Dairy is nature’s perfect food…if you are a baby cow. Humans do not produce much of the enzyme lactase that it takes to break down lactose- and this leads to a lactose intolerance and other digestive issues. And, digestive issues are linked to skin issues…
There are some great dairy alternatives on the market, and you might have experimented with making your own nut mylks, which are a wonderful source of healthy fats and protein.
I was looking for a shorter process than nut mylks, as you have to soak the nuts overnight. Being a little unorganized, I failed to soak the nuts and woke up needing something stat. Enter oats.
Learning about herbal medicine and the benefits of oats on your digestive system and topically on the skin, I knew I could not go wrong using this aromatic plant as my dairy alternative. PLUS, this milk makes a good nut-alternative for those with allergies and for kids at school where nuts are a no-no. The best part is that you only have to soak the oats for 20 minutes, and the rest of the process just unfolds. You will be drinking this nut-free concoction in 25 minutes, start to finish.
Step 1: Soak the oats for 20 minutes. Add 1 cup rolled oats to a big bowl and cover with water. Let sit.
Step 2: Strain the oats and rinse off the gooy-ness.
Step 3: Add strained, rinsed oats to a blender along with 3 cups water.
Step 4: Blend until smooth and strain once more.
Step 5: Re-blend, along with a dash of cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, 1 Tblsp maple syrup or a couple of medjool dates.
Step 6: Pour into a glass mason jar with lid and keep cool for up to 3 days.
Use the oat milk in chia pudding, with homemade granola, in smoothies, or drink alone. Soothing and demulcent, the oats provide you with a good plant-based protein source, plus fibre, magnesium, and iron. Perfect breakfast food.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3 cups water
- dash cinnamon
- 1 Tblsp maple syrup or 2 medjool dates
- pinch sea salt
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