I am writing today with so much joy in my heart because I FINALLY cracked the code on homemade oat milk. Seriously- this tastes just like store-bought Oatly milk. This oat milk is a must-try!
Oatly was recently linked to some controversy involving their contribution to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. For the full story, you can click here. This is just all the more reason to DIY your own oat milk.
What are some more reasons you should try homemade oat milk?
WHY YOU SHOULD DITCH DAIRY
On dairy farms, cows are fed antibiotics and hormones which are then present in the milk that these cows produce. When we consume milk, we are also consuming these antibiotics and hormones. This is why so many of us experience unbalanced hormones and are lactose intolerant.
Additionally, as we age we lose our ability to digest lactose correctly which leads to inflammation and discomfort. Dairy milk also contains casein which many people are sensitive to.
Why DIY Oat Milk Rocks
~ You can customize it – more or less creamy, use your preferred sweetener, spice it up with extra ingredients
~ no added gums, oils, or sugars (Canola oil is used in most plant milks. This type of oil causes inflammation so I like to avoid it at all costs)
~ Homemade oat milk is less expensive
~ Better for the environment
~ Good for watching calories – want less calories? Add less oats! EASY.
~ Super easy to make
~ Adds a cute aesthetic in the fridge
~ SO MUCH healthier than cow’s milk
For reference- the average price of oat milk is $4.99. The 32oz bag of gluten-free oats I bought was $4.00. With this bag, I can make 17 batches of oat milk. The enzymes are $6.99 for 60 pills- that’s 60 batches of oat milk!
In total, you’re only paying $0.65 per batch of homemade oat milk, as opposed to $4.99 store-bought oat milk.
Tips for the Perfect Oat Milk
~ When making lattes, add a pinch of baking powder for some froth
~ Use a nut milk bag (can also be found at Whole Foods for $4) or two cheese clothes to strain. Trust me- I’ve tried everything from a french press to a dishtowel. None work as well as a nut milk bag.
~ DO NOT add too much salt. This is self explanatory.
~ Store in an air-tight glass jar (I love these jars with a passion).
~ Only make enough oat milk for 4 days- fresh food goes bad faster!
~ Buy oats in bulk for extra savings
The Secret Ingredient
All it takes is one secret ingredient to transform your homemade oat milk. Digestive enzymes! These are cheap and great to have on hand for when you’re going out to eat or you’re craving something you know your stomach isn’t going to like. You just need one capsule per batch of oat milk, so they’ll stick around for a long time. I get mine here.
~ 1/2 cup oats
~ 4.5 cups water (more or less depending on preference of creaminess)
~ Sweetener of choice (I use 4 drops of liquid stevia. 1 tbsp maple syrup would be a great substitution!)
~ 1 tsp vanilla- feel free to add more or less!
~ 1 tiny, tiny, tiny pinch of salt
~ The inside of 1 capsule digestive enzymes (open it and pour enzymes in- don’t add the outer capsule)
~ Add all of the ingredients to a blender (No need for a fancy one, any blender will work!)
~ Blend for 45 seconds on high
~ On the stove, heat milk to 140°F (If you don’t have a food thermometer, take it off of the heat when you see tiny bubbles and slight movement on top)
~ Let the oat milk cool for 15 minutes
~ Strain with a milk bag or cheese cloths (careful- milk will still be hot)
~ Store in fridge for up to 4 days
Simple, healthy, and delicious! What more could you want? Give this DIY oat milk a try and let me know what you think! I love it and can’t wait to hear what you all think!