Here’s The 411 On Oat Milk As A Dairy Substitute

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From hot chocolate to lattes to cappuccinos to smoothies, oat milk lets anyone who might be lactose intolerant, vegan or just opting out of dairy-based foods enjoy the thrills of a creamy beverage. (And you won’t have to suffer through that weird bitter-burnt taste you might get from a nut milk latte.)

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Oat milk is made by soaking steel-cut oats or rolled oats in water, blending the mixture together and then straining the mixture through cheesecloth. During the blending process, you can add any extra flavoring components. If you want something sweet, add a little vanilla extract. If you want something a little more on the savory side, add some sea salt.

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Milk from oats is creamier than nut milk. Since oats absorb water more easily than nuts do, more of the food itself winds up passing through the strainer, which makes oat milk naturally creamier than nut milk without the addition of any thickeners. Unlike some kinds of nut milk, which might have a hard time foaming up, oat milk reaches that foamy and creamy level that you want in your coffee or tea.

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The 25-year-old Swedish company Oatly is a pioneer in the oat milk world. Not only will you find Oatly on grocery store shelves, but you’ll find it at specialty coffee shops around the nation. For every 100-milliliter serving (which is a bit less than a half a cup), Oatly has 1.5 grams of fat, 6.6 grams of carbohydrates, 4.1 grams of natural sugar from the oats, .8 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.

Oatly’s milk has also has been enriched with calcium, vitamins and beta-glucans, which are known to be good for your heart. Oh, and there’s no added sugar in this leading oat milk brand — any sweetness comes from the oats themselves.

Other oat milk brands that you might come across in cafes and supermarkets include Elmhurst and Pacific.

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While there is a time and a place for nut milk, the process of making it can take a toll on our environment. This is where oat milk comes in. Oats require six times less water to grow than almonds do, so it’s already a more eco-friendly option.

If you ask us, it’s time to take a break from almond and soy milk give the oats a try.