I grew up drinking a ginormous glass of milk everyday. My family always bought skim milk and I loved it! It was refreshing, filling and a quick and easy snack for me to “make” all by myself. One day, I was eating Flintstone vitamins (you know, the nasty, chalky ones) and I started to wash them down with a huge gulp of milk when I realized that the milk had turned sour. My dad who was watching me knew that I hated Flintstone vitamins and he thought the face I was making from the sour milk was really just because I hated the taste of the vitamins. So…he made me swallow it. Curdled, sour milk. Yuck!
For a while after that, I didn’t really care to drink milk. I actually can’t even remember the last time I had skim milk. I’m guessing it was a couple of years ago. I don’t miss it at all though! There are so many kinds of non-dairy milk that it can even be overwhelming. Brett loves almond milk and drank it on his own before we even got married. I love almond milk too, but lately I’ve been making my own milk at home more than buying it at the store. I love having a fresh batch of milk to enjoy, knowing that it’s free of weird additives and thickeners.
But I have to say, making Homemade Almond Milk isn’t always cheap. If you have access to a store that sells nuts in bulk and if you turn your almond pulp into almond flour, then you might find that Homemade Almond Milk is economical and worth your time. Unfortunately, that’s another thing that might keep someone from making almond milk at home: time. In order to make almond milk, you have to soak your almonds for at least a few hours or overnight. For most people that’s just simply too much planning.
And while I absolutely love almond milk, I’ve gotta say that I’ve fallen hard for Homemade Oat Milk! It’s super cheap to make and doesn’t require soaking the oats. So in less than 5 minutes you can have your own, non-dairy milk that’s cheap and delicious! This Homemade Oat Milk is so thick and creamy too. I’ve been drinking it daily since I discovered how easy it is to make. For the first time in a long time, I’ve been able to enjoy a plain ol’ glass of milk. Yay for Homemade Oat Milk!
I don’t think Oat Milk is for everyone though. If you don’t add any flavorings to it, you’ll definitely be able to taste a pronounced oat flavor. I happen to love the flavor, but not everyone will. For those of you who don’t care for it, don’t knock it off just yet! I’ve found that adding in a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract takes the oat-y taste away. You can even add in some type of sweetener to make it extra delicious.
In a few days I’ll be sharing with you my ultimate favorite way to jazz up plain oat milk to make Chocolate Oat Milk. It’s so rich and creamy and is made with wholesome, healthy ingredients. I can’t wait to share it with you! But for now, try out this Homemade Oat Milk and let me know what you think!
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups filtered water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 Medjool dates or 1-2 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice
- Pour the oats, water and any optional ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth.*
- Strain the oat milk by pouring it through a nut milk bag (or cheese cloth) into a pitcher or bowl. Use your hands to squeeze the milk out of your nut milk bag. Once no more milk is coming out, you can discard the oat pulp. Refrigerate your oat milk until chilled.
- Store your oat milk in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Shake thoroughly before using.
- *This milk CANNOT be heated up, unless you want a thick, gelatinous mess:)
- *If you have a high powered blender and want your oat milk to remain thick, you can drink it without straining it.
- *If you are using a liquid sweetener to sweeten your milk, first make and strain your milk using only the oats and water. After you've strained your milk, then pour the oat milk back into your blender and blend in your liquid sweetener.
Coming soon is a recipe for Homemade Bran Flakes that go perfectly with this Oat Milk!