Got oat milk? We are obsessed with the creamy goodness that is oat milk. Oat milk is a delicious and healthy non-dairy milk option that you can add to all your favorite recipes! Forget buying the store bought oat milk with added sugar and make your own oat milk recipe at home!
I remember at dinner time growing up, we always had a big glass of 2% milk with our dinner. There was absolutely no talk of dessert until your milk was gone. It was a staple of our diet!
I love dairy. Cheese, cream, milk, are very much a part of my diet. However, my digestive system has changed a bit as an adult.
I can no longer drink a full glass of dairy milk or even order a latte made with dairy milk. My stomach just doesn’t do well with that much dairy all at one time!
There has been a lot of chatter about milk alternatives and what they should be called. I don’t care what they’re called. I am just grateful there are many options on the market! The most common milk alternatives are below.
- Soy Milk
- Almond Milk
- Cashew Milk
- Coconut Milk
- OAT MILK
We are big fans of soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. Then? We discovered OAT MILK. Honestly, we fell in love with oat milk after having it in a latte. We quickly realized that most packaged oat milk has added sugar and homemade oat milk is the way to go.
Everything You Need to Know- Oat Milk
The beauty of milk alternatives is that you can most likely make it at home! Oat milk is creamy, delicious, easy to make, and easy to store! Before we go over how to make oat milk, let’s talk about everything OAT MILK.
Why use oat milk? Oat milk is a GREAT milk alternative that you can use is so many recipes! If you are looking for a creamy liquid for coffee drinks, oatmeal recipes, smoothies, or in baking!
Is oat milk healthy? It all depends on what kind of oat milk you are using. Generally, store-bought oat milk has added sugar, so you may add some calories and sugar to your diet. However, if you make a homemade oat milk recipe, you get to decide what is in the oat milk. It’s the best!
Oats have a high fiber content, so they are great if you need to add more fiber to your diet!
How do you store oat milk? If you buy oat milk from the store, follow the expiration date on the oat milk container. For homemade oat milk, after making the oat milk, pour it into a mason jar and seal it tight.
Label the oat milk with the date it was made and place it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!
What do you need to make oat milk? You don’t need much to make homemade oat milk. Below are the ingredients and tools you’ll need to make oat milk at home.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- Medjool dates
- High Powered Blender
- Tea towel or cheesecloth
- Mason Jar
Is Oat Milk Healthy?
There are many health benefits to drinking oat milk! Though you are not going to get all the benefits of eating a bowl of oatmeal, you will get a substantial boost of goodness when you drink oat milk!
If you are buying store-bought oat milk, they tend to be enhanced with vitamins and minerals you would find in a bowl of oats. If you are making homemade oat milk then the nutrition may be a bit different!
Here are some of the amazing health benefits of oat milk!
Oat packed with fiber.
Oats back a ton of fiber and even though you are not consuming the whole oat, you are still benefiting and getting a good dose of fiber!
Oat Milk is vegan, dairy free, soy free, and nut free.
Not only is oat milk creamy and delicious but it is vegan, soy free, and nut free! For those of you who suffer from allergies, oat milk is a great choice!
If you buy store-bought oat milk, just be sure Just make sure to check the package to be sure that the oat milk isn’t produced in the same building as any of the products you are allergic to!
Oat milk is full of vitamin b vitamins
If you bought store bought oat milk it is usually fortified ith b vitamins! B vitamins support healthy hair and nail growth! It can also boost your mood and combat stress! Bring on the oat milk lattes!
How to Make Oat Milk
Though oat milk is easy to make, there are some tips and tricks that are important if you want to make the creamiest oat milk around town. Let’s get down to business.
We decided to give this oat milk a little boost by adding dates to the oat milk. THIS IS OPTIONAL. If you would rather not add any sweetness to your oat milk, go ahead and skip it!
First things first, add dates, water, and salt to a high-speed blender (be sure you have taken the pits out of the dates) and blend until the dates have dissolved completely.
Here’s a tip- You want to blend the water and the dates before anything else so that the water is sweetened before the oats are added. If you add the dates in with the oats, they will not blend up enough and the sweetness will get lost when you filter oat the oat chunks in step 2.
Next, place old fashioned oats into a blender and pulse the blender until oats are roughly chopped, but not dissolved.
Do not soak the rolled oats before blending. We found that soaking the oats before milking the oat milk left a slimy film on the oats creating a less than appealing consistency to the oat milk.
Do not blend until the oats have dissolved, this will cause your oat milk to have a strange slimly and pulpy consistency.
Use a colander and place a thin tea towel or cheesecloth over the colander. Pour the oat milk into the tea towel. Use a spoon to push the oat milk through the towel or gently twist the ends of the tea towel together.
Squeeze the oat milk out of the tea towel so that you are left with the course leftover oats.
Here’s a tip- If you are having a hard time filtering out the oat milk, that means there are too many ground oats caught in the tea towel. Dump the oats into the garbage and use a NEW part of the towel to filter the rest of the oat milk.
When you have filtered the oat milk, enjoy immediately by itself or in your favorite coffee drink or smoothie. You can also place the oat milk in an airtight mason jar and place it in the refrigerator to chill. Store the oat milk in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Use Oat Milk in these Recipes!
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- The 50 Best Oatmeal Recipes on the Planet
- Post-Workout Cold Brew Protein Drink
- 4 cups water
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- First, place dates, water, and salt into a high-speed blender and blend until dates are completely pulverized and blended into the water.
- Next, place rolled oats into the blender and blend for about 1 minute on high until oats are broken up, but not pulverized. If you pulverize the oats too much you will end up with a filmy and slimy consistency (believe me, this has happened to us!).
- Next, place a tea towel or nut milk bag (or any other very thin towel) over the top of a tall mason jar or pitcher.
- Slowly pour oat milk mixture into the tea towel to strain out oat fragments. You may have to squeeze the towel a bit to push the oat milk through the towel. Repeat until all oat milk has strained through the towel (be patient, sometimes this takes a while).
- Place a cover on the mason jar and store oat milk in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/4 Calories: 108 Sugar: 8 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 23 Fiber: 3 Protein: 3
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