This easy, no-cook recipe for Oat Milk (Sua Yen Mach) is sure to be your new favorite milk alternative. Light, creamy and delicious, Oat Milk is dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and completely vegetarian. Move over soy milk, there’s a new healthy drink in town. Oat Milk is slightly nutty and wonderfully nutritious–packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. The best part is making Oat Milk at home is super easy. All you need to do is: soak some rolled oats, blend with water and then strain the milk using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. It’s that simple to make this healthy and delicious drink. Enjoy!
Notes on the Oat Milk (Sua Yen Mach) Recipe, Tips and Tricks
I use rolled oats for this recipe as these specially-processed oats reduce the soaking time. Soak the oats in warm water for 30 minutes or in cold water overnight. Don’t soak with hot water or you’ll make oatmeal. 🙂 If you’d like to use steel cut oats, increase the soaking time to 2 hours or overnight.
Use a high-speed blender to finely grind the oats. It takes my Vitamix 7500 blender about 1 minute on speed 10 to pulverize the oats. You may need to adjust the time according to your blender’s capabilities.
A nut milk bag is not a must-have item. If you don’t have a nut milk bag, use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth (grade 90). Optionally, use a standard (grade 50) cheesecloth and just double it up.
I love this lactose-free milk with a touch of sweetness. Agave nectar and honey are my favorites. Sugar, sugar in the raw or a sugar substitute works great too.
As you know, I love doing recipe twists! I make Strawberry Oat Milk and Pandan Oat Milk. Both are so scrumptious. It’s really easy to enhance the milk with delicious flavors. Mix in seasonal fruits, extracts (like vanilla) and flavorings to add yummy pizzazz to your cow’s milk alternative.
For Strawberry Oat Milk, use 2-3 large fresh or frozen strawberries. Chop the strawberries and add to the blender along everything else. For the sweetener, I like to use honey. This makes a delicious milk with a light strawberry flavor. Of course, if you’d like more strawberry flavor, add more strawberries.
If you love the aroma of Pandan leaf, you’ll want to try this recipe variation. Use 1-2 large Pandan leaves. Wash the leaves well as they are often really dirty. Cut the leaves into 1/2 inch sections using scissors. Put everything into the blender along with your choice of sweetener. This vibrant-colored milk is so fragrant and tasty!
Oat Milk / Sua Yen Mach
Oat Milk / Sua Yen Mach
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3 cups water
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar , or sugar substitute
Transfer the oats into a medium bowl. Add enough warm water to cover the oats completely, approximately 4 cups. Stir to moisten the oats. Let soak for 30 minutes.
Transfer the hydrated oats into a strainer. Rinse with cold water.
Transfer the drained oats into a high-speed blender. Add water, salt, and sugar. Blend on High speed for 1-2 minutes or until the oats are no longer visible.
Place a nut milk bag into a medium bowl. Pour the milk into the bag and cinch the bag closed. Gently squeeze the bag to extract the milk into the bowl.
Optionally, skim off any foam and discard. Add more water if you want a thinner milk and then combine well.
Store the Oat Milk in a sealed jar and refrigerate. Enjoy within 5 days.
Before serving, shake the jar to recombine the milk as it tends to settle.
Notes, Tips & Tricks
- If you don't have a nut milk bag, use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth (grade 90).
- For Strawberry Oat Milk: Use 2-3 large fresh or frozen strawberries. Chop the strawberries and add to the blender along with everything else and blend until smooth.
- For Pandan Oat Milk: Use 1-2 large Pandan leaves. Wash the leaves well as they can be really dirty. Cut the leaves into 1/2 inch sections using scissors. Add to the blender along with everything else and blend until smooth.
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Enjoy the Oat Milk as you would cow’s milk. Add to your favorite cereal for a healthy breakfast.
Add to coffee or tea instead of using half-and-half or creamer. This one is my favorite: Make a spectacular Oat Milk Latte. Now, this is hipster coffee shop quality at a fraction of the price. 🙂
Hi Trang, I don’t have any powerful high speed blender. Do you have any other suggestions/ methods to make the flavored oat milk? Thanks, Kam
Do you have a small food chopper or hand-held immersion blender? If so, you can still make the oat milk. Soak the oat milk for additional time or even overnight to make it really easy to blend. The last method is to use a mortar and pestle to grind the soaked oats. Then you can mix with water and strain. Hope that helps!
Hi Trang. I have a surplus of steel cut oats at home, can I use that instead of rolled oats? How would I use steel cut oats for this recipe?
Soak steel cut oats for at least 2 hours. Overnight is fine too as they are thicker-cut than rolled oats. Enjoy the recipe!
I love this recipe and can’t believe I didn’t think of this…lol I make nut milks all the time. I made strawberry flavor for my daughter. She’ll drink anything that’s pink, her favorite color. My son added a spoon of chocolate syrup to his and says it’s his new favorite drink. Thanks for sharing another healthy recipe!
Glad you like this recipe. It’s so simple, right? 🙂 A bit of strawberry and chocolate flavor to get the kiddies to eat/drink healthy is a wonderful thing!
Hi Trang, I will try how to make it, because oatmeal is my breakfast every day, in the future if you can would you show how to make Almond milk thanks so much first. Lynn
Hi Lynn, I hope you will make some Oat Milk enjoy. Yes, I will share my almond milk recipe. It’s really easy and I’ll write up a post. 🙂