(NEWS CENTER) -- Cutting back on dairy may help trim your waistline and give your digestion system a bit of a break.
But many dairy products give us the calcium, fiber, and protein we need to maintain a healthy diet. Guiding Stars Expert Chef Erin Dow shares her recipe for oat milk, something that can be used in place of milk to get your dose of nutrients like Vitamins E and A.
1 cup old fashioned oats
3 cups water
1-2 T. maple syrup
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/8 t. ground cinnamon
In a small bowl, cover oats with cold water and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse oats under cool water.
In a blender, combine the rinsed oats with 3 cups of water and blend on medium for 10-12 seconds. Oats do not need to be completely puréed.
Strain the oat milk through a fine mesh strainer twice to remove any oat pulp. Stir in syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon if desired.
Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.