How to make homemade oat milk with just a two-ingredient base, that can be flavoured as a delicious dairy-free milk alternative! And, most importantly, how to make oat milk that isn’t slimy!
Unlike nut milks, it’s taken me quite a while to get oat milk ‘just right’, avoiding ‘slimy’-ness that it can tend to have. But, I’ve finally figured out how to make oat milk that isn’t slimy! Now I can whip up this two-ingredient dairy-free homemade oat milk whenever I want, easily flavour it as wanted and can even use gluten-free oats for a GF oat milk option.
Oat milk is one of my all-time favourite dairy-free milk recipes. It just tastes so incredibly creamy that I use it for anything and everything that I can. With cereal, in Smoothies, For overnight oats and porridge, in chia pudding. Or simply to drink, straight up! Plus, I love to flavour mine for a delicious ‘treat’.
However, if you’re wanting other dairy-free milk inspiration then feel free to check out my recipes for Coconut milk, Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, Rice milk & Hemp Milk. What can I say – I’m dairy-free obsessed!
How to make homemade oat milk:
The process for making delicious homemade oat milk is super simple. Written in the simplest way possible. It’s basically a mixture of 1/2 cup rolled oats to 4 cups filtered water ( and optionally some soaked cashews) , blended together and strained. Voila!
However, It’s worth noting that there is a little bit more to it than just that and oat milk can’t be treated the same way that we would prepare nut milks.
When soaking the oats, blending for 2 minutes and straining – you’ll find that you end up with a thick almost gelatinous ‘slimy’ mixture. This is because the blended oats absorb the liquid around them, much like porridge and overnight oats.
Instead, there are a few steps we can take to learn how to make oat milk that isn’t slimy! ( read all the tips below!)
Also, it’s worth noting that homemade oat milk is glorious to flavour. Just like I would with almond milk, the process of flavouring is super simple.
- For a simple sweetened version: Add 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup OR 2 Medjool dates. Optionally, add vanilla!
- Chocolate oat milk: Add 2 Medjool dates ( or a tbsp maple syrup) , 1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract & 1-2 Tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
- Strawberry: Add 2 pitted Medjool dates, 1 Tsp Vanilla extract & 1 Cup fresh strawberries.
- Coffee Oat Milk: To make a coffee flavoured oat milk, I simply create a sweetened version then add 1/2-1 cup black coffee in right at the end.
How to avoid slimy oat milk?
With a LOT of experimentation. And I mean a lot, I’ve finally got this recipe just right and have various tips to reduce the risk of getting slimy milk.
FYI – It’s worth noting that oats contain something called ‘phytic acid’ in them. In fact, all nuts, seeds, legumes, grains etc. contain it in various amounts. Phytic acid is what some people call an anti-nutrient though as it can impair mineral absorption ( specifically iron, zinc and calcium) of that meal.
While this rarely affects people with a balanced diet, it’s worth noting as one way to reduce its’ effects is by soaking the food item. This is one reason people like to soak their oats overnight, to reduce the phytate levels. However, soaked oats can also be responsible for creating a more ‘slimy’ homemade oat milk. So, is something I will tend to avoid. However, it should be noted for anyone who already has those mineral deficiencies – which can be an increased risk for those following a meat-free diet.
On the positive side, Phytic acid isn’t all bad though as it is an anti-oxidant with anti-cancerous properties!
So, here are my main tips to avoid slimy oat milk:
- Use dry oats. Pre-soaking them WILL make your milk slimy. I’ve tried various methods ( part soaked, part not etc); however, using 100% dry oats have always yielded the best results for me.
- Don’t over-blend! I’ve found that literally just 10 seconds is enough in my high-speed blender. Different blenders may have different results, but I suggest starting at 10 seconds and then increasing in 5-second increments if needed.
Note* It may be from using un-soaked oats, however I do find that the milk lacks some creamy-ness. To combat this, I’ve found that adding a small handful of soaked cashews to the blender creates lovely, rich and creamy milk that isn’t slimy.
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- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 4 cups filtered water
- Pinch of salt
- a handful of pre-soaked cashews (optional) this will result in creamy oat milk. I pre-soak mine overnight or you can just soak them for 30 minutes in hot water
- Add all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender and blend for only 10 SECONDS, since longer blending will result in slimy oat milk texture.
- Pass through a nut milk bag and use the leftover bits as breakfast cereal or you can store it in the freezer for baking later
- Never soak oats before making oat milk. Through a lot of experiments I find soaking always contributed a large extent to the slimy texture.
- This has subtle sweetness. If you want this to be sweetener you can add your favourite natural sweetener