While veganism is being discussed in mainstream news as a way to combat climate change, vegan foods are not without their ecological impact.
Almond milk has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, which is why I was interested in a recent thread on our Facebook Group.
Jess had taken to making her own oat milk and she was asking what to do with the used oats to save them ending up as food waste.
Here’s what other members suggested:
Here at Zero Waste Towers, I make an exfoliator for my face using oats and yogurt. The best bit? You can eat the leftovers! Cait suggested using oats for an all over body treat, she wrote “Body scrub for dry, scaly legs and arms. Add a drop of lavender oil.”
Alex said “You can add a little to bread dough or other baking“. She went on to explain “my guess would be to try substituting for 10% of the flour by weight, then add a little more flour at the kneading stage if it seems a bit wet. Oats can give a bit of a dry crumbly texture, so avoid skimping on fats & any binding agents you use.”
Add to cookies
Claire said “I normally make my cookies with oats, shredded coconut, banana and cinnamon. The banana replaces the need for sugar, egg or butter. When I’ve made oat milk, I use the oat pulp in place of the oats, but I’m sure you could work it into most cake or cookie recipes”
Add to fruit crumble toppings
Sadie shared “I just made crumble topping with oats in so maybe dry the pulp out, crumble it up and add to a recipe. You can freeze the topping in batches! Great with foraged blackberries !”
Make overnight soaked oats
One of my favourite breakfasts is oats soaked overnight in yogurt – the oats swell and add a delicious creamy consistency which tastes amazing when served with fruit. Georgina said “I bet they’d reabsorb yoghurt and make lovely fridge porridge” Claire added “also works great for breakfast oats! The texture is a bit slimy so you may want to add rolled oats or nuts etc.“]
More Breakfast ideas
Jen suggested ” I don’t blend the soaked oats, I just sieve them. I have them for breakfast mashed with a banana & nut butter. With a sliced apple, seeds and cacao nibs on top ”
If you’re interested in making your own oat milk, here’s a recipe to try:
Jess’s oat milk recipe – 1 litre
1-2 tbsp sweetener such as honey or maple syrup (optional)
900ml water, plus extra for soaking
Soak the oats in cold water for 30 minutes
Rinse and drain the oats, then put in a blender with 900ml fresh cold water
Blitz for 30 seconds
Pour the oat milk through a fine sieve, pressing the oat pulp with a wooden spoon (the recipe then suggests discarding the oats, but you know what to do with yours now!)
Stir the sweetener in if using, and re blend until combined.
Stores for 5 days in the fridge
What about you – how would you use the spent oats to make this a zero waste oat milk recipe?