In my previous post I had shared a recipe for almond milk. While it is very tasty, it is not suitable for people allergic to nuts. Oat milk is nut free.
Some of you had requested that I post a cheaper alternative to dairy milk that can be taken on daily basis. This is perfect. I like it but prefer cashew milk. Here is the thing. You either love oat milk or hate it.
It is a safe alternative for babies and children, I recommend that you use your discretion and make an informed opinion. Addition of sweeteners is not recommended for babies as it makes them develop a sweet tooth at a tender age.
Is oat milk gluten-free or not?
Originally oat was a weed that grew alongside wheat (or rye or barley). Now oats is grown by itself as a crop but it is often processed in the same facilities that process wheat or any other grains that contain gluten. This could contaminate oats with gluten. Bottom line is you have to decide for yourself. Check the information on the package. Most packages mention the nature of processing. If oats are grown by themselves and processed in a factory solely meant for oats, they would be gluten free.
My daughter is gluten intolerant but she has not shown any reaction to commercially available oats. I have used Champion oats, Quaker as well Bagrry.
Oats groats or quick cooking oats?
The whole grains, after hulling are called groats. Oats groats are sold after cutting the whole grain, roughly into two or three pieces. These cook slowly.
Rolled oats mean steamed groats that have been rolled into thin flakes. These are quick cooking. I use bagrry’s quick cooking white oats mostly, as I do not have access to any other variety.
Characteristics of oats milk
Raw oat milk is not slimy but on cooking it thickens and turns a little slimy.
Refrigerated oat milk will separate. It is a natural process and does not mean that the milk has gone bad. Shake well before use and you will be fine.
Ratio of water to oats
Everyone has a different ratio. Its your choice. I use about 2.5-3 cups of water to 1 cup of oats. Don’t be stringent with the ratio. I suggest making a thick milk the first time using less water. Taste, and dilute further till you like the consistency.
I use tap water as it is clean and potable. Use water that is fit for consumption.
I use glass bottles with screw tops to store non-dairy milks I make at home. This way I can shake without causing spillage, and I also know the amount of milk left.
Once made, refrigerate. I do not store any non-dairy milk for more than 3 days.
Recipe: Oat Milk | Non-dairy alternative
Allergen information: Soy free | Nut free | Gluten free | Dairy free | GFCF | Vegan
Soaking time – Overnight or 7-8 hours
Preparation time – 15-20 minutes
Rolled oats – 1 level cup
Water 3-4 cups
A pod of vanilla
A pinch of pink salt
Soak oats in enough water to cover it well and set aside with a lid on for about 7-8 hours or overnight.
Rinse soaked oats. Discard the soaking liquid. It is natural for it to be very slimy.
Blend drained oats with a cup of water till smooth. Strain through a cheese cloth. You can add the vanilla seeds later, after straining or add it to the blender with the drained oats. I add it later as I feel the precious vanilla seeds get wasted otherwise.
Repeat with the drained oats again adding half a cup of water. Strain and repeat once more. Stir in a pinch of pink salt or any other organic variety you use. Salt enhances the taste and flavour of oat milk and reduces its characteristic smell.
Bottle and refrigerate. Use it up in 2-3 days.
The best oat milk drink
The best sweetener is jaggery. Powder and add it to the required amount of oat milk and heat at medium flame. Keep stirring and do not let it thicken. The heating is only to ensure that the jaggery melts quickly. If it starts thickening put off fire and remove form heat. If you like it thick heat more.
This tastes like ‘vella payasam’. Vella payasam is a jaggery based coconut milk and rice porridge. Oats pairs best with jaggery. Sugar does not taste right to me, not even raw.
You can also have oat milk raw. Add date syrup to sweeten instead of jaggery.