Why Oat Milk Has Become a Popular and Healthy Non-Dairy Alternative
By: Scott Davis
January 28, 2019
Whether it be for health or diet reasons, finding alternatives for milk has become a rapidly growing trend. Options like almond, soy, and rice milk have become a popular go-to, but over the course of the past year, oat milk has established itself as a contender. What are the benefits of oat milk? Where can you find some in Metro Detroit? We’ll help you understand everything you need to know about the popular non-dairy beverage.
What is oat milk?
Like many milk alternatives, oat milk is made with non-dairy ingredients. Using steel-cut oats and blended with a special nut milk bag, oat milk has a creamy texture but does not actually contain any dairy. For those with a lactose intolerance or anyone looking to limit saturated fat in their diets, oat milk is a great alternative. It also has more protein and fiber than many other milk alternatives, along with having 35 percent of the daily recommended amount for calcium and 25 percent for vitamin D.
What can you use it for?
Oat milk is thicker than most dairy options, but it also features a sweeter flavor making it an attractive ingredient for many drinks. Not only can it add some taste to your favorite lattes or cappuccinos, but the creaminess can be used in your favorite shakes or smoothies to give it perfect consistency. Oat milk has also been found to be easy on the stomach, making it a great drink to gain pre-workout energy.
Stores where you can find it
The Metro Detroit area is full of grocery stores where you can find healthy alternatives and vegan options to fit any diet. Two local places include Plum Market and Westborn Market. Both businesses have multiple locations throughout Metro Detroit, with Plum Market in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, and West Bloomfield, and Westborn Market in Berkley, Dearborn, Livonia, and Plymouth.
Coffee shops where you can find it
Check out Instagram to see the many coffee shops and cafes that are starting to offer oat milk as a non-dairy alternative. Ashe Coffee in downtown Detroit offers a wide variety of flavorful lattes and cappuccinos, which can be made with non-dairy alternatives, such as oat milk. Be sure to check out their locations here.