Oat milk is rich and creamy alternative milk that tastes delicious in coffee, smoothies, cereals, and more! Using only four ingredients: rolled oats, water, dates (or maple syrup, and salt, this recipe provides you with delicious homemade oat milk made in less than 5 minutes!
Oat milk is a relatively new player in the non-dairy milk scene. It is all the craze right now and for good reason– it’s absolutely delicious!
The first time I had Oat milk was at a cafe in Paris. It was summer of 2019 and I just had to get a croissant from Angelina Paris, one of the best cafes in Paris! Of course when ordering a croissant you have to pair it with a delicious drink, and what’s better than a rich cup of coffee? I ordered my usual, an Almond Milk Latte, but was quite surprised when the barista informed me that they only offered soy milk and oat milk. Soy milk is a definite no in my book (for various reasons, and if you’re curious you can check out this article). I’d never tried oat milk, but I love trying new things so I could not refuse.
At the first sip of my Oat Milk Latte I was utterly confused. My first thoughts were, “Why is this so rich and creamy?” and then, “Did they make a mistake and put regular milk in my coffee!?”. After confirming that it was in fact oat milk used, I was delighted! Creamy, rich, and luscious is the perfect way to describe oat milk. I think it has the closest consistency to regular milk, which is great, especially if you love non-dairy milk in your coffee.
How do you make Oat Milk at home?
So of course, after this experience I had to learn how to make oat milk at home! And why not!? It is SO EASY to make. All you need are 4 simple ingredients, a blender, a thin cloth or cheese cloth, and an airtight container. In less than five minutes you can have creamy, rich oat milk to use in your coffee, or 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 a slimy, mucky oat milk.
Water: make sure the water is purified
Dates: The mejdool 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 instead if you do not have dates at home (1-2 tbsp).
Salt: Just a pinch is all you need, and it is completely optional if you add it.
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.
Quick Easy Steps
When making Homemade Oat Milk you simply combine all of the ingredients above in a high-powered blender and blend for about 1-3 minutes. I like to blend it for at least 3 minutes to ensure all the ingredients are well blended.
The next step is most important. To remove any small clumps and bits of oats, you have to strain the mixture into large bowl covered by a cheese cloth or thin cloth. The cloth will capture any small pieces and leave you with a rich, creamy textured milk. It is important to strain the mixture twice to make sure the oat milk is creamy and smooth as possible.
Here is a quick step-by-step video on how to make this delicious Homemade Oat Milk.
Homemade Oat Milk
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 4 cups Water
- 2 Dates, pitted (or 2 tbsp maple syrup)
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Add the ingredients into a high power blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Strain the oat milk mixture by pouring through a cheese cloth or thin towel over a large mixing bowl or pitcher. Strain the mixture twice to make sure all the sediment is removed.
- Transfer the oat milk into an airtight container and store in the fridge.
- The Oat Milk last in the fridge for up to a week.