Now that I’ve come out as an accidental hipster, I feel like I don’t need to hide my ways any more. I’ve started making my own oat milk and I’m going to show you how to make your own oat milk too! (I know, I’m an intolerable hipster but normal milk hurts my tummy and soya milk is full or oestrogen.)
It’s incredibly quick and easy to make and it doesn’t take a minute. I soak my oats overnight but I don’t think it’s essential.
The general consensus is, it’s 1 part oats to 3 parts water. My milk bottle holds 1 litre and since I’m not very scientific I decided to use my measuring jug for the oats and went for the 1/4 of a litre mark.
Then I added it to my blendy-cup along with 750ml of water and left it to soak in the fridge overnight.
After that, it’s just a case of blending, straining and adding to your hipster milk bottle (I got mine from Lakeland because I was briefly feeling posh but I’m sure there’s cheaper alternatives out there).
This probably seems ever so slightly mental, but you can use the pulp as a soothing face mask if you don’t want to eat it. Oats are known to reduce inflammation, itchiness and redness. They also help your skin retain moisture. This is why oatmeal baths get recommended for chicken pox or skin conditions such as eczema. Spread a thick later on your skin (you might want to lie down so it doesn’t slop off) leave for 5 mins then wash off with damp cotton wool or tissue. Don’t let it clog your drain. Then rinse your face with water and gently pat dry.
The process is really easy and you’re left with about a litre of oat milk, which lasts our household a couple of days. I’m not sure on how long it can be stored but I’d suggest not longer than 3 days. Remember to shake before every use, otherwise you end up with an oaty sediment on the bottom.
Sweetening your oat milk
Oat milk can be a little bland, or occasionally bitter. I don’t sweeten mine because it ends up in tea or on cereal , so I don’t think it needs it. Some recipes suggest adding a liquid sweetener, or a little honey or vanilla extract. It’s really up to you, I don’t bother!
Enjoy your dairy-free, soy-free milk-type drink! (Hint: it’s great for vegan baking!)