Oat milk is super easy to make, extremely cheap and can replace dairy milk in pretty much any cooking. We use it in cakes, muffins, currys, noochy "cheese" sauce, everything and anything cooked! We dont use oat milk in coffee (because we prefer black coffee... mmmmm) but you could try!
We originally decided to try oat milk because as our family was going more and more zero-waste, glass bottled dairy milk was too expensive for us to use in bulk amounts (ie baking & cooking), so oat milk - at about 20c (NZD) per litre - was the perfect solution! We have since absorbed a heck of a lot of information regarding dairy and have chosen to stop buying it at all, and have found heaps of simple and cheap ways to replace dairy milk, cheese and cream, which we will be blogging about in the near future so you can try out our simple & lazy-friendly ways to reduce dairy and waste easily in New Zealand (or anywhere!)
Pop about a handful of oats, and about a litre of water in a blender. I'm very much a 'she'll be 'right' kinda baker/maker, so I dont bother measuring. (feel free to measure if you want!) At this point you could also add sweeteners such as a couple of prunes or a teaspoon of maple syrup, we only do this if we are using the milk for anything other than baking.
Pour the milk through your bag straight into the jug
Squeeze the bag as you slowly pull it out of the jug so you get every last drop of the oaty-milk-goodness
And as easy as that, you have milk!
Clean up is a breeze, just flip the bag inside out, keep the remaining oats to make delicious bliss balls, and rinse the bag.
Tip number one
For a creamier milk, soak the oats for about half an hour before
Tip number two
Keep your oat milk in the fridge. If it seperates (it will do after sitting for a day or so) just give it a stir. Sometimes I'll pour the milk into a glass bottle with a lid, so I can easily give it a shake before using. The easier the better!
Let me know how you get on in the comments section! And feel free to ask any questions :)
The Zephyr Co