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How to Make Homemade Oat Milk

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If you’re looking for a dairy-free, low-cost milk alternative, homemade oat milk is it. It can be as simple as only two ingredients or a few more if you like to flavor yours. Either way, you’ll have oat milk in less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

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My one vice with store bought milks is that most of them have added thickeners, i.e. gums, and other unnecessary ingredients. Why is this a big deal? These gums can affect gut health over time and even cause GI distress for those who have a sensitive digestive system.

Related post: How to make homemade almond milk + 3 flavor variations

The milks that don’t have these additives are crazy expensive. It can be hard to justify the cost if you’re like me and use milk in everything – smoothies, oats, soups, baking, etc.

First, it was nut milk that became popular. Now, oat milk is having a moment. It is a delicious milk alternative for your coffee shop latte. It’s smooth, creamy, froths nicely and tastes most like dairy milk.

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I asked on Instagram recently if you wanted to see an oat milk tutorial and ninety percent of you said yes! The thing is, I had just started testing homemade oat milk so I needed to make sure I had sharpened my skills before going live.

Homemade oat milk isn’t hard to make, but getting the right texture can be tricky. You can soak the oats ahead of time or choose not to soak the oats pre-blending. Soaking the oats will result in a creamier texture, however, some say this can also cause the texture to be slightly slimy.

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Think about if you were to blend oatmeal in the blender. When the oats get a chance to absorb liquid this effect can happen. We are making oat milk, afterall.

The other way to make oat milk is to blend raw oats with water in the blender. This will result in a slightly less slimy feel, but it might not be quite as thick. To compensate for this, I added less water to the blender.

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One other thing I should note is blending time. If you blend for too long, you run the risk of getting that slimy, oatmeal-y texture. I find that blending for about 20 seconds does the trick!

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Homemade Oat Milk


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If you’re looking for a dairy-free, low-cost milk alternative, homemade oat milk is it. It can be as simple as only two ingredients or a few more if you like to flavor yours. Either way, you’ll have oat milk in less than 10 minutes from start to finish.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned, rolled oats
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional for flavor: 1 teaspoon maple syrup, splash of vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon

 


Instructions

  1. To the blender add the water, oats and any flavorings of your choice. Blend on high for about 15-20 seconds (blending for too long might give you a slightly slimy texture).
  2. Add a nut milk bag to a large mixing bowl and pour the oat milk into the bag. Strain the milk from the oat pulp. Pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge.
  3. If you don’t have a nut milk bag, you can use a fine-mesh strainer. Pour the oat milk into a strainer that is placed over a bowl. Using a spoon, push the liquid through the strainer. You might have to strain a couple of times.

Notes

You can use leftover oat pulp in smoothies for a boost in fiber.

Keywords: oat milk, homemade milk, dairy free, gluten free, dairy free milk

-Carly Paige

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