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Homemade Oat Milk- in less than 5 minutes!

by Capri Lilly

Oat milk is rich and creamy alternative milk that tastes delicious in coffee, smoothies, cereals, and more! Using only three ingredients, this recipe provides you with delicious homemade oat milk made in less than 5 minutes! The recipe is perfect if you are looking for the best vegan, gluten-free milk with the closest consistency to regular milk!

Once you make your oat milk, you can use it to make a Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte and more — the possibilities are endless!

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Oat Milk is certainly my favorite non-dairy milk! It’s incredibly luscious and creamy. I find it has the most similar consistency to regular dairy milk, which is great, especially if you love non-dairy milk in your coffee. I often find other non-dairy milk options like almond milk or soy milk to be too watery and they do not froth as well as oat milk.

You’ll Love This Homemade Oat Milk Recipe! It’s:

  • Made with a few, clean simple ingredients — no pesky glyphosate (an herbicide added to most non-dairy milk)
  • Takes less than 5 minutes to make!
  • No crazy equipment — just your blender and a cloth or mesh strainer!
  • Perfect to use for coffee, cereal, baking, smoothie bowls, and more!
Creamy Oat Milk

How do you make Oat Milk at home?

Making oat milk from scratch is super easy! All you need are a few simple ingredients, a blender, fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and an airtight container. In less than five minutes you can have creamy, rich oat milk to use in your coffee, pour in your cereal, or add to your smoothies!

What Ingredients are needed to make Oat Milk?

  • Rolled Oats: Make sure they are organic, gluten-free oats to ensure there is no wheat and unnecessary additives (like pesky glyphosate– an herbicide). These are my favorite gluten-free oats. Do not use steel-cut or quick oats because this will result in slimy oat milk.
  • Water: Use ice-cold water for the best results. This helps prevent the oats from activating and softening (turning more into oatmeal), which can lead to slimy oat milk.
  • Dates: The Medjool dates are used to sweeten the oat milk. You can use one or two, just make sure to remove the pit first. You can also use Maple Syrup or Agave Syrup instead if you do not have dates at home (1-2 tbsp). 

Is Oat Milk Gluten-Free?

If the oat milk is made with certified gluten-free oats, then yes, it is gluten-free! Make sure to use oats that are gluten-free, like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats or Trader Joes Gluten Free and Wheat Free Rolled Oats

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Recipe Steps + Tips

  1. BLEND. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender on high speed and blend for about 30-60 seconds. Do not overblend.
  2. STRAIN. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the mixture over a large bowl to remove any small clumps and bits of oats. Strain twice and discard the pulp each time. Do not squeeze the pulp. **It is important to strain the mixture twice to make sure the oat milk is a creamy texture and smooth as possible.
  3. POUR. Transfer the oat milk into an airtight mason jar and store in the fridge. You can use the oat milk immediately or chill it first before using.
pouring oat milk into cloth

How To Keep Oat Milk From Being Slimy?

  • Use Dry Rolled Oats. Do not soak the oats before blending.
  • Do not over blend! Blend the oats for 30-60 seconds. The water should look creamy and white after blending.
  • Use Ice Cold Water. This prevents the oats from activating and expanding (turning into oatmeal).
  • Strain Twice. Use a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Discard the leftover pulp each time.
  • Do not press the pulp to get more liquid. This will most definitely make the oat milk slimy.

Common Questions

How long does homemade oat milk last?

Store the homemade oat milk in an airtight jar and keep in the fridge. It should last for up to a week. Keep in mind, seperation is completely normal as the oat milk is made without any elumsifiers or stabilizers.

Is homemade oat milk healthier than store brought?

Most certainly! Store-bought oat milk is often filled with additives, perservatives, and lots of sugar to make it taste great and extend its shelf life. Homemade oat milk is made with 3 simple ingredients, with the option to control how much sugar is added.

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How To Use Oat Milk

The uses for this creamy dairy-free milk are endless! Here are a few ideas:

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Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Oat Milk Recipe! 

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

oat milk recipe

Homemade Oat Milk

Oat milk is rich and creamy alternative milk that taste delicious in coffee, smoothies, cereals, and more! Using only four ingredients: rolled oats, water, dates (or male syrup, and salt, this recipe provides you with delicious homemade oat milk made in less than 5 minutes!
4.97 from 30 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rolled Oats ensure gluten-free
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 Dates, pitted (or 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Optional

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  • BLEND. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender on high speed and blend for about 30-60 seconds. Do not overblend.
  • STRAIN. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the mixture over a large bowl to remove any small clumps and bits of oats. Strain twice and discard the pulp each time. Do not squeeze the pulp. **It is important to strain the mixture twice to make sure the oat milk is a creamy texture and smooth as possible.
  • POUR. Transfer the oat milk into an airtight mason jar and store in the fridge. You can use the oat milk immediately or chill it first before using.

Notes

  • The Oat Milk last in the fridge for up to a week. 

How To Keep Oat Milk From Being Slimy?

  • Use Dry Rolled Oats. Do not soak the oats before blending.
  • Do not over blend! Blend the oats for 30-60 seconds. The water should look creamy and white after blending.
  • Use Ice Cold Water. This prevents the oats from activating and expanding (turning into oatmeal).
  • Strain Twice. Use a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Discard the leftover pulp each time.
  • Do not press the pulp to get more liquid. This will most definitely make the oat milk slimy.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal
homemade oat milk nutrition facts

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48 comments

Biana April 6, 2020 - 2:55 am

5 stars
This looks so easy to make! Will definitely be making my own oat milk soon.

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Jordin April 6, 2020 - 4:08 am

5 stars
I’ve always wanted to try out oat milk and now is my excuse! This looks so easy to make, and delicious!

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Capri Lilly April 6, 2020 - 10:39 pm

It’s super easy! I hope you like!

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Jayne April 6, 2020 - 4:17 am

5 stars
This looks amazing can’t wait to give it a try.

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Capri Lilly April 6, 2020 - 10:40 pm

Hope you like!

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Colleen April 6, 2020 - 4:57 am

5 stars
I’ve been loving oat milk for a while now, it’s definitely my new favourite. I love how neutral it is for recipes, with no nutty almond or cashew flavour, but yet it’s much richer and creamier than rice milk. I will for sure try making it myself, now that you have made it look so easy. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly April 6, 2020 - 10:39 pm

Hi Colleen! My sentiments exactly, it is a refreshing change from almond or coconut milk. I hope you have fun making the recipe!

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Sadia Malik April 6, 2020 - 5:21 am

5 stars
this looks quite easy to make, will try

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Capri Lilly April 6, 2020 - 10:38 pm

Hope You like!

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Chrissy April 8, 2020 - 10:16 pm

5 stars
Oh this is something to bookmark, thank you for sharing

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Capri Lilly April 9, 2020 - 4:30 am

Thank you, Chrissy!

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Trent April 8, 2020 - 11:42 pm

5 stars
I had no clue that it is that easy to make oat milk. I thought it would be a tough process. Thanks for sharing and now I might have to give it a go.

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Capri Lilly April 9, 2020 - 4:28 am

Definitely! Glad you like the recipe!

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Ting April 9, 2020 - 12:56 am

5 stars
I’ve never tried oat milk before but it looks simple to make. I’ll try it out sometime

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Capri Lilly April 9, 2020 - 4:27 am

Super Easy! Hope you have fun making it 🙂

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case law April 9, 2020 - 3:22 am

5 stars
Wow, What an amazing blog, you have a good selection also.

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Capri Lilly April 9, 2020 - 4:25 am

Thank you!

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Monidipa April 9, 2020 - 11:56 pm

I actually dislike anything related to oats but there is someone who loves oats and craves for oat milk. I will share it with him.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:33 pm

Thanks for sharing Monidipa!

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Kevine April 10, 2020 - 1:49 am

5 stars
I’ve never tired oat milk, I’ve actually just transitioned tomorrow plant based milk. So great insights on oat milk.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:35 pm

Hi Kevine, good luck on your plant-based journey! I find oat milk to be the closest consistency to regular milk.

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Magen April 10, 2020 - 4:33 am

I personally am not a fan of oat milk but I’ve never made it from home. The recipe looks super simple so I may have to give it a try and see if I like it better

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:36 pm

Hi Magen! I definitely find that making most foods from home tastes way better. I hope you’ll find that with this recipe!

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Maysz April 10, 2020 - 5:27 am

Wow this homeade oat milk looks yum and easy to made I would love to try make this at home thanks for sharing.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:37 pm

You’re welcome, Maysz!

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Prakhar Kasera April 10, 2020 - 10:22 am

5 stars
I am definitely gonna try this at home. Never thought I could do that too.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:37 pm

Hope you like!

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Vasundhra April 10, 2020 - 12:26 pm

5 stars
Looks fairly easy and yummy! Thanks for the inspiration, will get a pack of oats and try this out soon 🙂

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Raksha N April 10, 2020 - 1:44 pm

5 stars
I have never had Oat milk before. I will try this tomorrow.

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:31 pm

Hi Raksha, hope you enjoy!

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judean April 10, 2020 - 3:19 pm

5 stars
Yum! If I only had cheese cloth and rolled oats on hand (I have quick oats) I would totally make this while being home.

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Jessica L April 10, 2020 - 6:14 pm

5 stars
Wow, how unique and resourceful! I will be giving this a try this weekend. Thanks!

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Capri Lilly April 10, 2020 - 6:29 pm

You’re welcome! 🙂

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aisasami April 11, 2020 - 6:58 am

5 stars
Wow, making homemade oat milk is so easy and it is so healthily. I wonder if I can try it here in Japan as oats are just rare here.

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Sadiq Saleem April 11, 2020 - 10:40 pm

5 stars
Amazing, what a great blog, you also have a good selection.

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Elizabeth O May 23, 2020 - 6:56 pm

5 stars
Homemade oat milk looks really yummy. I should try this one. Thanks for the recipe and procedure.

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Capri Lilly May 28, 2020 - 1:32 am

Hi Elizabeth! I am glad you like the recipe!

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Jennifer April 27, 2022 - 1:43 pm

This was sooo much better than store bought! So smooth and creamy and simple to make! I used this in a homemade skinny
Chia latte and was the best I have ever had!

Thank you for such a delicious, easy recipe!!

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Capri Lilly April 27, 2022 - 3:27 pm

I am so glad you liked, Jennifer! And a skinny chai latte sounds delish! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Leora May 29, 2022 - 10:41 am

5 stars
This is quick, easy and tasty! Love it in my coffee and appreciate its mild, creamy taste.

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Capri Lilly May 30, 2022 - 4:26 pm

Hi Leora, I am glad you like the recipe 🙂

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Rebecca May 30, 2022 - 11:12 am

Hi and thank you for sharing the recipe! I just made the oat milk at home with my Vitamix and it’s a bit… slimey? Like a slurry. The first time was worse, I think I blended it over two minutes. I tried to strain it several times with both a tea strainer and cheese cloth. The fastest method was definitely cheese cloth doubled over once, over a large size bowl, it went slower trying the cheese cloth into a big mason jar. I made it again and added three dates and 2 T maple syrup. Blended it for a minute and 30 seconds. The consistency and taste was better! I probably have a sweet tooth?! Haha But honestly I want to make this on a regular basis if I can get it to not be slimey… any additional tips? Thanks in advance!!

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Capri Lilly May 30, 2022 - 5:58 pm

Hi Rebecca! Thanks for giving the recipe a try and leaving a comment. I’ve been making homemade oat milk regularly since writing this post and now have updated the post with lots of tips. 🙂 A few things that I’ve found helpful when making the oat milk are: not to blend the oats too long– 30 to 60 seconds is just right, use super ice-cold water, and definitely strain twice. If your dates are hard before blending, you can soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes before blending.

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