Whether you are dairy free by choice, or are lactose intolerant there are lots of options for those looking for an alternative to milk: almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, rice milk, and more. A personal favorite is oat milk. It is one of the few dairy-free milks that are not made from nuts so it's also great for nut free households out there.
What is oat milk?
Oat milk is made from the straining of oats that are soaked into water, blended, then strained. Oats absorb water easier than nuts if blended enough, so more of the oats themselves strain into the liquid which gives oat milk a creamy texture.
What are the health benefits of oat milk?
One cup of oat milk provides 2 grams of fiber, 4g of protein, 35% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, 25% for vitamin D, and 10% for iron. Oats also contain the B vitamins thiamin and folate, the minerals magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper, as well as a variety of other vitamins and minerals in trace amounts. Oats are known for their heart healthy benefits and ability to keep cholesterol levels in check. They contain beta-glucan, which is a soluble fiber, and has shown to have potent cholesterol-lowing properties.
So how do all of this stack up to the alternatives? Compared to cow and soy milk it does have less protein however it does have more than coconut, rice, almond and cashew. As fiber is concerned Oat milk is the clear winner; cow's milk contains 0g of fiber while almond and soy have 1g and Oat milk 2g.
How can you drink oat milk?
Because of its natural creaminess, oat milk is often used in coffee to make lattes and cappuccinos. It is quickly becoming the preferred milk of choice over cow's milk, almond, and soy. Oat milk also often used in smoothies, soups, and baked goods and as a substitute for anything that calls for cow's milk. Try our favorite Oatly. We especially love Oatly Barista Edition in our morning latte.