With oat milk becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst non-dairy milk drinkers, we thought it was only fair we share our simple, delicious and creamy oat milk recipe. Containing just 3 essential ingredients and taking less than 5 minutes to make, there’s no reason you should ever buy pre made oat milk again!
What are the health benefits associated with oats?
Contrary to popular opinion, oats (Aveneae family) are not related to ‘gluten’ containing grains. However, the process of hybridization and cross contamination means that most oats now do contain gluten, although in lesser quantities than found in the Triticeae family of grains, being wheat, barley and rye. For this reason, oats need to be avoided for those with Coeliac Disease, unless pure, gluten free oats can be sourced. The latter variety are, of course, preferable for all of us.
Because of likely gluten content, oats are sometimes not recommended and nutritional value overlooked; some health advantages include:
- Low on glycaemic index, benefiting blood glucose regulation and reducing risk of type 2 diabetes
- Fibre rich, including a particular fibre called beta glucan, shown to have a cholesterol lowering effects, as well as improve immune function
- Anti-oxidants specific to oats, called avenanthramides, provide further protection to arteries by reducing oxidation of cholesterol and suppressing inflammatory mediators. This effect can be potentiated by adding vitamin C (so have your cacao oats with vitamin C rich juice or smoothie!)
- Contains Vitamin B1 as well as minerals (such as manganese, magnesium, and zinc) and trace minerals (such as molybdenum and chromium)
OAT MILK RECIPE
1/2 cup organic oats
2 1/2 cups filtered water
1/4 tsp salt
1 medjool date (optional)
- Combine ingredients in a high speed blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
- For a finer consistency, use a strainer.
- Keep in the fridge in an air-tight glass jar.