Product Type: Oatly Soft Drink
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Oatly Healthy Oat Organic Drink
Member Name: cyberem78
Oatly Healthy Oat Organic Drink
Date: 21/09/13, updated on 22/09/13 (29 review reads)
Advantages: Tastes creamy, sweet and rich.
Disadvantages: A bit more expensive than my regular soya milk.
About a year ago I decided to cut back on eating dairy (because of ethical concerns) and as part of this decision I stopped drinking cow's milk. I have mostly substituted this with soya, rice or nut milks but I recently saw this 'Oatly' milk and decided I would like to try it. I have seen this product for sale many times before in my local health food stores but I actually bought it from my local supermarket. They had it stocked in a special section along with other 'free from' products.
This product now looks a little different from the Dooyoo picture. The carton is now blue and features a glass of white milk which looks very appealing. The carton is 1 litre in size and is printed with product information on the sides and back of carton. It is designed with a spout on the top which you have to screw off. This top is easy to remove and is perfectly secure when tightened. The spout has a small lip which is not specifically shaped for pouring but if you tip the carton sideways the milk is dispensed with great aim and with no spillages or drips.
Oatly milk has an oat base which is then blended with other ingredients. Full ingredients are listed on the pack and include 10% oat base of water and oats as well as rapeseed oil, salt, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphates and vitamins D2, riboflavin and B12. The milk is dairy free and therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The milk is also soya free and is naturally low in saturated fat. There are no nasty things included like artificial flavours, stabilisers or preservatives. It is also unsweetened.
An easy read nutritional chart on the side of the carton shows me that a 200ml serving of the milk provides 90 calories and 3g of fat. The milk also contains 120mg of calcium per 100mls.
When I first used this milk I followed the instructions and shook it well before pouring out. I decided to try it straight first before using it for other things. I poured it into a glass and grimaced because it looked a bit horrible. The milk isn't bright white like it appears to be on the carton illustration. It's actually a bit dirty looking which shouldn't be that surprising if you think about the colour of porridge oats - it has a slightly brown tinge to it. When I first tasted the milk I was really surprised as it was so sweet and yet it is not sweetened naturally or artificially. It also tastes very creamy and rich. The texture of the milk is very silky and soft.
After one taste of this Oatly milk I was hooked. I have been using the milk in different ways. It tastes great as a drink on it's own. It's also wonderful when added to hot drinks and it blends in well. I especially like this milk on my cereal. Of all non dairy milks I've used this is the one I most prefer on cereal. It makes any cereal taste delicious and high quality and I also feel it's a milk that most mimics the flavour and consistency of cow's milk. It seems as though I've added a dash of double cream to my breakfast dish as it is so flavoursome.
Oatly milk is slightly more expensive than some soya milks and I paid £1.39 for my carton which is about the same price as almond and hazelnut milks. Although it's a bit pricier I'm willing to pay the extra as the milk is so satisfying to me. I therefore will be buying it again in the future and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is thinking about going non-dairy or to anyone who just wants to try something different.
Oatly milk can also be used in cooking and there is a recipe idea for a fruit smoothie on the back of the carton. Go to the website for more ideas about how to use Oatly in savoury cooking.
Summary: Delicious and worth paying extra for!