I've been seeing oat milk everywhere lately but at $3.49 for a half gallon I decided to try out making it for myself, and I'm sure glad I did! It is simple and quick to make.
First take 1 cup of oatmeal and cover with water. Let soak for at least half an hour. All grains contain phytic acid which can inhibit the proper absorption of minerals link zinc and iron. Soaking helps remove that acid making the nutrients more digestible.
After soaking discard, the water and rinse well. Add the soaked and rinsed oats to a blender.
Next add 3-4 cups of filtered water, 1-2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
Lastly strain out the pulp using a fine mesh cheese cloth or a nut milk bag. I tried the bag and I would highly recommend. They are easy to use and wash up so you can use again and again. And don't forget, the pulp is perfectly good to eat or use in other recipes.
Now I'm hooked! We're going to try walnuts and almonds next. You can use basically the same recipe, just soak the nuts overnight. Making these 'milks' at home saves money, reduces packaging waste, and I can control what goes into it (no emulsifiers or preservatives). So try it out and send me a message, I would love to know how it turns out!