Years ago, before anyone called me “Mom” (repeatedly throughout the day), I use to be a heavy milk drinker; I could easily drink a half gallon or more by myself within a day or two. Fast forward to motherhood and 5 children later, the consumption of milk drinking in my household easily tripled. One day while researching ways to rid myself of adult acne (there won’t be any pictures just take my word for it, it wasn’t cute), I found that the cause of my unflattering blemishes were the result of over stimulating hormones and add cow hormones aka dairy was a major contributing factor. I immediately decided to wean my dairy intake and see if this helped resolve my issue; the results were amazing. The more I consumed dairy free alternatives, the less desire I had to drink milk and my acne problems were no more.
Many people are familiar with nut based, dairy free milk alternatives such as Almond Milk, Soy Milk, and Cashew Milk; however, a hidden gem in the alternative dairy world that you may not have heard of or even considered is Oat Milk. I hadn’t heard of it, until I was having a conversation with another mom about homemade almond milk and she suggested making the more cost effective oat milk; with oats being much cheaper than the aforementioned milk I was surprised I had never seen it in the grocery store. The average price for a 1 qt carton of milk is $2.77, almond milk $2.08, yet the price of making 1 qt of your own oat milk is roughly .10; Seriously Ten Cents! Plus the nutritional benefits are quite impressive as well, some might just think of fiber when they think of oats but oats provide more protein than some meats and contain biotin which is the vitamin that aids in the health of skin, hair and nails which is why biotin is in all of the fast hair and nail growth pills on the market. So, how do you make your own Oat Milk? It’s super simple, quick and easy.
Homemade Oat Milk
- 1 cup oats
- 3 cups water
- 2 pitted dates optional
Step 1: Soak 1 cup of oats in a bowl of water for 30mins
Step2. Drain water from oats
Step 3. Place oats into a blender with 3 cups water, blend on high for at least 1min
Step 4. Remove oat pulp with a strainer, nut bag or cheese cloth
Step 5. And voila you have Oat Milk
*If you want your milk slightly sweet*
For Sweetened Oat Milk
At Step 3 add two pitted dates, agave, vanilla or cinnamon
I hope you enjoy this Homemade Oat Milk receipe; If you make your own batch of oat milk please leave a comment below and tag me on Instagram.