If you’re looking for a milk alternative that you can whip up in no time, oat milk is the answer! It’s smooth, delicious, and perfect for baking or adding to your morning coffee!
Oat milk is a great staple to have on hand, especially for those looking for a vegan or lactose-free option! You’ll also have to check out my half and half buttermilk recipes!
homemade oat milk recipe
If you have never tried oat milk, here is your poster! Oat milk is a deliciously creamy and smooth milk alternative. You can use it for cereal. You can add it to coffee and even cook with it! I personally LOVE the taste of this milk and use it quite regularly in place of regular milk. It is so creamy and the taste is delicious!
Now, before you rush to the local grocery store to buy some, try making it at home first! All you need is oatmeal, water, and a pinch of sweetener to make it. After mixing and straining, it’s ready to use in less than 5 minutes! I became obsessed with making oat milk from scratch and I know you will too!
Ingredients you will need
You don’t need anything special here! Oat milk uses the simplest ingredients, which is great for when you need it on the go! You can find the exact measurements for each of these ingredients listed below in the recipe card.
- Waterfall: Helps regulate the consistency of your milk.
- Oatmeal: I used old fashioned oatmeal! Quick oats tend to thin out oat milk.
- Maple syrupSweetness: Maple syrup works perfectly to add sweetness.
- Vanilla extract: (Optional) If you want your milk to have a hint of delicious vanilla flavor, you can also add vanilla extract!
How to make homemade oat milk
It’s so easy to do! It only takes a few steps to mix and filter. Below you can find additional tips and tricks for making the best batch of oat milk! That way, you won’t end up with watery or stringy milk.
- Add Mixer: Add the water, oatmeal, and maple syrup to a high-power blender. Feel free to add vanilla as well if you like vanilla flavored oat milk.
- Wrist: Blend mixture for 30 seconds ONLY. More time can alter the creaminess and add a slimy texture to the milk.
- Effort: Using a fine mesh strainer, pour the puréed milk over the strainer and into another glass.
- Repeat: Rinse off the degree of oatmeal remaining in the strainer. Repeat the process another 2-3 times or until the milk is free of residue.
- Serve or keep: Use immediately or chill. Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a lid.
Non-Slimy Oat Milk Tips and Tricks
The results of homemade oat milk can sometimes have a slimy texture. To avoid this, here are some helpful tips to ensure your batch comes out smooth and creamy.
- Blend only for 30 seconds: Limiting the amount of time you spend blending your oats is the most important tip to avoid sticky oat milk. Do not blend the oats for more than 30 seconds. Especially if you have a high powered blender.
- Do not soak the oats ahead of time: Using dry oats does the trick! Soaking the oats seems to produce more slime. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait for the oats to soak. Just throw them right into the dry blender.
- Avoid using a bag of nut milk to strain: Many recipes call for a nut milk bag to strain the oat milk. However, squeezing the milk through a nut milk bag can result in stringy oat milk. A fine mesh strainer is the best option for filtering.
- Don’t squeeze the oats through the strainer: Pressing the oats through the strainer produces slime. Just strain the oats and avoid squeezing or squeezing the oats.
- filter 3-4 timesStrain: I like to strain my oat milk 3-4 times until smooth and creamy, with no leftover oats.
- Best served cold: The creamy texture of oat milk should be served cold. When heated, it can sometimes thicken. Save it and serve it cold. This is a great alternative in any recipe where you would like to substitute milk or almond milk. Also great for cold cereal, smoothies, or any cold drink!
Conservation of leftovers
Now that you have a delicious amount of this lactose-free oat milk ready to go, here’s how you can keep it fresh and delicious.
- In the fridge: Store oat milk in an airtight jar or jar until use. It will keep good for about 5 days. Do not use if an unpleasant odor develops.
**Note** It is normal for some residue to settle to the bottom of the cold milk. Give it a quick stir or shake before use!
Other pantry staples
Here are some other pantry staples to keep on hand for all your kitchen needs! Not only are they super easy to make, they have the freshest flavors and no nasty preservatives! You can find other pantry staple recipes here.
Add the water, oatmeal, and maple syrup to a high-powder blender. Feel free to add vanilla as well if you like vanilla flavored oat milk.
Blend for 30 seconds ONLY. More time can alter the creaminess and add a slimy texture to the milk.
Using a fine mesh strainer, pour the puréed milk over the strainer and into another glass.
Rinse off the degree of oatmeal remaining in the strainer. Repeat the process another 2-3 times or until the milk is free of residue.
Use immediately or chill. Store oat milk in a glass jar with a lid.
Oat milk should be served cold! Make sure to shake it well before serving. It is normal for some residue to settle to the bottom of the cold oat milk.
Oat milk can be used in place of milk and is a great dairy-free option.
Calories49 kcal (2%) Carbohydrates 9g (3%) Protein 1g (2%) Fat 1g (2%) Saturated Fat 0.1g (1%) Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g Sodium 7 mg Potassium 45 mg (1%) Fiber 1 g (4%) Sugar 2 mg (2%) Calcium (1%) Iron 0.4 mg (2%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value varies based on brands used, measurement methods, and serving sizes per family.
Keyword 5 minutes, lactose-free, easy, vegan, vegetarian