Whether you already love oat milk or you are brand new to this delicious alternative to the usual dairy milk, you will love making your own at home with our easy step by step guide.
Making plant based oat milk is quick, easy, simple and a great way to get plastic free milk into your home.
What is Oat Milk?
Apart from being an eco-friendly alternative to dairy, it is a plant based milk made from predominately oats and water. It is nut free, soya free, dairy free and can be made gluten free too so great for anyone who may suffer from allergies. Home made oat milk is basically pretty awesome.
What will you need to make your own oat milk?
EQUIPMENT -Blender -Fine Strainer -Jug -Air-tight container for decanting INGREDIENTS -3 cups of water -1 cup of oats -6 dates (optional to sweeten) -1/2 tsp Cinnamon (optional) -1 pinch of salt (optional)
1) Add water and dates to the blender and blend for 20-30 seconds or until the dates have broken down.
2) Add the oats, cinnamon and salt to the blender and blend for another 20-30 seconds or until the oats have broken down (try not to over blend as this will cause the milk to become slimy)
3) Pour the mixture through a fine strainer into a jug or directly into you airtight container.
4) Once decanted to your air tight container, refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Some recipes will use less oats, I prefer to use a little more for a creamier texture, you con adjust the recipe to suit your tastes. Provided the base is oats and water you can play around with recipe ideas to find something you like, adding chocolate is a super nice treat!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it suitable for hot drinks?
Using just a splash in a tea or coffee should not throw up any issues but if you want something more suited to frothing and heating then adding an oil like coconut, rapeseed or avocado oil should help the milk emulsify and make a tastier coffee. Heating oats will increase the thickness of the milk so we don’t recommend extensive heating.
Why don’t you use a cloth or nut bag?
I find using cloth makes the milk slimy and prefer my oat milk slime free- it is really just a preference so experiment until you find something that suits you. The bonus here is that most of us will have a fine strainer in the house so you wont need to buy anything new to make it. cheap and sustainable!
Why don’t you soak the oats first?
I found that soaking the oats made the milk more slimey and its much quicker to do it without. Lots of online recipes suggest doing this, try it this way first and decide which way you prefer.
What kind of oats do I use?
I have used jumbo and rolled oats which both work great. I wouldn't suggest using quick oats as they wont produce much creaminess, they are already super small so the blending process just doesn't work the same.
What can I use the left over pulp for?
If you really want to be the best zero waste chef you can use the left over pulp in smoothies, as a biscuit base or in homemade cosmetics like face masks. At the very least you could add it to you compost and if you had larger amounts it can be used for animal feed too. We hope you found this super useful and would love to hear what you thought, let us know in the comments or give us a shout out on our social media channels to let us know. you can find us on Instagram and Facebook using handle @thebottletopnotts. Dont forget to subscribe to the blog too!