Oat Milk is all the rage these days. And for good reason! Itâ€™s a delicious, plant-based alternative that is easy on digestion and on the planet. Now donâ€™t get me wrong, I love me some good almond milk (try these homemade almond milks!) but did you know that almonds are one of the highest water consuming crops? The almond business is booming here in California but itâ€™s also putting a major stress on our already fragile water supply.
So I decided it was time I explore some other alternatives out there. There are a few store-bought versions out there â€“ namely Oatlyâ€“ but they can be pricey and almost always have some kind of added oil (usually canola) to act as an emulsifier. Making homemade oatmilk certainly doesnâ€™t require an emulsifier and itâ€™s actually insanely easy and cost-effective. But before I share some tips for making oat milk, here are a few of your questions answered:
The name is pretty self-explanatory but basically it is a delicious, vegan, plant-based milk alternative made from rolled oats. You essentially soak raw oats, grind them up with water and then strain them. Since oats are pretty cheap and accessible, it is a great alternative for people wanting to reduce their dairy-consumption without putting a major strain on their wallet.
The process is very simple. All you need are rolled oats, water and a few other ingredients to add flavor and a touch of sweetness.
Quick Cook Oats â€“ buy the quick cook kind (not steel-cut or rolled oats)
Water â€“ for soaking as well as for blending
Spices â€“ a pinch of cinnamon adds some nice flavor â€“ donâ€™t forget the salt too!
-Be sure to use quick cook oats and not steel-cut or rolled oats
-for gluten-free folks, this oat milk is absolutely gluten-free so long as you use gluten-free oats
-donâ€™t overblend! Itâ€™s easy to go crazy on the blending but it will actually make for a stickier texture so try to keep the blending to a minimum (instructions below)
-heating up your oat milk? Be sure to keep heat on med-low and cook only for 3-4 minutes as too much heat for too long will cook the mixture and make it gelatinous (no bueno!)
-Looking to make some delicious lattes with your oat milk? Check out this post with 3 oat milk latte recipes
*note: the milk will get gelatinous and goopy if you overblend it. It will also become an icky texture if you overheat it. Heat it over a medium-low heat for about 3-4 minutes.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy this homemade oat milk is in oat milk lattes! Iâ€™ll be honest, it took Jess so many rounds to master these as the texture is a bit tricky when it comes to heating up oat milk. However, if you follow the directions as stated, you will enjoy one of the creamiest lattes you will ever have. Choose between matcha, mocha and chai â€“ thereâ€™s something for everyone!
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