There's No Reason To Pay $200 for Oat Milk. Period.

While an oat milk shortage is raising prices, we're enjoying a DIY.

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If we’ve learned one lesson this year, it’s to never take your oat milk for granted.

The alternative milk, which was invented by Swedish company Oatly, arrived in America in 2016, where its creamy texture and rich flavor quickly caused a frenzy. Though it was fun while it lasted, the demand for Oatly outgrew the supply, causing a major oat milk shortage this year. According to Oatly’s website, the bestselling milk is out of stock until January, and expected to sell out again shortly after its return. So basically, you’ll need the best WiFi connection possible to get your hands on the next batch.

In the meantime, sellers on Amazon are attaching a (seriously) hefty price tag to the oat milk that remains. This two-liter package is priced at $55. Oh, and if you want to buy in bulk? A case of the good stuff (12 cartons in total) will set you back a cool $222. So, there’s that.

Luckily, we at Food Network happen to know a thing or two about oat milk. For example, did you know that you could make a DIY version in just a few simple steps? We did. Here’s how:

First, soak your preferred oats (old-fashioned or steel cut) in water for six hours or overnight. Next, blend the oats with more water and strain. Finally, whisk in a few pantry ingredients — vanilla, maple syrup and salt — and enjoy. Sounds pretty good, right? Just wait ‘til you add it to a latte.

If you really want to spend more than $200 on oat milk, we won’t stop you. But making your own is both inexpensive and super easy — just sayin’.

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