How to Make your Own Oat Milk
I’ve never seriously plunged into the world of making my own milks, which is surprising as I consume nut milk daily. I always had this notion that it was too expensive to make (and for some nuts, it certainly can be). When I came upon making oat milk, I was sold– oats are cheap and creamy, who wouldn’t like it?
The most beautiful thing about oat milk is how simple everything is: a quick soak, and then into the juicer (or blender) it goes, toss in a few dates for sweetness and voila, you have delicious, creamy milk.
I’d love to share the recipe with you now! First– as always, I want to touch on the ingredients we will be using (oats, dates) and their benefits!
Let Explore the Benefits
- Loaded with vitamins and minerals (especially high in manganese and Vit B1)
- High in Fiber, keeping you regular!
- Very filling, fuller longer means potential of weight loss
- Great natural sweetener
- Great sources of energy
- High in many vitamins and minerals– especially iron (no anemia here!)
What You Need
We (Erik and I) let our oats soak for 4 hours when we first made them. I have found that you really only need to soak them for about 30 minutes– if you do soak them overnight (or longer than an hour), I would rinse them and use fresh water to make the actual milk otherwise the consistency of the milk can be a bit gummy/thick.
I will be giving you the instructions on how to make oat milk in your juicer (if you have one) OR in a blender (if you don’t).
You will need:
- Device of choice (juicer/blender)
- Oats (rolled oats)
- Dates (optional, but preferred)
Variations of Oat milk to try:
- Add Carob Powder or Cacao Powder for Chocolate Oat Milk
- Maple Syrup as a Sweeter options to dates
The “Milking” Process
- With a 1:3 ratio (oats-water), combine oats and water and soak for about 30 minutes.
- For this particular recipe we did about 3 cups of oats and 9 cups of water. It made about 64oz of milk
- Throw 2-3 dates into the mixture for the last 10 minutes
- With a scoop, put equal parts oat/water into juicer
- If using a blender, put all ingredients into blender and mix!
- Feed juicer until all is gone, rinse the auger with additional water if oats clumped in there.
- We ran our oat milk through a cheese cloth after (even with a juicer)
- You will want to strain your milk with doubled up cheesecloth now
- Pour into container or choice and enjoy
- We shake ours up prior to use as the oat sediment does settle.
- Super awesome in smoothies and/or with granola!
Switching to Alternative Milks
Switching to an alternative milk was an easy choice for me because I never liked the taste of cow or goat milk (from an early age). It always tasted sour, and if I did have it, the taste was masked by sugary cereals (again, early years).
With that said, I understand that most people are very accustomed to drinking cow’s milk. I only hope to inspire you to try alternative milks (nut, oat, rice, etc) not only for your health, but for the planet. I think you will be so surprised by the creaminess of it and will fall in love with the taste!
I can confidently say alternative milks have just as much, if not more nutritional value than that of a cow without causing any harm to you or an animal! There is a stigma that you won’t receive enough calcium if you don’t drink cow’s milk and trust me, you will get plenty of calcium from any alternative milk!
Do you have a specific alternative milk you would like to see made? Let me know in the comments below! I love to experiment in the kitchen and make it as simple as possible for you all to try!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Oat Milking,