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Homemade Oat Milk

in Blog 3 Dec 2019

Have you ever tried plant-based milk before?
Almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, hazelnut milk etc.

It’s dairy-free, lactose-free and healthy. So this kind of milk is really good for people with lactose intolerance or cow’s milk protein allergy.

It’s also cruelty-free, so it’s a better choice for those whom have concerns about pesticide residues, antibiotics and hormones in animal farming and for those who follow vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

Either for medical reasons or as a lifestyle choice, plant-based milk is a great substitute for mammal milk.

But do you know consuming non-mammal milk is also a better choice for the environment?

Animal farming in the meat and dairy livestock industry takes up 83% of global agricultural land yet produces only 18% of our calories. It’s a leading driver behind the destruction of tropical rain forest and deforestation on global scale.

Dairy also uses a lot of water. For example, according to Natural News, it takes some 2,000 gallons (7,570 L) of water to produce one gallon(3.78 L) of cow milk.

Ruminant livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats and buffalo are also huge contributors to global warming.
By burping and farting, they release significant amounts of methane which is a greenhouse gas thought to be 23 times more powerful and destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide. These livestock are responsible for about 14.5 % of global greenhouse emissions.

Meat and dairy consumption are increasing rapidly around the world.
There are currently 1.5 billion cows worldwide and the cow population grows to keep pace with the demand for meat and milk. Each of these cows releases 70-120 kg of methane every year.

The U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization says that agricultural methane output could increase by 60% by 2030.
While catastrophic damages to the Brazilian amazon rain forest is ongoing due to government inaction and ineptitude, these growing number of livestock will contribute to the climate change significantly!

So, consuming plant-based milk could be our chance to make a dent in global warming? – YES?

But if you buy it at the store, it costs more than cow milk and contains preservatives or additives such as thickeners and food coloring. It also contains sugar for sweetness.

So why don’t you make your own milk at home?

Oat milk. This milk is the easiest and most affordable way of making milk by yourself.
Also, it has the lowest environmental impact in all other plant-based milk. Because oats require less land and water to grow and release less greenhouse gas in its production.

Nutrition wise, oats are high in soluble fiber like beta-glucan, which helps improve digestive health and reduces blood sugar and cholesterol which help lower the risk of heart disease.

If you are allergic to nuts, oat milk is nut-free and a safe choice for you. It is the best plant-based milk to go in your coffee. It also works well in both sweet and savory dishes.

Do you feel like making oat milk now?
It’s super easy to make. You need only 10 minutes!

 

Oat milk

INGREDIENTS

・1 cup rolled oats
・4 cups water
・Small pinch salt
・35g pitted medjool dates for sweetness
・1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional
* 1 to 2 teaspoon maple syrup (for more sweetness)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. About 1 minute.

* Do not soak oats before blending. If so, you will get slimy milk.

* Scoop out a small milk with a spoon to check the flavor. If you want more sweetness, add more dates or maple syrup.

2. Place a cheese cloth or very thin towel over a strainer and pour the mixture until all the liquid strains through.

* If you don’t have a cloth, strain 2-3 times through a fine-mesh sieve.

3. Pour into a lidded container.
You can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 
NOTES & TIPS:

– If you like thicker milk, use as little as 2 cups water.

– Shake well before use.

– You can just drink oat milk or add to your cereals, smoothies or baked goods.

– You can add oat milk into hot drinks, but do not heat the milk. It will thicken and become gelatinous in texture.

– You will be left with some oat pulp, but please don’t throw away!
You can make cookies or granola with it, add to your oatmeal or make your own hydrating face mask!

 
Hope you like and enjoy this recipe!

 

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