Firstly what is oat milk? It’s the creamy, delicious and nutritious liquid made by blending and extracting pure, whole oats with fresh water. It can be flavoured in a variety of ways and is commonly used by people who follow vegan diets or have food allergies or intolerance as a dairy replacement. Oat milk is very versatile and can be a simple and tasty milk in your morning tea or coffee, or it can be baked and cooked with, adding a rich, creamy and hearty flavour to food and drink alike. It’s now common to see oat milk as a standard dairy alternative at cafes and shops, and today we’re going to find out just how many of the benefits of oats are present in the milk.
What is Oat Milk?
Of course, it’s not really a ‘milk’, not in the sense that it was milked from an animal. Oat milk is made by processing – aka blending at very high speeds – rolled oats with water. That’s the very simplest recipe, but many people add different things, such as a hint of vanilla, a pinch of salt, a spoonful of syrup. Why rolled oats? Quick oats are the most processed form of oats and tend to yield a slimier milk, while steel cut oats are not processed enough, and are more difficult to get a rich milk from. Rolled oats are perfect – not so processed as to go slimy, but processed enough as to yield a rich, creamy milk.
The best oat milk is homemade. Fresh and delicious, you have the luxury of knowing that it’s completely free of additives. Many commercially grown oats, while being naturally gluten-free, are often processed on equipment that was similarly used for wheat, barley or rye. This means that it’s very difficult for coeliacs and people with gluten or wheat sensitives to tell if a store-bought oat milk will be safe for their consumption. Therefore, choosing an organic, certified gluten-free oat is essential.
Oat milk is such a versatile ingredient that you can use it to substitute real milk in many instances, not just for your morning coffee or tea. Our recipes section is full of delicious foodie recipes you can try that incorporate oat milk as well as oats. At GF Oats, we really love oats because of how great they taste, how good they are for you and how flexible it is to add them into your everyday diet with minimal effort. Oats used to just be your staple breakfast food but not it’s so much more than that. A staple in coffee shops for smoothies, amazing for oat cookies and great additives to your morning or typical greek yoghurt for some crunch and extra flavour.
What are the benefits of Oat Milk
So what health benefits does oat milk bring to the table? The nutritional stats of oat milk are as follows: 130 calories, 2.5g total fat, 0g saturated fats, 2 grams fibre, 4 grams protein, 25% DV for calcium, and 20% DV for vitamin D. Sounds pretty good, yeah? Let’s compare with the traditional choice of cow’s milk: 161 calories, 8g fat, 0g fibre, 7.7g protein, 25% DV for vitamin D, and 30% DV for calcium. Out of most vegan milk substitutes, oat milk contains one of the highest amounts of fibre, making it a nutritious diary alternative. It also contains a higher percentage of carbs, which is to be expected when dealing with a milk made from a grain.
Out of many of the current go-to’s for a milk alternative, oat milk is one of the most, if not the healthiest milk option to go for because of its great fibre content. Fibre is really important for your body as it aids digestion and can reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and bowel cancer, and it’s great if you’re looking for weight loss as it makes you feel fuller for longer. As we age, it becomes an even more important part of a healthy diet to maintain healthy digestion and usually, people tend to get their fibre through fruits and greens but oats are also packed with them, whether you want to eat them for cereal or have some in your latte.
What’s the best Oat Milk
In order to bring the best oat milk to your table, we recommend making it yourself. By making it yourself – you know precisely what kind of oats you’re using, particularly if you’re aware of any intolerances and sensitives, and homemade oat milk is free of the preservatives store-bought oat milk manufacturers are obliged to use in order to keep their products shelf-stable. Amongst preservatives, manufacturers also alter their production methods by superheating the oat milk, which can destroy the naturally occurring vitamins.
These minerals are frequently added back in again, along with things such as xanthan gum to provide a good froth for baristas. If you’d like to avoid these things, check out our easy step by step process on how to make your own delicious oat milk that will keep for a week on our blog post, and if you’d like a little guidance and assurance you can also use our oat milk kit, which has everything you need to get you started.
If you’re looking for recipes on how you can use Oat Milk, we have many in our Recipes section. Experiment and substitute other milk for Oat Milk and see how you go. At GF Oats, we truly feel that our gluten friendly oats are one of the best ingredients to incorporate into your diet and use in multiple ways. From making viral TikTok dalgona coffees to your usual morning oatmeal breakfast!
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