According to a May 2018 article in the Guardian newspaper, avoiding meat and diary is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on earth.
I went on a quest to find a non-dairy milk, and I have to admit that I struggled. I trawled the aisles of my local supermarket, and bought cartons of soya milk, almond milk, rice milk – you name it. They all tasted like – well of nothing really. Then I came across a recipe for making oat milk, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m a convert – not only does it actually taste good, it’s unbelievably easy to make at home (reducing packaging) and it’s really cheap to make.
Here’s the recipe:
1 Cup Oats / 4 Cups Water / Pinch of Salt / 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
Just pour the oats and water into a blender and whizz for a good minute. Then strain through muslin (I put a small piece of muslin over a 2 pint glass measuring jug, secure it with a rubber band and pour the oats and water through it. You’ll need to push the gloop around with a spoon to get it to strain through the muslin.) When all the liquid is strained, I lift off the muslin containing the leftover bits of oat and give it a good squeeze over the jug to get all the liquid out. Then I add a pinch of salt. You can add a tiny bit of vanilla essence or even honey to taste. Use the leftover oat particles in cookies if you like or you can feed them to the birds.
Oat milk is perfect on cereal and you can use it for tea and coffee. However, if you heat it to use it in cooking, it will go gloopy. You have been warned!