In this article is an open invitation for you to learn exactly what the title says : Let’s make our own oat milk at home!. Enough with preservatives and sweeteners! Enough with the Tetra Pak packaging!
With this easy and cheap recipe that will accompany your coffee in the morning, or your porridge at noon, you will have control over what you put in your body and you will save money too! Plus, you won’t even create a piece of trash! Cool, huh? Hitting…three birds with one stone.
The backstory :
I started making my own oat milk at home because it’s nothing but beneficial. First of all, oats are very cheap (half a kilo of organic oats costs a little over 1 euro) and with a tiny amount you can make a LOT of milk. As if that wasn’t enough, by making your own milk, you also do a good deed for your body by avoiding preservatives and sweeteners, that are not unlikely to be found in convertional plant milk. Plus, you can throw a little dance party while making it!
If you have been a friend of A Shiny Day for a while, I’m sure you already know that one of the reflexes I’ve acquired ever since I started living a zero waste life is : to passionately avoid anything single-use/disposable I can possibly avoid.
About Tetra Pak packaging :
In our case, the “enemy” has a form and name and it’s simple : Tetra Pak packages in which plant-based milk is sold. I recently learned that in Greece Tetra Pak packaging can’t be recycled. Tetra Pak packages are made of plastic, metal and paper, glued together. So glued together (!) that there is no know-how on seperating these substances by Greek recycling centers, and just like that…they are not recycled. Upon learning this, I immediately made the decision and said to myself “Why not make my own milk, since it’s so easy and eco-friendly?”. And so I did.
The routine of making plant-based milk :
Every week, usually on the weekends, we prepare the milk for the rest of the week. Lately, we’ve been switching between almond milk and oat milk. After making them, we pour them in glass bottles and store them in the fridge. We use them in a lot of our recipes, some of which I will share with you below.
Zero waste oat milk :
It’s true. To make your own oat milk, you don’t have to make even a single piece of garbage. This is how :
- Grab your fabric pouch and visit a local store and buy Greek organic oats, in bulk!
- When you get back home, transfer the oats to a glass jar.
- Make the milk.
- Store it in a glass bottle.
- Use it in your recipes.
Trash=0, thank you very much.
Making our own oat milk at home :
- 7 tablespoons of Greek organic oat flakes
- 1 liter of water
- A glass bottle
- A cloth pouch or a clean kitchen towel made of cotton
- Add the oats and water in a bowl/ jar/ bottle and let them soak overnight.
- The next morning, mix the water with the oats using a blender. Make sure that the oats are mixed well enough to achieve a homogeneous mixture, as far as possible.
- Using a cloth pouch or towel, strain the milk from the blender into another container. It can be a bowl or the glass bottle you will use to store it. In this case, however, you will also need a funnel.
- Pour the milk in the glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.
- What to do with the oats left over in the pouch or towel? You can use them in oatmeal, or even make some delicious energy snacks (e.g. energy balls)
When mixing the water and the oats in the blender, you can add a little bit of agave syrup or vanilla to make it sweeter. I personally leave it as is, so I can use it in savory meals.
But does it taste good?
Oat milk has a mild taste. That’s why it’s perfect for recipes in which will be cooked (like porridge). For our drinks, we prefer almond milk. That’s why we make both every week.
Homemade Oat Milk : Recipes
- Savory cauliflower porridge (vegan)
- Fluffy vegan chocolate carob cookies
- Vegan carob pancakes with edible flowers
- Raspberry and flaxseed smoothie
- Chia Pudding: An invigorating breakfast from the night before
- Vegan banana oatmeal
So, what do you think? Will you try to make your own homemade milk so that you can enjoy it anytime, with any given opportunity?
See you soon,