How to Make An Oat Milk Latte
The latte is a staple at any coffee house you go to, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. However, what goes into a latte is constantly evolving, and this last year revealed the latest and greatest coffee trend. We’re talking, of course, about the now infamous oat milk latte.
Popularized across social media, particularly amongst the younger generations, oat milk has become the go-to substitute for dairy milk. While plant-based milk has existed for centuries, oat milk’s popularity has taken off in recent years, trailing only almond milk in the category of dairy-free milk alternatives.
So what’s with the sudden rise in oat milk popularity, and how does switching to oat milk change your favorite espresso-based drink? At a glance, you can attribute oat milk’s popularity to several factors, such as its various health benefits and availability. As for how it changes your drink, you might just have to try it for yourself to find out!
The good news is, you don’t have to be a barista to learn how to make an oat milk latte. Plus, after learning more about this tasty milk alternative, you can start to explore a whole new avenue of oat milk-based beverages, particularly coffees! Without further ado, here are the main things you need to know about oat milk lattes.
Why Oat Milk?
Dairy milk is such a regular part of life nowadays that switching to a dairy-free alternative has some people confused. It isn’t like dairy milk became unhealthy overnight, right?
Certainly, milk isn’t “unhealthy” in the traditional way we view some foods, but in the past few decades, we’ve learned more about how our bodies interact with dairy, which has led to a shift in what we drink! Lactose intolerance has always existed, but recent years have seen more and more people discovering their sensitivity, leading to an increase in plant-based milk alternatives.
Dairy milk is also declining in popularity due to its impact on the environment and climate change. Dairy milk utilizes significant amounts of water and land to produce its product, and in the process, tons of carbon emissions are released, all of which contribute to climate change.
When compared to milk alternatives, the whole story becomes clear, as even the most climate intensive options (rice and almond milk) are less damaging than dairy milk. Oat and soy milk, when compared to dairy milk, are almost three times more environmentally friendly!
Between an ever-higher number of people with lactose intolerance and the dairy industry’s contributions to climate change, the oat milk trend is probably starting to make more sense! However, it leaves one more question; is oat milk good for you? To answer that, we’ll examine oat milk itself and some of the nutritional benefits it may have.
The Benefits of Oat Milk
If you still aren’t convinced that oat milk is worthwhile, you might want to read through some of those common oat milk benefits! For example, oat milk is a fantastic source of fiber, as it is chock full of beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that helps lower your cholesterol levels and blood sugar. Adding more soluble fiber to your diet might also assist your immune system!
If that wasn’t enough, oat milk is also very rich in vitamins and minerals, which can help to break down carbs! Many oat milk manufacturers also add in a boost of Vitamin b12, which has been shown to keep your nerves and blood in a healthy balance.
Because oat milk is cholesterol-free, it also helps to reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol in your body. For those who might need a refresher, that’s the bad cholesterol (HDL cholesterol is the good one)!
Unfortunately, there’s a significant downside to oat milk, particularly for those with gluten sensitivity. The molecular structure of oats is surprisingly similar to that of gluten, and (depending on the person) the body can confuse them for one another. Along a similar vein, people who have celiac disease should exercise caution around oat milk unless it has specifically been labeled gluten-free.
Oat Milk Latte Recipe
For all intents and purposes, an oat milk latte is pretty much the same as a regular latte! This is part of why it has become so popular; it’s practically the same drink you’ve always loved. That being said, there’s no harm in going over a classic latte recipe just to make sure!
What You Need:
- Your favorite coffee beans (Amora’s Espresso Blend is perfect for this)
- Oat milk
- Blender/milk frother
- Coffee Maker/French Press/Espresso Machine
- Cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder, or other spice of your choice (optional)
- Syrup (optional)
- Grind your coffee beans, and measure out what you need for two shots of espresso.
- Brew the coffee using your favorite method, and pour the brewed coffee into the mug of your choice.
- Meanwhile, heat a cup of oat milk on the stove, and stir in a dash of the spice of your choice.
- Feel free to get creative with the spices! They can bring out hidden flavors in the latte.
- Remove the milk from heat when small bubbles form around the edge of the pan, and transfer it to either a blender or mug of your choice.
- Blender: Blend for a brief period of time until milk is frothy.
- Mug: Use a frothing wand to forth your freshly steamed oat milk.
- Combine the milk and coffee, and enjoy!
Bonus: For an iced oat milk latte, follow the same recipe and pour the drink over ice cubes! Iced lattes are slightly watered down thanks to the ice, but still just as delicious.
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