A friend of mine recently took a trip to Iceland. I followed her photos in awe of all the beauty she was able to explore. She also shared a new-to-me idea. My friend is a vegan and when she went looking for something to drink at a cafe she was given the options of soy or oat milk. Oat milk? Never heard of it! So I decided to explore. This recipe is one of several I tried. I think it is the best one and had to share!
You will need:
*3 cups water (I used filtered)
*1 cup steel cut oats (you can experiment with flavored oats and groat oats too!)
*2 tbs of agave or maple syrup. Or even half and half of these! Pitted dates were also mentioned in some recipes or you can use a sugar syrup or honey but the last isn’t vegan (if you prefer that) and the sugar isn’t as healthy as other options.
*1 tsp pure vanilla extract
*1/4 tsp sea salt
*1/4 tsp cinnamon (this is optional and I used it once but it tasted odd in my herbal tea. It would do much better in coffee or other food preparations)
You can omit the sweeteners and flavor additives if you would like to use this in more savory foods.
Clean your blender then strain the milk through the oats still in your strainer. Do this 3 times between the bowl and blender. It helps the milk become thicker. More or less doesn’t hurt. It just effects the thickness of your milk.
Add the milk into the blender and add the rest of the ingredients (not the oats! You can cook and eat those if you choose to at this point!). Pulse a few times to mix. You can also whisk in a bowl instead.
Store in a mason jar for up to 5 days. Make sure it is sealed tightly and shake well before use! Homemade milks like this tend to separate.
I like my oat milk in a cup of tea. Yum! You can used the leftover oats to make oatmeal cookies too! That’s what I have planned for later today.