We quite like non-dairy milk in our house.  Our Nana is allergic to cows milk and is a long-time soya milk devotee.  D and I prefer almond milk for those days when we feel bloated and run down.  I also like coconut in my coffee and we’ve dabbled with oat milk too.  I often order a soya latte just because I like it.

But it’s always all so pricey.  At £1.60-£1.70 per litre I started thinking about doing it cheaper.  After all, one of the reasons almond milk is so low in calories is that is really low in almonds.  For instance, this is the ingredients in Alpro original almond milk, highlighting another bugbear.  The additives.

Ingredients
Water, ALMOND (2%), Calcium (Tri-Calcium Phosphate), Sea Salt, Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B2), B12, E, D2), May contains traces of HAZELNUTS

I think most people when buying a milk alternative are looking for something full of nutrition and consider that they are buying something good for them.  But in my opinion, these highly processed foods full of gum and added vitamins are not really natural, health foods.  (Don’t get me started on veggie/vegan ‘deserts’ and processed meat substitutes).

Anyway, that’s another post.  So, I can buy oats for 75p at my local Tescos.  We eat these very regularly and the oats are a bit dusty and not great huge flakes, but that’s irrelevant for this.

I put a handful or so in a big jug of cold water.  Lets say 100g so we know it’s cost 7.5p.  I left them for a bit , then whizzed them in the blender.  I then put them through a sieve and then squeezed it through a muslin.

Tomorrow I am buying cheap almonds in bulk from Tiba (probably) to make almond milk.  I shall investigate if either milk freeze okay.  But I can confirm the oat milk tastes great.  I’m sure it wont last well and you need a good slosh in tea for it to look ‘right’, but I’m very happy with my latest money saver.