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Milk alternatives: A guide to oat milk

Two glasses of oat milk next to a scoop of oats

Whether you’re lactose-free, vegan or just not a fan of cow’s milk, the rise in popularity of dairy-free milks means there is now an overwhelming choice on supermarket shelves. It can be difficult to know where to start so we’ve taken it back to basics: find out what they are and how best to serve them with our easy-to-follow guides.  Let’s start with oat milk…

What does oat milk taste like?

Just when we thought we couldn’t love oats anymore, along came oat milk to change the game. Naturally sweet, rich and creamy with a slightly thicker consistency than cow’s milk, we enjoy oat milk for its decadent taste and texture.

What’s the nutritional breakdown of oat milk?

Decadent it may taste but calorific it is not! Oat milk is low in fat and contains approximately 45 calories per 100ml. It’s also a source of fibre, in particular beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre linked to improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Many brands are fortified with calcium and sometimes vitamins D, B2 and B12 too.

It’s also one of the most sustainable milk alternatives around. Producing a (200ml) glass of cow’s milk every day for a year requires 650sq/m of land which is more than 10 times the amount required for oat milk!

The only downside is it’s much lower in protein than cows milk so makes a slightly less filling option.

How to use oat milk

Oat milk really is our one-and-only option when it comes to making the perfect coffee because its naturally sweet flavour balances the more bitter notes in everyones favourite caffeine fix. Plus, it will make your morning oat latte even richer and creamier.

Try it in chia puddings, or porridge or bircher muesli for even oatier oats!

First published: Mar 2022

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