Dairy-Free Living: Oat Milk Makes it Easy

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Oat milk in a glass container, surrounded by rolled oats scattered on a dark wood table. The image gives a rustic feel.
You may have friends or family that have started eliminating all dairy from their diets. For some, lactose intolerance may make eating or drinking dairy products actually painful from causing gas and bloating. Still others quit using anything that comes from cows for environmental reasons. Better digestion, better skin, and avoiding hormones and antibiotics are all good reasons that some decide to live a dairy-free life. Fortunately there are substitutions like nut milks and oat milk that do a good job of replacing cow’s milk for most uses, making it not too difficult to give up dairy. One use that many of us fear we would miss is the use of dairy creamers in coffee. For many, the creamy taste and mouthfeel of store-bought coffee creamer is hard to duplicate. However with just a little bit of time and a few pantry ingredients, you can make delicious, dairy-free creamer at home.

Oat Milk coffee creamer is one that is super easy to make at home. All you need is filtered water, rolled oats (instant oatmeal might be slimy), salt, and coconut oil. A strong blender and a fine-mesh strainer are the two pieces of equipment you will need. This oat milk creamer is perfect as a coffee creamer and to use as a dairy-alternative in sauces, soups, desserts, and more! Plus this recipe is gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, etc.

Have you ever noticed that many store-bought ‘clean’ dairy-free milk brands still contain a little oil and wondered why that is? The fact is that oats have a very low fat content – especially when compared to dairy cream. Thus, by adding a little oil, it helps to emulsify the mixture (like how you do with mayonnaise) and emulate the creaminess of cream.
You can add things like vanilla extract, herbs and spices, liquid sweetener, or cacao powder to your oat milk creamer. You could even add flavor with ingredients such as garlic powder, lemon juice, or curry powder for a savory, creamy addition to soups and sauces.

This oat milk creamer recipe is practically effortless and requires just two steps
Step 1. Blend
Add all of the ingredients to your high-speed blender and blend for twenty seconds. You may need thirty seconds if your machine isn’t as powerful/high-speed.

Step 2. Strain

Filter the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or nut milk bag. However, be careful not to squeeze or press the mixture, as that can encourage sliminess. Allow it to strain naturally. Once strained, it’s ready to use immediately or transfer to a jar and store in the fridge.

Nut milks, like almond milk, are almost as easy to make at home for yourself, so if oat milk isn’t for you, you can still live dairy free while enjoying creamy, dairy-like “milks.” If you want to 100% control what goes into your non-dairy creamers, making them at home is easy. You’ll love the delicious, healthy cream alternatives for coffee and almost any other recipe that calls for milk or cream.
If you’re asking yourself, “why would I make my own cow’s milk alternatives at home?” The answer is that it saves money and allows you to control the flavor, sweetness, and consistency. Not to mention you can custom-blend your favorite nut milks! Think coconut-almond, hemp-macadamia – the options are endless. Homemade milk alternatives also allow you to tailor your recipes for any dietary restrictions you or your family might have. Happy dairy-free milk-making from all of us at Bellisari’s!

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