oat milk tips

Easy Tips to Make Homemade Oat Milk

Ready to ditch store-bought and start making your own homemade plant-based milks?

Plant-based milks are seeing a surge in popularity these last few years, touting a better carbon footprint for the planet, and a wide range of health benefits. There is now a wide selection of plant-based milks which you can find in most grocery stores, including oat milk, almond milk, pea milk, and cashew milk – just to name a few. Whether you’re curious about plant-based milks from a sustainability perspective, or you have a nutritional or food intolerance, you may be surprised to learn that not all milks are created equally. Many of the store-bought options contain fillers and added refined sugars; but making your own is a cinch with these handy tips!

For the purposes of this article, we’re focusing on our fave of the plant-based milk family: Oat Milk.

Oat milk is one of the most popular non-dairy milk options because it carries a very neutral taste, making it perfect for smoothies, lattés and baking. On top of that, oat milk boasts some impressive health benefits:

  • oat milk is higher in protein and fibre compared to other plant-based milk options, including almond milk
  • oats are rich in iron – drinking one cup of oat milk will deliver close to 10% of your daily required iron intake
  • oats are rich in vitamins and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, and Vitamins B1 & B5

Homemade Oat Milk Recipe

INGREDIENTS
2 cups rolled oats
5 1/2 cups of water
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place water and dates in a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds. Add oats and vanilla, and blend another 30 seconds. Avoid making slimy oat milk by blending as little as possible.
  2. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer or a nutbag into a container like a mason jar. Warning – over straining will also yield slimy oat milk.
  3. Store in your fridge for up to 10 days, or freeze in smaller batches and defrost as needed.