A few years ago it became clear I was dairy intolerant. I’d eat ice-cream, cheese and cakes smothered in buttercream, and get a bad stomach – but it wouldn’t cross my mind that I should stop, or that something was wrong. Just kept shoving it in like a genius! So I started drinking oat milk instead of cow’s milk as that is a really easy change.
I used to like the brand Oatly, which costs around £1.50 – £2 a litre, but with this “recipe'” (it’s pretty funny calling it a recipe because it’s two ingredients, but really, is water actually an ingredient?), you can make pretty much a litre for 15p.
Honestly, if you buy and drink cow milk alternatives, this is going to save you a fortune.
Oh, takes two minutes without a blender and seconds if you have one.
What do you need to make oat milk?
Right, you ready for complicated?
- 1 cup of rolled oats (you know the cheap type, where 1KG is about £1
- 4 cups of water
- If you want it sweetened, shove something a bit sweet in it to taste. Sugar works!
I know ‘cups’ is a really American term, so use whatever really. As long as there’s a 1 to 4 ratio, it’s going to taste nice.
- In an ideal world, you’ll have a blender
- If not, a bowl and something to bash the oats with. I used a meat tenderiser but literally anything heavy and long will do!
- Something to strain the milk from the oats – so muslin cloth is best because you can really squeeze it out but a sieve works too.
How to make oat milk at home
If you have a blender, just stick all the ingredients in there and blitz, but I’m not fancy – so I have to do it the old fashioned way.
- Get your oats, put one cup in a bowl and then add 4 cups of water
- Bash it about a bit with something. You want to break up the oats.
- Then get a jug, put muslin over the top and pour in the oat milk.
- Voila! You have oat milk.
If you have any ideas to use up the old oats (shove in a smoothie?), let me know. I hate waste.
How much does oat milk cost to make at home?
I made my boyfriend do the maths for this because this is a very serious blog and if you leave maths up to me, I’ll just make up a number and hope you never check!
Anyway, he measured how much a cup of oats weighs, and long story short, the 1kg bag of rolled oats we had cost £1, and the cup was 15ps worth.
So that’s it really. It doesn’t get cheaper or easier than this. Let me know if you try it out.
UPDATE: Someone in my Twitter mentions has made a good point. If you are drinking oat milk as part of a vegan lifestyle, be wary that the stuff in shops might be fortified with the vitamin B12. Just worth noting so you can replace it elsewhere.
I don’t do recipes often, but if you want the recipe to my favourite cake of all time – check it out.