So I’ve been trying to find dairy-free creamer options for my morning coffee….and am having a really hard time! Oat milk was at the top of my list to try & make myself.
I absolutely hate the taste of coffee but it’s so necessary to have at least one cup in the morning to wake myself up. I love flavored coffee & my usual creamer is Natural Bliss Vanilla Creamer which contains a lot of sugar & heavy cream (no wonder it’s SO good). All the non-dairy options sold in stores have been disgusting. The flavor isn’t there & my coffee has just tasted like dirt.
I wanted to take matters into my own hands & make my own creamer! After reading about the different milk alternatives, I was curious about oat milk. I drink almond milk all the time but wanted to find a creamier, thicker milk. So I started experimenting with making a vanilla flavored oat milk.
Well it does taste great on it’s own- it’s not a great option for creamer (for me at least). I’m just too spoiled with heavily vanilla flavored creamer. However, this oat milk was phenomenal in smoothies. It’s thick & creamy and pairs nicely with a ton of different fruits. I prefer bananas, frozen berries with some spinach in my smoothies. Also, you can use this oat milk while baking as a substitute for whole milk.
Benefits of Oat Milk:
- Soy & Nut free
- Can help lower blood pressure
- Sugar free
- Low in calories
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3 cups water
- pinch of sea salt
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a blender for about 30-60 seconds until smooth & creamy. Add more water if needed.
- Place cheesecloth or a metal strainer over a large bowl or glass measuring cup. Carefully pour blended oat milk through the cheesecloth or strainer.
- Discard of the oat pulp. Pour strained oat milk into a storage container (I like glass mason jars). Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Shake well before use- it naturally separates.