It’s official! Non dairy milk now makes up 12% of all global milk sales and given that the manufacturing of almond milk is wreaking environmental havoc in California, oat milk is officially the most sustainable non dairy option. In addition, I cannot explain how simple, delicious and satisfying it is to make your own milk; I especially love doing it with the kids, showing them that milk doesn’t need to come from cows and save some pennies along the way. (this is far cheaper than any shop bought option).
What you will need to yield one large jar:
-1 cup of oats
-1 litre of water (add more if you like it more watery)
-A dash of vanilla essence (optional)
Take your blender (I just use the blender part of my food processor), measure the 1L of water directly in the blender – less washing up = win). Then pour in your oats, 2 dates (removing the stones), and sometimes a dash of vanilla essence but you can really add any sweetener: raisins, maple syrup or of course nothing. Also, what’s really fun is to add goji berries to colour your milk. Blend at a high speed for a minute or so. Take a large bowl and open up your nut milk bag above the bowl (I turn the bag inside out so the mushed oats don’t get all caught in the seams). Then pour the milk liquid into the bag. Lots will drip through into the bowl but you’ll then need to squeeze the bag to get as much of the liquid through into the bowl as possible.
Then I’ll pour the liquid from my large bowl back into the blender and from my blender, pour it into my desired storage jar. And you’re done 🙂
Remember to freeze the leftover pulp to add to smoothies at a later date / snack on it (basically delicious oat bites!) and also – your milk won’t last as long as shop bought milk as there’s no preservatives in it so drink up within 2-3 days.
Ever tried making your own milk? Got any other ingredients you might recommend adding?
I love making oat milk (just realised that we use the same recipe) adding one or two tablespoons of almond butter instead of dates 😉
Hello! Would love to start using this recipe! Just wondering about the ‘cup’ measurement – is it the American measurement or an actual cup?
I believe dairy farming is still worse for the environment than any vegan milk. Have you looked into the carbon footprint of dairy farms Emma? Love your blog and thanks for the recipe. I defo think I can save some money as vegan milks are so expensive. Xx
Hi! I’m very interested to make my own oat milk, but I was wondering if homemade oat milk had as much vitamin d, calcium and other nutrients as store bought one? I would think that they add these nutrients to match cows milk nutritional content?
Whenever I try making oat milk it turns out with a bit of a slimy consistency. Have you had that experience? Any troubleshooting?
I got the same result so I did some research and I let my oats soak for 24 hours before blending with water!
I’m wondering if the dates are a necessary ingredient? Don’t have any!
yep – they’re just a sweetener – could also use honey / maple syrup / nothing!
Hi, can I just use a Muslin square instead of the Nut bag? I’d love to make this tonight but don’t have the bag x
yes totally sure that would work! x
Love this. Izzie is dairy free and I hate the packaging oat milk is in. Even if my oats aren’t plastic free that’s a lot less packaging as I reckon a bag would make around 8 litres!
totalllly!! have you given it a go yet? p.s so sorry for the terribly slow reply xxx
I’m so excited about this post! We were major oat milk drinkers in the UK but just moved to the US and here it hard to find and much more pricey and I can only find one brand! So excited to start making it myself!
yay! have you tried it yet? p.s so sorry for the terribly slow reply xxx
Would love to know where you get your nut milk bags from?
just from Amazon lovely!