you like. While it’s not required to strain it two times, there are some that prefer it better when it has been. Try it both ways and go with what you enjoy.
- Use old-fashioned oats instead of steel-cut oats, or minute oats. Minute oats are overly processed, and you will almost always get a gummy texture. Steel-cut oats are the opposite of minute oats because they are not processed enough to make quality oat milk.
- Steer clear of a fine mesh strainer. Those strainers are lovely for other recipes, but when it comes to making this oat milk recipe, they allow too many chunks of blended oats to fall through the holes. Stick with a nut milk bag, cloth, or towel to get the best results.
- Store homemade oat milk in a glass jar or another airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last around 4-5 days. If you ever notice an odor or that the texture seems off, it may be going bad.
- It’s perfectly normal to find that the oat milk tends to separate a little as it sits. This happens, no matter what kind of milk alternative you are using. Just give it a good shake or two to make sure it’s mixed well, and you can use it as long as it’s still good.
You can use this oat milk in any of my oatmeal recipes to keep them dairy free and would work well in this Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe, too. I think it’d be great in these Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins, also.
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