Oat milk can be frozen whether you buy it at the store or make it at home. If you freeze it, use within 3 months and do not refreeze. The texture will be grainy when you defrost it so it should be reserved for baking or mixing in smoothies or drinks. Defrost by putting it in the refrigerator and letting it thaw overnight.
Make Oat Milk at Home
This easy recipe shows you how to use your NutriBullet or blender to make a single serving of oat milk from oats and water. The result is a creamy plant-based dairy-free alternative to milk. Use it for your baking recipes, coffee, tea, and cereal. Serve up a cold glass with our almond butter cookies or energy balls!
What is Oat Milk
Oat milk is a plant based alternative to dairy milk. It is lactose-free and vegan-friendly. You can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free oats. It is also low-fat and low-salt. The basic recipe is unsweetened so it is sugar-free, too!
Oat milk is readily available at stores and baristas everywhere. From the menu to add to your coffee at Starbucks to oat milk ice cream in the supermarket aisle, it is available for a healthy dairy-free option instead of using milk.
We decided to see how easy it is to make it at home using just our NutriBullet, oats and water for a small serving. It turned out delicious – smooth and creamy with a wholesome oat flavor.
Oat Milk Recipe
For homemade oat milk you just need two ingredients: oats and water. We soaked old-fashioned oats for 15 minutes and drained the water before putting them into the NutriBullet with fresh water. You could use a blender if you do not have a NutriBullet and it will work fine.
DIY oat milk is quick to make. It takes only a few minutes if you don’t pre-soak the oats; however, pre-soaking for 15 minutes will rinse off some of the residue so your oat milk will have a fresh texture.
How to Serve Oat Milk
After processing the oats and water in the NutriBullet or blender and straining it twice in a fine mesh strainer, you can enjoy a fresh cup immediately. If you like your milk cold just refrigerate it for a little while or serve with ice. You can use it for cereal, coffee, tea or recipes that call for dairy milk.
Oat milk can be frozen for 3 months. Use thawed oatmeal within 3 days and do not refreeze. The texture of thawed oat milk is rather grainy and should be reserved for using in recipes instead of drinking it straight. It will still work well for hot chocolate or smoothies.
Gluten-Free Oat Milk – Use only gluten-free oats such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashion Rolled Oats or Quaker Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats and follow recipe below as directed.
Flavorings – You can add different flavors to give your oat milk variety. Try cinnamon, vanilla, Hershey’s cocoa powder, orange amoretto or almond. These flavors work well for coffee creamers, tea, or hot and cold drinks.
Other Recipes to Try
Oat milk has a wholesome oat flavor that is tasty with coffee instead of regular cream. It goes well with many hot or cold drinks, including smoothies!
It is a thicker texture than dairy milk but when you pour it on your cereal it brings out the sweetness in whatever cereal you are eating. This is definitely an option for those needing a dairy-free alternative to pour on cereal!
There are approximately 8 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein in a 1 cup serving. Depending on the oats you use oat milk contains potassium, thiamin, magnesium, and manganese. It is low in trans fat and has no cholesterol or sodium.
Oat milk doesn’t contain any lactose so it is perfect for someone who is allergic or sensitive to dairy. Oats are naturally sweet so additional sugars are not really necessary.
You can serve oat milk as soon as you blend it and strain it. It can also be refrigerated for 2 or 3 days. After sitting in the refrigerator the oat milk will separate. You do not need to shake or stir like you do for other plant-based milk. Instead let any leftover oat pulp stay on the bottom and pour the creamy milk off the top.
How To Make Oat Milk
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water (can add additional cup of water for thin milk)
- Cover oats with water in NutriBullet jar or blender for 15 minutes.
- Drain water from oats. Rinse and drain again.
- Pour 1 cup of fresh water over oats in jar. Attach to blender. (Can add additional cup of water to make milk thinner.)
- Process NutriBullet for 2 minutes until mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Pour mixture into a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Discard what is in the strainer and rinse strainer.
- Pour mixture from bowl into strainer again over a clean bowl or container.
- Serve and enjoy immediately or refrigerate for an ice cold milk.