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Out of Milk? Try Making Homemade Oat Milk from the Pantry!

Homemade Vanilla Oat Milk

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Directions

1

Add rolled oats and water to a blender or food processor. If making vanilla oat milk, add in the sugar, vanilla, and salt now as well. Process until smooth, for about 15-20 seconds.

2

Strain the oat milk by pouring into a bowl topped with a fine-mesh strainer and cheesecloth. You may have to do this in a few batches.

3

Once strained, pour into a jar and chill in the fridge. When ready to use, shake well and pour on top of cereal, in smoothies, or as desired. Makes about 3 cups.

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blender with oatmeal and water inside to make oat milk

Did you know that you can make milk from rolled oats?

Making your own oat milk at home can be a handy kitchen tip if you need a bit of milk for cereal, smoothies, or coffee, and you don’t have any in the fridge. Just head to the pantry to grab old-fashioned rolled oats and follow along with our recipe. It’s actually really easy to make your own oat milk using a blender or food processor!

woman holding oats and homemade oat milk

If you’re dairy-free then you may have already hopped on the oat milk trend by buying it at the grocery store as a vegan or plant-based milk substitute. I’m happy to report that making oat milk yourself at home is easy, less expensive than store-bought, and tastes creamy & delicious!

pouring oat milk into the strainer

Just blend, strain, and pour!

The process consists of blending rolled oats with water and then straining it. After that’s done, the result is smooth and creamy oat milk to pour into breakfast cereal, coffee, or use in recipes.

Water and oats are the main components, however, I added a bit of vanilla extract, sugar, and salt to make it a bit sweeter (and I love using this vanilla oat milk variety for eating cold cereal). This, of course, can be customized to taste.

oat milk on spoon with cereal

Here are my best recipe tips when making homemade oat milk –

  • The only drawback to homemade oat milk is it won’t keep as long as store-bought since it contains fewer preservatives. So consider only making what you think you will use sooner than later, and store what isn’t used right away in a closed jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • You’ll need to strain out the pulp after processing. I used a piece of cheesecloth over a fine-mesh strainer and that method worked great. You could also try straining through a piece of clean, thin cotton, like from a shirt, if you don’t have time to source the cheesecloth. If you use only a mesh strainer, you may just need to strain it twice for the best results.
  • What to do with the leftover oat pulp? Try using the oats to thicken pancake batter, blend in smoothies, or to use at bath time for a soothing & moisturizing oatmeal bath.

blending oat milk in a vitamix

straining oat milk with a cheesecloth

straining oat milk

holding jar of oat milk


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Homemade Vanilla Oat Milk

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Blend up some sweet & creamy oat milk to use in cereal or as a great non-dairy substitute that can easily be made at home!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Directions

1

Add rolled oats and water to a blender or food processor. If making vanilla oat milk, add in the sugar, vanilla, and salt now as well. Process until smooth, for about 15-20 seconds.

2

Strain the oat milk by pouring into a bowl topped with a fine-mesh strainer and cheesecloth. You may have to do this in a few batches.

3

Once strained, pour into a jar and chill in the fridge. When ready to use, shake well and pour on top of cereal, in smoothies, or as desired. Makes about 3 cups.

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jar of homemade oat milk next to cereal

Making homemade oat milk worked brilliantly!

My main use for it so far has been to use it for cold cereal because we always seem to run out at the worst time, and my kids didn’t notice a difference. I love this method for making a milk alternative as it’s easy, inexpensive, and oats are always something I have in the pantry.

jar of homemade of vanilla homemade oat milk


Oatmeal energy bites are what your mornings are missing!

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Comments 20

  1. Lori

    Thank you Lina! We always seem to run out of milk at the worst times.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! And I agree – that’s so annoying when that happens! ha

  2. Diana

    Thanks for this! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure- enjoy!

  3. T

    Thank you for this! Oat milk has been hard to find at times in my area due to Corona. Do you have any tips on making the milk creamy? I buy the extra creamy because it reminds me of the consistency of coffee. I am not a fan of the watery oat milks. Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Well, you can definitely experiment with using less water for it to be a thicker cream texture. I hope that helps!

    • ashleigh

      alternatively you could also reduce it a bit on the stove before you store it in the fridge

  4. witoldyna

    O love homemade oat and soy milk. Instead of sugar you can add a couple of dates, healthier and tastier 🙂

    • amy

      Came to say this. I do this as well.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Thanks for sharing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect thanks!

  5. Marinova

    An added bonus of this is that it will boost your supply if you’re a nursing mother. One recipe for boosting milk calls for boiling oats in water, straining the oats and discarding them, and drinking the water, similar to this.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing Marinova!

  6. Kitty

    Great idea! I have a ton of rolled oats in the pantry to use up too

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks Kitty!

  7. Mel

    Thank You for this! I went to the grocery this morning and totally forgot to grab a gallon of milk! I remembered your post from yesterday and just whipped up some and put in the fridge. I used 2 1/2 C water to begin and thought that gave me a thicker consistency like whole milk. I only used the vanilla, no salt or sugar. Will see how it goes with the kids if they want cereal later!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Thanks for sharing Mel!

  8. mlrenda

    Have you tried it with quick oats?

  9. Noffsinger

    Seems like a coffee filter would work as a strainer?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh you could give that a try!

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