How to Make Oat Milk

I choose not to drink cow’s milk because it doesn’t really agree with my system and I am not in a position to get the organic, hormone free, un-pasturised variety. I usually add a small bit of soy milk to my coffee, tea and smoothies but am wary of consuming too much of this as it is quite processed (many varieties are loaded with additives like sugar and oil).

A solution… make my own oat milk. This is a great tasting option that can be made very quickly and easily from 3 simple whole ingredients: oats, salt and water.

Oat Milk
1 cup rolled oats
1.5 Litre of cold filtered water
pinch Himalayan salt

Add all ingredients to a large clean bowl and soak over night covered with a cloth.
Use a blender or stick blender to wiz the ingredients thoroughly (about 2 minutes).
Strain the milk through a fine sieve or muslin cloth into a bowl.
Store in a clean glass jar in the fridge.
Will keep for several days.

Photo copyright Megan Young. For usage contact megan@veggiesandme.com

July 6, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Chloe - Thanks for this tip Megan,I’ll try it soon.I also want to make some almond milk because it’s quite expensive to buy

July 6, 2012 - 5:46 pm

megan - Hi Chloe, I want to try almond milk too. Yummy!

July 6, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Avril - Your oat milk looks a better colour than mine :-) I have only made it a few times as I don’t like the gloopy feeling when I squeeze the jelly bag!
Almond milk is delicious. I make raw almond & raw rice milk for us and we mix them together. It’s a very good combination. I add some vanilla extract (the one without the alcohol) or the seeds of a pod to it. I have a recipe for Almond & rice milk if you want it.
I am going to try some hemp milk next.
Your site is amazing and so interesting, thank you. :-)

July 6, 2012 - 9:39 pm

megan - Thank you Avril. Would love your recipe.

July 7, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Sandy - Thanks for posting.
I have always wondered about oat milk! I look forward to trying it this week :-)

July 9, 2012 - 8:51 am

Russell at Chasing Delicious - Wow! How cool is this?? I am going to have to try this as milk does the same thing to me. Thanks for sharing this.

July 9, 2012 - 9:56 am

Jessica Nazarali - I made oat milk yesterday following this recipe and it was delicious! I added in a teaspoon of vanilla to give it a little flavour – It was yummy!

July 10, 2012 - 12:26 am

Melissa - Hello… what a really lovely looking website! I’ve made nut milks before – we buy oat milk but now I’m going to try mamking it.

July 10, 2012 - 3:57 am

justin - I’m looking forward to trying this! I’m just wondering though, should I use whole oats or rolled?

July 10, 2012 - 7:05 am

megan - Hi Justin, thank you for the question. Please use rolled oats.

July 14, 2012 - 7:53 am

Ana - Oh, I’m so glad I stumbled on this post today! This whole week I’ve been wanting to make some oat milk, but wasn’t sure whether I should use rolled or whole/steel-cut oats. Now. it’s definitely happening this week-end – I recently discovered non-dairy milks and I’m enjoying trying out different ones.
I do have a question though – do you have any ideas on what to do with the leftover oats after squeezing the milk from them, instead of just throwing them away? Thanks in advance and happy week-end! :)

October 2, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Aimee - I love oat milk but its expensive and i can taste that UTI flavour. Really excited to try this. Just wondering what’s the purpose for soaking it overnight?

October 6, 2012 - 9:33 am

megan - Thank you for your question Aimee.
It is always a good idea to soak oats before you eat them. Please read my previous post for the explanation: http://www.veggiesandme.com/porridge-with-extra-goodness/
Best of luck with making your own oat milk. You will love it!

January 17, 2013 - 10:29 am

Rhonna - Think I can use oat bran?

February 5, 2013 - 8:08 am

sondra - I’ve been making oat milk for years and I find your recipe better than my plain one. I usually make it by the glass . 1tbs to 12oz of water. Let sit for 2hrs. Stir with whisk 3 min, strain oats and add cinnamon and stevia. Then enjoy over ice.

February 21, 2013 - 6:28 pm

kay - please help what am i doing wrong my oat milk once it has cooled is very gluey slimmy NO GOOD

February 21, 2013 - 9:29 pm

megan - Hi Kay, maybe try soaking it for a shorter time. Also, perhaps try a different brand of rolled oats. Hope this helps!

June 27, 2013 - 2:36 pm

toby - LOVE THE OAT MILK

June 27, 2013 - 10:32 pm

megan - Me too Toby!

November 13, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Sonshine - Thanks for this! I’ve been eating nut (hazelnut) milk, but have discovered that it has too much fat in it for me right now. Maybe someday I can go back to it, but for now, this will be a very good alternative. For others, maple flavoring is also very good. I make smoothies out of this. I make fruit smoothies out of the milk and then also I make a green smoothie that has no milk in it.

November 14, 2013 - 6:36 am

Sonshine - Hi again! I tried it this morning and to be totally honest, when I strained it, it was too slippery and hard to get all the liquid out. Tastes great, but I think I’ll try Rice milk. Straining that won’t be nearly as slippery as oats.

January 2, 2014 - 3:03 am

alison - Hi. I have been making oat paste for my skin (its completely natural and non toxic., and the best thing by far for skin conditions like excema and or psoriasis) which i use as a soap, moisturiser, and shampoo. But wondered if it could make a milk as the only other type i can have is rice milk and although iv had it for 12years i know its not at all good for you. I will try your recipe soon. Many thanks for this. Happy holidays. Alison God bless x x

January 5, 2014 - 2:12 am
April 14, 2014 - 3:36 am

Pat B - I use oat milk for baking but find that I can’t buy it everywhere like soy and rice milk. It is always on the expensive side too. I freeze oatmilk in ice cube trays and put cubes into ziplock bags when frozen. I will do the same with this. Going to make this today. Thank you.

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