Need a little more oat milk in your life? Lucky for you, Laura from our Draft Latte innovation team is here to teach you how to make it at home. Check out her favorite tried and true recipe for making oat milk:
- 1 cup (100g) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups water
- Pinch salt
Soak the oats in water for at least 30 minutes
Drain & rinse the oats, discarding all the soaking and rinse water
Add the rinsed oats to a blender with 3 cups of fresh water and a pinch of salt
Filter the blended oats using cheesecloth (or a nut milk bag or even a pillow case works)
Store finished milk in the fridge up to 5 days (if it lasts that long!)
For those who want to switch up their oat milk, here are a few customization options to consider:
Oats: You can use any kind of oat: rolled, whole groat, steel cut, even flour. Just aim to keep the dry weight at 100g. Since they all have different densities, 1 cup will not be a true measurement for all forms. For example, if using steel cut oats, you’d only need about 3/4 cup.
Soaking: If you’re in a hurry, skip the soaking and just throw the dry oats and water into a blender & strain. I’ve found soaking the oats beforehand adds a little extra body to it, making it more reminiscent of full-fat dairy milk. For best results, soak for the 30 minutes mentioned above, but you can soak as long as overnight if you’d like.
Flavor: Once your milk is finished, you can add your sweetener of choice, if your milk is on the sweeter side, and you are looking to drink it straight. Once you find the levels of salt/sweetness that work for your liking, you can add them straight to the blender with your oats and water before blending. I recommend a little vanilla extract, cocoa powder, or berries for a flavored milk.
One final, more technical note, if you are looking to use your your homemade oat milk as an add-in for your coffee or tea, allow your drink to cool off a bit first (below 130F, if you want to get technical). If the oat milk gets hotter than that, the starches from the oats will start to gelatinize and you’ll end up with a sort of coffee/tea-oatmeal combo which can end up ruining your morning cup of joe.