Oats are highly nutritious and very rich in fiber content. They are gaining more importance among diet conscious people these days mainly for their health benefits.
Oat milk is a substituent diet for those who prefer nondairy products or for all people who completely depend on vegetarian food for their nutrition. Oat milk can be one of the lactose-free milk forms for those who wish to avoid lactose intake.
Oats are a staple crop and are available all over the world.
Oats have plenty of healthy properties like antioxidant property, no fat, high nutrient content, high fiber content etc. Oat milk has high calories and is rich in carbohydrate content. It also contains micronutrients like calcium and Vitamin- D.
Use of oat milk
Oat milk is easy to extract and can be used just like using regular milk. Oat milk suits all recipes which need milk. Oat milk has a slightly sweet taste and you can even enjoy drinking plain oat milk.
Oat milk is one of the splashing plant products trending lately. Other than oat milk you also have other plant products like soya milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk and much more.
These are gaining popularity because people are moving greatly towards a plant-based diet. Oat milk is one such plant product free from lactose. It is quite economical too.
Oat milk preparation
Plant-based milk when homemade is much cheaper and healthier when compared to buying it from other stores. Oat milk preparation is an easy task and can be prepared quickly at home.
Oat milk recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup gluten-free quick oats.
- 500-750 ml water (based on the thickness you desire)
Method of preparation
- Just soak the cut oats or whole grouts in water for few hours. ( You can also soak it overnight)
- Drain out the water and then wash the oats 2-3 times.
- Then transfer it to a blender and blend it smoothly adding desired quantity of water. (You can add salt or sugar while blending if required)
- Do not over blend because it gives the oats milk a very slimy texture.
- You can then filter it using a clean cheesecloth or a special nut milk bag.
- You can store it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
This gives you creamy oats milk which you can drink as plain milk or add for coffee, tea or any other beverages where you use milk.
Limitations of oat milk
But heating oats milk is not recommended because oats milk becomes very thick and gelatinous upon heating. Processed oats milk available in the market is of different flavors like coffee flavor, chocolate flavor etc.
But always remember oats milk is not as nutritious as conventional milk. Especially the processed oats milk contains chemical food preservatives, thickeners, and emulsifiers which are not very safe.
Oats is not safe for everyone as it may be sometimes cross-contaminated with other gluten-containing grains which may cause allergy in some people.