Nowadays, coffee lovers are becoming more aware of what additives they’re incorporating into their morning cup of Joe. This includes finding alternatives to dairy products, like milk and creamers. We’ve been seeing oat milk as a coffee additive on the rise. And to our vegan friends out there, this is an option for you!
Oat Milk is among the few plant-based kinds of milk that is jam packed with loads of nutrients, including vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Among the others, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and soy milk, homemade oat milk is by far the most nutritious. This is because it has a unique alkaline creaminess to it, which gives it its rich taste.
Ready to learn how to make oat milk at home? Let’s dive into it!
Health Benefits Of Oat Milk
This nutritious milk is particularly favored by people who suffer from specific allergies such as lactose, soy, or nuts. Besides that, it is a credible source of B vitamins that are essential to the human body. These vitamins are vital in the regulating of moods, reducing stress, and promoting the growth of healthy hair, nails, and skin, just like your biotin supplements. A glass a day of this milk will have you in a good mood, flaunting your fabulous hair and glowing skin!
The beta-glucans, found in the oats, help in the lowering of blood cholesterol in our systems. Beta-glucans are a type of soluble fiber that offer heart- health benefits. They actively bind with the cholesterol to form a gel in the digestive tract reducing their absorption into the body. This reduces your chances of getting a heart attack due to the blockage of your arteries.
Oat milk is also a great source of both calcium and vitamin D. Both nutrients go a long way into bettering your bone health. Bones are primarily a chunk of calcium. Therefore, the lack of it causes them to become grow hollow and more prone to fractures and breakages. Vitamin D, on the other hand, carries out the duty of incorporating the calcium into the bone itself. They work as a team, hand in hand. And if one is missing, the other suffers.
Well, after discussing the composition and the health benefits Oat milk has to offer; next, we shall get into the step by step guide as to how you can make your batch in the comfort of your home.
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Ingredients and Materials Needed for Oat Milk
First, you need at least a cup of Oats. The oats you chose to use will determine the outcome of the final product. Such that if you wish to make non-gluten milk, be sure to select gluten-free oats like these ones here from Quaker. You may get the whole uncut kind, and the least processed, also known as oat groats too. The second option is the steel-cut oats, which have been cut to appear like rice. They are the type that take the longest to cook and present a chewy texture feel when eaten. They are also known as Irish or Scottish Oats. Lastly, there is the rolled kind that looks like irregularly shaped flat disks. They are known to cook faster than the steel-cut type and are mostly used for baking and in the making of granola bars. Anyone have a favorite granola bar by you’d recommend?
Secondly, you will need at least three cups of purified water and a little extra for soaking the oats. Grab yourself a Brita filter to ensure your water is purified to the max.
You will also need a pinch of sea salt and optional choices of spices and sweeteners. You may use dates or honey as the sweeteners and cinnamon (our favorite) or nutmeg as your spice choice. You may also include an eighth of a teaspoon of vanilla extract to boost the taste of your oat milk. The selection of spices and sweeteners entirely depends on your taste though, so feel free to experiment!
The materials you require are a blender, a cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag as the filter, and finally an air-tight jar for the storage of your final product.
To take a look at some additional substitutes to your creamer, here’s our list of alternatives you can try!
How to Make Oat Milk
For best results, you first need to soak the oats in water, preferably for a day, before straining. What this does is soften the oat grains and further removes the phytic acid, which inhibits digestion.
After the soaking is complete, drain the water and rinse the oats properly. Be sure to do a proper rinse to get rid of the gooey residue of the oats. Dispose of this water and keep the pulp.
Next, you put the remaining oats into the blender, add the three cups of water, the sea salt, the spices, as well as the sweeteners and blend for about a minute or two.
Next, strain the blended mixture using the cheesecloth, or the nut milk bag, into a separate container. And there you have it, your own Oat milk!
Do not dispose of the pulp that remains on the filter as these may still be used to make delicious smoothies or other oatmeal treats.
The collected oat milk is then stored in the air-tight jar and is refrigerated. The oat milk is advised to be used within three to five days; otherwise, it will go stale. And whenever you want to pour yourself a glass, shake well before pouring it into the glass.
We really have enjoyed learning about to make this simple, yet tasty, replacement for our coffee creamer! Read on here, to find out why we totally rid cream and sugar from our cup of coffee.
Doing More with Oat Milk
The process of making your batch is quite easy and doesn’t take up a lot of time. Additionally, the materials and ingredients used are easy to find and are readily available at low prices. This will have you saving quite a bit contrary as to what you would have spent purchasing the processed ones.
The shelf life of your homemade type may be a bit short, as compared to the store-bought. But this is because the bought kind has preservatives and additives to add on its shelf life. The home-made oat milk is by far, the healthier choice! And that is why you are urged to make the milk in small batches that you can consume within a week or so.
The taste of the bought kind may also be a bit different, but that is because of the type of ingredients and flavorings they have used to fortify it. But don’t fret, you have the freedom to experiment with whatever spice, flavor, or sweetener to create your unique blend. Don’t be shy, have fun with it!
So that is how to make oat milk at home! Does oat milk sound like something that will spruce up your cup of coffee? We are very excited to try it! If you have the chance to try whipping up your own home-made oat milk, leave us a comment below! We would love to compare notes!
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