Oatmeal has made the leap from niche vegan milk to regular grocery stores. But the truth is that homemade oat milk is incredibly easy to whip up and much cheaper. This is how you make oat milk in whatever taste you want – and what to do with it.
CNET sister site Chowhound’s video producer Olivia Geyelin shows how this is done in the video above.
Why make oat milk?
Many commercial oatmeal products have unnecessary additives that help them last longer and be durable after processing. Doing it yourself means that you know exactly what is in it. It also means that you can control the level of sweetness and overall taste according to your personal preferences.
The best brands of oat milk can be expensive, so doing it at home also saves money. Of course, the price of store-bought oat milk varies depending on the specific label and store location, but buying a few cups of oats from bulk batches will always be cheaper in the long run. In addition, it̵7;s the kind of incredibly simple DIY project that feels extra satisfying for being so simple (and tastes so good).
As for why oat milk over other milk, it is a favorite for a natural natural sweetness from oats and a creamier texture than soy milk and some other alternative milk alternatives. It is generally considered to be the closest herbal milk that comes to the taste and consistency of cow’s milk, so even ordinary dairy drinkers may like it. And since it is not a cow’s milk, it is more generally hypoallergenic. And even better, it is also considered one of the most environmentally friendly alternative milkers.
What ingredients do you need to make oat milk?
You want to be sure to buy old-fashioned rolled oats, and certified organic is preferable to ensure there is no cross-contamination. If you are gluten free, make sure you buy oats that are certified gluten free as well. If you use fast-boiling oats (which have been processed much more), you are more likely to get slimy oat milk. But less processed steel-cut oats are too coarse to work well.
Since the other main ingredient is water, make sure you also use tasty, clean water. If you do not like to drink the stuff from the tap, you also do not want to use it for oat milk.
After that, it’s up to you. You can add a sweetener like maple syrup or honey (or mix pitted dates with oats and water), sprinkle in a pinch of sea salt and / or cinnamon, or even add a few teaspoons of cocoa powder for chocolate sea milk. A splash of vanilla extract is also a nice touch in any case, but completely optional.
What equipment do you need for homemade oatmeal?
Ais a must and the higher the power the better. If you have a less powerful mixer, you can get chalkier oatmeal, but you may not notice too much if you mix it in other things. A cow’s milk bag is perfect for straining – but you can also use paper towels or cheesecloth over a large bowl, a fine mesh strainer or even the cut end of a clean nylon sock. A large mason jar or other tightly curled container is needed to store your milk.
A powerful mixer is very helpful here.
Our favorite way to strain oatmeal.
These come in a pair, so you can keep your cold brew in the other jar.
Tips for the best homemade oat milk
In addition to using the right kind of oats, make sure your water is ice cold – unless it’s straight from an Arctic level refrigerator, add a few ice cubes to the mixer. This helps prevent slimy oatmeal.
In the same way, you do not overmix, which also heats up oats and can make them slimy. Mix for 20-30 seconds max.
When you strain the mixture, while you have to squeeze properly to get all the liquid out, do not overdo it (this is another reason for narrow oatmeal). You will be able to feel the liquid begin to become more viscous towards the end of the squeezing process, so stop when you notice it.
If you are really sensitive to the slippery factor and are still not happy with the structure, Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology recommends soaking the oats with digestive enzymes, which you can buy in capsule form. You can also try simply soaking the oats in water for about 10 minutes before mixing.
If your oatmeal seems too cloudy, you can strain it twice, but a tightly woven bag of cow’s milk should withstand all the mass and a lot of sediment.
If you can not get through a whole lot of oat milk within a few days to a week, it is easy to make only half the recipe.
Homemade oatmeal recipe
Here is the simple oatmeal recipe:
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 4 cups water, ice cold
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener (optional, and adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
- Other flavors desired, such as: 1 teaspoon cinnamon or 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1. Put oats and cold water in a blender. If your water is not super cold, add some ice cubes; this helps prevent mucous oatmeal.
2. Add any other flavoring and sweetener you use, if any.
3. Mix for 20-30 seconds (no longer or your oats may overheat and become slimy).
4. Pour the mixture into a nut milk sack over a large bowl and squeeze hard to get the liquid out, but not too aggressively (as it can also result in slimy oatmeal).
5. If you see a lot of sediment, you can strain a second time, either through the breast milk bag again, or through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
6. Pour oat milk into a mason jar or other tightly lined container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Separation is natural, so be sure to shake your oat milk before using it!
What to do with oatmeal mass
Do not throw away the remaining oatmeal! As many people often overlook food leftovers, it can have a second life. You can use it in cakes and other pastries or even make it into a DIY face mask. See other recipes for oatmeal for more ideas.
Why did my oatmeal separate?
It is only natural that oat milk is separated when you are sitting in the fridge. Just give the container a good shake before using it.
How to use oat milk
You can drink your delicious oat milk straight (over ice if you like), put a splash in your coffee (hot or cold brew), use it in smoothies or use it instead of milk milk in baking and other recipes. Or pour it on a bowl of cereal.
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