This is the easiest of easy homemade non-dairy milk recipes. To make oat milk, the only equipment you need is a blender and a nut milk bag. Unlike nuts, oats require very little soaking, so you can make a batch in nearly no time. And if you, like me, lack a fancy-pants blender, you’ll still be able to have creamy, delicious non-dairy milk without a trip to the grocery store.
Simple Vanilla Oat Milk [Vegan]
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Seeds scraped from half a vanilla bean
- Add the dry oats to the blender and pulse for 20-30 seconds, or until they’re in small pieces.
- Add the water and let soak for about 10 minutes, giving the oats a stir now and then if you think of it.
- Blend for 2-3 minutes, or until you don’t see any pieces. (Give your blender a little rest in between minutes if it’s not particularly strong.)
- Place a nut milk bag over a large measuring bowl or mason jar and pour the oat milk through the bag. Use your hands to gently squeeze out the milk, but most of it should strain very quickly. Set the bag aside.
- Pour the milk back into the blender and add the maple syrup and vanilla. Blend for 10-15 seconds, pour back into jar, and refrigerate. Oat milk will last about a week in your fridge.
You can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans if you don’t have them or don’t want the visual effect of the seeds in your milk; I just didn’t want to add alcohol to mine.