Oat milk is a simple concoction of roller oats and water blended together. With a creamy texture and subtle porridge-like flavour, oat milk is a great addition to any breakfast or hot drink. Unlike other plant-based milks which originated as early as the 13th century, oat milk is a bit more recent, having been discovered in the 1990s by Swedish scientist Richard Oste. Now, as plant-based foods and vegan diets become increasingly popular, oat milk has become one of the most popular and mainstream substitutes for cow’s milk.
How to make oat milk
This recipe from the Minimalist Baker will ensure your oat milk is perfect.
This method yields creamy oat milk every time, that is perfect for adding to coffee, matcha, cereal, oats, baked goods and more.
You can also optionally add a series of ingredients for a boost of flavour.
Sea salt, dates, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and berries all make great additions when blending.
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Scoop out a small sample to test flavour and sweetness.
If you find it is not sweet enough, add more dates to the mixture.
Pour the mixture over a large mixing bowl or pitcher covered with a very thin towel or clean t-shirt.
The Minimalist Baker recommends double-straining through a very fine towel to remove any remnants.
A nut bag is not recommended, as it lets out too much residue.
Transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate. It will keep in the fridge for up to five days, sometimes more.
Shake well and enjoy the milk cold.
It is delicious as it is, or added to cereal, smoothies or baked goods.