For an easy way to make your diet more sustainable, try making your own oat milk! The process is quick and simple, and the act of using less dairy milk is highly beneficial for the planet.

What you will need

Only a few items are required for making oat milk. You’ll need: oats, water, a blender, and a strainer. You may also want to try adding flavorings using items like vanilla extract or cacao powder.

The Process

First, combine one cup of rolled oats and four cups of water in a blender. Blend the mixture for about 30-45 seconds, or until the water looks creamy and white.

Next, simply strain the mixture. You can use a fine mesh strainer, or for even better texture, try using a clean t-shirt or towel to strain.

The Pulp

After straining, don’t throw out the pulp from your oat milk! It can be used in a number of recipes. You can sub out about a 1/3 cup of flour for oats in your favorite recipe for cookies. Oat pulp can also be used for making brownies, banana bread, and pancakes. 

Why Oat Milk?

In comparison to dairy milk production, oat milk uses significantly less water, produces less greenhouse gases and uses 80% less land.

Even in comparison to other non-dairy milks like almond or soy, oat milk measures up as the most sustainable option of them all!

Info from UNESCO and Minimalist Baker