Homemade Oat Milk
This homemade, oat milk recipe was born out of pure necessity. We were stuck inside during the quarantine, and we almost ran out of Almond Milk! Oh, the horror! How will we survive? The only thing keeping me sane has been baking! Just three pantry staple ingredients later and voila! Delicious, creamy, dairy-free milk alternative! A great option for plant-based dieters and vegans!
I’m not quite sure if it’s because it’s Monday, and I am missing my routine, or maybe it’s because we got the affirmative that NYC will be in lockdown for another two weeks, but today feels extra rough. I had to legit drag myself out of bed at 11:30 today. Then once I feel bad, I think about the people who have it so much worse, and then I feel bad about feeling bad—what a vicious cycle. But I do want to take a minute to acknowledge the people on the front lines, the people doing the hard work, so that I have the option of just staying inside. So if you or one of your loved ones is a healthcare worker, grocery store worker, national guard, an essential government worker, anyone who is out there keeping things up and running, while the rest of us stay home, thank you! We all appreciate your sacrifice.
How are you all coping with Coronavirus and the Quarantine? I’d love to hear in the comments below. I’m just trying to keep busy and found Chrissy Tiegans’ new playlist on Spotify, which I highly recommend. I hope you all stay well and enjoy your time at home.
All about Oat Milk
In 2019 the dairy industry lost one billion dollars to milk alternatives! Yes, you read that right, billion in a B! Due to this interest in plant-based alternatives, oat milk has been growing in popularity lately. However, it can be quite expensive, and most coffee shops and restaurants upcharge you for it. Here is some more info, all about oats!
- Homemade is by far the cheapest and healthiest option. You can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free oats, and you can control the level of sweetness.
- Unlike almond milk, oat milk produces little to no waste, since the oats pretty much dissolve in there.
- Because the oats dissolve, you end up with more fiber than traditional dairy alternatives about 2-3G.
- It will taste a little like oats. Oats are not an entirely neutral milk, so if you despise oatmeal, this might not be the recipe for you. Not a lot, but there is some hint of oats.
- It will not froth up like store-bought. Store-bought oatmeal has become increasingly popular at coffee shops because of the ability to froth up so beautifully. That is from added preservatives that this milk does not have.
- It won’t heat up great. When heated, you might end up with an oatmeal film on the bottom of your pot.
Tips, Recs, Swaps
- Gluten-free oats will ensure you have gluten-free oat milk!
- Another way to adapt this recipe is to play around with the sweetness, want a little sweeter add some more dates.
- Don’t have dates? Replace with honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind that because honey comes from bees, this recipe will no longer make this a vegan recipe.
- Experiment with the thickness, for super thick milk, use 2 cups of water if you want a lighter milk use up to 4 cups per 1 cup of soaked oats.
- Make sure you soak the oats well, and rinse thoroughly with a fine mesh strainer.
- Once I finish blending the milk, I like to strain twice to make sure it’s extra smooth and creamy.
Homemade Oat Milk
- High speed blender
- Mesh strainer or very thin towel/cheese cloth
- 1 Cup Gluten-free Oats
- 3 Cups Water
- 3 Pitted Dates Can sub 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- Pinch of Salt
- Soak the oats for 15 minutes in cold water, drain and rinse.
- Add oats, clean water, dates, and salt to blender. Blend for about 2 minutes.
- Strain milk into a mason jar or storage container with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Repeat this process a second time. Store in the fridge.