When it comes to dairy-free milk alternatives, there is none more popular right now than oatmilk. But if you’ve developed a hankering for it and experienced the oatmilk shortage, it’s time for homemade oatmilk.
Try it in a latte and you might become obsessed. It only takes three minutes! You’ll love whipping up a fresh batch any time the craving strikes.
How is Oatmilk Made
You really only need four ingredients to make oatmilk: oats, water, sweetener, and salt. From there, make small adjustments to vary things up.
The salt and sweetener are key components to giving the oatmilk flavor, otherwise it will taste flat. Use sea salt or kosher salt. Try agave or maple syrup (or go wild and make a toasted oat simple syrup).
Is Oatmilk Gluten Free
To ensure your oat milk is gluten free, make sure to use oats that are certified gluten free. Why this matters is that oats are naturally gluten-free but are often grown close to wheat. This is why you will want to seek out certified gluten free oats if you follow a gluten free lifestyle.
For the Best Oatmilk
Like homemade nut milks, oat milk is incredibly perishable and only lasts 2-3 days, so go small batch.
You could make oat milk with rolled oats, but my preferred method is using quick-cooking oats, also known as instant oats. Since the oatmilk doesn’t require any soaking, you want to have the smallest cut of oats so they break down easily, grinding down into a creamy dairy-free drink.
Also, the strainer to use here for the best texture would be a nutmilk bag, cheesecloth lined colander (that you then squeeze) or a fine-mesh sieve. Once you’ve got the oat milk blended and strained, you’ll be left with oat pulp—hang on to it and stir into a bowl of plain yogurt as a protein and texture boost.
- 1/4 cup Quick-Cooking or Instant Oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- No soaking necessary: Blend the oats, water, maple syrup, and
salt. Strain through a nutmilk bag or cheese cloth lining a colander.
- Store in a quart-sized glass mason jar. Seal and chill.