Homemade Oat Milk
Let’s chat about when all of these milk alternatives got so popular!? First there was soy, almond, rice, coconut, hemp and now oat milk! When did oat milk get so popular and why?
When I switched from drinking dairy milk - for health reasons (my body does not like cow’s milk!) - I started with soy, but after some research about the effects of soy on women’s bodies, hormonal and estrogen levels so I like to stay away from that one as much as possible. I moved from soy to almond and then to coconut where I’ve been for a while because coconut is just so creamy and rich and well… coconutty.
Making your own plant-based milk is so easy, low budget and healthy, since you know exactly what’s going into it and it doesn’t have all of those extra preservatives like the boxed kind! One of the things you do have to be aware of with this milk is that it does not heat well! It gets thick, creamy and gross - think about when you cook oatmeal and how the water get’s think, it’s basically that, but without the oats lol. I used these nut milk bags which I ordered on Amazon and have had for years! They strain really well and are so easy to clean.
I like to order and keep dried lavender around our house for different uses, like my Orange Lavender Scones and Homemade Lavender Latte (which pair well together, may I add!). I used this milk for a yummy afternoon latte and it was so warm and comforting. You can also sub this into any place you’d use another milk alternative and it will give it a nice rich taste, with just a hint of nuttiness but it’s not overbearing like almond.
Anyway, If you’re looking for a yummy, plant-based alternative - jump into the 2-ingredient recipe below!
1 cup rolled oats
5 cups filtered water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon agave, honey or maple syrup (optional)
Soak the oats in 2 cups of water for at least 30 minutes
Drain the oats and rinse them, getting rid of the soaking water
Blend the oats with the remainder 3 cups of filtered water and vanilla and sweetener
Strain the milk through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag (listed above)
Discard the oat pulp
TIP: Store milk in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days. This milk cannot be heated up! It will get thick and not work properly in your drink!