Learn how to make oat milk at home with this easy, inexpensive recipe for Maple Vanilla Oat Milk. It’s a creamy delight that you’ll want to make every week!
Oat milk is trending. And when that happens, prices tend to go up. One box of it sells for $6 online. Not necessary. I’m showing you the super simple way to make it at home.
Oat milk is becoming popular for a good reason. It’s really creamy and works well in hot drinks.
To make this creamy, dreamy plant milk, you just need cool water, a cup of oats and a good blender. I added a little maple syrup and vanilla for extra flavor. The process is similar to homemade hemp milk and pecan milk too.
Ingredients to make oat milk
- Rolled Oats. Use traditional, old-fashioned oats not instant or steel cut.
- Filtered water. I didn’t bother soaking the oats. I’m not convinced it’s necessary if you have a good blender.
- Maple syrup, or something sweet. This part is optional but I like the hint of sweetness from dates or maple syrup.
Blend the oats with cool, filtered water for 30 seconds – not much longer. Because of the natural fiber in the oats, if you blend longer, the milk will start to get a little goopy.
I used the Vitamix on 5. Some blenders may need a little more or less time. So, blend for 30 seconds and add more time if your blender leaves large pieces of oats.
Once blended, you’ll be left with creamy, froth-worthy milk.
Best way to strain plant-based milk
Use a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or fine sieve if that’s all you have. The sieve will take longer – and be messy if you are like me and try to hold it over a jar. You can, of course, use something more logical – like a bowl.
If you’re going to make more of these kinds of non-dairy milk… invest in a nut milk bag. It’s reusable and you can pour a lot more through at once. I do have one but couldn’t find it!
Best ways to use oat milk
Once the milk is strained, add your flavors. In my case, it’s maple syrup and vanilla extract with a pinch of salt. Shake to distribute and refrigerate the oat milk for at least 3 days. Use it like you would any other milk in coffee, tea, or on oats, or other cereal.
Watch me make it in the video below! Tag me on Instagram when you make yours.
How to Make Maple Vanilla Oat Milk
- 3 cups cool filtered water
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Add the water and oats to a blender, blend about 30 seconds. (I blended just over 30 seconds on 5 in the Vitamix.)
- Strain with a sieve, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag into a jar with a lid.
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt. Shake. Keep cool in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shake well before pouring into tea or coffee or over cereal.
Following the oat milk trend
If you missed the headlines covering the ascent of oat milk, here are a few to help you catch up!
The Non-Dairy Milk You’re About to See Everywhere
Here’s Why You Should Switch to Oat Milk
How Oat Milk is Taking Over Almond as the Top Lacto-Free Alternative
I love this idea..such a simple and delicious recipe to try!
I’ve never tried making milk like this before. This sounds like it would taste amazing.
I’m very intrigued by this oat milk – never heard of it before. Sounds like a great alternative!
It’s the new old is new thing in non-dairy milk. It’s creamier than any of the nut milks I’ve tried. And so easy to make!
Amy | The Cook Report
I’ve never tried anything like this but I love the sound of that flavour combo
Jessica Fasano Formicola
I want to try some of this! Love the maple flavor idea!
Shashi at SavorySpin
Marisa, this is simply fantastic! My daughter has been bugging me to get oat milk so she can try it but I’ve been so against it just cos of the prices – but not anymore! Thanks a million for posting this – so glad I saw your link on FBC! I’m gonna try this as soon as I get back into town this weekend! Hope you are doing well!
You are so welcome. I couldn’t bring myself to pay those crazy prices either. Have fun with the recipe! And I hope you are well too! Tlak soon 🙂
Really nice & smart. Just phenomenal. It’ll make my Christmas so special. Just lovely. Happy Merry Christmas.
How long will it last in the refrigerator? Your instructions said, “Shake to distribute and refrigerate the oat milk for at least 3 days.” Do you have to wait 3 days to use it?
Hi Rita. It’s ready to drink and use as soon as it comes out of the blender. But I’ve made it many times since this post and find that it will last 4-5 days easily. Enjoy!
Ran out of my store bought oatmilk this morning and decided to try this, since I have tons of oatmeal, and I am so stoked! It was easy and delicious! Thanks so much!
I’m so glad you got to try. So easy and good,right?!
Your oat milk recipe yields to me every time a very satisfactury product using only the two ingredients, rolled oats and water, and without any of all of the other additives such as are found in the commercial products.
Do you have any formula for keeping the froth on the milk? ‘Bubbles’ form when whisked but like the daffodils ‘they fade away so soon’!
Looking forward to your kind reply.