homemade oat milk for your coffee
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For those who lover their plant based milks, you might wonder, is it worth making your own at home? Well, you don’t have to try to see if it’s worth your while, I’ve done it for you!

In this series on “Is It Worth Making Your Own” I try making my own foods that gained in popularity over the past couple of years. It used to be really worth making your own homemade products, but I discovered that sometimes it’s actually easier and cheaper to buy it.
 

We’ve already looked at nutty butter, tofu and some other things as well. But now, we’ll have a look at plant-based milk.

More particularly, we’ll be looking at Soy Milk and Oat Milk.
 

And of course, In the end I’ll be judging three categories:

  • Price
  • Taste
  • Time

To make sure that you get a good view on the worthability of making these milks at home.

how to make your own oat milk

Something everyone has at home: rolled oats. Therefore, you might assume that it’s amazing to make yourself at home. Well, let me be the judge of that. Let’s first start with the recipe to give you a good look at how to make it!

better than oatly making oat milk at home

Homemade oat milk

With just a couple of ingredients you make a big batch of oat milk. Of course, you can always lower the weight and amount of it if you need less. If you have a nutri bullet thingy, you can even make one portion at a time.

  • Prep Time 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time 10 Minutes
  • Total Time 40 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/100 g rolled oats
  • 3 cups/ 700 ml water
  • extra hot water to cover oats

Instructions

  1. Optional: If you want you can let your oats soak first. It's said that this takes away the slimey texture in the end. I've done both ways, with soaking and without, and saw no difference. So, it's up to you if you'd like them to soak for 30 minutes in warm water.
  2. Drain if you have soaked the oats.
  3. Put the water and the oats in a blender.
  4. Blend on high velocity for about 1 min 30.
  5. Sieve the milk, if you have, with a nut bag to make sure there's no residu of the oats in the milk.
  6. Save the milk for about three days in your fridge.

Notes

And this is the easy process of making your own oat milk!

You can add some more things if you’d like to add more flavor into your milk. You can add dates to make it sweeter, or you can add vanilla essence for a nice twist. I even added strawberries once to make a strawberry drink.

 

Is it worth making your own oat milk?

Overall I’d say yes, but let’s have a closer look at my previous criteria to see if it’s worth it for you personally!

Taste

rolled oats to make oat milk
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Alright, I’ve already mentioned that it’s worth making you own oat milk. But I do have to mention that this is not because of the taste.

The taste itself is quite blend. Especially if you don’t add dried dates or vanilla essence.

I made the huge mistake of making oat porridge with oat milk…

It was like I was eating plain oats. It was an overload of oat flavor.

However, if you want to make sauces like a white sauce, this is amazing. Because the flavor is so neutral, it’s really great to use in your cooking.

And this really wasn’t possible when using store-bought milk, even the unsweetened one.

And don’t forget, this is all natural, so there are no other preservatives or coloring added.

Price

Regarding the price, it’s absolutely worth it.

A package of rolled oats costs you more or less a euro. This package can make you up to 10 regular sized bottles of oats.

The price of oat milk at the store isn’t that expensive but it still costs you about a euro per carton of milk. So it’s a lot cheaper to make it at home.

Also, oat milk in general isn’t always gluten-free as often oats are made in production lines where they also process wheat.

With making your own oat milk you can easily buy some gluten-free oats to make your gluten-free milk.

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Time

This is gonna be really fast: can you go to the store and back to buy a packet of milk in 15 minutes?

If not, it might be worth making your own oat milk! Because that’s all it needs!

Conclusion

So, yeah, it is worth making your own oat milk. Although, if you are looking to add some extra flavor it might be good to assure that you add some extra things to it. If it’s just for cooking, this will do perfectly.

How To make your own soy milk

In my article on how to make tofu I’ve already explained how to make soy milk. So I’ll just copy and past it here for you to enjoy.

Homemade soy milk

Homemade Soy Milk

  • Prep Time 8 Hours
  • Cook Time