If you’ve been a dedicated reader of keep it simpElle over the years, you might remember the days when I used to share my favourite coffee shops on rides. Well, the pandemic meant I had to figure out how to make an oat milk latte at home!
And I’m so excited with my findings I had to share because I know coffee has it’s own culture, not just within cycling. I’ve been testing out my oat milk latte recipe for months now and I did share some of the tools in my gift guide for cyclists under £150.
But now, I’m sharing the exact method, equipment and my favourite oat milk recommendations.
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How To Make An Oat Milk Latte At Home
When I first discovered I was lactose intolerant, soya milk was the only milk alternative that was widely available. Then almond milk got it’s hey-day and more recently oat milk has been the milk of choice, for me anyway.
Oat milk coffee is creamier, richer and you can make your oat milk latte at home, taste like it came out of the trendiest cafe.
I’ve toyed with the idea of buying a coffee machine over the years, but a) I don’t have space and b) I don’t drink enough coffee to warrant spending hundreds of pounds (I drink max 1 cup per day). But this method, costs less than £50… way less than £50 to get set up!
Meet the Bialetti Moka Express – how Italians make their espresso based drinks. I’ve got the 2 cup version as it’s typically just me I’m making coffee for. I use most of what I make but it could be split and saved for a second oat milk latte later in the day.
How To Use The Bialetti Moka Express
Here’s how I make my oat milk lattes at home using the Bialetti Moka Express. Its super simple, quick and easy to make the espresso and then all that’s let to do is add your milk, preferably with a good dollop of froth, and then sip away.
What You Need:
- Bialetti Moka Express
- Ground coffee (I use Lavazza Rosso)
- Oat Milk (I use Minor Figures)
- a mug (mine is even cycling themed!)
The Bialetti Moka Express has 3 parts – the base where you add the water, the central compartment where you add the coffee and the top compartment where the coffee and water come together to make your espresso.
First up, fill the base with water. I fill it till it just reaches the safety valve.
Then fill the round container with your ground coffee. Don’t pack it in, but flatten out the top and then wipe the edges of residue.
Pop that container into the base and screw the top of the Bialetti Moka Express onto the base.
Turn your hob on; I usually put it on 5 or 6 (the highest settings) and wait for the water to come to the boil. You’ll hear it.
Steam will start coming out of your Moka Express and when you stop hearing the sound of water boiling (this only takes a few minutes) remove it from the hob. Your espresso is ready!
Cleaning up is easy – ground coffee goes in the trash (or use them in your garden) and then clean your Bialetti Moka Express with water – no harsh soaps or chemicals are needed.
All that’s left to do, is pour your espresso in your cup and add your frothed oat milk.
How To Froth Oat Milk For Your Latte
So after I got my Bialetti Moka, the first question I had was how to froth oat milk without a frother. I had a milk frother whisk like this one but it got bent so didn’t work very well anymore.
Apparently you can froth oat milk by shaking it in a jar, using a hand blender, regular blender, food processor or whisk it by hand. All of which seem like too much work or too much washing up just for a mug of milk, huh?!
So when my friend Lex told me she had a spare one I could buy off her – the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 – I jumped at the chance.
I love that you can froth the oat milk and heat it up at the same time. It holds enough for one oat milk latte.
I currently use Minor Figures Oat Milk which is Barista quality. I have also been recommended:
- Oatly Barista
- Alpro Oat Barista
- Califia Farms (I love Califia Farms generally and they have an Oat Barista version so can’t wait to try this!)
Oat Milk Latte Recipes
Once you’ve nailed making your espresso at home, you can create so many different varieties of an oat milk latte. In the summer, and iced oat milk latte recipe might be more up your street, or if you’ve looking for a break from the dark stuff, maybe an oat milk matcha latte might take your fancy?
How To Make An Iced Oat Milk Latte
It’s so easy to make an iced coffee with oat milk and add some froth with the Nespresso Aeroccino 3
- Fill your Bialetti Moka Express base with water up to the safety valve
- Add your ground coffee to the round central compartment. Fill it (don’t pack it) and then level it off and remove residue from the edges
- Place the container with coffee into the base and screw the top of the Bialetti Moka Express onto the base
- Once your espresso is ready, add to your glass / cup
- Meanwhile, froth your cold oat milk (press and hold on the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 for cold milk)
- Top up your espresso with cols oat milk, add ice and then add your froth cold milk to fill your glass
How To Make Oat Milk Matcha Latte
An oat milk matcha latte is slightly different as it’s not an espresso based drink. You use matcha green tea as the base instead. The nutrients in matcha are equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea
Oat Milk Matcha Latte Ingredients
- 3/4 cup oat milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- agave syrup to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp)
Oat Milk Matcha Latte Method
- Warm 3/4 cup oat milk using a milk frother, saucepan or microwave
- Stir in 1tsp of matcha powder to 1/4 cup of water and stir till smooth (you could also use the milk frother for this)
- Add oat milk to matcha mixture and stir.
- Add agave syrup (or sweetener of choice) to taste
There are so many different variations on an oat milk latte that you can make at home once you’ve nailed the espresso! You can add flavours like vanilla, or caramel… (I love these zero calorie drops) … whatever takes your fancy!
What’s your favourite way to make and drink your coffee?!