A non-dairy liquid made from steel cut oats and water that is inexpensive, simple to make, and works as a delicious milk substitute. Read to find out all you need to know about oat milk and try my quick and easy homemade oat milk recipe.
What Does Oat Milk Taste Like?
It may seem like an odd question, but oat milk actually doesn't strongly taste like oats or oatmeal. It is creamy, thicker in texture, and naturally a bit sweeter than other non-dairy milk options. The taste of oats is definitely there, but in a very subtle, neutral way.
Why is Oat Milk So Creamy?
As it is made from only oats and water, it may seem odd that oat milk has a creamy texture and taste. Due to the process to make it - soaking and blending of oats - oat milk ends up very creamy due to the ability of the oats to absorb the water. Additionally, the inclusion of pulverized oats thicken the liquid.
How Healthy is Oat Milk?
Drinking oat milk isn't quite the same thing as having a bowl of oatmeal, and it doesn't have the same amount of nutrients as whole oats. However, it is a great source of fiber and other vitamins and minerals (especially in fortified oat milk) such as vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
It has more calcium than cows milk, and there are many articles out there about its positive effect on heart health and bone health. Remember that oat milk is lactose, soy and nut-free, so it is a great milk substitute for those with dietary restrictions.
Is Oat Milk Good for Weight Loss?
This is subjective depending on whether you make your oat milk yourself or buy a brand name. Many oat milks at the store will have added sugar, oils, and other ingredients with differing calorific values as a result. Always check the label before introducing it to your diet.
Oat milk is low in fat and high in fiber, and with a balanced diet and exercise may assist weight loss. However, simply replacing your regular milk with oat milk won't yield miraculous results.
Which is Better for You - Oat Milk or Almond Milk?
Both oat milk and almond milk are good non-dairy alternatives. Compared with each other, oat milk is higher in calories but has more fiber and protein. Almond milk has less fat and carbohydrates. Neither can really be judged as better - it's a personal preference.
Do You Have to Refrigerate Oat Milk?
Refrigerate your oat milk and it will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. Shake well before use!
Can I Heat Oat Milk?
You can heat oat milk, but be careful. If you heat it up too quickly or for too long, the oat milk will cook and become thick and lumpy.
Can I Sweeten Oat Milk?
To sweeten your oat milk, blend it with 1-2 tablespoons of a sweetener like maple syrup, then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt.
Is Oat Milk Good in Coffee?
Oat milk works great in caffeinated drinks! It's neutral, creamy flavor makes for an amazing latte or matcha latte!
What is the Difference Between Oat Milk and Oat Milk Creamer?
Unlike milk, a creamer has an added emulsifier (usually some kind of oil) that makes it easier to froth. However, since oat milk is so creamy, it can work just as well as a creamer.
How to Make Homemade Oat Milk
The only ingredients you'll need are water and steel cut oats. You can use regular oats, but they tend to yield a slimy texture.
Begin by rinsing the oats thoroughly and draining. Cover the oats with more water and soak them - you can leave them anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight.
Drain the soaked oats of the water and add the oat pulp to a blender with another three cups of water. Blend the oats and water for around 30 seconds.
Strain the oats and water mixture 3-4 times until you are left with your oat milk liquid. Transfer it to a sealable container, and it will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. It will separate when left in the fridge, so shake well before using again.
Use your oat milk to make delicious beverages like:
Or make some simple homemade nut milk.
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Homemade Oat Milk
- 1 cup steel cut oats oats
- 3 cups drinkable water
- Rinse the oats well. Drain.
- Cover with water. Soak 20 minutes-overnight.
- Rinse well. Drain.
- Add to a blender with 3 cups water.
- Blend ~30 seconds.
- Strain 3-4 times.
- Add to a sealable container. Keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. It will separate, so shake well before use!
This post was originally published in June of 2017, but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, and tips December of 2019.