Although it’s been around for three decades, oat milk feels like a new addition to the milk alternative community. The plant-based milk is known for being creamier than others (much like cow’s milk) and for having a sweet, nutty flavor. It also goes excellently in everything from coffee to cereal! If you find that your carton of oat milk runs out too quickly, here’s how to make your own.
It all starts with oats. Ordinary oats are just fine to use, and, in fact, work better than steel-cut oats, which can be too rough. The oats require softening, so soak them in some water for about 15 minutes to plump them up.
Once your oats have soaked, it’s time to rinse them to remove the starch. Drain the liquid using a fine-mesh strainer and rinse the oats for around 30 seconds, until the water runs clear.
Place the softened oats in a blender and add in some maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. You can obviously make the milk as sweet as you wish! Add in 4 cups of water and blend until smooth.
Once your mixture is fully blended, push it through a strainer and try to get out as much liquid as possible. Transfer the milk into a resealable container and let it chill until it’s time for coffee.