If you’re lactose intolerant or would like to quit dairy products for other reasons, then how about you try a different type of milk? Oat milk is not only healthy, but it’s also tasty. And it’s not a difficult process either. Here’s how to make oat milk.
There are plenty of milk alternatives at the store, but let’s face it: the healthiest things are the things you cook for yourself, because you know every ingredient, and because you also put love in the food. Yeah, I’m a sappy person who truly believes that you can put a lot of love in the food you cook. And it turns out better. So if this is true, and I feel that it is, why not learn how to make oat milk yourself?
You can eliminate the additives, you can choose the consistency you prefer, and you can add the flavors you want in the mix. You don’t even need that many ingredients, and the process isn’t time-consuming. It might take less than waiting in line at the grocery store on the busiest of days.
How to make oat milk in 9 easy steps
1. Gather your ingredients
The most critical ingredient: oats, obviously. Choose old-fashioned oats. You will also need some cold water. You can also add some additional flavorings, and you can play with that yourself and make oat milk that represents you! So you can choose between vanilla extract, honey, stevia, or agave nectar to sweeten the pot. Stay away from sugar, though. What I do recommend that you use a pinch of salt because salt is fantastic!
As for equipment, you will need a large bowl, a blender, and a fine mesh strainer or a cheesecloth.
2. Soak the oats
Place the oats in the bowl and cover them with cold water. Enough to cover them and have a level about 2 inches above the oats in the bowl. Allow them to soak for an hour.
3. Drain the oats
Drain the water from the bowl and discard it.
4. Rinse the oats
The oats need to eliminate some of their starch for the milk to turn out great. So rinse the oats in a fine mesh strainer under a stream of cool water.
5. Add more water
Place the oats in the blender. Add three times as much water. If you’ve used one cup of oats, add three cups of water.
6. Blend away
Blend the water and the oats until they turn to a smooth cream. This should take about half a minute. Depends on what type of blender you own. The idea is not to blend the oats too much or they might break down and the texture of the oat milk becomes undesirable.
7. Strain the milk
Place the strainer or cheesecloth over a large bowl. And strain the liquid over it, slowly and carefully. Extract all the liquid.
8. Add flavor
Here is where you can add all those flavors we talked about. I think that honey works magic in this instance. You can also add some vanilla extract or whatever you might like. It’s your concoction, after all. Stir the flavorings in.
You can keep the milk in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You might want to shake it before you drink it.