I wanted to try making oat milk/drink for quite a while. This easy recipe is perfect for everyone who wants to lower their food bill and reduce their waste.
Oats have many health benefits. They are a good source of fibre (beta-glucans), which is great for your gut and protein; those two nutrients are perfect for keeping our energy levels high for longer.
Oats also help lower high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
They are a great source of magnesium, vitamin B6 (for a healthy immune system and hormone balance) and iron which keeps our blood healthy.
One cup of 100 grams of oats can give us 5% of our daily calcium intake.
Other nutrients include Phosphorus, Thiamine (B1), Magnesium, Riboflavin (B2), Folic acid (B9), Pantothenic acid (B5), Copper, Manganese and Zinc.
This humble grain can be considered a superfood, and its flavour never disappoints.
Moreover, some oat milk brands add vegetable oils and other additives in the recipes, so the benefits of making it yourself far outweigh the shop-bought products.
Oat drink-easy recipe
I’m using organic jumbo oats for this recipe, but any other type of whole oats is also suitable.
Tools you will need
- A blender or food processor, or hand blender
- A muslin cloth to use for straining
- A glass bottle to store the oat drink
Ingredients (to make approximately 1 litre)
- Half a cup of whole oats (I use jumbo organic)
- 4 cups of water
- A pinch of salt
- A tsp of syrup or coconut sugar (optional)
Rinse the oats under cold tap water.
Add the oats and 2 cups of water to the blender. Let them soak for a few minutes. Add the salt, syrup and blend for half a minute.
Continue by adding two more cups of water and blend for half a minute (the total blending time should not exceed 1 minute). If you use rolled oats, the blending time should be half a minute.
Strain the liquid using a muslin. Transfer to the glass bottle and keep refrigerated.
It will last for 2 or 3 days in the fridge. Always shake well before use.
Enjoy this drink on its own, in your hot drinks, shakes or breakfast cereals.
The leftover oat pulp can be used to make cookies, added into smoothies. Alternatively, you can mix in the pulp of your discarded coffee beans and use it as a body scrub.
Top image, Pexels by Mike Jones.