As the weather gets crisp I’m into making a hot drink every evening. I love to experiment with my new nut milk maker, and one of the easiest things to make is to make your own oat milk. Oats need no soaking time (unlike almonds or macadamia nuts) and homemade oat “milk” is satisfyingly creamy.
I add a pitted, chopped Medjool date right before blending – it adds some fibre and sweetness to the liquid. The leftover oat bits can be saved in the refrigerator for a few days – and popped into muffin mix, pancakes or into your morning oatmeal.
Here is my favourite drink using spices you probably already have on hand:
Hot Oat Milk Spice Drink
- 2 cups oat milk (make your own in a nut milk device or just strain liquid after blending oats + pitted date + water in a blender)
- 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
- 1/4 inch piece of fresh turmeric root, peeled and minced
- 2-3 dashes of cinnamon to taste
- optional: maple syrup (it may already be sweet enough from the date)
Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan and warm through until it is hot. Pour into mugs and add maple syrup if desired. SERVES 2.
In Chinese Medicine, these spices are gently warming and help boost digestive energy.