Dairy free, vegan, sugar free, gluten free

Oat milk is a comforting alternative to a nut or coconut milk and easy to whizz up, even if you don’t have a high speed blender. I generally use whole oat groats as I like to make Bircher Muesli with the left over groats, but if you wanted you could use minimally processed rolled porridge oats instead. Both options are super easy to make and you can have a dairy free milk easily whizzed up overnight.

When I use rolled oats, I like to use the ones that are certified gluten free so I don’t get an extra whammy of gluten in my diet. Oat groats are generally not certified as gluten free as it cannot be guaranteed that they haven’t been grown alongside grains with gluten or processed alongside gluten grains. So if you eat gluten free, then use certified gluten free rolled oats instead of oat groats.

Here are two methods for making oat milk for you to try using either rolled oats or oat groats:

5.0 from 1 reviews
Plain oat milk using rolled oats
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup rolled porridge oats, soaked overnight in 6 cups water
Method
  1. Blend the soaked oats in the 6 cups of soak water for about 30 seconds. Do not over blend.
  2. Pass the blended mixture through a nut milk bag. Make sure you keep squeezing the mixture to release as much of the oat milk as possible. The liquid you collect is the oat milk.
  3. Sweeten to taste and add a pinch of salt if liked.
 
5.0 from 1 reviews
Plain oat milk using oat groats
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat groats or porridge oats, soaked overnight in enough cold water to cover and 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
Method
  1. Drain and rinse the oats well under cold running water. Rinse well. (using the lemon juice helps to reduce the phytic acid in the oats).
  2. Blend the drained oats with the 2 cups water for about 30 seconds. Do not over blend.
  3. Pass the blended mixture through a nut milk bag. Make sure you keep squeezing the mixture to release as much of the oat milk as possible. The liquid you collect is the oat milk.
  4. Sweeten to taste and add a pinch of salt if liked.
  5. Reserve the oats from the nut milk bag as you can use these to make Bircher Muesli.
 

The plain oat milk can also be flavoured to make a malted oat milk or malted chocolate drink.

As an aside, during Feast, my raw chef intensive, we make 10 different nut and seed milks on day one so you can understand the flavour profile and flour yield. If you are interested in coming along for a hands on experience, you can find out more here (Feast 5 day intensive programme).