Oats are superfood. Like, seriously! They are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. They contain 13 important minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants including Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin B6! It’s no wonder many of you are splashing out the oat milk into your coffees and over cereals.
In comparison to other plant-based milks, oat milk also has the lowest environmental impact as the grain requires very little water and can be grown in various parts of the world, including Europe, which means low/no air miles! BUT, even better, you can make your own and get rid of the tetra packs and their plastic lids altogether. You also get shed loads more for your money! Follow our quick guide below to make your own.
What you need
- 1 cup of oats (you can pick these up in cardboard boxes or paper-bags to avoid plastic)
- 1 tsp vegan/nectar agave
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 pitted dates
- Large bowl
- Muslin cloth/nut bag
Step 1: Let your oats soak in boiled hot water between 30 minutes and 12 hours (we waited for 2 hours).
Step 2: Thoroughly rinse your oats in cold water. This will stop your oat milk from being slimy.
Step 3: Add your rinsed oats to the blender. Top with 3 cups of water.
Step 4: Add your pitted dates, vanilla extract, nectar and a pinch of salt. Blitz it all together.
Step 5: Place a sieve over a large bowl and stretch out your muslin cloth on top (this will be used to collect the oat pulp).
Step 6: Let the oak milk seep and filter through the cloth. Towards the end, you will need to tie the bag at the top and squeeze out the thicker, creamer milk.
Step 7: Give it a good stir (to mix up the watery milk with the creamier milk).
Tada! Your oat milk is ready! How easy was that? We recommend pouring your hard work into a glass bottle (these were from Ikea) and pop in the fridge for extra freshness! Loaded with healthy goodness, and with no waste (as you can keep back the oat pulp for adding to cookies and tray bakes), you can drink to your heart's desire without feeling a single ounce of guilt! Enjoy!