My first foray into making my own “milk” was an utter, dare I say udder, failure. My first almond milk attempt left me with a goopy cheese cloth, a very messy kitchen counter, and a wasted cup of almonds. Resolute to do better next time, I bought a nut milk bag. The nut milk bag then sat in my cupboard, untouched, for six months, oops.
Recently, I was chatting with a waitress at a local cafe. She was also vegan and strongly encouraged me to make oat milk. I thought okay, I’ll give it a go.
Out came the nut bag, out came the oats.
This recipe is simple, fast, reduces packaging, and is really cheap to make. It requires no soaking or planning ahead!
Super Simple 5 Minute Oat Milk
- 1/2 cup Oats
- 2 cups Water
- 1-3 Dates
- Pinch Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Almond Extract (optional)
1. Remove date pits.
2. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend in 15/20 second increments. You want the oats to be blended but not over blended.
3. Place a nut milk bag over a bowl/ jar.
4. Pour the oat milk through the nut milk bag.
5. Gently squeeze the bag. Don’t over squeeze as you don’t want too much oat pulp to go through.
6. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge.
I find that different “milks” are good for different things. This oat milk doesn’t work when hot but works well in smoothies, with cereals, or enjoyed on its own.
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