One of the most common vegan products on the market is dairy-free milk. There’s almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk, rice milk, hazelnut milk, and now even milk made from peas. Having so many options for vegan milk is a huge convenience, but it comes at a cost – all these milks contain additives and thickeners and emulsifiers and things you may not want to put in your body.
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The good news is that dairy-free milk is unbelievably easy to make at home. All you need is a good blender and a sturdy nut milk bag (you can check out the one I use here). For my first foray into milk-making, I chose to use oats. Oat milk tends to be thicker and naturally sweeter than other varieties of dairy-free milks. Because it’s all-natural, it doesn’t have a weird chalky aftertaste, making it ideal for use in cereal or just to drink on its own.
So, how easy exactly is this milk to make? Well, you’ll need just 5 ingredients! Oats, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. That’s it!
Its as easy as tossing all the ingredients in a blender and mixing it all up!
Then you just need to strain it through a nut milk bag or fine cheesecloth.
And finally funnel it into a bottle or jar (or directly into your mouth) and enjoy!
This oat milk is a fantastic dream! It is so thick and creamy and delicious. It would be the perfect complement to some freshly baked dessert like my pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies. If you give this milk a try, drop me a line in the comments to let me know how it turns out!