Learn how to make oat milk silky smooth and not slimy. It's a great substitute for dairy milk and creamers and tastes amazing!
Dairy-free milk has become more popular as people realize they are not only lactose-free but also taste great. There are many different versions of nut milk including almond milk, cashew milk, and hemp milk all of which have their own unique consistencies and flavors. Oat milk is one of the most sought after versions.
Keep in mind that store-bought oat milk has added vitamins and nutrients, but also has preservatives to keep it fresh longer. I always choose to make the homemade version since you just never know what's being added. That outweighs the possible added health benefits to me. Plus, anything fresh naturally tastes better than store-bought!
How to make oat milk
There are just two easy steps to make oat milk right in your own kitchen (and skip the $6/bottle price tag).
- Blend: Place rolled oats and water in a blender and blend for 20 - 30 seconds.
- Strain: Pour the mixture in a linen towel, thin T-shirt, or nut milk bag and gently squeeze out the milk into a bowl. I recommend doing this twice to make sure all the sediment has been removed.
And that's it! Seriously, how easy is that??
How to make oat milk not slimy
There are a couple of steps you can take to make sure your milk isn't slimy. Think about making a bowl of oatmeal and do the opposite. Heat makes oats gelatinous and that's what causes the slimy taste.
- Use cold water or ice when blending.
- Don't mix for more than 30 seconds as the heat from the friction of the blades produces heat.
- Put it in the refrigerator right away.
Keep it fresh...
Refrigerate the milk in a glass or plastic container after straining for up to 5 days. You'll be able to tell if it's gone bad by the smell. You may find that it has separated while sitting in the fridge as well. That's totally normal, just give it a good shake to redistribute the solid fats with the liquid.
Which oats to use
I suggest using rolled or old fashioned oats. They produce the creamiest texture since they contain more enzymes than quick oats which are broken down. Steel-cut oats are too unprocessed.
There are a few different options to flavor your oat milk. Just blend the sweetener in with the oats and water. You can use maple syrup, a pitted date, agave nectar, vanilla, sea salt, or cocoa powder.
Other ways to use oat milk (and the pulp)
There are so many other things you can do with the milk and the remaining pulp. Check out these ideas:
- Chocolate Pudding Breakfast Cake
- Peanut Butter Oat Milk Smoothie
- Macha Oat Milk Latte
- Vegan Zucchini and Corn Fritters
- Creamy But Creamless Broccoli Pasta
- Oatmeal Honey Soap
- Face scrubs and masks
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 4 cups ice cold water
- 1 tablespoon mapple syrup
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pitted date