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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 poured into a glass container.

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 xantham 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.

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.

Oats and water in a blender.

How To Make Oat Milk

In just 3 easy steps you’ll have delicious oat milk in no time:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Store the oat milk. Transfer the oat milk to a sealed container and store it in the fridge.

Making oat milk and straining it.

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.

Straining oat milk recipe.

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.

Testing homemade oat milk.

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.

Pouring a glass of oat milk.

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:

Pouring a glass of oat milk.
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How To Make Oat Milk (Non-Slimy + Tips!)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Learn how to make oat milk in a blender (not slimy) with just oats and water! Want to take it a step further? Add a digestive enzyme for the least slimy oat milk. Watch the video above!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 cups ice cold water

Optional

  • 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • 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.

Lisa's Tips

Nutrition

Calories: 19kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 18mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make oat milk, oat milk, oat milk recipe
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28 comments on “How To Make Oat Milk”

  1. Hi Lisa! I love all your recipes. I’m wondering if using a sieve would work to strain the milk. I just don’t want to spend the money on a nut milk bag if it won’t make a huge difference. (poor college student over here!!)

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Hello! Does regular Quaker old fashioned oats work with this?? Thank you!

    • Hi Emily – Those should be fine, only if you are not gluten-free. I have autoimmune diseases and can’t eat gluten, therefore I have to be careful as to what type of oats I buy!

  3. There are many digestive enzymes, or ingredients of these out there, from the looks of it. I don’t know anything about them. Which kind or type worked for you? Thank you.

  4. So excited to try this but have a question for the future. Do you think it could be modified to make a “creamer” for my coffee and tea. Perhaps lowering the amount of water? I really miss creamer and hate to think of all the junk in some I’ve seen in the market or if they are pretty good ingredient wise they seem to be very cost prohibitive ,

  5. This was so so quick and easy! I used about a half cup of ice cubes as part of the 4 cups of cold water and used my large nut milk bag. Very tasty (even without salt) and it has no additives or excess sugar like the boxed products. Thank you for the recipe!!
    By the way, my husband loves your your breakfast egg muffins and makes them himself!

    • Hi Donna – So glad this recipe turned out well for you! It’s always nice to know that homemade versions have no excess ingredients :)

  6. Really great tips, Lisa! I was wondering what is the best way to fortify nut- or plant-based milks you make at home? I’d like to sneak in some extra vitamin D and calcium if possible. Thanks!

    • Hi Christine – I personally don’t fortify my milks as I take a calcium and vitamin D supplement, but that would be a great question for your doctor or nutritionist. :)

  7. I adore oat milk but haven’t tried making it myself until now! Thanks for all the great tips. This must be the absolute cheapest way to enjoy ‘milk’! And I love that there are no tetra paks like when you buy it.

    • Hi Katherine – It’s nice to know homemade versions don’t have all those extra additives :) I’m glad you can enjoy it!

  8. We get through a lot of oat milk, so it has saved us so much money making it ourselves.

  9. This is just great. I love all the great tips. I’m going to make my own oat milk now.

  10. Hola Lisa… i luv cashew milk just like you. But lately its been hard for me to find it. So, saw your video and i happened to have all the ingridients… i just made this just as you explained it to the “T”
    Came out perfect! So excited… Thank you 🤗

  11. Love your recipe. It is a great alternative to regular milk. Plus, it is healthy! :)

  12. Made this with my daughter who has trouble with regular milk. We filtered twice with a nut milk bag and then one final pass through our Kone filter (which we also use for coffee – Chemex). Came out silky and delicious!

    • Hi Steve – So glad this recipe came out perfectly for you and your daughter! Definitely a recipe to keep on hand as a milk alternative :)

  13. Oh ! Lisa, j’adore vos vidéos. Bises

  14. Oh wow! Thank you for all the work you testing so many recipes of this to bring us the perfect one. Can’t wait to try making this oatmilk!