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How to Make Homemade Oat Milk

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I started drinking oat milk more regularly on our summer trip to Austria in 2018. To my complete surprise a restaurant that we love for breakfast and lunch was serving oat milk cappuccinos and being in Europe, I just HAD to have a cappuccino. My preference is definitely a tea latte though ( I am little sensitive to caffiene ). 

Oat milk Tea Latte

The thing I love about oat milk is that it has a very neutral taste because as much as I love nut milks, they are just not my favourite when it comes to most warm drinks. Almond milk, as you likely know, has a very distinct taste and the almond flavour can take over. And as you likely know, I don't drink cow's milk nor do we give it to Vienna , our 4-year old. 

Oat Chocolate Milk

Oat milk is the most neutral tasting of all the non-dairy milks out there and that’s why I love it!

It also foams up pretty nicely if you buy a "barista blend" from the health food store. However, there is likely to be a few additives if it's able to sit on a store shelf for months on end. When I'm buying oat milk, I usually by Earth's Own Organic oat milk and it's refrigerated so there are fewer additives. However, that's not why you're here!

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Making oat milk is very, very easy and making chocolate oat milk is just as easy, plus one more ingredient -- raw cacao.

Ingredients in chocolate oat milk

Before we get to this creamy, delicious lovely milk let's talk about some of the health benefits of oat milk. 

Jar of oats

Health Benefits of Oat Milk

There are a couple of different combinations you can make. I like adding some dates and vanilla in my recipe because it gives it a little sweetness.

Ingredients in Oat milk

And you must make oat chocolate milk! Here's the recipe and I will outline all the steps below with photos. 

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 5 1/2 cups of filtered water
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
Instructions
  1. Place oats, water, dates and vanilla extract in a high power blender. Blend for 30 seconds. (*SEE MY NOTE ABOUT BLENDING)
  2. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer or a nutbag into a container like a mason jar. Don't over strain it, that's when it gets slimy.
  3. Store in fridge for up to 7-10 days. Or freeze in batches and take out as needed.
  4. If you're making chocolate milk, add the raw cacao AFTER you've strained the oat pulp. Pop the oat milk back into the blender, add raw cacao powder and blend until combined and creamy.

Notes

Makes 6 cups approximately of oat milk.

*NOTE: To avoid slimy oat milk, the less blending the better. You can blend up the water and dates first and then add the vanilla and oats.

If you overstrain it, it can get slimy. I suggest using a wire mesh strainer instead of a nut bag.

The nice thing unlike making almond milk from scratch , is that you don't need to soak the oats before blending them up.

Oat milk ingredients in blender.

Place all your ingredients into a high power blender and give it a whirl!!

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You can easily adjust the amount of water by increasing or decreasing. More water will make a thinner consistency and less water will make a creamier oat milk.

Oat milk ingredients in blender.

Then you pour it through a wire mesh strainer or a nut bag. I found that my nut bag was too fine to strain the oat milk so I ended up using a mesh produce bag and it worked perfectly! If you're using a wire mesh strainer, you'll have to press down the oat pulp with your hands or a spoon to strain it through. 

Oat milk being poured through strainer.

Then squeeze the bag to strain all the milk out and you're left with the oat pulp.

Oat milk being strained

And there you have it, delicious, creamy, wonderful oat milk you made yourself!

Oat milk

The possibilities are endless! Enjoy in a smoothie or make a tea latte!

Let me know if you have any questions and happy oat milk making!

Joy xo

36 Comments
Szandra K.   •   October 25, 2019

Mmmm, sounds yummy. I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering is there any use for the left over oat pulp? I know it’s compostable but I hate to waste. Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 28, 2019
RJ   •   October 29, 2019
Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Jessica   •   October 28, 2019

Hi joy! I’m obsessed with oat milk, but I cannot make it myself. I’ve tried your recipe, and a few others, with no luck. It’s always.... slimy? and I don’t soak the oats... what’s happening 😭

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Sabina   •   October 29, 2019

I bought quick oats by accident, would I be able to use them for this recipe??

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Sharon Beck   •   October 29, 2019

Does the homemade oat milk froth ? I like to froth milk and have not had much luck with oat milk or rice milk when I use my milk frothier.

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Darlene   •   October 29, 2019

This seems to have a much longer shelf life than fresh made almond milk. I can generally keep my almond milk 3 days, 4 absolute max. Recipe says 7-10 days for oat milk. Is this accurate? If yes, yahoo!

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Michelle Gauthier   •   October 29, 2019

I tried making oat milk before and couldn't get past the gelatinous film. How can I get around that? Thanks Joy! MG

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Claire   •   October 29, 2019

What kind of mesh produce bag did you use?

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Leslie   •   October 29, 2019

I’ve wanted to try this - thanks for the troubleshooting ideas! Question-does it separate in the fridge like nut milks? Also, does it separate in your latte? I made cashew milk/cream for my organic coffee and it separated in my cup

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 29, 2019

Midhat   •   October 29, 2019

Can we it be made with gluten free oats?

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 30, 2019

Leslie Durkin   •   October 29, 2019

I haven’t tried that and to be honest, someone else suggested the same thing. Thanks for the recommendation! I miss cream in my coffee and have been trying to find a non dairy option.

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 30, 2019

Aggs   •   October 30, 2019

Can steel cut oats be used instead?

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 30, 2019

Rachel   •   October 30, 2019

I love this recipe! That said I always feel a bit wasteful when making alternative "milks" at home. Any ideas on what to do with the left over oat pulp? Thanks :)

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Rachel   •   October 30, 2019

Sorry I just realized someone else already asked my question!! Pls disregard :)

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Stacey Borge   •   October 31, 2019

Thanks for this simple and quick recipe! How handy. We’ve recently switched to oat milk in our house and everyone loves it. It would be so great if you could do a recipe using the leftover pulp, no one wants to waste it! ~ unless you have chickens, the chickens will adore you for it! Haha!

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 1, 2019

Lisa B.   •   November 1, 2019

Hi Joy...I prefer unsweetened almond milk. Would I simply leave out the date and vanilla in this recipe to make my oat milk?

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 2, 2019

Sophia Papandreou   •   November 2, 2019

I tried the oat milk recipe but did something wrong and the it came out slimy. It is really a difficult non-dairy milk to try to make at home. :(

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 3, 2019

Mindy Biggar   •   November 4, 2019

So looking forward to trying this today! Thank you so much for the recipe and trouble shooting tips.

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 4, 2019

Sarah Monaghan   •   November 11, 2019

I tried to make oat milk at one point and it was a slimy mess...just tried your recipe and it turned out beautifully! Thank you thank you thank you!!! :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   November 11, 2019

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