Oat Milk is the New Milk – But What Is It?

Just like other forms of alternative milk, oat milk is quickly becoming the new trend in dairy. Oat milk is just that, a product made from oats. Unlike other types of milk, it is also the first type of milk to gain its growth and popularity from the independent coffee shop industry.

Oat milk is also an environmentally conscious choice for a dairy alternative,  as it can take three gallons of water to grow one almond, and almonds are primarily grown in California, which is a state with a lot of droughts. In addition, oats grow well among weeds, so there is less of a need for herbicide.

Pesticides and phosphates are commonly used on crops, but do not appear in crops with oats. The most popular oat milk brand, Oatly Milk, also use sunflower oil or grapeseed oil, which has less of a negative environmental impact than soybean oil or other options. From an environmental standpoint, oat milk has no real downside compared to almond milk or soy milk.

In terms of nutritional value, oat milk is pretty similar to other alternative dairy milks. Oat Milk contains five grams of fat and two grams of protein, although it does contain more sugar than other types of milk. Oat milk still contains essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D and calcium.

One downside of oat milk is that presently it is still more expensive than other types of milk, although this is partly due to oat milk not being as readily available to the public as cashew milk, almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk. Presently, oat milk is nearly one dollar more than almond milk.

In terms of consistency, coffee drinkers seem to agree that oat milk is the closest in consistency to cow milk, and is the ideal choice for iced drinks as oat milk does not clump up or curdle in the cup.