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Homemade Vegan Oat Milk

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Homemade Vegan Oatmilk

Old-fashioned oats, dates, vanilla, and cinnamon come together for a smooth and creamy homemade oat milk ready for drinking in just minutes.

Why You’ll Love This Oat Milk Recipe

With just 5 basic ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time, you can have a batch of smooth, creamy homemade oat milk for a fraction of the price of store-bought.

This recipe is easily customizable. You can play around with the amount of cinnamon and vanilla, add more dates or add fewer dates to adjust to your vegan palate.

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Recipe Ingredients For This Oat Milk Recipe

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
ingredient list for Homemade Vegan Oat Milk

How To Make Oat Milk At Home

Make sure your dates are pitted before you start to prepare this oat milk.

Place the water in the fridge a few hours before you want to make this oat milk to ensure the oat milk does not become slimy.

Place all the ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend or process for 30-60 seconds.

Place a cheesecloth in a fine mesh strainer and strain the oat milk. Use the oat pulp for your smoothies or throw it into some muffins.

making Homemade Vegan Oat Milk

All About Oat Milk

The plant-based, vegan milk category has grown tremendously over the past number of years. While almond, soy, and rice milk were pretty much the only products available for quite some time, oat milk was a welcome addition.

Slightly creamier and smoother in texture than its nondairy counterparts, oat milk has become increasingly popular as a vegan milk substitute. You can find oat milk at most coffee shops and grocery stores these days.

Oat milk is also a great alternative for those with nut allergies who can’t drink almond or cashew milk.

This gluten-free, homemade oat milk is easy to prepare and makes up a great cappuccino, cafe au lait or matcha latte. It also tastes great in cooking or baking or over your favorite bowl of cereal.

Variations of Oat Milk

  • Substitute a touch of honey or maple syrup instead of the dates.
  • Mix in a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate oat milk.
  • Throw in some strawberries or raspberries for berry-flavored oat milk.
  • Omit the dates if you want more of a unsweetened oat milk to cook with. Or make the batch half sweetened, half unsweetened.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of espresso powder for coffee-flavored oat milk or mix in some chai spices for chai oat milk.

Tips and Tricks/Notes

  • Make sure to buy old-fashioned oats and not instant, quick cook, or steel cut as these oats won’t blend up as well.
  • If you follow a gluten-free diet make sure the package of oats says gluten-free oats. Though oats are naturally gluten-free many oats are processed in facilities where gluten is processed thus creating a potential cross-contamination issue. Oats labeled as gluten-free do not run this risk.
  • If you can’t find Medjool dates you can substitute a different type of date. Note Medjool dates are quite large so you may need to add a few more if you are using a smaller date.
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How To Store Vegan Oat Milk

This homemade vegan oat milk will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I do not recommend freezing oat milk. It’s so easy to whip up a batch that there really is no need to freeze it.

Store the oat milk in a wide-mouth jar for easy pouring.

FAQs

Is it cheaper to make your own oat milk?

Yes, it is more economical to make your own oat milk compared to store-bought oat milk.

How long does homemade oat milk last?

Homemade oat milk will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge stored in an airtight container or Mason jar.

Is homemade oat milk healthy for you?

Homemade oat milk can be part of a healthy diet. However, homemade oat milk is not fortified with vitamins and minerals like store-bought oat milk so as a vegan you may be missing out on some key nutrients.

Just to be clear, homemade oat milk is not unhealthy for you and can be used in place of dairy milk in cooking and baking it just won’t provide you with some of the nutrients you may be missing if you are following a vegan diet.

Do vegans drink oat milk?

Yes, vegans do drink oat milk. If they like it that is. I can’t speak for all vegans.

Can you use oat milk in place of milk?

Yes, you can most often use oat milk where-ever you would use cow’s milk either in baking or cooking or for drinking. 

Be mindful that this oat milk is slightly sweetened so if you are making a savory dish or a bechamel sauce you may want to make a batch without the sweeteners.

Glass of Homemade Vegan Oat Milk with a jug in the background

Conclusion

Making homemade oat milk couldn’t be easier! No need to add oat milk to your grocery list, with just a few pantry staples you can make up a batch of this rich, creamy vegan oat milk to throw in the fridge in minutes.

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Glass of Homemade Vegan Oat Milk, sitting on blue fabric

Homemade Vegan Oat Milk*


  • Author: Sam
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Jug 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Old-fashioned oats, dates, vanilla, and cinnamon come together for a smooth and creamy homemade oat milk ready for drinking in just minutes.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions

  1. Remove the pit from the dates if they are not pitted yet.
  2. Make sure your water is cold, otherwise the oat milk can become slimy.
  3. Add all ingredients in the blender and blend for about 30-60 seconds.
  4. Using a strainer or cheesecloth, strain the milk and discard the oat pulp.
  5. Keep cool for up to 2 weeks.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Dairy Substitute
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: International

Keywords: vegan, dairy substitute, oat milk, homemade recipe

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