Why Oat Milk Is The Best Homemade Milk
If you are new to making your own milk, then homemade oat milk is a great place to start!
Before learning how to make oat milk myself, making any type of homemade milk seemed very strenuous. But, when you’re transitioning to zero waste AND veganism, you can’t really say no to reducing both packaging waste and dairy in one go! I had to give in and give it a try. And boy was I smiling from ear to ear when I did!
So why is oat milk great for us newbies?
QUICK – Most homemade milk recipes require soaking of the main ingredient (such as soy or nuts) for up to 8 hours, whereas this bad girl only requires 30 minutes soaking!
CHEAP – The price of rolled oats at bulk shops is around 4-4.5 $/kg (here in Australia) whereas nuts such as almonds, on the other hand, can cost up to 20-27 $/kg in bulk shops.
PLANET FRIENDLY – So all vegan milk is better than cow milk for the planet, but some are better than others. Such as oat milk! This video explains it really well, but in short, oats are less water intensive than
How to use the leftover oats?
The leftover oats in the cheesecloth are still perfectly edible! Here are some suggestions of where you can use them:
- Freeze them for next time you make any of the above recipes. They’re great to chill down a smoothie for example.
Easy homemade oat milkCourse: DrinkCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
1 cup rolled oats
Water to soak oats
2.5 cups water to create milk
- In a medium baking bowl, add the rolled oats and fill with water to cover the oats and then some more.
- Soak oats for 30 minutes. Do not skip this step to obtain thicker milk.
- Transfer the oats to a sieve to drain out the water.
- In a kitchen blender (or food processor) add the oats and the new water to create the milk. Blend for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
- Pour oats over a medium baking bowl covered with a thin towel, then press as much milk out as you can. Transfer milk to a bottle and keep up to 5 days.