Nothing ruins a morning quite like not having milk on hand for my go-to green smoothie. I was always an almond milk kind of gal, and would typically buy 1-2 cartons every time we went to the grocery store, but homemade oat milk has changed my life. It's easy, as we usually always have oats on hand, it takes no time at all to make, and I also love that it's a sustainable alternative to almond milk - DYK that it takes six times as much water to grow almonds than it does oats?
Oat milk is a great alternative for those with nut allergies or dietary restrictions because oats are naturally free of dairy, soy, nuts and gluten. Though oat milk may be higher in calories and carbs than almond or other nut milks, it contains more protein and fibre - and that's good in my books.
2-minute oat milk recipe
1 cup oats
4 cups water
1 tbsp 100% maple syrup (or honey, or 1-2 dates)
1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup hemp hearts (optional)
You'll need a nut milk bag or a mesh produce bag (like this one), a large bowl, a glass jar to store the liquid and an optional funnel for pouring.
Blend all ingredients together for approximately 30 seconds. Pour mixture into nut milk bag over large bowl and squeeze out liquid. Compost oat meal and pour liquid into your glass container. Stores for approx 4 days. Shake well before using as the oats will settle to the bottom.