Suggested by Sam* (Senior Guide)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Best chilled and will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days
Blend. Add the oats, water, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to a blender and blend for 30 seconds, until the water looks creamy and white. Do not over blend, this will cause a slimy consistency.
Strain. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the oat milk through it. Some liquid may pool at the bottom of the strainer. That's ok! Discard this liquid and any oat pulp below it. Do not try to press the pulp to get more liquid through the strainer, as it will make the milk slimy and gritty.
Strain again. For extra-smooth oat milk, strain the liquid twice, discarding the leftover pulp both times. This step is optional, but it will yield the smoothest final texture.
Chill. Best enjoyed cold.
Notes: Your goal is to squeeze and press the mixture as little as possible and don't be tempted to shake the bottle before using it, as allowing the oat pulp to settle at the bottom results in the best texture.
Save the oat pulp and make cookies with it to reduce food waste.
Many of the independent zero waste stores also have liquids such as maple syrup that can be purchased with the use of your own containers as well.