Move Over, Almond Milk

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Lactose free alternatives to milk have increased in popularity over the last decade, with almond milk a clear leader among the wide variety of options available. I myself have been known to keep unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my fridge to use for mixing my favorite daily vitamin supplement shakes.

But there’s a new, thicker, creamier, sweeter variety moving in & pushing almond milk out of the top spot this year, & when I heard I couldn’t wait to try it. What is this new milk that’s got me so excited, you ask? Oat milk.

In the same way almond milk is made by soaking almonds in water & straining the liquid, oat milk is made by soaking steel cut or whole oats in water, then blending, & straining the liquid through a cheesecloth. This produces a milk with a thicker consistency & slightly sweeter, yet neutral flavor than the other non dairy varieties.

Oat milk offers several advantages compared to nut milks, one being that it’s a safe option for those with nut or soy allergies looking for a dairy free milk, & it’s also more affordable & environmentally friendly than nut milks. Another benefit is that it’s gluten free, making it a safer option for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease- but still read labels, some oat milks may be processed with the same equipment as grains containing gluten.

Oat milk also contains heart healthy plant oils in small amounts, & is lower in sodium & saturated fat than the other available options. While numbers may vary by brand, the average cup contains the following:

  • 130 calories
  • 2.5g fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 2g fiber
  • 4g protein
  • 35% recommended daily calcium
  • 25% recommended daily Vitamin D

The label on this oat milk I found available at my local Target confirms that the numbers do indeed vary by brand. Oat milk is higher in calories than dairy & lower in protein than both dairy & soy milk, but does contain more protein than other plant based milks. This milk option also offers the highest fiber content of all, & contains thiamin, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc & copper. You will also find that oat milk is higher in carbs, but nut milk is higher in fat, however, carbs = energy to burn, so it could be a good option for mixing with your pre-workout protein shakes. 😉 

I know you’re wondering, does it live up to the hype it’s getting as the new “thing” in dairy free milk for 2019? I tried it, first by itself, then instead of almond milk for my shakes.

I could see a difference as soon as I poured my glass, in the thickness & creaminess of this milk. I enjoyed it with some delicious Russian pastries made by my friends mother, & I can use the word “enjoyed” honestly in this sentence. The flavor is definitely a little sweeter than the other non dairy varieties, but the taste will remind you a bit of eating a bowl of oatmeal, if that makes sense.

When I used it to mix my vitamin shake, I made sure to use my favorite flavor, cause that’s the best way to test it, right? I poured 10oz in my shaker bottle, then half a packet of apple pie Lifestyle Mix, & gave it a good shake. Compared to my usual almond milk, this shake was much thicker & creamier, & tasted even better! Oat milk definitely wins in this area.

The only thing I’ve yet to try it in, is coffee. I hear oat milk lattes are the, have you tried one yet? If you have, comment & let me know what you thought!

-Walking by Faith & Thriving Through Life, Gerri


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