The Great Oat Milk Debate – 4 Brands Y’all Love

a mason jar of oat milk, surrounded by a bowl and a spoon of oats

This week, we wanted to know what the #blackfoodie community thought about dairy-free milk alternatives and specifically, oat milk.

If you’re Black and part of the food community, you already know that there’s a lack of representation in the vegan and vegetarian food industry that leaves a lot of folks wondering if you can truly live your best life on a plant-based diet while enjoying the staples of Black food culture. Read more about being Black and vegan here.

The answer, of course, is a resounding “YES!”

But plant-based milks aren’t just for vegans. There’s a significant rate of lactose-intolerance in the Black community that opens up the market for oat, almond, and cashew milk products to be enjoyed by flexitarians as well. These days, oat milk in particular, is replacing dairy milk at breakfast, lunch, and dinner tables across North America.

“Oat milk is that girl” – @dashofjazzblog

“I am pleasantly surprised it’s good.” – @cocoamommy

“The superior milk and it’s not even close!!!” – @dontcallmedesi

We’ve noticed that many in the #blackfoodie community are incorporating natural food products into their diets, so it was great to see more than 300 chime in share their thoughts on oat milk. While there’s no clear winner on the best oat milk brand for the BLACK FOODIE community, there are definitely a few favourites.

Here’s what you had to say.

Oat milk brands Black foodies love

Chobani

three cartons of Chobani Oat Milks, one pale yellow, one pale blue, and one pale brown

Chobani’s oat milk was, by far, the most recommended in the comments. Everybody from adults to babies seem to love the flavour and versatility of the milk.

Oatly

three cartons of Oatly oat milk, one brown, one blue, one white


Coming in as a close second, Oatly was celebrated for their variety with full-fat and low-fat variations. One #blackfoodie even mentioned that Oatly’s milk converted her from being an oat milk-hater.

Califia Farms

a slim can, a slim carton, and a roundbottomed bottle of Califia Farms oat milk, all light blue

A brand for both sides of the border, Califia Farms themselves took a strong brand approach and jumped into the comments to share all of the options they offer in the oat milk category, including Oat Barista and Protein Oatmilk for smoothies.

Earth’s Own

an Earth's Own oat milk carton lying on a spread out pile of oats, on a pink background

Earth’s Own oat received props in the comments for being extra environmentally-friendly, with many pointing out that the carton itself is also made from plants.

Now I may be biased, but the BLACK FOODIE social media account is the best spot for foodies of all ethnicities to picks up tips and tricks from people who know what good food is. Summer is around the corner and that means lots of fresh salads, dining al fresco, and enjoying a solid cookout spread. If you want tips on making a killer potato salad or the best herbs for foodies, look no further than our collective digital community.

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