Creamy Homemade Oat Milk Recipe

I’d like to share a clean + simple oat milk recipe. Grocery stores are becoming inundated with plant based milk options, yet plant based doesn’t equal clean. It can be frustrating to read label after label in search of a whole food option, so I decided to create my own. This recipe is super simple, and definitely less expensive than anything I’ve found at the store. Plus, it tastes great!

ingredients in homemade oat milk

What is Oat Milk?

Oat milk is literally ‘milked oats.’ Oats soaked in water, then blended and squeezed through cheesecloth. Commercially sold oat milks often contain fillers and gums, yet a simple oat milk recipe can be achieved without these extras. Many people like this alternative plant based milk because it is gluten, nut, and dairy free. This provides an option for those suffering from many common allergies. Not all oat milks are certified gluten-free, so make sure to look for this label when purchasing.

soak the oats in filtered water

Oat Milk Benefits

While oat milk doesn’t pack quite the nutritious punch that whole oats do, there are still many benefits from sipping this creamy beverage. These include:

  • Lower cholesterol levels: A study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine showed this result through the regular consumption of oat milk for 5 weeks.
  • Fiber boost: 1 cup of my oat milk recipe contains 3.3 grams of fiber, 13.2% of the recommended daily intake. Use this as a base for a green smoothie, and your gut will be thanking you for helping to keep it regular.
  • Promotes heart health: The soluble fiber in oat milk is also excellent (and necessary) to keep hearts healthy
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: not only does oat milk promote human health, it also promotes environmental health. It takes up hundreds fewer square miles to produce than dairy milk, and uses 1/8th of the water consumption used in the production of almond milk. 
  • Fortified with B vitamins: most commercially available oat milk is fortified (as are other dairy and non-dairy milk products). Oat milk specifically is loaded with B vitamins, which helps the body stay energized, and also promotes heart health.
Oat milk recipe with cheese cloth

Another reason I love blending my own oat milk is for the creaminess. I’ve noticed many coffee shops starting to use oat milk in specialty coffee drinks. This is due to its ability to foam and nicely thicken beverages. I’ve even created my own Cinnamon Dolce Latte recipe, which capitalizes on the oat milk cream factor.

I even like using the leftover pulp left in the cheesecloth, from my homemade oat milk recipe, as extra fiber in some homemade granola bars, a smoothie boost, or dried and added to yogurt with berries. Zero waste and a whole host of extra health benefits.

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oat milk recipe

Creamy Oat Milk Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This versatile plant based milk recipe can be used in cooking, baking, or with some chocolate chip cookies. Deliciously creamy and free of gums + fillers.



  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups water + enough water to soak oats
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Pinch of sea salt


1. Soak steel-cut oats in bowl of water (just enough water to completely cover the oats) for 20 minutes prior to blending. Drain excess water.

2. Place the soaked oats and 3 cups water in high-speed blender.

3. Strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth into a wide glass bowl.

4. Discard pulp from bag or cheesecloth.

5. Rinse the blender and pour the milk back into the blender from the bowl.

6. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla (if using), and salt. Blend for 10 seconds.

7. Enjoy!

Keywords: homemade oat milk

Oat Milk Alternatives

Looking for other great + clean plant based milk recipes? Check out some of our other great creations, or leave a comment below with your favorite homemade milk creation:

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 6.2.2020 | COMMENTS: 21


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  1. Jessi says:

    What do you recommend as an alternative to coconut oil? I’m sensitive to coconut but I can see how adding an oil will be beneficial in the recipe.

  2. Rosey says:

    This came out kind of slimy. Any thoughts? Better than other oat milk recipes I have made in the past though. Seems I can’t find a recipe with no sliminess

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Rosey, here’s what I suggest:

      1. Rinse the oats after you soak them
      2. Use ice cold water
      3. Don’t over blend
      4. Strain well but don’t over squeeze
      5. A nut milk bag might work better than cheesecloth as cheesecloth isn’t tightly woven enough

      Good luck!

  3. Andrea Lautzenheiser says:

    How do you save the pulp?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Andrea. You can let it dry out and put it into a container until you use it. I think it would keep best in the refrigerator.

  4. Carina S says:

    Can you leave the pulp in? I do that with my almond milk. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Carina! I haven’t ever done that but if you do it with almond milk, I don’t see why you can’t with oat milk. 🙂

  5. Suzanne says:

    How long does this keep in fridge?

  6. Megan Logsdon says:

    So excited to try this! I haven’t yet made my own nut or oat milks, so how long does this keep in the fridge?

  7. Maura says:

    How long will the oat milk last after making, also, assuming this needs to be refrigerated?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Maura! After it’s blended and strained, pour the oat milk into an airtight jar then store it in the fridge. It will last between 4-7 days. And keep in mind, without any stabilizers or emulsifiers the milk will separate in the fridge. This is normal, just give it a good shake or stir before drinking. 🙂

  8. Erin says:

    I love how simple this recipe is. I’ve made my own oat milk before, yet want to try this recipe with the slight sweetness added.

  9. Olivia says:

    Do you have any suggestions on how to make it less “gummy”? I made it once (not with this recipe), and it was kind of gummy.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Olivia! Here’s what I suggest: 1. Rinse the oats after you soak them, 2. Use ice cold water, 3. Don’t over blend, 4. Strain well but don’t over squeeze, 5. A nut milk bag might work better than cheesecloth as cheesecloth isn’t tightly woven enough. Good luck! 🙂

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