I recently had a go at making my own oat milk due to having a case of it on order and not wanting to spend any more money than I had to at the shops. I thought to myself ‘How hard can it be?’ as I heard lots of people online say it was just 2 ingredients.
It is very simple. The hardest part was setting up the sieve/muslin cloth on a jug so I could leave it.
Even though it’s only 2 ingredients I do feel it’s best to make with a lot of kitchen equipment. I used a blender, a muslin cloth, a jug, a sieve (or funnel) but I have heard lots of people say they just use a bowl and a spoon to release the ‘milk’ from the oats.
If like me you’re used to a particular barista brand of oat milk then this won’t be quite the same, but it’s good to know if you are in an oat milk pickle you can rustle up something to keep your coffee tasting nice.
This makes about 400ml of oat milk. For this I used a 17p 2 litre bottle of filtered water from my local Tesco as I thought that would make it nicer, but tap water is fine. You don’t have to use these exact measurements, you can scale up or down but the key is to keep it one part oats to four parts water.
Add the water and oats into a blender jug and then blend for a good minute or two.
Set up a sieve and muslin cloth over a jug and pour the blender contents over, being careful not to spill or upset the sieve like I did on my first attempt. Whoops!
Leave it. You may have to come and poke it occasionally to get all the milk out but that’s about the hardest work you’ll have to do.
You will now have delicious oat milk!
But wait, that’s not all.
I’m a passionate believer in reducing food waste, and the oat pulp is not to be wasted.
Here are two things you can do with it.
I made this cake with all of the oat milk pulp, about 60g of sultanas, 50g sugar, 150g self-raising flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger and a bit of vitalite greasing the cake tin. This is just one idea, you could make flapjacks from the pulp, or any other cake treat.
The leftover milk pulp was placed in a jug, then I added 240g frozen cherries, 90g vegan chocolate protein powder and about 150ml almond milk and mixed it all together. I divided it into three containers and that’s been my breakfast this week, this dish also contains one of your five a day!
In this time of food shortages in the supermarkets and the need to avoid leaving the house too often these are little hacks to save some pennies and spend more time indoors doing nice things for all the family like baking and cooking.
Do you have any other suggestions for oat milk pulp?