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Homemade Oat Milk

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You know that I like to make a lot of stuff that a normal, same person would normally buy.  Exhibit A: vanilla extract.  Exhibit B: peanut butter.  And now that the sun is out and the maxi dresses are on I should really make make creme de menthe marshmallows for you guys.  Because creme de menthe s’mores.  Need I say more?

So I’ve thought about making my own milk alternative for a long time now.  Most of the time I don’t actually drink regular milk.  I’m an almond milk or cashew milk kind of gal.  I do, however, like regular milk in my lattes and mochas.  Almond milk has a taste that, for me, competes too much with the espresso.

So finally one day I was listening to the Splendid Table Podcast and they were talking about homemade milks.  I didn’t realize you can make milk out of nearly anything.  Sure, I new about nut milks, oat milk, and rice milk, but lentil milk?!  I might be nerdy, but the idea really excited me.  A whole new world of milk possibilities opened up for me.

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So I had a bunch of steel cut oats sitting around.  I found a recipe and went wild.  Now, let me just say this milk is THICK and creamy.  I’ve never had store-bought oat milk before because hey, I live in the middle of nowhere.  If they had oat milk around here it would probably cost seven dollars for a half gallon.  And I’m nothing if not cheap. 😀  Anyway, where I’m going with this is I have no idea how this homemade version compares to oat milk at your local grocery store, but I find it wonderfully satisfying. And I will say that the creaminess is similar to Silk Almond milk, but, you know, minus the almond part.

This thick, wonderful milk is my new go-to choice when making oatmeal.  It makes oatmeal super-creamy and indulgent.  Because of its thickness it’s the perfect choice for batters of the pancake and waffle disposition too.   Yum.  And if you don’t want a milk quite this thick remember you can add 3-4 cups of water.  I usually go for about 3 1/2, but maybe go for 4 if you want a texture closer to regular cow’s milk.  You can also add whatever amount of sweeter that your heart desires (or none).  And of course I had to add a few dashes of cinnamon to give it an horchata sort of vibe.  That’s just how I roll.

And remember you can use the leftover oat pulp that you’ve strained.  Put it in smoothies to add a little more protein.  Or add it to your favorite muffin recipe.  So you waste nothing.  Cool, huh?

All right.  Time to catch my breath.  I’m getting way too excited about milk. 😉

(Adapted from an oat milk recipe on Food52)

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Homemade Oat Milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3-4 cups water
  • a dash of kosher salt.
  • sweetener (optional)
  • a dash of cinnamon (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, place steel cut oats and enough water to cover over the top of them.
  2. Let the oats soak overnight.
  3. The next day, drain the oats and add them to a blender with 3-4 cups of water, depending on thickness preference.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pass the oat milk through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
  6. Add the salt, and the sweetener and cinnamon if desired.


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  • Aria May 21, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard of oat milk, but it really sounds so interesting! I must try it out! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Amanda May 22, 2016, 1:38 pm

      Thanks! I hope you like it!

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes May 22, 2016, 12:07 pm

    What a fabulous recipe – I never about making my own vegan milk at home.

    • Amanda May 22, 2016, 1:39 pm

      Thanks! It took me a long time to try it, but it’s a lot of fun.

  • Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry May 22, 2016, 2:29 pm

    I used to drink oat milk all the time but for some unknown reason have switched exclusively to almond. Must bring that delicious drink back into my life! I love the look of your version Amanda. That creaminess! 😀

    • Amanda May 23, 2016, 9:44 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa. I love discovering new milks. Next I think I’ll try making my own rice milk.

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 23, 2016, 5:50 am

    Oh I’m so intrigued by this recipe, Amanda! I’ve never heard of oat milk before, and I love that you can make your own version with just a few ingredients. I agree that homemade is always better, so I’m sure this milk is delicious!

    • Amanda May 23, 2016, 9:45 am

      Thanks, Gayle! I’m obsessed with the creaminess!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary May 23, 2016, 1:58 pm

    I’m a huge fan of making everything from scratch, so keep it coming girlfriend! I’ve never heard of oat milk before! Totally need to give this a try! Cheers and thanks for introducing me to something new!

    • Amanda May 25, 2016, 9:50 am

      You’re welcome! Hope you like it!

  • Michele @TwoRaspberries May 23, 2016, 9:04 pm

    I have been wanting to try making my own milk for SO long but I’m always too worried it wont work out! but this oat milk looks amazing! I really really want to try this! YUMMMM!

    • Amanda May 25, 2016, 9:51 am

      Thanks, Michele! I think you’ll really like it!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen May 24, 2016, 3:02 am

    I love oat milk, but never tried making my own. This recipe looks so easy and yummy! Would sure give it a go sometime! Hope you had a lovely weekend. 🙂

    • Amanda May 25, 2016, 9:52 am

      Thanks! I need to find oat milk in a store sometime so I can compare how it tastes versus homemade.

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