Milk drowns cereal: is it a cereal killer?

For the last two or so years, I have made the switch to plants milks. I’ve tried every brand and every type of plant based milk our supermarkets have to offer from hemp to rice, to oat to hazelnut. Who knew we could make “milk” out of so many plants and trees?

For a long time, almond milk was my go to but recently, I have switched to oat milk. Originally my intentions were to just move away from cow’s milk because of the unethical mass production, addition of antibiotics and growth hormones, increased risk of certain cancers, acne problems, raised cholesterol and sodium levels. Look at me taking the moral high ground on MILK! Also, seriously, the guy or gal who discovered milk- what the actual hell did they think they were doing with the cow? I like to think that they were the last person starving in their village and Darwin’s theory of natural selection came into place and boom, they survived. The truth is, I’ll most likely never find out the truthful answer to this question but when I think long and hard about it, it reaffirms my opinion that cow’s milk is not right for humans to be drinking. Why is it ok to drink milk from another animal when you’d be looked at like you were completely insane if you went around bottling your own breastmilk for others to buy from you? The latter is not “socially acceptable” whatever that means, so we remain in this contradictory, contrary state in a world full of nonsensical logic that has just become “socially acceptable” because it’s been around for a long period of time.

ANYHOW, I digress.

Almonds.

I switched from almond milk to make oat milk my go to. Most of the world’s almonds are grown in California and then Australia, living in the UK, that’s a lot of airmiles to take into account. I’ve also heard people saying that it takes a lot of water to produce almond milk which is bad for the environment but on further research, I found out that this is only partially true and once again it is our capitalist nature and the mass production of almond milk that is unsustainable.

FYI// It takes 384 litres of water to produce 1 litre of almond milk compared with 1018 litres of water to produce 1 litre of cow milk.

Below is a step by step guide to making oat milk. This is a solid recipe and requires just 3 ingredients: ice water, oats, vanilla extract. I am still experimenting with different flavourings and sweeteners and techniques so if you think your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard then please please please tell me your secrets!

Ingredients:

1 cup oats

4 cups ice water

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: calcium supplements or could use fortified oats instead

Method:

  1. Add oats, vanilla and ice water to high powered blender and blend until smooth. I use a Nutribullet.
  2. Strain mixture through unbleached cotton nut milk bag
  3. Pour into pretty glass bottles

TIP// a definite I have found is to make sure the water is cold. This is essential because it stops the milk from going slimy and almost porridge like.

From a monetary perspective, I spend around £90/year on plant-based milks. Using this 3-ingredient recipe, a litre of oat milk costs me 20p which is £12/year making a £78 saving. On top of being more natural, sustainable and equally as delicious, there’s a cost incentive to me. I don’t think that I will 100% of the time, always make my own oat milk but I am going to do this as much as I physically can but I do realise, there will be exceptions and circumstances that don’t make this always 100% possible. Moving forwards, I want to experiment with other homemade plant-based foods and I can’t wait to share my findings.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Peace to the planet, peace to your pockets.

Love always, The Humble Avocado x x

Published by thestayhumbleavocado

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to come and check out this blog. May you find peace and tranquillity and temporary escapism from the never-ending pressures of our modern day lives. The purpose of this blog is to share with you the art of sustainable living which is is both sustainable to the planet and sustainable to your pocket. I am on this journey with you and I want to share with you the new ideas and perspectives taken on board. I welcome your feedback and would love to hear your opinions, ideas and thoughts on the content added, as well as what you would like to read more of. Peace to the planet and peace to your pocket! Love always, The Humble Avocado x x

6 thoughts on “Milk drowns cereal: is it a cereal killer?

  1. It really never occurred to me that you could do this at home. I assumed there were just magic machines only the oat milk companies had that somehow extracted milk from oats. Going to have to try this myself now.

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    1. Hahahaha, honestly, I didn’t realise it was this easy. To be warned though, there are extra ingredients in shop bought plant milks like emulsifiers, stabilisers and gums. I’m new to doing this and I don’t feel like I’ve got the exact creaminess in the homemade oat milk as the shop bought brands have. I’d be keen to hear your thoughts though. What surprised me is the colour- it’s the same opaque white as you’d get in the shop bought stuff. I presumed the homemade would be more watery and transparent!

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  2. I was regularly making almond/hazelnut milk though my oat milk was poor. Got lazy though whilst having kitchen done. I realised that the supermarket ones have lots of stuff in them but it’s a good point you make about certain nuts clocking up lots of air miles!

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      1. Well, I seem to recall it wasn’t much more than nuts and water… but like I say, I’m a little out of practice! Think a lot comes down to soaking the nuts for long enough but then rinsing them depending on the nut.

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