For a while now I wanted to make some milk alternatives so I decided to start with oat milk. Mainly because I had oats in the cupboard. So, for the ingredients you start with
I just used standard oats from the local supermarket , but I have seen recipes using jumbo and steel cut oats, I’m not really sure if they would produce any different results.
To soak or not to soak
I then soaked my oats for 5 minutes. Some recipes call for a soak overnight and some not at all. I had seen recommendations that unless your using a high speed , powerful blender , they combine better when they have been soaked for a time. As I was using a stick blender and I am impatient I chose to soak for 5 minutes.
This is a matter of personal preference I have seen standard recipes use between 750ml to 950ml. The less water the more creamier it will be. I started off with 750ml and adjusted from there and ended up with roughly 850ml , I was happy with the consistency at 750ml I wanted more in volume so added more water.
You can keep the oat milk as is. I tried this and it’s pleasant enough. I did decide to sweeten with a tablespoon of maple syrup. You can use dates , this is one I wanted to try but realised I didn’t have any dates . I have also seen agave ,cocoa powder or fruit. All sound delicious and can’t wait to try these.
As mentioned I used a stick blender , but of course you can use any blender you have . I think the more powerful one you have perhaps the smoother you be able to get it ;However, saying that my stick blender did a great job.
There are so many different ways to get a great strain . Muslin, nut milk bag, strainer or as I used my French press . I honestly found this to be great because I blended in the French press and then plunged, it gave a great result . I may however try Muslin / cheesecloth next time to see the difference in results.
After straining I popped in a cleaned out pasata bottle and this will keep in the fridge for then next 5 days.
I made myself a lovely coffee with the milk and it tasted great , this will become a regular part of my routine I’m sure.
I am hoping to make this a regular feature on the blog called ‘Monday Makes’ . Let me know if you have any recommendations be it food, drink or anything that helps me be less plastic.
Thanks for reading
I adapted from this recipe on The Minimalist Baker.