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Those of us who avoid dairy milk, by choice or necessity, we are fortunate to live in a time when multiple delicious and healthy milk alternatives are easy to make. Like many plant “milks”, oat milk is cholesterol and lactose free. It is usually tolerated by people with multiple allergies, so no matter what allergies you might suffer from, there are options. Though if gluten is a problem for you be sure to use certified gluten-free oats for this recipe.
I was just at the store the other day and I came across half an isle of nothing but dairy-free milk alternatives. I was dumbfounded to a degree. I never purchase these milks so I didn’t have a full grasp on how many were out there. Almond milk, hemp milk, soy milk, rice milk, quinoa milk, coconut milk… far too many to remember. I marveled at the all the options until I started reading the ingredient lists. But… the cool thing is that we can make all of these “milks” in our own home, and avoid unnatural additives. Not to mention that we can tailor them to our very own liking when it comes to the pleasing of taste buds. Oat milks found in the stores are very thin in texture, you can control this by adding more or less water to your oat milk.
Oat milk has a distinctive, oaty / nutty flavor. I feel safe in saying that if you enjoy oatmeal, you will enjoy oat milk. A plain bowl of oatmeal can taste rather bland and boring. (yawn). That is why the Internet is laden with hundreds of ways to dress up a bowl of oats. Well, the same can be said and done about oat milk. Plain, unsweetened or unflavored oat milk is … well… plain and boring. Add a splash of your favorite sweetener, a dash of cinnamon or cardamom, or how about some vanilla? Add a banana for a creamy smooth texture… There are simply too many variables to list.
After making oat milk, you will be left with some oat pulp in the nut bag… this is perfect for making Oat Flour, click (here) to learn how. It is so easy, I promise. :)