How to Make Oat Milk

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Oat milk is an easy dairy-free milk that you can make at home in just minutes. I love that it’s nut-free, low in fat, and cheaper than store-bought versions!

oat milk poured into glass

Tips for Non-Slimy Oat Milk

The biggest challenge I’ve found when making oat milk at home is that sometimes it can come out with a “slimy” texture, for lack of a better word. There are a few things I’ve found that help you avoid the slimy outcome.

  • Don’t over-blend the oat milk. If you have a powerful blender, like the Vitamix, I wouldn’t blend this for longer than 30 seconds.
  • Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the milk. I usually use a nut milk bag for making almond milk, but squeezing oat milk through a nut milk bag makes it more slimy than using a fine mesh strainer or seive. You may want to strain the milk twice through your strainer if desired, but avoid pressing the oats in the strainer, as any sort of “squeezing” action seems to produce more slime.
  • Don’t heat it up. You know how oatmeal thickens when you cook it? So does oat milk. I recommend using oat milk for cold recipes, such as over cereals, in smoothies, or in iced coffee drinks for best results. (See my note on coffee below for a hot option.)
  • Don’t soak rolled oats ahead of time. I know many oat milk recipes call for soaking the oats ahead of time, to help wash off the “slime,” but I found that soaking the oats actually produces a more-slimy result than just using the dry oats right away. This also makes the process faster, so it’s a win-win.

oat milk ingredients on marble board

Oat Benefits

How healthy is oat milk? Considering that 65% of adults have difficulty digesting lactose (which is found in cow’s milk), oat milk is a great dairy-free alternative. In addition, oats contain several important vitamins and minerals.

Here’s why you’ll love them:

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they can be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing. If you need a gluten-free milk, make sure you buy oats that say “certified gluten-free” on the package.

How to Make It

Making homemade oat milk is just about as easy as it gets. You don’t have to soak the oats ahead of time, so it literally takes minutes to prepare.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Blend. Combine everything in the blender and blend briefly. If you have a high-speed blender, only blend for 30 seconds, so the oat milk won’t heat up and become slimy.
  2. Strain. Pour the milk through a fine mesh strainer. Do not use a nut milk bag, and do not press the milk through the strainer. You want to squeeze it as little as possible, to reduce the slime-factor.
  3. Strain again. For a super-smooth milk, rinse the pulp out of the strainer, and then pour the strained milk through again, to catch any extra debris. This is optional, but it does improve the texture.
  4. Enjoy! You can use the oat milk right away, or let it chill in the fridge for up to 4 days. This milk is best served cold, as it will thicken when heated.

I’ve tested this recipe using rolled oats and steel cut oats, and I prefer using rolled oats for best results. Steel cut oats need to be blended a little longer, or soaked ahead of time, to get similar results, so keep that in mind.

oat milk poured through strainer

Can You Use it In Coffee?

Oat milk will thicken up when heated, just like it does when you make oatmeal, so the recipe below is not ideal for making lattes. You can add it cold to coffee, like a creamer, but it will not create a foam the way homemade almond milk does.

I’ve even tried adding oil to this recipe, the way store-bought “barista” milks do, but it still doesn’t foam the way my almond milk coffee creamer does. (It will also take on the flavor of whatever you add, so keep that in mind!)

For a warm drink, I imagine you might be able to add extra liquid to help thin it out? It’s something to experiment with, as I haven’t quite figured it out yet!

oat milk froth on a spoon

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Need more dairy-free milk ideas? Try one of these!

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How to Make Oat Milk

Here's how to make Oat Milk at home, using just 4 ingredients. This dairy-free milk can be used for coffee, cereal, and smoothies. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine vegan
Keyword oat milk
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 53kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Add the water, oats, maple syrup (if using) and salt to a high-speed blender and blend briefly, about 20 to 30 seconds, until the mixture looks creamy. Do NOT over-blend, as this will make the consistency more slimy.
    oat milk ingredients in blender
  • Pour the blended mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, and tap the sides of the strainer to make sure the liquid strains through. (Don't use a spoon to press the pulp into the sides of the strainer, or the resulting milk will be slimy. This is also why you also don't want to use a nut milk bag for straining.)
    straining oat milk in mesh strainer
  • For an extra-smooth milk, rinse off the strainer and then pour the milk through it a second time. This will strain out any extra debris for an super-smooth milk.
  • Use the milk right away, or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
    finished oat milk poured into glasses

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Notes

Nutrition information is for roughly a 3/4 cup serving. This information is just an estimate and not a guarantee.
Oat milk is best served cold, as it will thicken up when heated. Separation is normal when you store oat milk. You can shake it to reincorporate the settled sediment, or just pour from the top for a super-smooth milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

 

If you try this homemade oat milk recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know how it turns out for you! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too. We can all benefit from your experience.

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Comments

Diana Brown

So the water i used was cold and the coconut oil formed lumps when straining. Make sure the water is room temperature when you blend it. Not sure if it will lump up in the fridge, perhaps a different oil would be better.

Tahira Akhtar

Oh I wanted to make oat milk to add to my porridge, would this still work? I guess I am not allowed to heat it up though

Carol.

I have read on other sites to soak the oats but drain & rinse like you said with steel cut, wondered if you had tried that method? Or did you find they still were more likely to be slimy? Interesting that compared to nut butters esp. almond which are suppose to be thinner than store bought (they add thickening agents) that HM oat milk is thicker & creamier than store bought! Will have to give it a try. Thanks.

Larissa Parrello

Oh my gosh! You’ve saved me! For so long I have wanted to love homemade oat milk but always found when I made it (using the soaking method) that minimal to no flavour came out in the final product and it was like drinking water. This is the first time I’ve made oat milk and loved it, and it’s even less work than other methods. it’s also great with black tea. I’m stoked. Thank you again!

Kayla

This is great! I was trying to emulate the Elmhurst brand because it is smooth, steamable and only 3 ingredients (so they say). I found this was very similar – I was able to steam and get foam (with an added tsp of coconut oil- woo!!).

(Note on steamed milk: there was some natural separation in my oat milk and espresso – tho, stirring it in between long sits will solve this issue- lol ;)) I could not get the milk to aerate like store-bought oat milk – but the results this recipe yielded was better than most online recipes AND easier.)

Jen

Straining the oats is nearly impossible!
Everything Ive tried immediately clogs and the liquids stop moving through. any tips? thanks!

Angie

Thank you this is wonderful. Just wondering if adding the coconut oil, at which point do you do this? Before blending, after blending or before frothing milk for coffee only?

Debbie

i love your website! Is oat milk fattening because it is a carb/grain?

Jess Hearn

Oatly use an enzyme processimg to break down the starches to prevent slime

https://www.jeffnobbs.com/posts/is-oatly-healthy#comments

Wanchai khongsong

Why after 2 or 3 hours oat milk is separated into two layers, the top layer is water the bottom is oat. How to solve this problem ?

    Megan Gilmore

    Most homemade non-dairy milks will separate. Just shake it before using it again!

Paul McElhoney

I have tried at least half a dozen different recipes but yours is by far the best…. you have explained ‘why’ you add each ingredient, which I feel is important. So, thank you!

Yvette

I modified the recipe using steel cut (soaked overnight) with date syrup and a bit of vanilla extract instead of maple syrup. It came out pretty tasty!

Lynette M

What speed do you use on a vitamix?

    Megan Gilmore

    I always start low then turn it to high. It’s only on high for 20 seconds or less.

Ana

I’m 55 yrs old and when I was young my Dad used to make this without a blender and he strained the oatmeal after leaving it in water until it became white as milk. He removed all the water out of it. The sliminess disappears and it’s just in the remnants which I ate cold with a little sugar. My Mom thought I was crazy but I loved it and loved the sliminess after Dad strained it. So good!

Cher

Thank you! Before this recipe all of my attempts failed🙈

Andrea

This is great! I can’t believe how easy that was!
I’m wondering if anyone has tried adding a handful of cashews after its strained for a second blend to give it a little more creaminess and to froth it up for warm drink, without making it slimy.

Ann

Wow, sooo creamy!

Cristina

This recipe is easy and quick! It tastes delicious, and I’m never buying oat milk ever again. Plus, I didn’t get a stomach ache like I usually do with Oatly and other brands. Thanks for the recipe!

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