Many of you may be stunned right now: not only is oat milk a thing that exists, but you can make it yourself!
I bought oat milk one time from my grocery store of choice (Mr. Kiwi’s!) during my former Bed-Stuy life. It has a distinctly thicker texture than most nondairy milks, almost like a creamer.
I’ve wanted to make my own nut/grain/seed milk for a long time, but I kept procrastinating buying a cheesecloth. I finally bought one, and it just made sense to start with oat milk. 😉
What can you do with oat milk? I must say that it is not quite as versatile as soy, almond, or rice milk (there’s a reason those three are so popular!). Here are some tips for how to use it!
- Do NOT use it to make oatmeal. Trust me. It will turn into a gummy, slimey clump. Not pleasant.
- DO use it in smoothies. I like adding oats to smoothies anyway because it cuts the sweetness a bit, and I found the same was true for adding some oat milk. OH! And you can also use the leftover pulp from the oat milk process in your smoothies!
- With the vanilla extract and touch of maple syrup, this oat milk is actually pretty pleasant straight from the glass. Because it’s fresh and homemade, it has a much more pleasant flavor than the milks you would buy from the store.
- Add it to your coffee! I packed some in a mason jar (with a little extra maple syrup and vanilla extract) and brought it to work. After labeling it with my name, I stored it in the workroom fridge for the week and used it to mix in my coffee.
- As an experiment, I left some of my oat milk unsweetened and unflavored. I used it in some savory dishes, like my beloved Happy Herbivore mac and cheese. It worked well in this particular recipe because it naturally thickened when heated, so I didn’t even need the cornstarch!
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Notes: I used cheesecloth instead of a fine mesh sieve.
I divided my milk in half and left one half unflavored/unsweetened for savory dishes. I then labeled each and stored them separately. I saved the pulp for overnight oatmeal and smoothies.