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Oatly Healthy Oat Alternative to Cream

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Oatly is a healthy alternative to milk and soya, with all the benefits of oats. Oatly is free from added sugar, low in saturated fat and contains oat fibre which, when eaten as part of a healthy diet, can help to lower your cholesterol. Oatly Healthy Oat Alternative to Cream contains only vegetable products - no milk or soya, and has just 13% fat. What's more, this fat is a well-balanced, wholesome kind. Can be used on breakfast cereals, in cooking and baking, in tea and coffee or can be drunk on its own.

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      16.07.2012 18:21
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      A versatile dairy free alternative to single or pouring cream.

      I often get to try vegan equivalents of dairy products thanks to my sister who doesn't eat animal derived ingredients. I have wanted to try the Oatly brand dairy free cream for some time because I love their oat milk. So a little while ago my kind sister bought me a couple of cartons to experiment with, on the condition she got to sample whatever I made..


      THE PRODUCT

      To be a cream in the usual sense, this product would have to be made from milk. Instead it is made from oats, water and oils, among other things. This doesn't seem too promising on paper, but it tastes much better than it sounds! I wasn't sure at first whether this was supposed to be used in the place of single or double cream. I then noticed it stated on the packet that it was "perfect for pouring and cooking". This and the fact it is thinner in texture means I think of it as an equivalent to single or pouring cream. It is all long life product, which means it is easy to store in a cupboard until you want it. I do appreciate things like this not taking up room in my small fridge,at least until they are opened. After that, you do need to keep it chilled and have "4-6 days" to use it from that point. As the cream is only available in a 250ml carton, I have not had much opportunity to test how fresh any leftovers would be if kept that long.


      FIRST IMPRESSIONS

      The carton is easy to open if you cut along the lines marked out for you. The cream smells strongly of porridge oats, a scent I have always liked. It looks exactly like single cream, which surprised me in one way as it is made from such different ingredients! I know that when I was using it along side "normal" cream, I had trouble telling which I had used in which bowl. The texture means it pours very easily, and you don't need much to cover fruit if you want to serve it that way. It doesn't thicken at all on standing, and whisking it has no efect in that regard either. For this reason, if you want to replace double or clotted type cream in a recipe, it wouldn't work well in my opinion. Oatly don't suggest using it in this way in any case, so I don't feel it is a reason to complain.


      THE TASTE

      I think if you like oats, you would like the taste of this, because unsurprisingly, this is exactly what the cream tastes of. It would not be mistaken flavour wise for the dairy product, which you need to allow for in recipes. When used on it's own, the oat taste is strong. This worked in it's favour for me when I used it on a nutty topped crumble, because the crumble topping also contained oats. The combination of the two was delicious. I also like the cream mixed with a summer berry salad as the addition of Oatly gives a flapjack like flavour to the the fruit which is lovely. The cream isn't sweetened, and I personally don't think it needs it, but it would be easy to stir in sugar if you wanted to. The fact it isn't sweet means it is easier to use in savoury recipes too. The carton has a recipe suggestion printed on it for cream of tomato soup. I didn't try this exact recipe, but I have used the cream in a curried butternut squash soup, and in a mushroom one. When heated, and used with stronger flavoured ingredients, the oat taste disappears. This obviously makes it more versatile. The same is true when I have used it to make a herb pasta sauce. The Oatly added a creaminess, but little oat taste.

      The carton suggests going to the Oatly website to find more recipe ideas but I couldn't find many ideas specifically for this product, as oppoosed to the brand's oat milk. I thought this was a bit disappointing, but the general hints there were useful. For example it suggest using the cream on cereal, which works well, and isn't something I would have thought to do with regular cream. It is worth bearing in mind that although this product and other Oatly ones are vegan, many of the recipes on the webste are not, so read them carefully before you start.

      An 100ml quantity of Oatly alternative to cream contains 3g of saturated fat, so it compares well to the dairy product in that respect. It also has 1g of protein, and 0.04g salt. I was pleased to see the last value in paticular as I find some vegan "dairy" products contain too much sodium for my taste.


      WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

      I would, as a tasty equivalent to single pouring cream. You don't need to be a vegan to enjoy it, but it is clearly an especially useful ingredient for those on dairy free diets. I am happy to use it in place of cream in both sweet and savoury recipes, and I will buy it in preference to the real thing in many instances becuase I like the flavour more. Ionly wouldn't recommend it if you don't like oats, as there is no escaping the taste if you are planning on eating it uncooked.

      Oatly cream is available in the major supermarkets and it is usually placed alongside either the UHT style soya and oat milks, or with the "free-from" foods. I spend around 70-80p per carton in those shops, and up to a £1 in health food stores.


      [This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]

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        12.11.2009 19:56
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        A great item to keep in the cupboard for when the cooking mood comes over you!

        I was very pleased when I discovered Oatly dairy-free alternative to cream, as being lactose intolerant I have found there are very few options for substituting store-cupboard items, especially as I absolutely detest the taste of soya milk and other soya products!

        I bought Oatly to try as I desparately wanted a curry, and unbelievably every single ready meal curry and jar of curry cooking sauce contained some sort of dairy product! So I found a recipe to make my own (Im not usually that domesticated!), and headed to Tesco because I remembered seeing the Oatly cream there.

        The Oatly cream describes itself as a "healthy alternative to cream", and in fact it isnt too bad calorie wise - there are150 calories in 100g , which is just under half a carton - the recipe I had for curry to serve 4 used less than half a carton in the whole thing, so not bad at all.

        As for taste - I havnt actually tried the Oatly cream by itself but it made an absolutely delicious, creamy korma, and certain members of my family who are convinced they wouldnt like anything with dairy substitutes in didnt even notice the difference - and Im not going to tell them lol!

        A very useful store cupboard item.

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        11.10.2009 09:47
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        Good enough for everyday treats

        As I mentioned in my previous review for Oatly Oat Drink, my mother was looking for an alternative to cow's milk and soya milk so she gave Oatly a try. As she and I both really liked the Oatly Oat Drink, we decided to give the Oatly Alternative to Cream a try.

        Oatly Alternative to Cream comes in small cartons of 250ml that look very similar to the cartons of Oatly Oat Drink but are much smaller and therefore easier to carry. They are available in some grocery stores but not in my local store so I have to order it from Goodness Direct. It costs around £1 per carton.

        Oatly Alternative to Cream contains water, oats and salt just like regular Oatly Oat Drink but it also contains Xanthan gum and rapeseed oil, plus an e-number, emulsifier (E472e). So it is not quite as all-natural as Oatly Oat Drink but still must be better for you than regular cream, at least in terms of saturated fat and calories. Oatly Alternative to Cream contains 150 calories per 100ml. As a comparison, single cream contains 200 calories per 100ml.

        Oatly tastes different from regular cream, of course. If I'm honest the taste is not quite as nice. It is thick and creamy but not as rich and fatty which does take away from the flavour somewhat. Still, I think it's good enough to use on a daily basis and save real cream for special occasions.

        Oatly is great poured onto desserts where you would usually want to add cream. In fact, and this may be a little sad, my mother and I often sneak a carton of Oatly into restaurants in her handbag and order a dessert such as apple crumble with no cream or ice cream. We then wait until no one is looking and quickly extract the Oatly and pour it onto each others desserts so we can enjoy them without having real cream.

        Another use we have found for Oatly cream is to bring it along when travelling as it is smaller and lighter than the Oatly Oat Drink. We find that we can thin it out with cold water to use as a milk substitute and this works well and tastes just fine.

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        25.09.2009 00:29
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        I can't go back to soy, cows or goat milk, I think they taste terrible after I tried OATLY

        Over the years hearing all the bad things about caws milk I switched on goats milk but eventually got fed up with it as it goes off too quickly. My fridge is not the best in the world but I am not going to go spend a lot of money on a new fridge for the sake of milk.
        First I switched to Soya milk for about an year. First it tasted rather bad but I got used to it. Then I reed a whole lot of conspiracys surrounding Soya milk and I knew I have to stop using it as I did not wanted to be part of any of that.

        I thought myself that there must be something else out there that I can switch too again and so looking around supermarkets and keeping an eye on things I have seen OATLY milk in Tesco and I know I had to try it. And so a great love affair started.


        ***** What is it made from*****

        This milk is made from pure oats. I love oats, that convinced me.

        ******Presentation******

        This comes packed in one of those cardboard type of packaging, like the majority of juices. The packaging look more like it would have inside it some sort of medicinal stuff rather then tasty milk. On the back there is this strange "Ode to milk" rambling, you got to see it to believe it, I will let the surprise to you.

        There are about 3 or 4 version to choose from including some chocolate type one. My favourites iare the plain ones or the calcium vitamin enriched.

        *****Taste*****

        After the soya milk I endured for over an year, and ended up to believe is actually quite decent taste wise, OATLY felt like milk honey dripping from heaven.

        When I used to make porridge, add some butter to it and use cows milk that was my favourite taste of them all. I find this milk taste just like that on it's own. When added to porridge it just compliment the taste of it.

        *****Use*****

        You got to shake well the box every time before you use it, took me a while to remember doing that.

        First of all I do not buy any other type of milk anymore. I use this in my coffee or tea and it never curdles. I also use it in my porridge ever morning.

        The only bad points I can think of is the fact that is not easily available in all the supermarkets. I have seen it in a few health food stores but was about 50pence overpriced.

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          19.08.2009 12:35

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          When i was diagnosed lactose intolorant I tried many different dairy alternatives, I found Oatly to be the best and tastiest dairy alternative! Its great in coffee and is really easy to bake with in cakes and biscuits, it adds a sweeter taste and my partner cant taste any difference! We only have Oatley in the fridge and when friends come over they enjoy the taste in tea and coffee saying it tastes like drinking biscuits which isnt a bad thing if you have a sweet tooth!

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          08.06.2009 18:14
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          An alternative to Dairy or Soya

          Oatly wouldn't be my first choice for milk- but for those who, are like me, intolerant to lactose and soya- it is a good alterntive. It costs £1.37 for a packet containing a litre. It is a dairy free alternative to milk and helps lower cholesterol. It also contains oat fibre and is enriched with vitamins. If you drink a 250 ml glass you will get just over a third of your daily calcium recommended daily intake. It also has no added sugar and is low in saturated fat. As an alternative to cold milk in your porridge or on your cereal it is fine as long as you remember to shake the packet before each serving. I would not recommend it for use in hot drinks, unless like me you cannot have "normal"milk. But having said that, once you get used to the fact that hot drinks always look as if you haven't put much milk in, you do get used to it. If you are going to take it out with you to use in restaurants you will need to keep it in small flask.

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          05.03.2009 10:24

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          A VERY HELPFUL ARTICLE

          I love Oatly cream: on cereals, tea, cooking+buy ten or twelve cartons together as it's difficult to find. Since Nov08 a batch dated 25-08-2009 is on display in Tescos. Firstly I had a stomach upset: I noticed the colour in each of the 10 cartons was a creamy yellow, instead of the usual white, the consistency thicker. Usually I shake each carton before opening and consequential pourings, to mix the blend, but this latest batch just wouldn't 'shake' as it was so firm. Each pack was the same. The distributors gave me my money back but this 25-082009 cream is still being sold but they don't seem to be moving. I bought another carton t'other day and had to throw it away, family in two different UK locations had same experience. IF distributors don't do something, everyone will stop buying and Tescos will stop ordering! Someone do something QUICK, please!

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          31.12.2007 14:44

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          After reading Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn book 'How to prevent and reverse heart disease' I followed his recommendation and switched to Oat milk. Incidentally, Dr Caldwell is the only Doctor who has go 100% results in treating heart patients in the last 20years & he suggests even healthy people should drink Oat Milk.Practically all milk substitute in market have VEGETABLE OIL & OTHER CHEMICAL filles listed as their ingredients but only Oatly Organic milk is made of only Organic Oats and water. Oatly Organic milk tastes great(I consume half a litre every day), has no poor after taste & tastes great when added to prepare tea. Would recommend it as not only is it great to taste but good for a healthy heart too!

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          16.05.2007 21:52
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          wouldnt buy again

          This has 55 calories per 100ml with 1.5g fat, 0.2g of which are saturates.

          Made from pure oats, the carton states, “A chocolate drink enriched with calcium and vitamins. Free from milk and Soya and packed with great taste.”

          This was more of an impulse buy in the supermarket this week. There was a woman stood at the end of the aisle giving out samples of this, so my daughter and I tried it. It didn’t taste too bad, so I decided to buy this and also the plain version. The chocolate milk smells like chocolate milkshake, which is a good start! It tastes very powdery, and leaves a dry after taste in my mouth. It doesn’t have too much chocolate taste, but isn’t that bad really. My daughter did like this in the shop, but decided she doesn’t like it at all now that I have paid for it!! The plain version was ok in the shop, so I decided to buy this one too. It has a slight grey colour, and doesn’t really smell of anything. This too has a powdery taste, and doesn’t really taste of anything I have tried before. In tea it tastes quite like Soya milk. This one leaves little ‘grains’ on the bottom of the glass, even if I shake the carton before I pour it out. I can’t see me buying these again, and only really did so this time because they had 30p off each one.

          The chocolate milk was £1.49 and the plain milk was £1.39 for a 1 litre carton

          I originally submitted this to yummyfood.net aswell

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