The secret on how to make oat milk that is smooth and delish

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Ever since oat milk hit store shelves (and coffee bars) en masse, it’s been wildly beloved by the dairy-free crowd.

The alt-milk’s texture is more similar to that of dairy milk, without the lactose-induced gut issues and bloating that cow’s and almond milk can cause in some people. While it’s worth noting that oat milk does contain more naturally-occurring sugars than other alt-milks, older research has shown that it can reduce LDL—aka, “bad” cholesterol. This is likely due to beta-glutan, a healthy dietary fiber found in large quantities in oats.

Oat milk’s creamy texture makes it the perfect add-in for your morning cup of joe, according to Ella Dove, Well+Good’s video producer and the skilled hands behind this step-by-step recipe video. “My favorite is oat milk in coffee, but it goes awesome in matcha too,” she says.

If you’re lucky, your local coffee (or matcha) shop may have the popular alt-milk on-hand. But the best way to sidestep unexpected shortages of store bought oat milk is to make your own. It may sound like a day’s worth of work, but DIY-ing your own is quick and easy.

One pro-tip to master making your own oat milk on the reg? “Keep an A-plus strainer on hand,” says Dove. “It takes a few strains to get the creamy, delicious oat milk, but after that it’s pretty much perfect!”

Keep reading for the step-by-step process on how to make oat milk, along with a handy video so you can see how it’s done.

Easy oat milk recipe

1 cup steel-cut oats
6 cups filtered water
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt

1. Add the oats and three cups of water to a large bowl.

2. Soak the oats for at least 20 minutes, then rinse and drain.

3. Add soaked oats, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and remaining three cups of water into a powerful blender. Blend for about 20 seconds.

4. Pour and strain mixture into a large bowl. The mixture will take several minutes to strain completely.

5. Repeat blending and straining process two to three times until the consistency is thick and smooth.

6. Store in the fridge.

Here’s what to know about sustainability and non-dairy milks. And despite what Instagram might have you believe, a dairy- and gluten-free diet isn’t necessary for most people. 

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