It is no longer news that not all milk are from cows or animals. Non-dairy milk (made from plants) are now finding their way to the milk store. Some of these alternative milk include almond milk, rice milk, cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk and hemp milk. Although, they vary in nutrient, they have however, made it to the point of comparability with dairy milk.
One of the best of non-diary milk was recently introduced and have not just made it to meal tables but to chef lists, health expert recommendation list and food industry recommended combination with their product such as Espresso drinks (The thick Italian Coffee). This milk is no other but the new OAT MILK.
The demand rate for oat milk is such that the Swedish company Oatly, which is a very popular oat milk brand in the US, went out of stock last month. They had to address the pressing issue with the following reply on their twitter post “Can’t get your hands on a carton of oat milk? We hear you and we have a solid plan to get you all the oat milk you’ll ever want, ASAP.” The company also added “We’re building a shiny new oat milk factory in the USA! It’ll be our first North American facility and will help us expand production by 8x once it’s ready in early spring. We’re also working with current production partners to ramp up oat milk output as much as we can.”
Oat milk is highly sort after that an Amazon seller was selling a 12-pack of Oatly Barista Blend Oat Milk for $226.12 during the period of scarcity. But why the crazy need for this particular non-dairy milk?
Just like Oat milk lovers, Leah Kaufman, MS, CDE, RD, owner of Leah Kaufman Nutrition gives credits to its thick, creamy texture: “It’s very tasty” she added. Oat milk is said to be great for people who are lactose intolerant, vegan or just watching their weight. It is the perfect milk for making creamy espresso drinks. And lots more.
How to make yours at home
The steps are simpler than simple… Let’s do this:
1. Soak oats in purified water for at least 30 minutes. This will soften the oats and remove the phytic acid that prevents proper digestion.
2. After soaking, drain and rinse the oats very well then discard the water.
3. Put the drained oats in a blender and add about three cups of water (based on quantity and desired outcome), and sea salt in it. Blend for about one to two minutes.
4. Strain the pulp in the cheese-cloth to extract the milk. The pulp can also be used to make smoothies or snack-bars.
5. Your oat milk is now ready and should be stored in the refrigerator and use within three to five days. Also, shake well before drinking it.
More Benefits of Oat Milk
- Contains about twice the amount of Vitamin A from cow milk.
- Zero Cholesterol
- Low in calories makes it a low-fat product for those watching their weight
- Rich in calcium
- Contains more fiber which makes it satisfying for a longer time
I am ready with my glass for another Oat milk round. Invite me when yours is ready…