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Easy Homemade Oat Milk [Creamy + Non-Slimy]

April 9, 2019
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
This Easy Homemade Oat Milk Recipe is the best you’ll ever try! Learn how to make smooth velvety Oat Milk from scratch. It's so simple and takes only a few minutes to whip. Use it in your morning brew, baked goods, and more!

Easy Homemade Oat Milk [Creamy + Non-Slimy]

Get ready to fall in love with this Easy Homemade Oat Milk recipe! This plant-based milk recipe is so delicious that once you try it, you'll want to add it to everything. Completely versatile and enjoyed in anything that requires milk, this simple ingredient vegan recipe will become a staple in your fridge. Simply soak your oats for a few minutes, drain, rinse, blend, and strain. It's perfect for plant-based plates and won't break the bank. Trust me, once you try it, you'll be hooked. Completely Plant-based, Gluten-Free, Nut-free, No Added Sugar, & Vegan!

Glass pictures pouring Oat Milk into a bowl.

What is Oat Milk?

Say goodbye to store-bought milk and hello to Easy Homemade Oat Milk, the super creamy and non-slimy variety!

All you need are rolled oats and water and a few other simple ingredients to blend and strain your way to a natural, dairy-free & nut-free milk alternative that's perfect for any simple ingredient vegan recipe. It's very been easier to be plant-based on a budget! Add it to Coffee, Granola, Cereal, Overnight Oats, Baked Goods, Desserts & More!

Homemade Easy Oat Milk Ingredients

Super simple and easy ingredients!

  • GF Rolled Oats. Use gluten-free if necessary.
  • Filtered cold water. You can use filtered tap water or buy it from the store.
  • Agave. Feel free to use less for a less-sweet milk.
  • Dates. Natural Sweetener. Use less if you don't like sweet!
  • Vanilla extract. For a touch of added flavor.
  • Sea salt. Enhances the other flavors.
  • Ground Cinnamon. This adds a nice spice.
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How to Make Non-Slimy Easy Homemade Oat Milk

Making my own Oat Milk was a learning curve. There are a few tricks I've learned that drastically affect the outcome. I'm talking about avoiding an ooey-gooey, slimy texture and getting a creamy oat milk masterpiece instead. With a little practice and finesse, I have mastered the perfect recipe of oaty goodness to share with you.

TIPS TO AVOID SLIMY OAT MILK

  • DONT OVER-BLEND! Blend for 10 seconds initially in a high-speed blender to prevent over-blending. If necessary, increase blending time gradually in 5-second intervals, but do not exceed 30 seconds.
  • USE ICE-COLD WATER. This seems to help in avoiding any slimy-ness!
Bowl of granola and Creamy Homemade Oat Milk.

Homemade Vs Store Bought Oat Milk

This simple ingredient vegan milk recipe of Homemade Oat Milk is definitely a staple in my fridge. Lately, I've noticed a major trend in homemade milks, especially when it comes to Oat Milk, with famous brands like Oatly taking center stage. It's a crowd favorite, and I can see why.

I have to admit I was a little late to the homemade plant-based milk train, opting for my favorite go-to brands like Califia Farms and So Delicious instead. They're amazing, so why make my own, right? Haha. Whelp. I've since given in to the trend, and I must say that I'm glad I did. There are a lot of great reasons to opt for homemade oat milk.

BENEFITS OF MAKING YOUR OWN HOMEMADE OAT MILK

  • You have complete control over the ingredients and can customize it to your liking
  • It is generally less expensive than store-bought oat milk
  • You can make smaller batches to avoid waste
  • It is fresh and free from preservatives.
  • It is a fun DIY project!
  • You can avoid added sugars, oils, thickeners, and salts!
Spoon in a pitcher of Oat Milk.

Common Q+A’s About Oat Milk

I Don't Like Oats. What Are Some Other Nut-free Alternative Plant-based milk?

If you don't like oats, then try my other plant-based milks such as soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, flax milk, rice milk, and the list goes on!

How Long Does Oat Milk last for?

When properly stored in the refrigerator, oat milk lasts for up to 1 week, at best. Usually, I like to consume my batch within the first 2-3 days. The great thing is that making a new batch isn’t hard at all.

Is Homemade Oat Milk Better Than Store-Bought?

Of course, it depends on your preference and time. However, making anything homemade gives you more control over the ingredients used. Store-bought oat milk might be filled with added sugars, oils, thickeners, and salts, which aren’t that good for you, depending on the brand.

Can I Omit Dates If I Don't Like Them Or Am Allergic?

Absolutely! Dates are a great sweetener option, however, if you aren't a fan of their taste or might be allergic to them, you can simply adjust the amount of Agave used as a replacer.

Do I Need To Strain My Oat Milk?

Yup! To ensure that your oats blend to an incredibly smooth consistency along with your other ingredients, it's super important that you let your oats soak in fresh water for 15-20 minutes.

Why You Will LOVE This Oat Milk

  • Smooth & creamy texture
  • Mild & slightly sweet flavor
  • Completely Nut-free, Dairy-free & Vegan
  • Super Budget Friendly!
  • Versatile, can be used in so many ways!
  • Not to mention, it's just DELICIOUS!
Spoon in a bowl of Creamy Homemade Oat Milk and granola.

How To Use Homemade Oat Milk

Oat Milk is SO versatile and can be used in so many ways. Here are some ideas!

  • HOMEMADE LATTES -- I love this Iced Caramel Latte.
  • SMOOTHIES -- Add this plant-based milk to all your favorite drinks!
  • CHOCOLATE -- Try these Homemade Vegan Chocolate Bars 
  • CEREAL OR GRANOLA -- Pour on top of your favorite breakfast goodies, and voila!
  • PANCAKES + WAFFLES -- Sub our regular milk for oat milk in the batter!
  • DESSERTS -- Like puddings or cake batters, try using creamy oat milk instead!
  • SOUPS -- This is especially great in creamy soups!
  • OVERNIGHT OATS. So many options. Oat milk adds another level of creaminess!

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Spoon in a pitcher of Oat Milk.

Creamy Homemade Oat Milk

April 9, 2019
4.50 from 10 votes
Get ready to fall in love with this Easy Homemade Oat Milk recipe! This plant-based milk recipe is so delicious that once you try it, you'll want to add it to everything. Completely versatile and enjoyed in anything that requires milk, this recipe will become a staple in your fridge. Simply soak your oats for a few minutes, drain, rinse, blend, and strain. It's perfect for plant-based plates and won't break the bank. Trust me, once you try it, you'll be hooked. Completely Plant-based, Gluten-Free, Nut-free, No Added Sugar, & Vegan!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rolled oats, gluten-free  (You can also use a non-GF version!)
  • 5 cups filtered water, divided
  • 2 pitted medjool dates (See Notes!)
  • 1-2 Tbsps Agave (Adjust amount based on preference!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add dry rolled oats along with 2 cups of fresh water and soak for 15-20 minutes. Once oats have swollen and softened, drain out water, rinse with more fresh water, and drain again and set aside. NOTE: Be sure to discard all drained water.
  • Next, add all ingredients (including drained oats + 5 cups of filtered water) to a high-powered blender and blend on medium-high speed for about 30-45 SECONDS. NOTE: Do not over-blend; Adjust sweetness as needed.
  • Once done, slowly strain (using a cheesecloth) milk into a pitcher, squeezing the oatmeal pulp to ensure that all milk is extracted. NOTE: You may have to repeat this process until all oat milk has been fully strained by re-pouring milk on top of pulp to extract more milk, if needed.
  • Refrigerate milk (best if tightly sealed/covered) for up to 1 week. Stir before serving.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: When properly stored in the refrigerator, oat milk lasts for up to 1 week, at best. Usually, I like to consume my batch within the first 2-3 days.
  • REMAINING OAT PULP: You can always repurpose leftover 'oat pulp' by covering it in the refrigerator and using it in overnight oats, smoothies, etc.
  • SERVING: To make less milk, cut ingredient measurements in half. To make more, simply double or triple the measurement of ingredients, depending on your desired amount. 
  • SWEETENER: If dates aren't desired, you can use additional Agave, pure maple syrup, or date syrup, instead if preferred.
  • USES: Oat milk's creamy consistency makes it perfect in lattes, cappuccinos, smoothies, creamy soups, and baked goods. Can also be used as regular milk for cereal, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. H! looking forward to making this recipe. I just need some clarification on the directions. After I soak the oats in 2 cups of water(rinse and drain twice), I put the drained oats in the blender along with 3 cups of fresh water ?

    • Hi Ana! I can't wait to hear how it turns out! Yes, that's correct! You'll add the drained oats and 3 cups of fresh water to blend. 🙂

  2. Nice recipe! I can't wait to try this homemade oat milk. I need to find the ingredients so I can make it this weekend.

  3. Hi I am going to try this method of making oat milk but I'm a little confused by the first step. You said to soak the oats in the water and then drain, do you disgard the drained water and keep the oats? Then when you say put all ingredients in a blender does that mean the oats you have just soaked and rinsed with 5-6 cups of fresh water? Thanks

    • Hi Kyla! I'm so sorry for any confusion! You can actually drain, rinse, and then drain again, discarding of the drained water. When adding all ingredients to the blender, you'll be adding the 5-6 cups of fresh water! I do hope that you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. I struggle majorly with foods and allergies - soy and almond milks are out, so this is something I definitely can do! Thank you for the recipe!

    • No worries at all! I know how hard it is to find recipes for major food allergies! I do hope that you get a chance to give this a try!

  5. I have never had oat milk, but I think I would like it! I am going to try this with the kids over spring break!

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