I’m sure you’ve heard of soy milk and almond milk, but have you caught on to oat milk? It’s the latest and greatest nondairy milk—and it’s here to stay.
This dairy-free milk alternative is delicious as-is, stirred into coffee, poured over cereal or used in place of regular milk when baking. It’s naturally thick and creamy, making it absolutely irresistible.
This oat milk recipe is simply rolled oats and water blended together, then strained. You can adjust the sweetness and flavor depending on your personal preferences. A high-speed blender is preferred but any will do. Here’s the blender we in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen.
Oat Milk vs. Other Nondairy Milk
Compared to other popular milk alternatives, oat milk has more fiber and protein but is higher in carbs. By making your own oat milk, you’re guaranteed a short ingredient list. Plus, you can decide how much sweetener (if any!) gets added.
Learn more about how oat milk compares to other dairy-free milk alternatives in a blind taste test.
How to Make Oat Milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Fine-mesh sieve ($8) or cheesecloth
Step 1: Blend everything together
Add oats, water, maple syrup and salt to a high-speed blender; blend for about a minute.
Pro tip: You can use this time to follow our one-minute rule for a tidy kitchen.
Step 2: Strain until smooth
Place a fine-mesh sieve (or cheesecloth) over the container and strain the mixture. Pour the oat milk into a mason jar, pitcher or a recycled glass milk bottle.
Step 3: Chill before serving
Cover the oat milk and chill for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy as-is, in your coffee or poured over cereal.
Editor’s Tip: You can also use homemade oat milk in your favorite desserts! Use these tricks to master dairy-free baking.
Jenna Urben for Taste of Home
Tips for Making Homemade Oat Milk
- Over-blending can lead to slimy oat milk. Yuck! For a creamy consistency, don’t blend longer than one minute.
- Unlike homemade nut milk, oats do not need to be soaked prior to blending. Simply combine the oats with water, sweetener and salt, then blend.
- If you want a smoother texture, strain the oat milk mixture two or three times.
- Separation in dairy-free milk is natural. Simply give it a stir or shake before serving.
- Adding homemade oat milk to hot drinks (like tea and coffee) is great. However, when heated on its own, the oat milk will thicken. We recommend sticking to store-bought oat milk like this for frothing.
- To make gluten-free oat milk, use certified gluten-free oats!
How Long Does Oat Milk Last?
Oat milk keeps well in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the oat milk for up to 1 month.