“milk is not necessary for humans after weaning and the nutrients it contains are readily available in foods without animal protein, saturated fat, and cholesterol”
― Amy Lanou
Honestly, I have been waiting for an oat milk to hit our shores.
Liaising with virtual vegan friends on social media, it is quite obvious that South Africa has quite a way to go as far as commercially available vegan food goes. I have picked up the fact that the range of plant-based milks available, particularly in the UK and the US (seems to be where most of the online vegans I see reside) is way more vast than ours.
So as I was happily scrolling through Facebook an article posted by a friend caught my attention. Well, to be honest, the branding of the product on the featured/thumbnail image caught my attention.
It turned out that my friend who shared the article was the very person who designed this striking branding! Job very well done. 👌🏼
Click here for the article she shared.
Imagine my excitement when I realised the product thats branding caught my eye in such a way, was in fact for oat milk!
Long story short, I got my hands on a couple of boxes of this rarity to try it, and decided to do a review of it incase anyone was as excited about it as I was. 😆
This post is not sponsored or subsidized as a promotion in any way, it is my honest opinion of a new and exciting product on the market. Hopefully there will be more where this came from!
Onto the tasty, tasty part …
I was honestly delighted by how neutral the flavour of this oat milk is compared to soya milk, for example, or almond milk.
It has a creamy, ‘milky’ mouthfeel, a slight natural sweetness, and a very unobtrusive and delicate flavour, which is only very slightly reminiscent of oats.
Now, the beauty of this milk is that it was actually developed for use in coffee and hot beverages, and it really shines here. I know many vegans or vegan-curious people who want to go plant-based struggle with the milk aspect, especially from a flavour perspective, and especially in coffee or tea. In my opinion, this is the most neutral plant-based milk I have tasted in coffee/tea!
But wait, there’s more!
It froths beautifully for cappuccino’s!
I made espresso coffee with my stovetop moka pot and used my trusty french press to froth the m*lk (using the Okja m*lk spelling 😉).
To do this I simply warmed the oat milk, put it in my french press, and pumped the plunger filter up and down rapidly to foam up the milk. This is probably a barista’s worst nightmare, but without any specialised equipment, it does just fine (sorry if this is sacrilegious in coffee snob circles)!
It created a beautiful, tiny-bubbled froth which tasted great in our espresso.
Now for my rating …
- Taste – I loved the taste of this. As mentioned earlier, it is such a neutral flavour that you could pair it with anything and be happy, or enjoy it on its own.
- Texture – creamy, with a milky thickness to the mouthfeel. Lovely!
- Health/nutrition – With just a few ingredients – water, oats, sunflower oil, calcium and sea salt – you don’t get much more pure than this as far as commercial plant milks go. It contains only 180kj / 43kcal per 100ml which means it won’t push up your daily calorie amounts drastically. The only thing that I do prefer about other plant milks, specifically soya, is it’s higher protein content. The protein content in this is negligible – but at the same time, no one is really drinking plant milk as their main protein source anyway.
- Coffee/tea/hot beverage compatibility – Beautiful! This milk was made to accompany coffee and does so better than most other plant milk brands that I have tasted. It does not separate like some other plant milks tend to do in hot beverages, and its subtle flavour does not overpower, and allows the flavour of the actual beverage to be the star of the show.
- Packaging – Attention-catching, fun, bold and playful brand look and feel. This will stand out on any shop shelves, without a doubt. I also love the fact that they put the ingredients on the front of the box, so it is immediately clear you are buying a pure and quality product. Standard recyclable cardboard milk box.
- Price – Currently available on Takealot for R399 for a box of 12 x 1 litre cartons, which works out to R33,25 per litre. For an Italian-made niche-market beverage, I think they have done very well to keep the price low and accessible. It is more expensive than your standard soya milk found commercially, but it is cheaper than the Almond milk, and rice milk.
- Where can it be purchased – as mentioned above, Takealot sells it, and I imagine this may be the cheapest way to buy it. My fiancé also found some just up the road at Harvest Cafe in York Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. It cost R40 per litre there. Other retailers, according to my sources (as I have not been to these shops personally) include : Superspar Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth; Seapoint Spar; Olive Branch Deli, Kloof Street, Cape Town; Giovanni’s Deli World in Greenpoint; Kwikspar Vredehoek; The Green Tap, Sunningdale; Go Natural, Somerset West.
- It is also available at many coffee shops around Cape Town as a plant-based milk option. Specifically, Vida e Caffé, who have been proud to advertise this brand as another non-dairy milk they offer.
Overall Review : Go out and get some and give it a try!
I have a feeling this will get a thumbs up from anyone who dislikes the taste of soya or almond milk due to their strength in taste.
Also, I cannot wait to try this in a frothy hot chocolate! It is even kind of making me look forward to winter, a little …
If you taste this I would love to know your thoughts in the comment section.