The Taste Test: What Does Oat Milk Taste Like?


Kurt Olsen

Oat milk has become so popular in recent years.

Mistakenly even with its popularity, there’s a lot of people that still have not tried it. If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you haven’t tried it yet too!

People that don’t know what oat milk tastes like, they’re confused. But interested nonetheless.

You might be asking yourself…

What is oat milk actually? How is oat milk even made? Does oat milk have real oats in it? Is oat milk sweet or bland? What is the texture of oat milk? Is oat milk like regular cow’s milk? Is it better than cow’s milk? Is oat milk healthy for you?

The questions go on and on!

We hope to answer some of these questions for you. More importantly, we’re here to answer one at least. What does oat milk taste like?

What is Oat Milk and Why You Should Care About it

Before we start talking about the taste of oat milk. Let’s first dive into what oat milk actually is.

As previously said, oat milk has rapidly gained popularity in coffee and tea. For some, it may even stand alone as a drink!

This global expansion of oat milk cannot be halted.

Water and whole oats are the two main components in oat milk. To summarize, whole oats are simply soaked in water for many hours at a time. During this period, the oats as a whole absorb the surrounding water.

After the water has been absorbed enough, the entire oats are pressed and filtered. This is the finest type of oat milk we know. Then, other brands or corporations will add their own components to create a really distinct oat milk.

It’s that simple! Since whole oats are naturally nutritious, you can imagine oat milk sharing the same nutritional benefits too.

What Does Oat Milk Taste Like?

Now that we have some understanding of what oat milk actually is and how it is processed, let’s find out what the flavor of oat milk is.

Unforgettable Flavor Profile of Oat Milk

For those that haven’t tried oat milk yet, you’re definitely missing out. Coffee connoisseurs love oat milk!

Some of the most discerning coffee lovers consider oat milk to be one of the greatest coffee creamers. And we dare to say the same thing about milk tea or bubble tea!

The flavor is surprisingly like cow’s milk but sweeter. It’s not quite like a bowl cereal milk in the morning, but it sure makes you smile the same way when you drink it.

And that’s why so many people enjoy it! With its oat like after taste and sweetness, oat milk compliments a lot of beverages (hot or cold).

The Delicious Creamy Texture of Oat Milk

After many cups of oat milk, we’re still not tired of it. Oat milk’s texture can be described as smoother and sometimes richer than cow’s milk.
Delicately mouth coating, if you will.

Keep in mind that it may not contain the same amount of fat that makes regular milk creamy. However, the manufacturer of your favorite oat milk can control the density of its oat milk. This enables them to decide how creamy they want their oat milk to be.

We know what you’re thinking. Can oat milk really replace the texture of regular cow’s milk? If you’re thinking that you won’t get any creaminess out of oat milk, try again.

It’s not like your popular nut milk, almond milk. Oat milk is interesting in the fact that it can produce a very creamy texture with very little. You just have to try it out to see for yourself!

3 Popular Oat Milk Brands You Must Try if You Haven’t Already

Califia Farms Oat Milk

Califia Farms produces some of the world’s greatest oat milk. And their ratings reflect this.

They believe that the world needs a healthier, more plant-based system. And they work hard to achieve this with all of their goods. Their greatest oat milk product to date (in our view) has to be their barista mix oat milk.

Ugh, it’s so good!

Even the most elite coffee drinkers around the world stand by their oat milk. It’s innovative, delicious, and addicting. Have a try here if you’re interested, don’t be shy!

Oatly— the Original Oat Drink Company

Arguably the one that started it all.

Oatly has been promoting oat milk since the 1990s! Do you believe it? Its brand is now renowned in over 20 countries and is a must-try when venturing into the world of oat milk.

Oatly is so well known in the dairy and milk industry that when people say oat milk, they automatically think of Oatly’s packaging. Talk about an incredible brand appeal!

Did you know they manufacture frozen sweets as well? Some of their most popular flavors include original oat, coffee, and vanilla.

We might just have to get some for ourselves!

Elmhurst Milked Oats

Their tried-and-true oat milk product, Milked Oats is made with only 5 ingredients. And it’s a very close contender to the oat milk we’ve shown above.

Elmhurst boasts that it’s “delicious in coffee, tasty in cereal and perfect for smoothies.”

We couldn’t agree anymore. With the natural taste and texture of their Milked Oats, you can add it or pair it with any coffee or tea. It’s soothing, delicious, and quite refreshing when cold!

Give it a try here if you’re interested, yay Milked Oats!

What’re You Waiting for, Try Oat Milk Already!

So… are you convinced yet? Our team sure is! We want oat milk in the next 10 minutes, right away! (We’re probably going to get some before the day ends).

In all seriousness, we highly encourage you to try oat milk. Especially in boba! It’s flavor profile and texture pairs so well with tapioca pearls and milk tea, oh so good!

If you’re interested in learning about other popular milk that bubble tea or boba cafes use, be sure to read 8 Popular Kinds of Milk in Bubble Tea. And yes you’ll definitely find oat milk in there.

Contact Us

For more information or to make comments and suggestions, please contact:
Kurt Olsen
Dairy Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
Phone: (573) 291-5704
E-mail: [email protected]