I am a huge fan of raw milk. I’d drink it by the glass full if I could right now. But my little one would be in a lot of pain if I did.
Being dairy free is a big adjustment. But it’s nothing new to us. We entered the world of no dairy and alternative milks over a year ago for my son.
At that time he was also allergic to nuts and rice. So that eliminates a lot of options.
We tried different versions of coconut milk. That was a big no. I can’t blame him – coconut milk tastes nothing like dairy milk. Even I can’t drink that plain.
Finally I found oat milk – something he didn’t mind drinking. Something I could use in cooking and baking that would be safe for him.
But oat milk is definitely not cheap. We usually pay about $3.50 for each small box.
Recently I was reading through Nourishing Traditions and saw a recipe for rice milk with an option to use oats. I had to try it immediately!
First I made a fermented version. I figured it would be the healthiest option if my son would drink it. But it didn’t go over very well.
So I modified it a bit and made an unfermented version. Success!
Let me tell you this is SO much cheaper than buying oat milk. A quarter cup of oats makes over four cups of milk! Not only that I like that I can make sure the oats are properly prepared since oats are very high in phytic acid.
If you want to boost the nutrition factor a little you can add vitamin D drops. You could probably add a calcium powder as well (though I have not tried that) (check with your NP for quality sources of these supplements).
I may be in the minority, but I am not a big fan of nut milks. I don’t think anyone needs to consume that kind of quantity of nuts on a regular basis. They do contain quite a bit of omega-6’s, which we get more than enough of.
So I’m happy to have a safe alternative to dairy that my son enjoys and doesn’t cost a ton. It is also extremely easy to make (just cook oats and puree).
The other benefit of having alternative milks is to make sure you get variety in your diet. This is very important when dealing with allergies. Rotating milk sources can help prevent future allergies or sensitivities.
Oat milk works very well for baking. I even use it in cream soups and stews. It has a very neutral flavor.
As I mentioned you can make it into a fermented drink to boost nutrition. If you are used to ferments you can give that a try. If you are making it for kids that might have a more sensitive palate try it without fermenting.
Are you dairy free? Are you looking for a unique milk substitute? Try homemade oat milk. It’s a mildly sweet, satisfying drink.
Be sure to stay tuned – I’ve got a couple more alternative drinks coming your way!
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup warm water
- 4 cups water, divided
- 4 Tbsp. coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)
- vitamin D drops (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. whey (optional)
- Soak the oats in 1 cup warm water for 24 hours.
- Combine the soaked oats and 3 cups water in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, 2 hours.
- Pour the oats and water into a blender.
- Proceed with the non-fermented or fermented version from this point.
- Add the salt and sugar.
- Blend well.
- Pour into a jar and add another 1 cup water.
- Add a few drops of Vitamin D (optional).
- Shake before pouring.
- Add extra water if milk is too thick for your taste.
- Blend the oats and water.
- Pour into a jar.
- Add the whey and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
- Cover and let sit at room temperature for 3 days.
- Stir in sweetener and 1 cup extra water.
- Add vitamin D if desired.
- Store in the refrigerator.
- Shake well before serving.
- This recipe easily doubles to make a half gallon of oat milk.
- This milk should not be used for children under the age of one since they don't have the enzymes to digest grains.
- This makes about 5 cups of milk.
- You can add extra water to the milk to thin it out.
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