Oats: not just for breakfast!

Oats: not just for breakfast!IMAGE: Getty

Step aside, almond milk, there’s a new kid in town! Oats may have been a healthy eating staple for years (shout out to our morning porridge!) but now oat milk is getting its own kudos. And with good reason too.

Searches for oat milk are up almost 200 per cent on Pinterest but it’s more than a passing fad. There are seriously good reasons to incorporate oat milk into your diet.

1) It’s pretty tasty – and contains lots of good stuff

Oat milk is a good source of fibre and also has vitamin A, the B vitamins thiamin and folate,  magnesium, It also has more protein than other plant based drinks like almond milk or coconut milk (although less than soy or cow’s milk).

2) It’s more environmentally friendly than other options

This one was a surprise to us, but not all plant based beverages are necessarily good, environmentally speaking. Oat milk has a lower carbon footprint than almond milk. Why? Almonds need over six times as much water to grow as oats do.

3) It’s vegan friendly too

If you’re vegan, or veganish, this will be good news. Oat milk is dairy-free, nut-free and can also be gluten-free if you're careful to choose gluten-free oats. 

4) It froths (so it’s great for coffees!)

Some plant based drinks are grand and all but deeply disappointing in a coffee. Oat milk can get satisfyingly frothy and the creamy taste works well too.

5) You can make your own

There are lots out there on the market but, in the spirit of Broke January, you can also make your own at home! Just blend pre-soaked oats and water, then strain (trying to mush the oats lots to maximise the creaminess of the milk) and chill.

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