Review of The Original Oatly Organic Oat Drink

On a mission to try alternatives to cows milk a work colleague suggested that I try oat milk as her daughter who is vegan has it sometimes. Now to be honest I hadn’t thought about trying it before this conversation, so thought I would give it a try. Now the Oatly drink isn’t labelled as being a milk but being an oat drink that is lactose and soya free, so it ticked the right boxes. The carton is brown and pretty bland if I am honest with a message on the side stating “drink your fibres” with a picture of what I would describe as a cocktail glass underneath. A 100mls contains 35 calories, 0.5g of fat, 4.9g of sugar and 0.1g of salt.
I shook the carton prior to opening it. When I poured a small amount in a glass to see what it was like and take a little sip, I was tad disappointed. It looked really unappetising, like it had gone off and separated. Now I knew that this could not be the case as I had just received the carton, it had been in the fridge and not opened. So I felt very brave, in the name of research and took a slurp from the glass.
It tasted like water with a little sweet hint of oats, not as bad as I had expected to be honest. I then heated he milk up in the microwave to have with my Weetabix, as its low calories meant that it worked well on my fasting day. It’s colour and consistency didn’t change on heating. Now I like to have my Weetabix mushed up like baby food, disgusting I know but there you go. It actually added a sweet taste to my Weetebix, although I was unable to taste any Oatly flavour. Would I have this again, probably not, sorry Oatly. I guess it’s all down to personal choice, but at least I can say I’ve tried another alternative.


  1. Sara-Louise Walker
    May 25, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Hi, I’ve tried Oatly and didn’t like it either, but Alpro Oat Milk is delicious. It has a more oaty flavour and is thicker and not watery at all, so please don’t be put off trying another oat milk! 🙂

    • May 25, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Hi, thanks for the tip, I will add it to the list of milks to try. I never let one style if milk put me off, because I agree they all taste so different.

      • Sara-Louise Walker
        May 25, 2015 / 9:15 pm

        I’ve got so used to non-dairy milk now, that when my partner accidentally gave me a bowl of cereal with cow’s milk a few weeks ago, I thought the milk had gone off! I use different plant milks so I never get bored, either.

      • May 26, 2015 / 2:51 pm

        Hej hej, sorry to hear you didn’t like the Oatly.- we can’t win them all!

        But just wanted to reply on a couple of things – if it looked like the drink had separated, it probably needed a heartier shake. Unlike some other brands, we don’t use stabilisers in our drinks, as we prefer to keep them as natural as possible. Sometimes that means you can get some separation that a good shake will sort out.

        Also, the Organic that you tried doesn’t have any added fats, so is a little thinner than our Enriched version (in the blue carton), which is closer to semi-skimmed milk. Appreciate it may all come down to taste, but if you’d like to give us a second chance and try the Enriched to see if you like that better, give me a shout.

        • May 26, 2015 / 8:08 pm

          Thanks for your response to my post. I did give the milk what I thought was a good shake , but maybe it wasn’t enough. I am planning to trial your alternatives in the future.

  2. May 25, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    I love mushed up weetabix too 🙂 and I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, thanks for the review!

    • May 25, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      I thought that I was the only adult who eats weetabix this way, so it’s good to know I am not the only one. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.

  3. November 10, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I drink oat milk but don’t like this one either, I find it separates and curdles in hot drinks. I drink provitamil oat milk which does neither of these and definitely recommend giving it a try before you write off oat milk altogether.

    • November 12, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you I shall Google this milk to see where I can get it from.

      • November 12, 2016 / 9:05 pm

        I get it in our coop…but not in Tesco don’t know about other stores (they’re the only ones we have here!)

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