How to Make Oat Milk

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Make your own homemade oat milk with just two ingredients and a blender/food processor- easy step-by-step tutorial with customization ideas!

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Yes, you definitely can make your own oat milk! DIY oat milk (or oatmeal milk) is definitely a thing. All you need are rolled oats (the ones labeled old-fashioned, not instant,) water, and either a blender or large-capacity food processor.

Homemade oat milk in a mason jar

Homemade oat milk is ridiculously affordable. A bag of organic oats at my grocery store makes at least four batches and costs the same as one quart of processed oat milk. Plus, homemade is totally customizable with flavorings and sweeteners and avoids all the unpronounceable ingredients commercial manufacturers add.

How to make homemade oat milk

  1. Place the oats and salt in a high-speed blender.
  2. Add the salt and combine all ingredients together.
  3. Look for a nice milkiness but do not expect every speck of oats to be incorporated into the liquid.
  4. If you really need to blend more, wait a minute or two for the second round of pulses so as not to heat the milk with the power of the blender. You do not want to start cooking the oats as this creates a gunky texture.
3 image collage to show how to make the oat milk in a blender
  • Below is oatmilk ready to be strained. Notice there is still solid oat matter floating at the top but the liquid is a nice, milky white.
oat milk in a blender after blending oats and water
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth. If necessary, do a second strain to remove additional residue.
Straining the oat milk with a cheese cloth

Homemade oat milk recipe variations

  • Fruit sweeteners: Dates are a natural sweetener. Chop finely and add to mix before processing so they completely incorporate.
  • Honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, or the sugar of your choice is also nice. Start with a teaspoon or so. Add to taste.
  • Vanilla extract can be added too and is especially nice with a sweetener.
  • Cocoa powder along with a sweetener makes chocolate oat milk.
  • Warm spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, or a pumpkin spice blend are also fun.

Tips for making the recipe

  1. Use filtered water to avoid passing chlorine or other off-tastes from tap water into your oat milk.
  2. Make sure the water is cold. Cold water makes the best oat milk because it prevents the oats from cooking and releasing too much starch, which leads to an undesirable texture.
  3. Don’t overfill your food processor or blender. Check that you are not filling beyond the liquid fill line. You may have to split the recipe into two batches.
  4. Resist over blending. If you process the oats to smithereens, you will end up with thick, gelatinous oat milk – a substance closer to thin gruel than milk.

Recipes with oat milk

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to strain the oat milk?

Yes. You may have to actually strain it twice to remove all the sediment, because the oats breakdown into tiny pieces.

How long does it keep?

It will keep for a week in the refrigerator. It tastes best cold.

What type of oats are best for making oat milk?

Old-fashioned rolled oats work best. The quick-cooking variety breaks down too fast and makes for slimy oat milk, while steel-cut oats are too unprocessed and do not soften fast enough. Of course, if you like to be organic, buy organic oats. Also important, if you have gluten issues, make sure to buy gluten-free oats.

Oat milk in a big mason jar

Oat milk has become a favorite for vegans and people with dairy and/or nut allergies. If you have been curious about it, why not make a batch at home?

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How to Make Oat Milk

Make your own homemade oat milk with just two ingredients and a blender/food processor- easy step-by-step tutorial with customization ideas!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 5 servings
Course Drinks
Calories 61
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 5 cups water
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  • Blend for 30 seconds, strain through a mesh sieve or cheese cloth and doing a double strain if necessary to remove any additional residue.
  • Pour the oat milk into a bottle, seal and place in the fridge for up to 7 days. Best served chilled.

Notes

Storage: Place the milk in a sealed container and place in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 5 days.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. Each serving is about 1 cup of oat milk.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 71mg, Potassium: 59mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Love Oat Milk! As kids, Mom used to make us this as part of our breakfast.Add a few drops of Vanilla and it’s awesome!!! Funny how so many foods are popping up that we used to eat when we had no means to buy the real stuff.