DIY Oat milk | zero waste / vegan / affordable!

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Why spend $$$ on packaging and overpriced oat milk when you can make it at home for less than a quarter!  Maybe less than a dime, depending on where you live!

Making oat milk at home is easy and only takes about 5 minutes. If you don’t want to use cheesecloth or a but milk bag to strain the oats, I’ve had success with a mesh strainer.

And don’t waste the oat pulp when you’re done! Use those oat solids in your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. You can also add it to bread recipes, cake recipes or just make a bowl of oatmeal. Now that it’s colloidal, you can even make it into a face mask (it can help calm eczema!) Recipe below!

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Oat Milk Recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 4 cups water

You can also add a teaspoon of salt for extra flavor. Or if you like it sweet, try blending in a medjool date and teaspoon of vanilla.

Directions:

  1. In a blender, add the rolled oats and water.
  2. Blend on high until liquified – about 60 seconds.
  3. Strain the oat milk through a nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or mesh strainer.

Now you can pour the oat milk into your bottle. You can use it immediately or pop it in the fridge until cold like the rocky mountains.

Storage:

You can store the oat milk in the fridge for up to 4 days! This is based on my personal experience in my fridge. After day 4, the milk looked a bit questionable. So feel free to adjust the amount to suit your and your family’s needs. This amount seems to work for me  🙂

What to do with the oat pulp??

Don’t waste it!

Those squishy oat solids are perfect for making oatmeal cookies, adding into breads, cakes, and even as a soothing paste for itchy skin/eczema. How about a face mask?

Oat pulp face masks

Recipe:

  • Oat pulp remains (usually about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cup coconut milk, and/or 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Note: play around with the ingredients based on what you have available and what makes your skin happy. I find that a combination of ripe avocado and apple cider vinegar works best for my skin (I get seasonal eczema), 

Directions:

Mix ingredients together and apply to your face and neck. Sip some tea and meditate for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Apply your favorite facial cream or oil 🙂 (my favorite is jojoba oil).  

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