Oat Milk

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.   

Plain Oatmilk:

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

Uses:
Oat milk can be used in recipes that call for any other type or milk.

Gluten Free:
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.

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