Oatmilk the New Alternative?

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Good morning food lovers! The other day I was shopping for groceries and notice that the store was featuring oatmilk in the dairy section. I had heard a lot about coffee shops including oatmilk as a choice for their beverages and I wanted to taste what all the fuss was about. The store had a dollar off coupon which made the price less than $3 for my quart of oatmilk so, why not?

Before I poured any oatmilk in my coffee I gave it a taste. The milk tasted very creamy and of course had the flavor of the familiar bowl of oats. The texture was quite thick and I didn’t think I would be using the milk in a bowl of cereal anytime soon. In all it was palatable and I proceeded to add it to my cup of coffee and the taste was delicious. Once in the coffee I did not taste the oatmeal flavor as much but the milk’s thick texture brought out the coffee flavors in my Kenya blend coffee from Starbucks. Are you an oatmilk lover?

HOW IS OATMILK MADE?

I read an article from Good Housekeeping about what we need to know about oatmilk. It is made in a similar way the Asians have been making coconut milk used in many of their drink and food recipes. Oats are soaked in water for some time then strained to get the liquid out. This simple recipe is also vegan friendly. Simple enough, but are there any benefits?

IS OATMILK GOOD FOR YOU?

We’ve all heard that oatmeal is good for us with it’s 100% whole grain goodness along with zero sugars and saturated fats. Oatmeal has been touted as a good way to improve your cholesterol levels, immunity, and gut health. Although at 90 to 120 calories per cup it might not be the thing for weight loss and carbs are high being around 15-20 grams per cup. In all I believe everything in moderation. I feel that oatmilk has plenty of benefits but it is not a one fits all.

I enjoyed the taste and I haven’t had many stomach issues since using it in place of dairy milks. Of the alternative milks oatmilk is becoming my favorite. I recommend to give it a try and see what you think about it. Below are some articles that tell a little more about oatmilk and how it can be used.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/style/oat-milk-coffee-oatly

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/theresatamkins/is-oat-milk-healthy-nutrition

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