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.
Oat Milk vs. Almond Milk:
While I love making my own, non-dairy milk, I will say that 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!
Can you heat homemade oat milk for lattes?
One downside to homemade oat milk (at least that I’ve found) is that it has the tendency to thicken up when you heat it. Even though you can strain the oat milk to remove the excess oat pulp, there are still super-fine oat particles in the oat milk. Heating the milk causes the those fine particles in the milk to thicken, kind of like if you were cooking oatmeal on the stove. For this reason, I usually use homemade oat milk for things like cereal, smoothies, iced drinks etc. However, I have found that the heat from baking doesn’t affect it. I don’t know how many times I’ve begun baking something only to realized that I don’t have enough non-dairy milk to complete the recipe. That’s when I quickly whiz up some oat milk!
Can I put Oat milk in my tea or coffee?
While I don’t think homemade oat milk is great heated in large quantities (remember the oatmeal reference??), I have had readers comment that it works great in small quantities in their coffee or tea. Instead of heating it, just add a splash to your hot coffee or tea and enjoy!
Homemade Oat Milk vs. Oatly
Have you heard of Oatly yet? If you haven’t, you NEED to find a carton, specifically the Barista Edition. Like I said above, homemade oat milk doesn’t heat up very well for lattes, but thankfully Oatly does! The barista edition is especially delicious warmed up for homemade tea or coffee lattes. Oftentimes, its the oat milk used in cafes for a delicious non-dairy latte. When I have access to Oatly, I love to have it on hand for hot drinks. Additionally, I’ll a batch of my homemade oat milk on hand as a cheaper alternative for when I’m making smoothies, having some cereal or baking!
Oat Pulp Recipes:
Homemade oat milk is already really inexpensive, but you can make even more bang for your buck by saving the oat pulp and using it in other recipes. I haven’t experimented a ton with oat pulp, but you can always cook it similarly to oatmeal or add it to smoothies for some added whole grains and fiber. You can even make Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pulp Cookies!
Other Non-Dairy Milk Recipes:
While I love homemade oat milk for the flavor and price, I still do love so many other kinds of homemade non-dairy milks. I’m often switching up what kind we have on hand! I have a ton of recipes on my blog for different kinds of non-dairy milk, so if you’re looking to start making your own homemade non-dairy milk, be sure to check out some of the recipes below!
Homemade Oat Milk Recipe:
Okay, enough chit chat. Below you’ll find the recipe for homemade oat milk. If you give it a try, I’d love for you to leave a comment down below, rate the recipe and share it with any friends who you think would also enjoy it!
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- 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.
*If you have a high speed 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.
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Also, coming soon is a recipe for Homemade Bran Flakes that go perfectly with this Oat Milk!