We do our best to avoid unnecessary packaging and waste, so this zero waste cozy spiced oat milk is a dream come true!
I have been enjoying a delicious oat milk latte every morning and I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you. Do you love minimal ingredients, zero waste recipes, delicious dairy-free milk, and having total control over your ingredients? Us too! We finally decided to try homemade oat milk, and created this wonderful recipe that incorporates cozy spices.
Store-bought oat milk often comes in packaging that is not biodegradable and has a plastic top. It often also contains fillers and cheap oils that we always avoid – like sunflower oil, which is added in to “improve the taste” and stabilize the thickness of the drink. Not only does this give it a ton of extra calories, but it is also unhealthy fat. Sunflower oil is high in omega-6s and low in omega-3s (which are the fat you actually want to supplement in your diet). Omega-6 fats are bad for your heart and overall health. So making your own oat milk is the best way to go. Because there are no fillers in this recipe, it is best used within one week.
We have almost no pulp leftover (we love you almond milk, but all that pulp!) and when we do, we simply reserve it and add to our morning oatmeal. Oat milk is the lowest impact milk out there. And homemade is the best choice. And when the recipe is this simple, why wouldn’t you?
Spiced oat milk is the simplest dairy-free milk to make, affordable, versatile, perfect in coffee and smoothies and is delicious. You don’t need to soak your ingredients, and there are no special equipment required! I am using my vitamix, and used another high speed blender before my vitamix arrived which worked just as well at creating my oat milk!
-skip soaking the oats, this will make your oatmilk slimey
-don’t overblend (no more than 45 seconds)
-strain twice to remove excess starch
Once you’ve made your oatmilk, you can use it to replace any dairy milk. We use ours very quickly between adding it to our coffee and using it in smoothies for the kids. For a great kid friendly smoothie, simply add a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ripe banana with a little ice. It froths well in my milk frother, and I love to use it muffins and pancakes.
- 1 cup whole rolled oats (certified gluten free if you have gluten intolerance)
- 3 cups of water
- 3 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Blend all ingredients on high speed for 30 seconds
Strain milk, reserve pulp to add to oatmeal
Store in air tight container in the fridge
Use within one week