Are you looking for a super easy and inexpensive alternative to dairy? Homemade oat milk is your answer! It’s full of calcium, low in fat, low in sugar, and cholesterol-free. Oat milk is delicious poured over granola or added into smoothies.
Homemade Oat Milk Recipe
Have you heard the statement that a plant-based diet is super expensive? I have, and I have had some pretty expensive grocery trips on a plant-based diet. That was when I bought a lot of packaged foods, like mock meats and non-dairy milk. A plant-based diet does not have to be expensive, though.
I’d be lying if I said I never buy those things anymore (just bought a Daiya frozen pizza last week!), but I’ve definitely cut back on the grocery bills by implementing some money-saving tips and sticking to eating whole foods. An incredibly helpful tip is to make your own homemade non-dairy milk. And one of the cheapest dairy-free milks to make at home is oat milk!
You can usually find steel cut oats from $1-3 a pound. Don’t forget to check the bulk bins at your grocery store – they are usually the cheapest there! Feel free to use other types of oats though like rolled oats or quick oats if that is what you have.
The second best part about oat milk is that it is incredibly – and I mean incredibly – easy to make. If you own a blender, something to strain the oats out of the milk, and find 5 minutes to spare, you can have homemade oat milk.
Simply blend up some oats and water in a blender. Even a cheap blender will do. Then strain using a cheesecloth/flour sack towel/nut milk bag/fine mesh strainer over a bowl. If you’re using one of the first two, gather the sides up and gently squeeze out the milk to make the process quicker.
Store into a mason jar or pitcher and place in the fridge.
Oat milk is:
- Low fat
- Low sugar
- Rich in calcium
- 1.5 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups cold water
Blend together the oats and cold water for about a minute.
Using a super fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or nut milk bag, strain out the milk from the oats into a bowl. Pour into a jar or pitcher.
Drink straight, pour over cereal, add into your smoothies, etc!
Oat milk can sometimes become thick and a different texture if heated up - I recommend testing your oat milk and heating a little up in the microwave or on the stove to see if you mind the texture. I actually don't mind it in my coffee but have heard that some people are not a fan.