More often than not, a new post on Golubka is born out of a food crush that I acquire during the week. When it comes to food, I crush often and hard. This week, my heart was stolen by homemade oat milk. Something about its mild taste and grainy texture really does it for me and brings me back to those childhood breakfasts that would frequently consist of a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Food related nostalgia is one of the things that drives me the most as a home cook, is it that way for everyone?
Making oat milk is just as simple, if not easier, as making nut milk. Just soak and blend, no straining required, and you are all set.
I really like the idea of adding oat milk to a breakfast smoothie, it contributes a nice, comforting feel to any sort of fruit shake and makes it a bit more hearty. Here, we combined it with a fig and grape smoothie. I've talked about my strong love for figs before - there are few things I look forward to more during late summer. And their taste combines so effortlessly and well with all the beautiful varieties of grapes that become available during this time of year.
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Late Summer Oat Milk Smoothie
1 cup oat groats - preferably raw
3 cups purified water, plus some water for soaking the groats
Cover oat groats with purified water and leave to soak overnight. Drain and rinse. In a high-speed blender, combine the groats with 3 cups of water until very smooth. You should end up with a drinkable yogurt kind of consistency. Keep refrigerated. Add to smoothies or top with fruit for breakfast.
Oat Milk Smoothie Layer
1 cup oat milk
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon raw honey
dash of cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Fig and Grape Smoothie
1 cup oat milk
2 cups ice cubes
4 cups grapes - your favourite kind
1 cup ripe figs
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 vanilla bean - optional
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour to fill 2/3 of a glass. Top with the oat milk layer, pouring carefully. Enjoy through a glass straw.