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.
What does it 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?
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! So if you needed one more reason to swap to a glass of the oaty stuff, this is it.*
The only downside it it’s much lower in protein than cows milk so makes a slightly less filling option.
How to use it?
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.
Some of our favourites:
Oatly Barista Edition (Ocado, £1.80) is best for creating the frothiest, foamiest coffee around. They’ve also introduced whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk equivalents making it perfect for anything from creamy to lighter drinks.
More healthy recipes that can easily be made with oat milk: