Happy Sunday afternoon, peeps!
Today we’re going back to basics: I’m sharing my favorite, super simple DIY oat milk recipe with you. You’ll only need couple of ingredients and an hour of time. Ready?!
Ever since I went fully plant-based, different kinds of plant milks have been an everyday companion to me. I love almond, soy and oat milk, but there’s this one problem I struggle constantly. Whenever I find myself buying another liter of oat milk I can’t help but cringe at the price – after all, its just water and oats blended together.
So after some serious contemplation, I decided to start trialing with my own versions of oat milk. Turns out, it is really easy to make and just as delicious as its store-bought rival!
Of course the store-bought plant milks have some special perks. Most of them have added vitamins and minerals that are essential for us plant-eaters. But if I consume plant-yogurts and other fortified products every single day, I’m pretty sure my daily intake of calcium is not dependent on the 2€/liter oat milk!
A bit unrelated, but lately I’ve managed to get myself addicted to MyFitnessPal, which is an app that calculates your daily macro & micro nutrients. Even though I’ve developed a pretty good gut-feeling about my nutritional intake, it’s still good to check every now and then that you’re actually getting all the things you need from your food – especially if you’re 100% plant based. Other good option is Cronometer. Both of the apps are free to use so you’ve got no excuse!
In the photos you’ll see the DIY oat milk process. It’s actually quite simple so if that seems a lot, don’t be scared!
First you’ll soak the oats, then you blend it with water and spices (up to you which spices you want to use) and then you strain the whole mixture 1-2 times until you get fresh smooth oat milk. Easy peasy.
I find 2 dl oats and 7 dl water a good ratio, but you could increase the amount of oats to 3 dl if you prefer your oat milk creamier and would like to use it in coffee for example. I like mine a bit more watery and I don’t drink any coffee, so this recipe is perfect for porridges and smoothies – light and yummy.
I prefer having my milk unsweetened but do add a couple of dates if you’d like your milk sweetened! I always add a pinch of salt, I feel like it brings the natural taste of oats alive. Also, vanilla and oats are a dreamy combination; feel free to experiment with other spices too. Let me know in the comments section if you come across with interesting combos!
DIY Oat Milk
- 2 dl rolled oats
- 7 dl water
- pinch of salt
- (1-2 dates, pitted)
Instruments you’ll need: High speed blender, strainer, big bowl and a large jar/jug for ready product
Start by soaking the oats in water for at least 1 hour. Rinse them well.
Place the oats in a blender with a splash of water. Blend full speed until completely mixed. Add your desired spices and dates if you’re using and blend for another minute. And the remaining water and blend once more until fully incorporated.
Place the strainer above a large bowl and pour your oat milk mixture in it so that the oats and milk get separated. Repeat the process 1-2 times.
Pour the milk into a jar or jug and place to fridge. To my experience the milk will be good for around 5 days.
Note 1: If you prefer your milk creamier, use 3 dl oats.
Note 2: I strained my oats with an eco-friendly re-usable fruit bag, which are sold here in Finland at every supermarket for 1-2 euros a piece. I find its perfect for making your own plant milks, so invest in one, if possible!6