I recently re-discovered the beauty of oat milk.
It’s been years that I turned my back on cow’s milk. It all started in High School when my mum decided to cut out diary products. I couldn’t bother to buy my own food so I just ate whatever she put in the fridge. And at that time this was soy milk.
Honestly, I have never looked back to ‘normal’ milk and when I tried to drink an original cappuccino in Rome a couple of years ago (because that’s what you have to do when in Italy) I disliked its taste.
So soy milk and I were friends for a long time until I realised that I just consumed to0 many soy products. Soy yoghurt, tofu, soy cream, soy-based protein powder. There are plenty of articles that say that the intake of too much soy is bad for your body. I just think that eating too much of one thing is never a good idea because it’s all about keeping a good balance.
Nowadays it’s super easy to find alternatives like almond, hemp or rice milk in a supermarket. Even here in Cairo. This all depends on where you live but I personally made the experience that either these alternatives are too expensive or have too much sugar content.
Lucky me, I recently got a powerful blender and a slow juicer, two amazing kitchen machines that make making your own vegan milk so much easier. If you are looking for a low-cost and nut-free as well as gluten-free milk, oat milk is really easy and quick to make.
Make Your Own Oat Milk In 3 Easy Steps
1 cup/90 gr of rolled oats
2 tbs of dried coconut flakes/powder
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
3 cups/700 ml of water
Step 1 – Soak oats and dried coconut in water. Slightly cover the oats with water and wait for 10-15 min.
Step 2 – Pour oats, water and vanilla extract into your blender. Add any optional ingredients like sweetener (e.g. maple syrup). Blend for 2 min.
Step 3 – Strain the oats milk through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth. Alternatively pour milk into a sieve and with a spoon gently push down on the oats so the milk gets pressed through.
You can store your oat milk in the fridge for 2-3 days. Use it in smoothies, milk shakes, oatmeal, coffee or drink it au naturel.