Balanced with sweet, tart, and nutty flavors, Homemade Strawberry Oat Milk is an eco-friendly dairy alternative that’ll make you feel like a kid again.
Remember that fruity pink powder you’d scoop out of the container and mix into a glass of milk when you were little?
Ah, the memories.
I’m not exactly sure how that powder mix was made back in the day, but I had the notion I could whip up an updated version by blending a few simple kitchen staples: oats, fresh strawberries, water.
No mystery ingredients here.
There’s a lot to love about this updated take on strawberry milk.
First, it’s naturally dairy-free, so pretty much anyone can enjoy it.
Second, oat milk is an eco-friendly choice.
You can lessen your environmental impact by swapping in oat milk for some of the dairy you usually have at home.
Since you’re making this version from scratch, you’re also reducing your packaging waste. (Buy oats in the bulk section and use reusable bags to make it zero waste.)
How to make Strawberry Oat Milk:
If you’ve ever tried your hand at homemade nut milk of any kind, the process for making this Strawberry Oat Milk will already sound familiar.
What you’ll need:
- Fine mesh strainer (for rinsing the oats)
- Nut milk bag or cheesecloth
- Pitcher or large jar (for storing the milk)
Before you begin, give the oats a good rinse to remove some of the surface starches. This improves the texture of the finished product.
Next, add all the ingredients to your blender container.
Oats, strawberries, water, and salt are all you really need, but if you’re up for it, I like to add a little sweetener and vanilla, too. (BTW, you can also omit the berries to make a plain version!)
Once everything is inside the container, cover, and power the blender on to high. Let all the ingredients start to incorporate together while the mixture blends for a couple of minutes.
Finally, strain the Strawberry Oat Milk to separate the pulp.
I have a reusable nut milk bag that works great for this, but you can also strain oat milk through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer in a pinch.
Place the nut milk bag or cheesecloth over the pitcher or jar you want to hold the milk.
Pour the contents of the blender into the pitcher, allowing the nut milk bag to catch the pulp and separate it from the liquid.
Twist the top of the nut milk bag closed (to prevent pulp from getting out) and use your hands to press out all of the remaining liquid into the pitcher.
Once you’re finished, you’ll be left with a dry clump of oat and strawberry pulp. Don’t toss this in the trash! You can add leftover pulp it to overnight oats, muesli, pancakes, or baked goods.
This Strawberry Oat Milk is so simple to make and it tastes amazing, too. This recipe is not quite as sweet as the powdered drink of 90’s lore, but you can also adjust how much agave you use to get the flavor just right for you.
It’s an updated classic you can feel good about. Ready for a walk down memory lane?
Homemade Strawberry Oat Milk
- 1 cup oats, rinsed
- 2 cups halved strawberries
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar or sweetener of choice (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 cups water, filtered
- Add oats, strawberries, agave nectar (if using), vanilla extract (if using), and salt to blender container. Pour water into blender container. Cover and blend on high 2 minutes, or until mixture turns pink and creamy.
- Strain liquid through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Twist the nut milk bag or cheesecloth closed and squeeze out remaining liquid with your hands.
- Serve oat milk immediately or cover and shake to prevent separation in between uses.
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