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(NEWS CENTER) -- Cutting back on dairy may help trim your waistline and give your digestion system a bit of a break.

But many dairy productsgive us the calcium, fiber, and protein we needto maintain a healthy diet. Guiding Stars Expert Chef Erin Dow shares herrecipe for oat milk, something that can be used in place of milk to get your dose of nutrients like Vitamins E and A.

Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned oats
3 cups water

Optional:
1-2 T. maple syrup
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/8 t. ground cinnamon

Directions:

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.

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