Take a trip to your local supermarket or health food store and you will soon find that non-dairy milk, while many are super yummy, are fairly pricey. Home-made milks are fast, easy, and cheap to make. My favorite one is oat milk.
A 32 ounce of Oat milk is approx $3-4 while 32 ounce of home made oat milk will cost about 10-25 cents to make. For me the true upside is that I know my oat milk is fresh, and exactly what ingredients are in it, because I put them in. Okay, I love the price too.
1 cup of cooked oat meal
4-6 cups boiling water
Put the oatmeal and water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add more water for a finer consistency. can be strained or not, depending on your taste. Allow to cool and store in refrigerator. Stays good for approx 3-4 days.
Ratio for 1 Cup Cooked Oatmeal:
Oat Groats, 1/4 cup + 3/4 cups water
Steel Cut Oats, 1/5 cup + 4/5 cups water
Rolled Oats, 1/3 cup + 2/3 cups water
Quick Oats, 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup water
Very quick oat milk:
1/8 C quick oats (can use any type of oats, quick oats will just turn into powder much faster)
2-4 cups of water
In a coffee grinder, on fine, grind the oats into a powder. Add water and serve. Can also be made one cup at a time, just store the oat powder, mix 1-2 Tbsp with 1 cup of water.
Raw Oat Milk
1/4 Cup Raw Oats
4 Cups Water
Soak Oats in water overnight, or 4-8 hours in an air-tight container, can be soaked in the fridge
Blend and add additional water to get your desired consistency.
Oat Milk Sweeteners:
Oat milk can be sweetened with agave nectar, dates, maple syrup, or any other sweetener of choice, just add it in before blending.
Oat Milk Flavors:
Chocolate: Unsweetened Chocolate powder + Sweetener of Choice – heat for hot cocoa – nice and creamy!
Banana: blend with a banana
Vanilla: Add vanilla bean or extract
Strawberry: Add fresh, frozen or dried strawberries
Chai: use the oat milk in your favorite chai recipe
The possibilities are endless
Oat milk can be used in recipes that call for any other type or milk.
Oats are gluten free, however they typically are processed on equipment that processed gluten products. If you have celiac disease be sure to test oats before eating them & always make sure the oats are labeled gluten free, they will be more expensive than regular oats, but the price of making oat milk will still be very cheap.