homemade oat milk

How to make oat milk in under 3 minutes for a creamy and smooth dairy free milk! This oat milk is NOT slimy and is a perfect dairy free nut free milk option!

I won’t lie. I absolutely love buying oat milk. It’s my absolute favorite dairy free milk on the market, and word on the street is that it’s actually one of the most sustainable options for dairy free creamer options.

But sometimes, I’m in the middle of a recipe, and I run out, or I just don’t feel like spending the money.

What’s more, many non-organic oat milks can be filled with glyphosate (which is why using your own favorite glyphosate free oats ensures that your oat milk isn’t filled with this!).  

Enter in the best method for how to make oat milk.

how to make oat milk

Seriously, I have some secret tips for how to make non-slimy oat milk. Because if you’ve ever tried to make this before, you’ve probably ended up like me and made some odd and bizarre gooey form that I imagine feels like eating that green slime on Nickelodeon.

So first, let’s go over what you’re doing that’s creating the slimy oat milk recipe, then I’ll walk you through how to make it non-slimy.

Oat milk is fabulous in smoothies, drinking as is, as a coffee “creamer,” and even wonderful in baking vegan cakes

And like my 2 ingredient cashew cream recipe, it’s so quick and easy to make, you’ll never have to worry about running out to the store again!

Is it cheaper to make or buy oat milk?

I’ve done the math for you: purchasing oat milk can range from $3 to even $7 per gallon. Making your own oat milk can cost as little as $0.70 for the same amount.

Of course, this is dependent upon which oats you’re using, and which brands you’d typically buy. But it can be much cheaper to make your own oat milk, if you’re interested in saving some money!

Why is my oat milk slimy?

So if you’re like me and have tried to make oat milk before to no avail, you’ve probably encountered: the slimy oat milk.


This happens for a few reasons that I’ve noticed others don’t really mention.

First off, many say to soak your oats. Do not do this. This activates the enzyme in oats that usually makes them bind together (like in overnight oats).

If you’re concerned about this enzyme (a few people are because it can sometimes irritate people’s digestive tracks), you can always purchase sprouted oats, like I do!

The second reason why your oats turn out slimy is because the water you’re using is not ice cold. Think about it. You cook your oats in warm water, right? If you’re using anything but cold water, you’ll start to activate the oats to form that slimy texture we all know as oatmeal!

And the third reason why your oat milk recipe is coming out slimy is that you’re squeezing the oat milk out of the nut bag. But I’ll go into how to actually strain the oat milk from the pulp in the next section!

Oat milk ingredients:

Making oat milk is truly my favorite of all dairy free milks to make because it literally takes all of 3 minutes, and doesn’t require any prep beforehand (who remembers to soak the nuts before you actually make the nut milk?! Not me ha!).

And what I love about this specific recipe is that it only uses mainly 2 ingredients, with 2 optional ingredients (though I highly recommend!):

  • Rolled oats: You can actually even use sprouted rolled oats, such as One Degree Organics (what I used here). If you’re gluten-free, please ensure that you’re using gluten-free oats that are certified gluten-free. 
  • Water
  • Optional: dates, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, (or even maple syrup!)

How cool is that? Each of the optional add-ins add their own flavors to the oat milk. I do recommend adding in the date and the vanilla extract just for a touch of sweetness. Then it’s perfect in sweet baking recipes, or in coffee or smoothies. One single date does the trick, and just a teaspoon of vanilla. However, if you’ll be using this non slimy dairy free milk for savory recipes, then omit the date and vanilla and use the sea salt.🙂

oat milk ingredients