Alternative milks have been around for quite some time. The rise in milk alternatives for those who are lactose intolerant or want to make certain lifestyle changes have really made their mark in the world today. Now many coffee shops have even made the choice to serve several types of dairy free milks.
We’ve discovered how simple it is to make some of these milks on your own. If you enjoy the latest oat milk craze, this recipe really is for you! It is extremely simple and very cost-effective. The cost of a carton of non-store brand oat milk is about three to five dollars. So, making oat milk yourself is definitely less expensive and just as delicious. Most importantly, it gives you total control of its ingredients.
Why we make our own
Most commercialized alternative milks tend to have a bunch of fillers that most people are very cautious about. When making oat milk, we choose to use organic and (most of the time) gluten free oats, which adds to the cost but we feel it makes a better quality product for our family. Some oat brands contain glyphosate, which is a pesticide and something our family would rather not be drinking. Of course, using less expensive products can stack up savings.
In our home, we use dairy free milks for drinking, in cereals and smoothies, in recipes that call for milk, and even in our Phillips Latte Go coffee machine. The smoothness of the oat milk is a personal choice. You customize the thickness by using more or less water. For straining, we like to use a nut milk bag, but a mesh strainer also works just fine. As a personal preference, we prefer to strain the oat milk twice through the nut milk bag.
Our Simply Sells recipe makes just over three cups of oat milk. The first thing to do is measure 1 cup of organic rolled oats, 3 ¼ cups of very cold water, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, ½ tsp salt, 1 large Medjool date or 3 small, pitted dates of choice, and then blend them up in a Vitamix blender for 20 to 30 seconds. Do not over-blend the mixture. If you over-blend it, your milk can become thick, slimy, and gummy in consistency. This is also why it’s important you use very cold water. Once blended, it is time to strain the milk. Pour the blended milk through the strainer once or twice, until you have the desired consistency.
Now you have a delicious oat milk to start enjoying! You can store it in the refrigerator for seven to ten days.
To make a delicious banana oat milk, add one whole banana or for chocolate oat milk add a ¼ cup of cocoa powder. No matter how you decide to create your delicious dairy free drink, we really do hope you enjoy this simple recipe. We love making this at home because it requires very little effort, and homemade is always better!Print
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- 1 cup organic whole grain rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
- 3 1/4 cups very cold filtered water
- 1 large pitted medjool date (or 3 regular pitted dates)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- To your blender add your rolled oats and very cold water. (cold water helps prevent slimy consistency)
- Blend on high for 20-30 seconds.
- Using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer, pour the mixture through into a separate large bowl. Don’t squeeze the mixture to hard using a nut milk bag. (you can repeat this process 2-3 to achieve desired consistency)
- Store the oat milk in the refrigerator in an airtight container. (a glass mason jar is our preference)
Your oat milk keeps fresh for about 7-10 days.
Tip: You can always add in one whole banana or a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder for a delicious flavored oat milk drink. Use the leftover pulp in your smoothie or for baking cookies.
Be sure to shake well before use as it may settle and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 120 calories
- Sugar: 6 grams
- Sodium: 100 mg
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 16 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Protein: 3 grams