I know. Every man and their dog is making homemade almond milk these days. And hey, why not? It is easy enough if you have a high-powered blender. Store-bought plant milks are expensive and often have some fillers or other additives, so making your own plant or nut milk is better for your health and better for your wallet. So yeah homemade almond milk is all the buzz right now, but have you tried making your own homemade oat milk?
Like almost everything else I make, making homemade oat milk happened by chance. A while ago, I was making a vegan cashew panna cotta for my husband based on this recipe which calls for blending cashews in water until you achieve a creamy “milk”. I was absolutely blown away how delicious this cashew mylk was and how easy to create – especially given the astronomical prices they charge for nut mylks in the shop! So it has been at the back of my mind to make my own plant and nut mylks.
Then, a couple of days ago, I had tried a new brand of almond milk (not mentioning any names here) which I really did not like all that much. It was overly sweet, had a funny marzipan flavour and curdled horrendously in coffee. I remembered my goal to create my own plant milks. As oat milk has always been one of my favourite vegan milks and oats are also considerably cheaper than nuts, here was my project!
It dod not take much experimenting as this worked out quite well at the first shot. I blended 1 cup of quick oats with 3 cups of filtered water. This ratio produces a very thick and creamy milk which I love but you could also try a ration of 1:4 which would produce a slightly thinner milk. Just experiment! I don’t add any sweeteners but you could try adding a tablespoon or so of your favourite liquid sweetener (maple syrup, date syrup or coconut syrup would probably work best). You could also try adding some vanilla essence or cocoa powder or any other flavour you fancy. Then, just strain the milk in a bottle, chill and enjoy!
Note, there will be sediment so you need to shake your bottle well before every use. This is all natural, so it is not a 1:1 replacement for store-bought mylks which often have a lot of stabiliser and thickeners added. It is not perfect but I think it is a good and economical alternative to store-bought plant milks!
Homemade Oat Milk
Makes about a pint of oat milk
1 cup quick oats (use certified gluten-free of gluten free)
3-4 cups filtered water
optional: 1 tbsp liquid sweetener, pinch of salt, vanilla essence
Blitz all ingredients on a high powered blender until smooth, milky and the oats are completely broken up. Strain the milk into a bottle. The leftover oat pulp is delicious scooped out and also serves as a great thickener for smoothies and nicecreams! Store your homemade oat milk in the fridge for up to 5 days. Remember that there will be sediment so shake your milk bottle thoroughly before use.