Which types of oats to use:
- Different types of oats can be used - steel cut oats (Irish or Scottish), quick cooking oats, old fashioned rolled oats, whole oat groats.
- If using whole oat groats or steel-cut, pre-soaking for several hours or overnight is recommended if not using a high-speed blender. Drain off soaking liquid and rinse the soaked oats well before using in the recipe.
- Adding MCT oil to the creamer helps with the mouthfeel and richness factor, but it can be omitted, if desired. MCT is preferred over other refined coconut oils, but refined coconut oil can be used as can another liquid oil such as avocado, almond, macadamia, pumpkin seed, walnut, almond, or your favorite.
- To make Vanilla Oat Milk Coffee Creamer: Place the oats in a blender with fresh water. Add 2 tablespoons desired sweetener, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, and sea salt.
- To make Salted Caramel Oat Milk Coffee Creamer: Add 2 soft, pitted medjool dates along with the dry oats and water to a blender. Strain and stir in or blend in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and a pinch sea salt.
- To make Chocolate Truffle Oat Milk Coffee Creamer: Start with 1 cup rolled oats and 2 cups water in the blender. Add 1-2 tablespoons dark cacao or cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons sweetener of choice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch sea salt. Optional: add peppermint or creme de menthe extract for a mint chocolate creamer.
- To make Lavender Oat Milk Coffee Creamer: Add 1-2 teaspoons culinary lavender buds into the blender with the dry oats. Strain as directed and add vanilla extract, if desired, and sea salt. (This flavor doesn't last quite as long as the other variations - it lasts only 2-3 days.)
What to do with the oat pulp:
- Add to smoothies, cookies, muffins, pancakes for extra fiber.
- Combine with a little castile soap and use as a gentle face, hand, and body scrub.
- Place pulp in an old nylon stocking - tie a knot at the top and drop into bath water as a soothing soak.