I love cow’s milk, but this is even tastier!

By Jaime Milan
July 03, 2019
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Let's get this out of the way: I'm not typically a plant-based milk drinker. I love dairy, especially in my coffee. When it comes to food, the only thing I’m more passionate about than cheese is coffee. I am fanatical about coffee.

I even worked in the coffee industry for a few years just so I could learn more about beans and brewing methods. I know my way around French presses, drip brewers, pour-over coffee makers, and just about everything in-between. But, lately, I’ve been really into making simple iced lattes with my Nespresso machine (the one I own is actually on sale right now). I know the beans are pre-ground and podded, but they are really good. And I love the convenience: I just pour my favorite espresso over ice, and add in some frothy milk. It tastes just as delicious as a coffee-shop version, but for a fraction of the price!

Even though dairy milk is, frankly, more nutritious, I was looking for an option that was a little lower in saturated fat and sugar (especially since I make one or two lattes a day), but didn’t mess with the mouthfeel of my favorite drink.

A few weeks ago, Califia Farms sent me a package of their Barista-Blend Oat Milk. Honestly, I didn’t have very high hopes. I find most plant-based milks a little watery, and in my humble opinion, they just can’t compare to the creaminess of cow’s milk.

But I am an adult and that means I can admit when I’m wrong. And, man, was I wrong about this particular blend.

First, the oat milk is way creamier and richer than nut-based milks, with a very similar mouthfeel to cow’s milk. It adds a subtle, sweet note to the latte, and the nutrition is even pretty solid (especially when compared to whole milk).

One cup of whole milk has 149 calories, 8g of fat (5g of sat fat), 8g of protein, 11g of sugar, and 300mg of calcium. Califia Farms’ Oat Milk bBarista Blend has 130 calories, 7g of fat (1g of sat fat), and just 3g of sugar. It’s also not far behind dairy milk with 245mg of calcium! The only downside: It’s a lot lower in protein, with just 1g.

This oat milk is great for vegans, or those who are sensitive to lactose, but I love it just because it’s delicious and a little lower in sat fat and sugar. Want to pick some up to try? You can find it in Whole Foods and Sprouts, and online at Thrive Market and Amazon.

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