Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan or simply prefer eating dairy-free, there’s an overwhelming array of milk options to choose from. Oat milk is a mild, creamy alternative, that, unlike its almond counterpart, won’t separate in your morning coffee and mixes easily in smoothies and baked goods. Here’s what you need to know about this popular milk alternative if you’re considering making the switch.
Pair with Coffee
The creamy consistency lends itself to foamy coffee drinks. Califia Farms
If you’ve noticed oat milk popping up as an option in your local coffee shops, it’s because the creaminess and thicker consistency make it a perfect addition to lattes and cappuccinos. It can also be blended in smoothies or used as a substitute for cow’s milk when cooking casseroles, pancakes, soups and more. Want to drink a glass of oat milk on its own? Go ahead—it makes a great pre-workout energy drink too.
Sweeten Baked Goods
Comes in shelf-stable BPA-free cartons to preserve flavor and freshness, but must be refrigerated after opening. Pacific Foods
Oat milk is steel-cut or whole oats blended with water, then strained to create a smooth, creamy liquid. Because oats absorb water more easily than nuts, it has a creamier texture than nut milk and is naturally sweet. But if you’re monitoring your sugar intake, be sure to check the labels for added sweeteners or flavoring.
Up Your Protein
Find only 4 grams of natural sugars in this plant-based milk. Oatly
Oat milk contains 1 to 4 grams of protein, which is key for those who stick to a plant-based diet. Most oat milks are also fortified with vitamins D and B12. And while it’s a little higher in carbohydrates than nut milk, oat milk provides energy through carbs and fiber as opposed to fat.