I tried all the different gluten-free oat milk brands I could find in my area and rated them out of 5.
Bonus- plus two pea based milks!
Well, it’s finally happened. The oat milk that I know and love, is changing their recipe so that it will no longer be gluten-free. Yes… I am talking about Earth’s Own Oat milk.
I only started jumping on the oat milk train about 2 years ago, and I have to say I absolutely love it. It’s creamy for coffee and tea, works wonders in my baking, and it’s great for the environment! Having a celiac in the house, and being gluten-free myself, it quickly became a staple.
Even though I am sad about the change, it did allow me to branch out and try other brands of gluten-free oat milk. So, I scoured my local grocery stores and found 4 new brands of oat milk (plus 2 bonus pea based milks) to try! I’ve rated them out of 5 in four categories, 5 being the best.
Taste (does it have a nice subtle oat flavor)
Texture (is it creamy, smooth, and thick; or is gritty and gummy)
Price (is it affordable for the common household)
Availability (is it fairly easy to find, and do a lot of stores carry it)
Ingredients (are they using good ingredients)
As more gluten-free oat milks become available near me, I will update the list!
Please keep in mind that everyone has different tastes and preferences, these ratings are based off of my personal opinions. Prices and availability may vary depending on which stores you shop at, and city you live in.
Califia Farms – Vanilla Oat
OVERALL- I found that the more you drink this milk, the better it tastes. It wasn't great for coffee because it's quite thin, but I would definitely use it for sipping, in cereal, or smoothies. The texture of it was very smooth and silky, and something I love most about this milk is that it doesn't have any gums in it's ingredients. This brand does have it's own specific barista blend, I couldn't find it at my local stores, but would venture a guess that it would be quite good! They do have their own line of oat coffee creamer as well, although I didn't care for the taste.
Chobani Oat – Plain
OVERALL- If you love the taste of oatmeal, then you may like this one. Out of all the of oat milks I tried, this one had the most oat-like flavor. However, I didn't quite care for it. To me, the oat flavor was overwhelming, and the smell was quite prominent. Although I wouldn't use this one for sipping, I feel like it would be good for baking or in coffee because the texture was quite thick. I do know that this brand has different flavors, which may be better, I just wasn't able to find them at my local stores.
Natura Oat – Original Unsweetened
OVERALL- The positive thing I have to say about this milk, is that it foamed up beautifully when making a latte. However, between the gummy texture and still visible oat flakes in the milk, I feel like the recipe could still use a bit of tweaking. Overall, it was not amongst my favorites.
Silk Oat- Original
OVERALL- This milk had a light and silky texture, and a neutral flavor. It didn't have any weird aftertaste, and the oat flavor was subtle. This particular one isn't thick enough in my opinion for coffee, but this brand does have their own line of coffee creamers. At a very reasonable price, this would definitely be best for sipping, in cereal, smoothies, and baking.
OVERALL- The texture wasn't bad, but I couldn't get past the sour taste of this milk. I had high hopes that it would do well in coffee because of it's thickness, but the taste was overwhelming. I really wanted to like it because of the great story behind the company, but ultimately wasn't able to get on board.
Not Milk – Whole
OVERALL- The hype around this milk was the main reason I wanted to try it. With the bold packaging and smart marketing, it almost dares you to buy it. I wanted so badly to love this milk...but I did not. I'll start off by saying that the texture was spot on. It wasn't gummy, was smooth and poured beautifully. They even got that extra white look that dairy milk has. But the taste... oh the taste. If you take a look at the ingredients, you'll see why it's a little unconventional. The pineapple flavor was overwhelming. It was somehow fruity, but not sweet at all. To be honest, I couldn't even get to the part of trying this out in coffee or any baking/smoothies, because I couldn't get past the first couple sips. I've never had dairy milk before, so I can't say for certain that this doesn't mimic the taste of cows milk. So with that said, I took it to a few of my non-vegan friends to see if they liked it. The overall consensus, was no.
I found this to be the most versatile and neutral of all the oat milks. It had a mild flavor and a nice texture. At an affordable price I could use it for baking, smoothies, cooking, and for sipping. I would definitely venture out with this one and try their other flavors as well as the oat coffee creamer. While this one still didn't quite live up to Earths Own, it comes in at a close second.
What's your favorite oat milk brand? Have you tried any on the list? Let me know in the comments!