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.
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!
1 cup oats
4 cups ice water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: calcium supplements or could use fortified oats instead
- Add oats, vanilla and ice water to high powered blender and blend until smooth. I use a Nutribullet.
- Strain mixture through unbleached cotton nut milk bag
- 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