The Serious Eats Guide to Oatmilk

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These days, it seems like everyone is getting on the plant-based-milk train, and there’s good reason for it. With all the varieties available, there’s certainly plenty to choose from—enough to keep mornings exciting, to say the least. But not since the dairy-alternative movement got its initial footing in mainstream food culture has a plant-based milk caused such a stir as one important beverage is doing today. Yes, we’re talking about oatmilk, the new kid in town that’s catching everyone’s attention and leaving the rest of its counterparts in the station. Look no further than Planet Oat Oatmilk to see why.

So, What Is Oatmilk, Exactly?

Oatmilk is just what it sounds like: a non-dairy alternative that's made from oats. (It's also verified non-GMO and gluten-free.) Whether you’re having family over for brunch or treating your office mates to an afternoon pick-me-up, this is a full-bodied and satisfying drink that everyone can enjoy (even if they have allergies or other sensitivities).

What Does It Taste Like?

Rich and creamy but not heavy, oatmilk strikes that amazing balance of being supremely satisfying without weighing you down—exactly what you want in a daily ritual, whether that’s a morning cappuccino or creamy smoothie. It’s just a touch sweet, making it a perfect canvas, backdrop, or subtle addition in so many of your favorite recipes. You know those rumblings you’ve heard about oatmilk selling out at your local coffee shop? Well, that’s because it’s just that good.

What’s the Best Way to Drink It?

Morning cappuccino or afternoon smoothie, you say? Yes, oatmilk’s flavor and consistency make it almost incomparably versatile. Planet Oat Oatmilk makes a mean blueberry and banana smoothie, for instance, but that’s just one of the fruity combinations it's suited for. As for those espresso drinks, oatmilk is unique among plant-based milks for the way it froths up, creating a great foam. (Yep, your baristas and fellow coffee shop–goers have noticed.) It’s also nice poured into drip coffee or incorporated into a caffeine-free beverage, like a turmeric latte.

You can also drink it on its own, and will find yourself doing so happily, especially once you discover all the delicious flavors. (More on that below.) Once you start adding oatmilk to your routine, you won’t be lacking for ways to put it to work.

Can You Cook With It?

Speaking of which, yes, you can cook with oatmilk, too! Break out of a banana bread rut with the addition of Planet Oat Oatmilk, or lend a little more flavor to pancakes, as in these banana oat pancakes.

With Planet Oat’s full-bodied creaminess, it's versatile enough to use in savory applications, as well. Think mac and cheese, or perhaps even a cauliflower mash. You can also use the versatile nondairy delight in cereal (what, making cereal doesn’t count as cooking?); overnight oats; and oatmeal. There’s no such thing as too many oats.

Does It Come in Different Flavors?

Planet Oat Oatmilk comes in four varieties: Original, Vanilla, Extra Creamy, and Dark Chocolate. Original is a full-bodied classic that goes well with everything. Things get a little tastier with Vanilla, which is infused with natural vanilla flavor and has no added sugar. Extra Creamy is even richer than Original, making it ideal for those pancakes, or for enjoying on its own. Finally, Dark Chocolate is a sophisticated version of your favorite chocolate milk from childhood, so it'll take you back while also bringing you up. Each variety has its own identity, so they’re all worth stocking up on.