Minty Oat Milk
Minty oat milk sounds so fresh on a hot summer day. I chose mint for this recipe because it gives us the freshness we need on hot summer days.
Since oat milk thickens when heated, I prefer to let the mint leaves steep for a few hours or overnight so their oils can infuse into the milk. Crush the mint leaves by hand, pour over the oat milk, and let steep.
When it comes to using oat milk, my favorite recipes are smoothies and yummy drinks with different flavors.
Vegan drinks plant-based have become my new favorite to replenish my energy during hot summer.
I am not vegan, but I am trying to limit my dairy consumption and switch more to plant-based milk.
I made my oat milk a few weeks ago and found that it has a nutty flavor, and its thickness helps turn any drink into a creamy concoction.
Use your favorite sweetener like maple syrup or pitted dates for extra sweetness. I prefer my homemade fir bud syrup.
What are the ingredients to make Minty oat milk?
To make the Minty oat milk, you only need five ingredients: fresh mint leaves, homemade oat milk, maple syrup or dates, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
If you do not want to make your oat milk, opt for a good organic one. Take a look at the label to avoid preservatives and additives.
Minty oat milk it’s creamy, silky smooth, and light with hints of cinnamon and mint. It is also gluten-free, vegan, and much cheaper than other plant-based drinks you buy in the supermarket.
Oat milk – unsweetened and simply flavored. Please make sure you shake it well before using it.
8 to 10 sprigs of mint leaves or more
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon
Sweetener of choice. I used 2 pitted dates.
2 ice cubes
Ceylon cinnamon for garnish.
I prefer cinnamon as it has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. If you want good quality cinnamon, go for organic and Ceylon Cinnamon.
How do you make this Minty oat milk?
Let the mint leaves steep for a few hours or overnight: the night before making this Minty oat milk, add the mint leaves to the oat milk so it can steep overnight.
The next day, stir the mixture and strain the mint leaves. However, you can also leave them in place. It is entirely up to you.
Add the minty oat milk to a blender or shaker along with your favorite sweetener, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, and 2 ice cubes.
Mix or shake until everything is well blended.
Garnish the drink with cinnamon powder.
Suggestions for serving:
Whipped coconut yogurt on top: whip up 2 tbsp organic coconut yogurt with 1 tsp coconut sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until well combined. You will get a fluffy and smooth delicious topping.
How to make oat milk?
If you want to replace your usual dairy products for various health reasons and you are still skeptical, try it, and you will change your mind afterward.
Oat milk has a natural sweetness, creamy texture, and mild oatmeal-like flavor.
Oats are rich in beta-glucans, a soluble fiber that helps lower harmful cholesterol levels.
Why do I prefer to make my oat milk at home?
Oat milk from the store can contain large amounts of sugar and preservatives. They are added to improve taste and shelf life.
How healthy is oat milk for you? Oat milk and endometriosis.
In short, oat milk is good for you because it is high in fiber and protein and promotes a healthy digestive system.
I drink this Minty oat milk drink after a workout or on days when I am low on energy because oat milk is rich in carbohydrates. So good carbohydrates are our body’s primary source of energy. The key is to enjoy them in moderation to avoid weight gain.
Oat milk is an excellent milk substitute for people with lactose intolerance, nut allergies, or concerns about hormone exposure from dairy.
From my experience and from some studies I have come across over the year, I can say that dairy can make endometriosis pain worse for some women. Choose non-dairy, plant-based milk alternatives such as oat, almond, hemp, etc.
Oats contain lots of fiber, which helps remove excess estrogen from the body that causes endometriosis flare-ups.
At least 30 grams of fiber per day will help keep your gut healthy and promote the elimination of excess estrogen, which is critical in endometriosis.
I would say that consuming oat milk in moderation might be okay. The downside of oat milk is that it contains a lot of carbohydrates, which spike your blood sugar levels. Consequently, your body will store more fat.
What are the ingredients to make the oat milk?
250 g or 1 cup of rolled oats
750 ml or 3 cups of water. I use 3 cups of water to make creamier milk.
Sweetener optional. You can use maple syrup or pitted dates.
A pinch of salt
Put rolled oats and water in a high-powered blender and blend for 40 seconds. You will notice that the water becomes creamy and white. Do not blend too much, or the consistency will be a little slimy.
Strain the oat milk: Use a clean towel and a fine sieve. Nut milk bags or a fine sieve alone will not work as too much pulp will come through.
Place a fine sieve over a large bowl.
Add a clean towel over the fine sieve.
Pour the oat milk through the towel.
Add your favorite flavorings, such as vanilla extract, dates, cacao powder, etc., and blend.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
I do not recommend soaking oats because you do not want a slimy texture.
The leftover oatmeal pulp will settle to the bottom of the container. The separation process is normal with any non-dairy milk. Just give it a good shake before using it!
If you blend too long, the oat milk can become slimy. I have found that the proper blending time is about 40 seconds.
I do not recommend heating the oat milk as it will become slimy and thicken.
I look forward to hearing from you. If you recreate this recipe or your version, please leave a comment below.
Until next time, be mindful of what drink you put in your glass to keep your hormones balanced, so you are happy and feeling good. And remember: moderation is essential – even when it comes to healthy foods.
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