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How to Milk an Oat

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First, position yourself so that you’re under the oat. Next, pull really hard. Really hard.
Ok, backtrack. Milking an oat is nothing like milking a cow!
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So many of you were interested in the Raw Cashew Milk the other day that I figured it’s high time to post another “milk” recipe onto which I’ve been holding: Liquid Oatmeal, also known as oatmeal milk.

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Oh look, it’s yet another oatmeal recipe to add to my “oatmeal recipes” tab.

Goodness knows it’s getting crowded over there.
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Liquid Oatmeal (i.e. “Oatmeal Milk”)
Makes a little over 2 cups

  • 1 serving oats, or spelt flakes, kamut flakes, oat bran, etc. (40g uncooked)
  • 1 and 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup more water (or a non-dairy milk)
  • salt
  • optional: fruit, sweetener, extracts

Cook the oats, with 1 and 3/4 cup liquid and a little salt (I use just under 1/4 tsp) for 4 minutes, watching so it doesn’t boil over. Fridge, uncovered (It looks soupy, but that’ll evaporate). The next day, transfer to your blending gadget (such as a Magic Bullet short cup) with more liquid, depending on how thick you want the final result. (I use 1 and 1/8 cup water.) Also, add any optional ingredients and a tiny sprinkle of salt. Blend.

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This milk is great as a smoothie base. Imagine: drinking an oatmeal smoothie!! It’s also a terrific dairy-milk substitute for recipes, or you can drink it plain. And, thanks to the oats, the recipe offers fiber, protein, and numerous vitamins. But I eat so much oatmeal as it is, that when I make this particular recipe, I often stick to spelt flakes or kamut for variety. I’ve even tried it with oat bran, which is really yummy. (When I make it with oat bran, I add fruit and eat it in a bowl; it’s kinda like a whipped Cream of Wheat pudding.)

Try it with cookies…

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Above, three little Raw Chocolate Chip cookies.

They’re awaiting an oatmeal-milk bath!

Have you ever tried oatmilk? And what’s your favorite milk substitute?

I tried commercial oatmilk once, a long time ago. But it was way too sweet for me. Why on earth do they feel a need to stick 20 grams of sugar into a serving of non-dairy milk to make it taste good? Is that really necessary?  (Yes, I’m aware that the above recipe isn’t raw. Here’s my Raw Oatmilk recipe.)

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Danielle says:

    haha the first few sentences made me laugh! Once, a guy [stranger to me] was going through our fridge and he came across my almond milk and was like “How…do you milk…an almond?!” I thought it was hilarious.

    And I’ve never tried oat milk but I need to get on that!

  2. That’s a great recipe!
    I’ve had commercially produced oatmilk, which was real nice :)
    soya is probably my favourite, but I don’t drink it cosI get enough soy as it is :s I like almond milk but that’s waaaay exspensive so I stick to my pressed cocnut milk :)

  3. abby says:

    i’ve always been annoyed by that too! ALL the commercial no-dairy milks have like 20 grams of sugar, unless they’re unsweetened. i wish there were some middle ground. your “liquid oatmeal” sound amazing.

    i especially like your idea to use it as a smoothie base. i’m thinking liquid chocolate-strawberry oatmeal!!! :) :) :)

  4. Justine says:

    I have had the commercial oat milk also, and while it was tasty, it was rather sweet. I am eager to try this though! It sure beats spending $4 on almond milk that is sweetened and lacking iin the protien department! It would go great with some raw dessert, I should think….

    :)

    1. Hehehe some raw pistachio ice cream, perhaps? From a certain cookbook? 😉

  5. What an awesome idea!! I do love my Almond Breeze but I bet this would be delicious. I can dunk some yummy cookies in it.

    Thank you AGAIN for doing a guest post! You are very sweet :)

  6. Great recipe! I’ve tried oat milk before. :)

  7. I haven’t tried oatmilk but would love to try it after seeing this post! My favorite milk substitute is definitely unsweetened vanilla almond milk :) I use it all the time!

  8. brilliant!! i haven’t tried oat milk and i to think it will be great in smoothies. thank you.

  9. I’ve never tried oatmilk but have wanted to..but I can’t imagine there’d be any protein in it. My favorite milk sub for a long time was soy until I realize I *may* have a slight intolerance to it. So right now I’m drinking Lactaid. I know it’s not a milk substitute but it seems to not hurt my tummy 😛

    1. Oh but there IS protein in it! Surprisingly, just 1/3 cup raw oats has 6 grams of protein :).

  10. Jessica says:

    I’m all about almond milk. I’ve tried oat milk, commercial and homemade, and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I think you reeeally have to love oatmeal, lol!

  11. Gena says:

    Great recipe! I’ve always wondered about homemade grain milk.

  12. I don’t know why but cooked oat milk always tastes kind of slimy to me, just can’t do it. But I love raw oat milk!! I’ll take a cookie though please.

  13. Jenny says:

    Never tried oat milk! But the way you put it, it sounds kind of appealing now… I’d love to try an oat-smoothie! Bet that would make for a filling and convenient breakfast. :) With cookies on the side, of course. (Milk and cookies, whee~) And it’d still be healthy… Awesome! Heheh.

  14. Yum! I love the packaged oat milks, but I haven’t them in forever…and since I’ve switched to unsweetened soymilk, I bet the sweet oat milk would be too sweet for me. I’ll have to try makin’ my own. I wish I had a Magic Bullet…

  15. Jo says:

    Yummy! This is funny because today I posted a recipe for making coconut milk out of shredded coconut! I couldn’t believe how great it turned out. Gonna try your oat milk recipe next for sure! I’ve never tried commercial oat milk and can rarely afford anything other than soy. Although sometimes I splurge on almond milk or rice milk, which tastes just like rice pudding to me!

    1. *Rushes off to see about this coconut milk…*

  16. mckella says:

    I’ll have to try that. I usually use almond milk, but I really want to try cashew milk. I hate soy milk and I’ve only had rice milk in Orchata. I’m still exploring the world of plant-based milk.

  17. Kelsey says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    lol excuse me while i go milk some of my oats.
    okay okay. laughter aside. oat milk is amazing.. as a kid i would soak my oats in water and drink the liquid.. little did i know that eventually id be grinding them in a blender and creating an actually oat milk 😉

    xoxo

  18. Britta says:

    awesome! thank you!

  19. 40apples says:

    Super idea! Never tried commercial but obviously I wouldn’t dream of it, having this recipe around!

    Fave milk is almond, unsweetened vanilla.

  20. Kiersten says:

    I’ve never had oat milk before. I usually stick to rice milk. I used to drink soy milk all the time, but then woke up one day and decided I didn’t like it anymore.

  21. Kiersten says:

    You should make chocolate oat milk!

    1. Holy (vegan) cow! How did that thought not cross my head?! Look what going back to school has done to my sanity!

  22. Kiki says:

    My favorite non-dairy milk is hemp milk. But it’s super expensive so I’ve been looking for a recipe for another type, and your oatmilk one looks great!

  23. Katelyn says:

    I’ve never tried oatmilk, but I do love my oats! I’ll have to try this soon :)

    Oats and other hot cereals are some of my favorite sources of protein – but recently I job-shadowed a dietitian who said that grains “are not considered a protein” (gasp!). I was shocked to say the least!

    1. Maybe she meant that they aren’t considered a protein on the food guide pyramid? Certainly, it can’t be contested that they have protein and thus contribute to one’s daily protein needs.

      1. Katelyn says:

        Surprisingly, she told me that she doesn’t consider whole grains to contribute any protein at *all*! Maybe she should eat more oatmeal :)

      2. “Eat more oatmeal” haha the cure for everything. I have no idea how she could say that something proven to have protein really doesn’t. But I guess we’re all entitled to our own opinions! I’ve never had a problem getting enough protein, even though I hardly eat any tofu/soy/meat analogs… so the grains must be doing their job for me ;).

  24. Laura says:

    Wow..this sounds REALLY good xx

  25. Stylish1 says:

    I’m soooo going to have to make this!! I just ordered a magic bullet and it should be arriving early next week :) I can’t wait! I have to look on your recipe tabs for the cashew milk recipe also 😉

  26. Stefanie says:

    I have tried commercial oatmilk but it is too sweet for me. I’ll have to give your oatmeal milk a try. It sounds like a great base for a smoothie. :)

  27. I’ve never tried oat milk before but this sounds so good, especially in a smoothie!!! My favorite non-dairy milk is almond milk for sure!!!

  28. Yeah I do make this! I make it with cocoa powder, though! It tastes like chocolate pudding:)

    1. Mmmm chocolate oatmeal pudding!!

  29. Rachael says:

    Cool idea. I’m trying to find a good local substitute for all the milk alternatives out there, and this might do the trick.
    Great visual, by the way, milking an oat. Wasn’t there some movie a few years back that proclaimed you could milk anything, really :)

  30. Meghan says:

    YAY for this idea. I am trying to stretch my budget and buying milk substitutes are definitely not helping, especially since I use them primarily for baking….this is a great economical solution-cant wait to try it.

  31. BroccoliHut says:

    Shockingly, I’ve never had oatmilk–sounds great though! I would say that almond and soy are my favorite non-dairy milks, although hemp milk is up there too:)

  32. haha love your intro!!! Never had oat milk, we love hemp and coconut ; )

  33. GabyE says:

    I pulled and pulled, and no milk came out! what am I doing wrong? lol

    Thanks for the recipe, I’ve been wasting money and packaging buying alternative milks for too long, will definitely make some oat milk this weekend.

  34. I’ve never tried commercial oatmilk, but once I made strawberry oat milk. Twas good. I usually stick to almond or rice milk, though

  35. I’ve made oat milk with uncooked oats before, it’s so easy.

    I like all kinds of non-dairy milk as long as they aren’t watery, but almond is my fave, specifically unsweetened vanilla. My Whole Foods just started carrying refrigerated 64 oz boxes of their 365 brand almond milk for only $3, which is extra awesome!

  36. Namaste Gurl says:

    Sounds good…once again. What hasn’t been good of your amazing, creative recipes? Nadaaa. :)

    I must try and let you know my verdict! Have you made your own almond or soy milk yet?

    1. I do have a recipe for tofu milk… does that count? :) :)

  37. It’s really rare that I drink milk, but I don’t actually have any substitute for it either :)

  38. Caitlin says:

    Cream of Wheat was my FAVORITE childhood breakfast, so I might have to try this for the nostalgia alone! I usually stick to unsweetened almond milk. I’m a little nervous to venture out!

    1. I definitely recommend the whipped oat bran… but have you seen the whole-grain Cream of Wheat? It’s pretty good!

      1. Caitlin says:

        I just googled it and feel like I’ve been missing something so special!!!!! I stocked up on some whole grain ricey cerealy stuff from Arrowhead Mills when I realized Cream of Wheat covered in sugar was inappropriate for a 22 year old.

  39. Marianne says:

    Almond milk is my favourite non-dairy milk, although I haven’t tried oat milk or other nut milks. I think rice milk is repulsive, and don’t mind soy or hemp. My big beef with almond milk though is that the only ones that are fortified with Vitamin D here are also sweetened. All the unsweetened varieties are not fortified. Fortunately, they only have about 6 – 8 g of sugar per serving, so in my mind, it’s worth the added sweetener to get that ever important Vitamin D.

  40. misssmouse says:

    I am glad I read on from the beginning, I was just about to milk my oats! This is a great recipe, and it looks like a delicious smoothie base, probably a little thicker than just plain “milk”.

  41. Mara says:

    That liquid oatmeal looks delicious!! I drown my oats in almond milk so much so it looks like it is just thick oat milk, anyway. =]

    I don’t think rolled oats are raw so technically, that’s not raw oat milk you linked to.

  42. Kim says:

    Just made my first batch of oat milk and am I ever impressed! For one thing, I can use barley syrup to sweeten my coffee and the milk doesn’t curdle like soy does! Definitely going to make more of this:)

  43. The image in my head for milking an oat is similar to the one of Tom Hanks eating a “cob” of baby corn in the movie “Big” (showing my age :o)) ) – too funny!

    The concept of non-dairy milks other than soy are fairly new to me.
    And because a) I’m not too big on soy and b) I live in a land where one litre of almond milk costs close to US$9, and one litre of oat milk around $4.50, the homemade stuff could be just the ticket!
    Plus the store bought organic ones all seem to have added yucky oils as well as silly sugars. Why do they do that? Is it necessary for some reason?

    How smooth does the magic bullet get the milk? I’m kinda surprised you don’t strain the mix… and I’m now in the market for a blender!

    1. I guess I just cook my oats so long that they’re so soft I don’t need to strain. But you definitely could.
      And I highly recommend the bullet.

      I’ll check out your blog soon when I get a chance!

  44. Jess says:

    Just stumbled across your blog looking for an oat milk recipe. I was wondering if you used regular old fashioned oats or if your used groats? I want to make some myself, but have heard of using groats and haven’t found any at the store.

    1. Hey Jess!
      I actually do use just the rolled oats. They don’t get completely pulverized, which I love. But some people have made this and say that you can grind the oats in a coffee grinder first if you want a super-smooth texture :).

  45. Christina says:

    Thanks for this! I made it with 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup of puffed amaranth and 2 cups of boiling water. I added the oats and amaranth to the blender and then poured in the boiling water… I let that soak for about 5 or 10 minutes, then blended away. Oh, also added some honey (I know, not vegan) and a dash of salt… It came out like a smoothie… (or as they call it in Mexico, Atole)… If you ever come across fresh guava fruits o frozen pulp and a piece of cinnamon bark- omg it will be the best thing you’ve ever tasted – just blend all together. You can drink hot or cold.