I didn’t want to call this oat milk because I don’t really think of this as milk, though it does have a milky consistency and is great as a base for smoothies. I came up with this after reading how other people make their own homemade nut milk as well as oat milk, so it’s not like I invented the wheel or anything with this. But the first time you make this and see the magic happen, your world will change! Honestly, it takes longer to write the recipe than it does to make it.
The recipe I originally found to make this called for adding vanilla extract, which you can do. I add a dropper of liquid stevia instead. The good news is I don’t have to buy those endless boxes of almond milk or soy milk at the store anymore. And the better news is it takes less than 5 minutes to make this.
Homemade Oat Cream
1 cup rolled oats, cooked in 2 cups of water in microwave for 1 minute (just enough to soften)
2 cups of water (this is in addition to the cooking water listed above for the oats)
Take the microwaved oatmeal and put in your blender with additional 2 cups of water. Blend.
Strain into a dish, then pour the cream mixture back into blender. You may want to strain a few times to get all oat residue out of the cream. Add a dropper of stevia and blend one more time.
Chill in fridge.
Add to smoothies or whatever recipes call for nondairy milk. (You can leave stevia out if you want unsweetened version). Maybe try it as your next hot cocoa base?
Be creative! Other flavor additives you could use include a sprinkle of cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice or even maple syrup with a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa for a chocolate version. If you are worried about gluten, you can use gluten-free rolled oats.