Just a few years ago, dairy milk was your only option in most coffee shops and restaurants. Vegans and folks with lactose intolerance had to steer clear of milk-based beverages and stick to black coffee. Fast forward to today, plant milk options are pretty much everywhere they serve coffee. Oat milk is the newest kid on the block. It tastes good and is relatively inexpensive. But the burning question remains – can you froth oat milk? Let’s find out together!
- What is oat milk made of?
- What does oat milk taste and look like?
- Can you froth oat milk?
- How to froth oat milk
- Why oat milk is better for coffee
- Benefits of oat milk
What is oat milk made of?
Oat milk is made from whole, unprocessed oats, so it predominantly consists of carbs, fat, and protein. One 8 oz serving of oat milk contains 16 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat(1). Most oat milk you find in stores is further fortified with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and vitamin D.
Believe it or not, oat milk has been on the market for over 20 years but only gained massive popularity 5 years ago! The main reason is the rise in veganism. Switching to oat milk is frequently the first step towards this lifestyle change and making more eco-conscious choices.kes it more bitter and less potent.
What does oat milk taste and look like?
Oat milk is easy to tell apart from dairy milk, mainly because it looks thicker and more tan. Due to its high carbohydrate content, oat milk is slightly sweet and creamy. Even though it’s unconventional, oat milk is worshiped by dairy milk lovers too!
Comercial, plain oat milk can range from grey to tan, depending on the processing. If you’ve ever tried to make it at home, you’ll notice a layer of sediment at the bottom – a smooth residue from the oat grains. This is why you should use a cheesecloth to strain the milk.
Oat milk has a thicker texture than other plant-based milk and a creamy mouthfeel that mimics dairy milk. However, the texture can vary depending on the manufacturer. Some brands have thinner oat milk. If you make it at home, you can change its consistency by adjusting the water to oats ratio.
When you first taste oat milk, you’ll notice a familiar flavor. It comes close to cow’s milk but has an oaty aftertaste that gives it away. Oat milk is naturally sweeter than dairy milk but not sugary. It’s light and works excellent with sweet and savory combinations.
Can you froth oat milk?
All these features sound perfect, but can you froth oat milk for lattes? Surprisingly yes, oat milk froths well, but it requires a longer frothing time. It’s not as difficult as almond milk due to the higher fat and protein content. You can even use oat milk for latte art, but baristas claim that they have to pour it harder because of the thicker texture.
How to froth oat milk
We mentioned you could froth oat milk, but the process is a bit different. If you’ve ever frothed dairy milk, it’s easy to learn how to froth oat milk. All you’ll need is a little more patience.
- Oat Milk
- Water: enough for your espresso machine's steamer
- Before starting the process, grab your frothing pitcher. Fill ⅓ of the pitcher with cold oat milk. Like dairy milk, oat milk almost triples in size when frothed.
- Make sure that the steaming wand is clean. Open up the steam valve and purge it to let any residual water or milk out before dipping it in the milk.
- Next, submerge the tip of the wand and turn on the steam valve. Keep the wand closer to the surface of the milk as we want to incorporate more air in the beginning. Then you can submerge it deeper.
- As the milk rises in volume, keep moving the pitcher upwards, but make sure it's dipped enough to create circulation. Use a thermometer, and don't let the oat milk's temperature exceed 140 ℉.
- Once the oat milk reaches 140 ℉ submerge the wand to stop the frothing and turn off the steam valve. The milk continues to heat up even after you remove the wand.
- You have to pour the frothed oat milk over your coffee right away as foam quickly settles at the top of the pitcher, and the milk falls at the bottom. If you let it sit, you'll only be pouring milk and no foam.
Why oat milk is better for coffee
In the universe of alt milk, oat milk is the closest you will get to dairy milk. It interacts with coffee almost identically. It has a good balance of fats and proteins, and its sweetness perfectly balances out the astringency of the coffee. Texture-wise it’s similar to dairy milk, so it’s easy to froth and use for more complicated drinks. Overall, it tastes pretty neutral, meaning it’s easy to pair with most coffee-based drinks.
Benefits of oat milk
We all know about the nutritional benefits of oatmeal, and many of them can be found in oat milk too. But switching to oat milk is more than just a taste challenge. It’s a way to make more sustainable, eco-friendly choices.
1. Health benefits
Oats are rich in fiber, protein, vitamin B, iron, calcium, and magnesium. One of the most important components is beta-glucan, a fiber responsible for lowering bad cholesterol, promoting cardiovascular health, boosting immunity and gut health(2). Store-bought oat milk is often fortified with even more vitamins and minerals.
2. Environmental benefits
The production process of oat milk is sustainable and has a lower environmental impact, unlike dairy milk. For example, a 7 oz glass of oat milk requires a gallon of water and emits 0.3 kilograms of CO2(3). On the other hand, dairy milk has three times higher CO2 emissions and requires more land and water in the production process.
Summary: Can you froth oat milk?
The nutrient-rich oat milk acts as the ideal substitute for dairy milk in all coffee-based drinks. It tastes mostly neutral with a slightly sweet flavor and has a thick and creamy texture. Best of all oats are plentiful and sustainable. But can you froth oat milk? Yes, the same way you’d froth dairy milk. The high content of protein and fats makes the perfect frothy top for your latte.
Oat milk is a drink made from whole oats and water. The oats are milled and combined with warm water, creating a slurry. Some manufacturers add enzymes to separate the slurry from the liquid and some more vitamins and minerals. If you’re making it at home, you’d simply strain it through a cheesecloth. It’s dairy, nut, and (mostly) gluten-free.
Oat milk is a good choice for people suffering from allergies as it’s free from almost every allergen that can be found in other dairy and plant-based kinds of milk. It’s free from soy, nut, lactose, and even gluten when made from certified gluten-free oats.
Oat milk takes the win in this battle. The taste is easier to combine with all coffee-based drinks as it’s sweet, neutral, and creamy. Almond milk is nutty and more watery. Oat milk also froths perfectly, which means easier to use with lattes and cappuccinos. Almond milk can be frothed, but the result can be underwhelming.
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