Whether you live on a boat, in a house, or in a tree, coffee plays an important role in many of our lives. And hand in hand with coffee is cream. Whether it’s corn syrup solids, dairy cream, coconut milk, almond milk or oat milk, adding cream in coffee is almost as much of a ritual as the coffee itself. And there are many people who would prefer to have no coffee if cream isn’t to be found.
Personally I love coffee with or without cream. OKAY that’s not true. It really depends on the coffee. However, I won’t deny the absolute feeling of comfort and satisfaction when I take a sip of a hot latte.
Living on a boat without a fridge has created many challenges for us, challenges that we get to try and overcome creatively! We use to buy Irish Cream and add that to our coffee because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. We decided that alcohol probably wasn’t the best thing to have early in the morning, so we started looking for alternatives.
Our ultimate favourite thing is coffee with a fresh chunk of coconut, but that’s not something that’s easily salvaged off the rocky shore of Lake Ontario. When in the Caribbean mates, when in the Caribbean.
So, without further ado, our latest find…. Oat milk/cream! I’m not talking about the oat milk you buy off the shelf, I’m talking about FRESH HOMEMADE OAT MILK. I’m sure living without a fridge could be considered troublesome, for us it means we get to make fresh oat milk everyday. In fact it’s become some what of a ritual down here on our boat Kokomo. It takes about 5 minutes to make the oat milk, and that’s enough time to boil the water, grind the beans and let the coffee brew.
Benefits of Oat milk:
- Cheap: All you need is oats, water, oil, magic bullet
- Environmentally Friendly: No need to ship tonnes of liquid like in other milks such as almond. No refrigerator or milk from animals
- Convenience: Make anytime anywhere
- Customization: Make it taste however you wish!
What you will need:
- Magic bullet or other food processor: Magic bullet requires little power, we run ours off our 100 watt solar panel
- Oats: We use quick oats, but you can use any kind
- Oil: We use Canola oil because it is relatively flavorless and it has a good ratio of omega 3’s.
- Water: Any
- Sweetener: Optional. We add maple syrup because it blends well with the milk.
- Flavour: Feel free to add vanilla extract or another flavour of your choosing!
Step 1: Mix oats and water in a blender cup. Use a ratio of 1 oat to 3 water. We use a 1/2 cup oats for 1 1/2 cups water, which is more than enough for 4 US cups of coffee.
If you want to make a cup of oat milk, you will need a 1/3 cup oats, to 2/3 cups water.
Step 2: Blend the oats and water for a few seconds.
Step 3: Strain the oats and water into another cup. Place the oat lump on a plate. You can eat it later, or use it in a recipe. I like to make oat pancakes! Continue straining the oat milk back and forth and repeat until there are no oat pieces remaining.
Step 4: Once you have removed all the oat pieces, then you are ready to add the oil and sweetener. Depending on how fatty you want your milk or cream, you can add that amount of oil. We like to have the oat cream be 10% fat. That means, we eye ball how much the amount of milk, and add 10% of oil into the cup. With the sugar we may add a teaspoon, or sprinkle some to taste. You may have to blend it together, and taste it to see how much more oil or sugar you would like to add. Then blend for 10 seconds until smooth and creamy.
Step 5: While you make the oat cream, or milk, you can brew your coffee. Once the oat milk is finished, pour the oat milk into the coffee to make the oat latte. Voila!
We hope that you enjoy making oat milk as much as we do. Share with us any thoughts or tricks you might have! We absolutely love to learn.