As the vegan movement continues to spread, more and more people are turning away from animal products by embracing a plant-based diet. It makes sense. Why harm animals when you can choose to consume plant-based milk, especially as there are so many different types to choose from? Here’s a rundown on the types of plant-based milk currently available.
Even better, plant-based milk can be made from scratch with simple ingredients.
Why Choose Homemade Oat Milk?
Oat milk is a personal favourite of mine for a couple of reasons. I prefer the taste in coffee, cereal or alone with added ingredients (see below). I can also make it for myself at home, which means no packaging, and that can only be a good thing for the environment.
I tend to make a litre of oat milk most days so that I have a continual fresh batch to drink from. I use a base of oats and water while adding extras such as dates, maple syrup, vanilla extract or cinnamon if I want a change.
Oat milk is by far the easiest to prepare at home, as it is a simple mix of rolled oats and water blended together, then strained to remove the pulp. Some people recommend that you soak the oats beforehand, but I prefer just to give it all a good whizz in my blender.
The end result is a creamy, healthy D.I.Y. milk.
What Can Oat Milk Be Used For
Oat milk is a healthy and versatile alternative to cow’s milk and can be used in coffee, cereal and even a base for a smoothie. Once prepared, oat milk is best stored in the fridge, and will keep up to five days. How will you know if it’s gone off? It’ll smell a little funny, but nowhere near as rancid as cow’s milk that has gone out date.
As long as you have a packet of oats in your cupboard, you’re only five minutes away from a supply of homemade plant-based milk.
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Is It Cheap To Make Oat Milk?
A definite yes, regardless of where you live. Oats are inexpensive and you’ll find that a 1000kg packet will make around seven to ten litres of oat milk! If you make your oat milk at home, you won’t have to dispose of any packaging, which also helps to save the environment.
How To Make Oat Milk
This recipe is a basic recipe for creamy oat milk. You can add extra ingredients, such as dates, maple syrup, vanilla extract or cinnamon.
To make simple oat milk with just two ingredients, simply add one cup of rolled oats and four cups of water into a high-speed blender, and blend on high for 30-45 seconds.
If you prefer a creamier version, just add more oats.
I use a nut milk bag to strain the oats after blending, but you can use any material, i.e. a clean t-shirt or thin towel for best results. Simply place your chosen material over a jug and pour the oat milk through, leaving the oats behind. You can use the pulped oats in smoothies or cookie recipes if you prefer not to waste them.
How To Store Oat Milk
Oat milk can be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator. How will you know if it’s gone off? It’ll smell a little funny, but nowhere near as rancid as cow’s milk that has gone out date.
As oat milk does tend to separate after blending, you will need to give it a shake before use, and stir well when adding to your coffee.
Remember, you are never more than five minutes away from having delicious plant-based oat milk if you have a packet of oats lying around in your pantry.
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