During one of my housesits in the midst of nowhere, the worst case scenario came true! I ran out of soy milk. You might say this is no big of a deal, but for a coffee lover like me, the prospect of putting my daily dose of caffeine in danger, did not seem so appealing.
Luckily, the homeowner had provided me with a huge bag of oats, lingering in the pantry waiting to be transformed into delicious, warming porridge. But, I knew I could do more with it, after all I had enjoyed store-bought oat drinks before.
So I did a little research and came up with my own version of a yummy plant-based milk. And honestly, I was blown away by the simpleness of the process. Not only is oat milk made super quickly, but the whole thing is also very cheap!
Think of the price of a pound of oats. When you find out how much milk you can make with only a cup of oatmeal, you will be truly surprised, and happily sipping oat milk infused coffee like me 😉
Let me show you how I made oat milk with step-by-step photos so you can make your own!
Oat milk is an awesome addition to smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, baking, to add it to your coffee (obviously!) or drink it straight. Skip the spices if you want to use it in savory recipes.
Homemade Oat Milk
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- a pinch of fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
In addition to that you will need a blender, two big bowls and a fine sieve.
Although this seems like quite a process, I assure you, this will only take 10 minutes in real life!
Now, let’s get started…
Place your oats in a bowl and cover them water. Soak for about 20 minutes or leave them overnight in the fridge.
Rinse and drain the oats well to wash off the oat slime… Yes, that is a thing!
Give the oats into the blender and add 2 cups of filtered water. This will result in a nice, creamy milk. You could always go for 3 cups of water, but I like my milk thick!
Blend your oats for only 10 seconds on a rather slow speed.
Place the sieve over a large bowl and pour the oat milk slowly into the sieve. You can use the help of a spoon if you are having trouble. Push down on the oat pulp so the milk flows through.
Scoop the oat pulp into a small bowl and set aside. Clean your blender and sieve with a good rinse of water until no pulp residue remains.
Place sieve over top of your blender and pour the milk in.
Give the syrup and spices into the milk and blend for 5 seconds.
Pour the milk into a clean mason jar for storage in the fridge. It should last for about 4 days!
Note: The milk will separate, so be sure to give your milk a very good shake (or stir) before using.
By the way, the leftover pulp works great in oatmeal! Give it a try and ENJOY!