How To Make Oat Milk
Oat milk is a delicious and creamy plant-based, dairy-free milk. All you need are oats, water, and a blender – it’s easy! But there’s one drawback, homemade oat milk is known to be a bit slimy. Watch the video below to see how to make non-slimy oat milk (with a secret trick!)
Oat Milk is a Dairy-Free Favorite
There are so many non-dairy milk options available nowadays, including almond milk, cashew milk (my personal favorite), hemp milk, and even homemade banana milk.
But oat milk has really taken the world by storm over the last couple of years and surged in popularity. You’ve probably seen it at your local market or favorite coffee shop. Which is no surprise given that this is one of the creamiest dairy-free milks with just the right amount of sweetness and perfect for those with nut sensitivities.
But when it comes to ingredients, commercial brands like Oatly undergo quite a bit of processing. Intensive heating may be used and there’s added oils or thickening agents such as xanthan gum, which help make it extra frothy with a longer shelf life. So if you want to avoid these additives, it’s time to whip up your own right at home.
Let me show you how to make oat milk with a few tips and tricks to create the perfect consistency.
What Type Of Oats Are Best For Oat Milk?
When it comes to choosing oats, rolled oats are your best option. Quick oats are too processed (which can create more slime) and steel cut oats are not processed enough. I describe the different types of oats on my oatmeal recipe.
But always make sure to buy certified organic, gluten free oats. Many commercial oats are processed in facilities that are contaminated by grains such as wheat, barley, or rye. And non-organic oats have been tested to have unsafe levels of glyphosate, an herbicide you definitely want to avoid.
How To Make Oat Milk
In just 3 easy steps you’ll have delicious oat milk in no time:
- Blend all the ingredients. Add the oats, water, and any additional sweeteners to a high powered blender. Then blend for 20-30 seconds (make sure not to over blend).
- Strain the mixture. Pour it through a nut milk bag or thin towel over a large mixing bowl or pitcher. You’ll want to double strain the mixture to make sure all the sediment is removed.
- Store the oat milk. Transfer the oat milk to a sealed container and store it in the fridge.
Oat Milk Recipe Video
There’s a little nuance to oat milk, so it really does help to watch a quick tutorial video. And in the video below I’ll share my tips and tricks. Give it a watch!
How To Avoid Slimy Oat Milk
The number one complaint of homemade oat milk is that it’s slimy. But you’re in luck. After testing more than 6 batches of oat milk, I have a few tips:
- Use ice cold water: heat can make the oats more starchy and gummy (just think what happens when you make oatmeal), so use ice cold water or swap a cup of water for ice cubes when blending.
- Don’t overblend: if you blend the ingredients too long they’ll start to warm, and you’ll run into the same problem I just mentioned above. Don’t blend for more than 30 seconds.
- Strain well: strain through a high-quality nut milk bag with a very tight weave. I hardly have any sediment in mine when I use this nut milk bag, but you could use dish towels as well. Just don’t use a strainer or cheesecloth as it’s not tightly woven enough.
- Don’t over squeeze: as you’re straining and squeezing the oat milk in the nut milk bag, be gentle. You don’t want to squeeze firmly like you do with almond milk as you’ll squeeze out more of the starchy compounds.
How to Make Oat Milk the Least Slimy
If you’d like to go a step further and make your oatmilk the least slimy possible, there’s one more trick: enzymes.
After reading how Oatly processes their milk with enzymes I decided to try the same concept with store-bought digestive enzymes. Here’s what I did:
- Added oats to a bowl and covered with an inch of water.
- Opened two capsules of digestive enzymes and stirred those in the bowl with oats and water, then let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Strained the mixture over the sink and rinsed it good with water from the faucet.
- Transferred the washed oats to the blender along with 4 cups of cold water.
- Blended the oats for 20-30 seconds.
- Strained the oat milk through a nut milk bag.
- Stored the oat milk in a sealed container in the fridge.
This was BY FAR the least slimy oat milk option. Why? It’s due to the amylase. Digestive enzymes are typically broad spectrum, with a variety of enzymes to break down many foods, including sugar (sucrase), fat (lipase), protein (protease) and carbs/starch (amylase).
It’s that last enzyme that’s most important to oat milk though. The amylase breaks down the oat starches and makes the oat milk non-slimy.
So then I got to thinking, is there a food with enough enzymes that could do the same thing? Well, there are many foods with natural enzymes, but keep in mind that they’d flavor the milk as well. I tried adding a banana in one batch and honey in another, which both contain natural enzymes. And most importantly, they wouldn’t make the milk taste gross, like if I were to add kimchi or sauerkraut.
Unfortunately, other than flavoring the oat milk, the banana and honey didn’t have much effect on the sliminess factor. But the effect of the digestive enzymes was quite dramatic. The only drawback was that this milk was not only less slimy, but also less creamy. It had a consistency more similar to skim milk. But some folks may prefer that.
If you’d like to experiment further in the kitchen with your oat milk, then give enzymes a try!
How To Store Oat Milk
After it’s blended and strained, pour the oat milk into an airtight jar such as these juice jars or mason jars. Then store it in the fridge for up to a week.
Note: without any stabilizers or emulsifiers the milk will separate in the fridge. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before drinking.
Ways To Use Oat Milk + Tips
Homemade oat milk works great in baked goods, smoothies or cold beverages. But it’s not the best option for hot beverages as it may thicken up and become slightly slimy again. Because it lacks fat (unlike nut milks), it doesn’t froth well either. I did try adding a little coconut oil, but it still didn’t froth well (in my opinion).
When adding a sweetener to your oat milk I recommend maple syrup rather than a date. Because the blend time is so short, a pitted date may not fully blend into the liquid.
What To Do with Leftover Oat Pulp
You can add the leftover oat pulp to cookies, granola or to any smoothie for a nutrient boost. You can also pamper your skin with the oat pulp and create a face mask or add it to a bath.
More Dairy-Free Milk Recipes
While homemade cashew milk is still my personal favorite, it’s always fun to try different options or make blends of these homemade milk recipes:
How To Make Oat Milk (Non-Slimy + Tips!)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 4 cups ice cold water
- 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Add oats, water, and any additional sweeteners to a high powered blender. Blend for 20-30 seconds. Make sure to not over-blend.
- Strain the oat milk mixture by pouring through a nut milk bag or thin towel over a large mixing bowl or pitcher. If you'd like, you can double strain the mixture to make sure all the sediment is removed.
- Transfer the oat milk to a sealed container and store in the fridge.
- This is my favorite nut-milk bag and the large glass measuring bowl I use (so helpful for pouring!).
Digestive enzyme capsules or tablets contain multiple enzymes that break down sugars & protein in addition to the amylase that converts starches to sugars. It is also cheaper to buy pure alpha amylase, sold to home brewers (check E-Bay, etc), that only turns the oat starches into maltose (which is less sweet than table sugar) but lease the protein alone.
There’s not reason to add amylase to ice cold water & cold oats, making it harder to penetrate to the starch, as well as taking at least an hour to work at that temperature.
Better to blend the mixture, let it warm to at least room temp & then add the enzyme. Better yet, heat it to body temperature, which is best for the enzyme….works literally in minutes. You can strain it cold, then do the above & strain a second time…or just leave all the straining until after the amylase does its work.. Having converted much of the starch to sugars, there will be less to plug up the nut bag’s pores.
Also, note that less, or no, sugar needs to be added if adding amylase, as you’re creating your own sugars! .
Your recipe is helpful, except for one thing: Why use “digestive enzyme” capsules, that contain a blend of enzymes that break down proteins & fats…as well as sugar (…which is then replaced with sugar in maple syrup)….when pure amylase, which only breaks down starch, is available online? in addition, the pure enzyme is cheap, because the sellers are not pandering to people who are willing to be ripped off for capsules filled mostly with fillers. I just paid $7.00 for an ounce and a half. That might not sound like much, but pure amylase is powerful stuff…1/10 to 1/3 of a teaspoon will treat a GALLON of milk. Ideal temperature is body temp. Time to work is just minutes, but leaving the mixture at that temp for an hour will certainly be enough. Note that, when the milk is heated to about 160 degress, the amylase is inactivated.
wonder how much creamier it’d be with only 1 enzyme capsule? I might have to try. Thanks!
I love developing healthy recipes too, and
just wanted you to check out ” Date syrup” if you would like to try it out instead of maple syrup, since you mentioned concerns about the blending time being so short, and whole pitted dates not fully blending into the liquid. It tastes wonderful! I actually always use it as my coffee sweeter with you guessed it … oat milk abd topped with roasted walnut/ pecan pieces! Oat milk and date syrup are a perfect match and it blends effortlessly.. tastes somewhat like dark Amber caramel but with more depth to it.
My coffee sounds somewhat like a pecan pie, don’t you think? It definitely tastes like one! But a much healthier version let me tell ya :)
Perhaps if you blended the dates and water first to break them down then add the oats and blend again before straining.
I haven’t even made this yet but your research and explanation is awesome, thank you. I also read all of the comments and you have great followers and says enough to me to try it! Thank you again for your efforts and time.
Of course! I always want to make sure I provide as many tips and information as possible, especially when it comes to recipes like this. Hope you enjoy this homemade oat milk!
Such an amazing recipe. I make oat milk now for my toddler who has decided meat and cows milk aren’t for him! We’d tried a lot of alternatives before buying store bought oat milk. But then I thought, surely I could make this at home. And my research led me to a lot of options, but this was the best for our house! I add coconut, a bit of honey, and 2 dates for sweetness! Seriously, thanks for this recipe 🖤
For the nutrition facts is that per cup?
Yes, the nutritional information will always be per serving!
Tasty and easy. The cheese cloth I used was perhaps too fine and the straining took a long time. I am too cheep to buy a special nut bag. I will try again with a different cloth
Hello! Lovely recipe you have here, thanks for sharing! What a wonderful and easy alternative to store bought oat milk. I was wondering how long it keeps in the fridge? Thank you :)
This will last for about one week in the fridge!
I wanted to note for the Least Slimy option: Using the enzymes causes the oats to break down into simple sugars (like maltose). So while the ingredients in the recipe may start out with one gram of sugar, the “Least Slimy” recipe process likely causes more natural sugars to form in the final product. I’m trying to avoid all sugar early in the morning, so I’m going to try no maple sugar and no enzymes.
Thanks for the simple recipe and tips, works great. To keep it simple we just did rolled oats and water, perfect for smoothies and coffee, really didn’t notice any slime. Question, can you double the recipe if we have an 8 cup blender jar?
Yes, I think you can double the recipe for your specific blender. As long as it won’t overflow :)
tastes more like oat water than milk
It’s not going to be as creamy as the store-bought version, but it’s still a great homemade alternative!
I had the same problem doing DIY rice milk. I would presume the problem in that case was the kind of rice I used. The cheapest, “dime store” “food bank gives this kind out” white rice. It tastes like liquid rice. Probably OK for making my non-milk-protein-shake things as I’m trying to “diet” with those, but I’m going to try to find some source of Soybeans and do that myself.
I have discovered the solution for slimy oat milk that requires no extra ingredients. Oat milk is slimy because there is starch in the oats. Starch is not soluble in water, it absorbs the water and makes the slimy texture. Starch is a chain of sugar molecules, but if you break those chains into smaller chains they are soluble in water. This is called dextrin. So if you can convert the starch into dextrin you will not have slimy oat milk. The way you do this is to bake the oats at 275 for 60 minutes. I first ground the oats to flour which makes smoother and creamer oat milk, and then bake them. The resulting milk has a tan color, as that is the color of dextrin, but it is not at all slimy. One issue with the enzymes is that they are a catalyst which means they are not used up in the process, Thought it may not be too much of a problem for your digestion, you are ingesting the enzymes along with the milk. Plus, it’s just another ingredient that is not needed.
Thanks for this great information Sean!
Which speed on the blender should I use to blend the oats?
It should be on high.
Thanks for the tip, I’m trying it right now
What quantity of oats did you use? What do you bake the dry oats in or on in the oven?
Thank you so much. I have been searching for a recipe of just rolled oats and filtered water and almost spent a lot of money on a plant based milk maker.
Can I use 2 cups oatmeal to 4 cups ice cold water and process as usual? What would happen?
Wooo! So I have had about a 5 gallon bucket of GF oats for awhile and I didn’t have any idea what to do with them…i love oatmeal but it gets boring. That’s when I found this!! I have been making homemade masala chai and oat milk is the best paired with it (and it’s also really expensive at Starbucks!) I love chai lattes more than oatmeal 🤣. I also made this a little different – i heated my soaking water to 96° added 1/2 tsp of straight amalayse (from Amazon) and only soaked for 5 minutes! Then rinsed and made this delicious oat milk with cold distilled water. It’s Soo good! I used a tsp of vanilla and a simple syrup! Thank you!
Update! I like that idea Sean, I’m going to try it! I also did try to make it thicker by adding only one half cup per recipe, but I ended up doubling it for my needs. I had a lot more sediment and the amalayse could have made it go sour faster. I ended up getting rid of a little bit that I had left in my gallon container. In my case using more oats to make it thicker did not work! Happy milk making!!
I could not make it without being slimy even by using water from the fridge!
So I put one cup of the water in the freezer and added as ice which kept it cold whilst blending and this did the trick. It was just getting too hot.
Very happy to be able to make my own milk.
Thank you infinitely! Hare Krishna God Bless! :) ( I’m sorry I forgot to rate! )
I made it and tried it after filtering it once, then tasted it again after filtering a second time. It does taste better after filtering it twice. It’s a very simple recipe to make and it tastes great. I will use this recipe again.
Hey thanks for this recipe it’s quite helpful, only thing, how many calories are in one cup since the serving size isn’t specified here?
This recipe makes about 2.5 cups, and each serving is about 1/3 cup.
I have not tried this yet, as I don’t have a blender. Do you think a food processor would do the trick? Or an immersion blender- in a small batch?