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.
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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.
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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.