What is the hype behind oat milk

Oat milk in the test: This is how the plant drinks taste

Oat milk is in vogue: In recent years, the desire for a purely plant-based milk alternative has increased significantly. Oat milk is both vegan and lactose-free and therefore suitable for almost everyone. The popularity attracts many manufacturers to the market. We have tested six of the most popular products from different price ranges for you and checked to what extent they differ.

The cheapest product: The Milbona organic oat drink

The Milbona organic oat drink is a plant milk from the discounter Lidl. At just 99 cents per liter, it is the cheapest product in the test. It contains 12 percent oats, water, table salt and sunflower oil. On the packaging, the manufacturers advertise that the oat drink is not only vegan and lactose-free, but also low in fat and salt. In addition, the milk alternative bears the Europe-wide uniform EU organic logo, which is intended to make it easier to recognize “real” organic products immediately.

At first glance, the oat drink from the discounter is similar in color to conventional cow's milk, but it smells slightly of grain. The consistency is very watery. This is also reflected in the taste: due to the strikingly mild aroma, the milk alternative is suitable for pure enjoyment for everyone who does not like an intense grain taste - as an additive in coffee or tea, on the other hand, it mainly contributes to the dilution of the drink.

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Oat milk from the European market leader Alpro

The Belgian company Alpro is the European market leader for soy-based foods and offers the Alpro oat drink Original for 1.99 euros per liter. This means that it costs almost twice as much as the product from the discounter - the proportion of oats, on the other hand, is even two percent lower. Basically, the milk alternative contains water, chicory root fibers, sunflower oil and sea salt. Above all, it differs from other products through the addition of calcium and vitamins B2, B12 and D2.

This oat drink is also watery, but its slightly yellowish color makes it less similar to cow's milk. The manufacturers also advertise a mild, grainy taste: In fact, the milk alternative tastes least like oats. However, it remains questionable whether this is rated as a positive property in an oat drink.

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The Smelk Haferliebe from Kölln convinces in taste - but ...

The Smelk Haferliebe from the manufacturer Kölln is available in stores for 2.19 euros. On its website, the company points out that the milk alternative can also be bought on Amazon. There fans can even order a pack of 8 for 22.99 euros. But if you convert the price, you will see: That means 2.87 euros per liter. Considering the fact that bulk orders tend to pay less, that's bold.

With 11.3 percent, the milk substitute is in the middle when it comes to the proportion of oats. Otherwise it also consists of water, sunflower oil and sea salt. Both in color and consistency, it is similar to the milk substitute from the discounter, but the full-bodied taste is positive. The oat drink is therefore also suitable as an additive for coffee and tea - and even for frothing.

Organic oat Nilk from mymuesli: With 14 percent oat content

The Nilk products from mymuesli, whose name stands for “No Milk”, are the latest “invention” of the manufacturer. The organic oat-nilk has recently been available in stores for 1.99 euros instead of 2.50 euros. With an oat content of 14 percent, the milk alternative is ahead of its competition. The company also advertises that it only uses organic ingredients in its production. In return, the milk does not contain any components that go beyond what is necessary, i.e. water, oats, sunflower oil and sea salt.

The first thing you notice about this product is the intense smell of oats. This is also reflected in the taste: The organic oat Nilk tastes most like grain and is therefore only suitable for those who like to drink oat milk as such. For those who are looking for an alternative to cow's milk, however, it is not recommended.

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The most expensive oat milk in the test: The Joya organic oat drink

The Joya organic oat drink is the most expensive product in the test at a proud EUR 2.49 per liter. The milk alternative is available at Amazon in packs of 10 - and the 23 customer reviews give the oat drink 4.5 stars. It is gluten-free, lactose-free and soy-free, making it a good alternative for people with food intolerances. 11.5 percent gluten-free organic wholegrain oats are used here. Otherwise, this milk alternative also consists of water, sunflower oil and salt.

Visually, the product differs from the others in that it has a less watery consistency. It is relatively odorless and tastes sweet - despite the fact that no sugar has been added. This is particularly interesting for coffee and tea lovers. The oat drink is also suitable for frothing milk. But: the grain is also very noticeable in the aftertaste. The Joya organic oat drink is therefore less suitable for pure enjoyment for people without a preference for cereals.

Big hype about the oat drink from Oatly: justified?

After the great hype in America, oat milk from the manufacturer Oatly is also becoming increasingly popular in this country. The “Barista Edition” costs 2.19 euros in stores and, thanks to its acid-regulating agents, promises to taste particularly good in coffee and to be suitable for frothing. The other ingredients are water, rapeseed oil, calcium, iodized salt, vitamins D2 and B12 and 10 percent oats. As far as the oat content is concerned, this milk alternative therefore shares last place with the product from Alpro.

Due to the comparatively high fat content, the oat drink from Oatly is, however, significantly thicker than the products of the competition and foams when it is poured. It most closely resembles cow's milk and is therefore ideal for baking. But: This milk alternative no longer has much in common with a conventional oat drink. It is therefore more suitable for those who choose oat milk because of intolerance and not because of the taste.

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The test result: what is good depends on preferences