As most people, I think it’s important to make healthy food choices. But what exactly is healthy? If I were to feed my family on a diet of fast food, almost everyone would agree that’s not a healthy choice and I should make changes to my family’s diet. But what if I bought my veggies pre-cut, pre-washed and neatly packaged at the supermarket? If I cooked them at home and served them with white rice or pasta, chicken breasts (from the supermarket) and a “home-made” sauce from a packet? I mean, we’re talking fresh veggies here. And lean meat. Certainly that must be healthy?
Well, is it? Is it really? White rice or pasta. Just carbs and no nutrition to speak of. Chicken breasts from the supermarket? How can we be sure that it’s really fresh? And did that chicken live a good and healthy life? Or was it pumped full of hormones, so it would grow faster?`The sauce from the package? Chances are, it contains way too much salt, and if that’s not enough it’s also got MSG added to it. Nuff said.
But how about I give my family milk? Is that healthy? I have my doubts, and actually do what I can to limit my family’s dairy intake. And I refuse to buy any dairy that’s not organic. Because I don’t want my dairy to be contaminated with growth hormones, antibiotics and heaven knows what else. If I buy it, I want it to be the genuine product and not some ripoff. Also, and just as important, I don’t want animals to suffer for my pleasure.
So I make my own plant “milks”. That can be soy milk (organic, and non GMO), but also chickpea milk, almond milk or oat milk, to name just a few.
This morning I made oat milk, which has a lovely creamy texture and a rich “oaty” taste. I love it. So I’m sharing my recipe for making oat milk with my soy milk machine, which makes 1 l. of plant milk at a time.
- 50 g. oat groats
- 1 l. water
- honey, maple syrup or date syrup to taste
- salt to taste
- Soak oat groats overnight. Drain. Rinse.
- Place groats in filter compartment of your soy milk machine, and screw the filter in place.
- Fill soy milk machine with water to maximum level.
- Assemble machine and (this is my favourite part) make it do the hard work for you.
- Place a sieve over a saucepan and line it with cheesecloth or a clean tea towel.
- When oat milk is ready, pour it into your lined sieve. It will be thick and you may have to actually press it through when it’s cold enough to handle.
- Pour milk in a jar, and add salt and your sweetener of choice to taste (I add none). Cool quickly and place in the fridge. It will keep for several days.
You’ll be left with some oat pulp. Don’t throw it away (it’s nutritious), but add it to your bread dough, cake batter, or add some fruit and have it for breakfast.