Move over, almond milk. There’s a new dairy milk alternative that’s sweeping the nation. So what exactly is oat milk?
Oat milk is made from steel-cut oats that are soaked in water, blended, then strained to make a creamy, non-dairy milk. The trend, which became popular in Sweden, has taken off this year in the U.S., with capoatcinos, macchioatos, and the option for oat milk popping up on coffee shop menus. Here are 5 tOATally awesome reasons to try oat milk.
Unlike nut milks, which require nuts to be soaked in water overnight for easier digestion, oat milk only asks that you soak the oats for a quick 20 minutes, so you can whip it up without much planning ahead. (Check out our easy recipes here.) Bonus: the leftover oat pulp can be repurposed into cookies, smoothies, pancakes, dehydrated flour… Oatmeal cookies with oat milk just feels right.
If you’re dairy intolerant, vegan, allergic to nuts, or simply don’t like the flavor of nut milks, oat milk is an excellent alternative.
A bag of Brandless Organic Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats is $3 for 24 oz. It takes one ounce of oats to make one cup of oat milk. That’s 24 cups of oat milk from one $3 bag!
Ethical treatment of dairy cows aside, the amount of land and water it takes to keep cows is a strain on our planet’s resources. It takes 48 gallons of water to make one cup of cow milk, whereas it only takes about 18 gallons of water to make an ounce of oats — and 1 ounce of oats yields one cup of milk.
The economical, dietary, and environmental reasons to choose oat milk are compelling, but perhaps the most important concern is, does it taste good? The answer is a resounding yes! Oat milk has a creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor, making it the perfect plant-based milk for coffee and tea. You can use it to make frothy lattes, creamy soups, fluffy pancakes, or anywhere that calls for milk. Oat-yeah.