Plant milks are definitely the answer to many lactose intolerant individuals, and it’s easily seen how the food industry has adjusted to this rise in popularity. It’s not only lactose intolerant people who have opted for these dairy free options. Nut and plant milks can be a healthier option compared to cow’s milk.

My thoughts on this …

I feel like everyone’s body is different and you should always listen to what yours is telling you. For example, my husband THRIVES off dairy, and while I’m not necessarily lactose intolerant, I find that having too much dairy in my diet makes me feel a bit queasy. Which is why I like to switch to plant or nut milks when I feel like I need it. Plus, I actually love the taste of them!

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Make From Scratch Zero Waste Oat Milk Recipe

Like many of you, I purchase the store-bought options (my favourite being almond milk). Then I started my zero waste journey and realized how easily I could make these milks at home. I also started reading concerning articles about certain lawsuits disputing the nutritional content of some brands of plant and nut milks. I don’t like passing judgement until they have proved this in court, so I would suggest reading up more on this lawsuit before jumping the gun. Here’s an article I read recently for anyone interested on the subject.

All this aside, the real reason I want to make my own plant and nut milks is to reduce my waste.

The ingredients can easily be bought from a local bulk store using reusable produce bags and jars. The process to make the milks themselves are fairly quick and easy.

Related:

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But what about the cost?

I aim to see if making plant milks would be financially sustainable compared to purchasing the many store brand options. Here’s the plan: I’ll be sharing the recipes I use to make four different nut and plant milks over the next few weeks. At the end of the experiment I’ll write a comparison post and see how they stack up against each other. I’ll also compare them with the varieties you can buy at a store. Are you still with me?

Today I am making Oat Milk from scratch

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Ingredients:

Makes: approx. 1l

  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 6 cups Water
  • 3 Medjool Dates (or 6 smaller pitted dates)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste)

Other options to add: Cinnamon, cocoa, or banana (I suggest reducing the amount or leaving out the dates if you use banana)

Make From Scratch Zero Waste Oat Milk Recipe
Straining the milk

Method:

  1. Fill a blender with water, dates and any other additives you want. Blend on a high speed until the dates completely break down.
  2. Add oats to the blender. Blend on a high speed for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain using a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. N
  4. Dispense into a 1l container. (I reused an old milk jug from a local dairy). Keep refrigerated.
  5. Optional: I like to use my leftover oat grinds as smoothie boosters. Just freeze them in an ice tray.

Some things to know about Oat Milk:

  • Oat milk will thicken when heated. I found this out the hard way when I tried making a latte with it. Personally, I didn’t actually mind it, but it tasted more like breakfast than a caffeinated pick-me-up. I looked at the ingredients in the Oatly brand and they use rapeseed oil. This would probably help produce froth and prevent the thickening. Please note that I am just surmising. I haven’t tried this yet as I mostly use oat milk for smoothies.
  • You can use it just poured into your coffee (with no additional heating). I tried this out especially for this post and discovered I LOVE it in my coffee and it doesn’t seem to thicken after a while.
  • I like to use a strainer for this recipe. Oats tend to get a slimy texture when squeezed through a nut milk bag.
  • Shake before using your oat milk! A thick residue settles at the bottom after a while.
  • Store brands usually fortify their oat milk with additional vitamins, so don’t expect to get the same nutritional value with your homemade version.

So there you have it!

I managed to keep it very low waste. The vanilla extract and the dates had packaging, but at least I can extend their use with other recipes.

Let me know in the comments how your oat milk turned out!

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Make From Scratch Zero Waste Oat Milk Recipe
Homemade Oat Milk
Course: Beverage
Keyword: Oats
Servings: 1 litre
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 6 cups Water
  • 3 Medjool Dates (or 6 smaller pitted dates)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste)
  • Other options to add: Cinnamon, cocoa or banana
Instructions
  1. Fill a blender with water, dates and any other additives you want. Blend on a high speed until the dates completely break down.
  2. Add oats to the blender. Blend on a high speed for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain using a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl.
  4. Dispense into a 1l container. (I reused an old milk jug from a local dairy). Keep refrigerated.
Recipe Notes

Optional: I like to use my leftover oat grinds as smoothie boosters. Just freeze them in an ice tray.

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2 Comments on Make From Scratch Series: Oat Milk

  1. I will try your method. I have made it with so many water:oat ratios, oats soaked, unsoaked, rinsed, different types of oats. It always has different degrees of a slimey texture. I am striving for zero waste so I always make my own, but my oat milk is never quite like the packaged stuff. My favourite is cashew milk; a natural sweetness, great texture, and I can make it thicker to sub as a creamer. I would prefer a great oat milk though, for cost and since oats are grown locally.

    • Hi Stevie!
      I hope my method works for you. I’ve also been unlucky (till now) trying to create an oat milk that didn’t get slimy. I think the key factors are not to blend the oats too much and also not to squeeze them in the straining process. Most of the packaged Oat Milks add a source of oil to theirs, so this might be the taste difference you’re finding. I would love to hear if this recipe works out for you 🙂
      I haven’t tried making my own cashew milk yet – but I’ve added it to my ever-growing list now. Thanks for info!

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