My girls and I can’t have dairy (cow’s milk protein sensitivity for us, though we’ve been experimenting with goat cheese with some success lately). I don’t use a LOT of it, but we buy almond/coconut/or cashew milk; I put it in my coffee, Malin pours it over cereal, and we use it in the odd recipe, but usually I end up dumping out half the carton once it’s been open for a while – and that shit’s not cheap, plus I really just hate wasting food.
When we were in Seattle this summer, I enjoyed plenty of coffee with hemp and oat milks…both delicious! These two milk alternatives are a little harder to find in rural Alberta, but I did some googling…AND wouldn’t you know it, Facebook algorithms are super fucking creepy, so I started getting a bunch of ads for oat milk. I even had a Vitamix oat milk recipe pop up in FB, so I thought, “what the hell?! I’ll give it a shot!”
It was really easy, tastes great, makes a reasonable amount that we might actually use up before it goes bad, and it’s considerably cheaper than buying a $5 carton that I’m probably going to throw 1/2 of away.
In case you want to try it yourself, here’s the process:
- Soak 1 cup of steel cut oats in just enough water to cover them (about 20 minutes).
- Rinse and drain through a colander. This step gets rid of the slime; I read one recipe that omits this step, but I haven’t tried it myself.
- Place rinsed oats in blender with 3 cups of water and blend for about 10 seconds (maybe longer if you don’t have a blender as powerful as my Vitamix).
- Pour through your colander to strain out heavy oat pulp. You can throw the pulp out, or set it aside to use in a recipe later. I made some tasty oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and you can find the recipe here.
- You could probably stop straining here, but if you want smoother milk, strain it more. I have found that 3 more times through cheesecloth is the perfect amount for me.
- Add a pinch of salt, 1 tsp of vanilla, and a pitted medjool date for sweetness. You could use a bit of honey or maple syrup instead if you prefer.
- Blend until smooth, pour into a jar/jug/container and enjoy! Malin LOVES it, but I’m not sure if we should be concerned that she keeps asking to drink it out of a shot glass.
*NOTE – the oatmilk settles and separates, so you need to give it a shake or a stir before pouring next time.