If you are wondering what kind of oatmilk does Starbucks use, I have sussed it out!
I’m not a vegan but I have recently converted to Starbucks oatmilk lattes as my cholesterol is high. There is zero cholesterol in oat milk which is a big win.
If you are a Starbucks fan, you’ll know theres seriously tonnes of milk options to choose off the menu if you are vegan, dairy-free, watching your cholesterol like me or just prefer the taste including almond milk and soy milk.
I have tried all the dairy free alternatives and oat milk is without doubt the tastiest. In fact, it is so tasty, that I have wondered what type of oat milk they actually use so I can replicate this drink at home.
I asked a barista and looked behind the counter when I was there and they use Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk. I ordered some to use with my awesome Nanofoamer which I use to make amazing foam at home. I had been buying Oatly at Walmart but they don’t have the barista edition which I think makes all the difference.
What Oat milk does Starbucks Use? I have sussed it!
So I sussed what oatmilk Starbucks uses [ Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk] but I wanted to know more about this creamy milk alternative. I mean it tastes so fine, I’m sceptical it has to be stupidly bad for you LOL.
In this post, I will take a deep dive into this oat milk brand to see if you want to order it with your fav chocolate frappuccino.
What is oat milk?
I was curious what is in oat milk and how exactly is it made. What I really like about oat is that it tastes the most similar to cows milk.
Wanna know? Basically oat milk comes from the creamy pulp “milk” that gets extracted from the oats. How they do this is by blending rolled oats with water and straining the liquid out.
I remember the first time I tried oat milk is when the barista accidentally made my latte oat because they couldn’t understand my accent when I said “whole milk”.
At first I was annoyed but then I tried it and thought “hey this is actually very good!” I didn’t even tell him the order was wrong!
Does oat milk have any negatives?
If you are on a carb-free diet or are counting calories there is one big negative that comes with drinking oat milk.
It is higher in carbohydrates and also in calories than other plant based milk alternatives.
It is close to soy milk but no competition for unsweetened almond milk. It is lower in calories but higher in carbs than cows milk.
Comparison Per serving (8 Oz) to other Milk Types
Oat milk – 120 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates
Cows milk – 150 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrates
Almond Milk (unsweeeted) – 37 calories, 1.4 grams of carbohydrates
Soy milk – 118 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates
For me personally, I just think that oat milk tastes A LOT better than almond milk.
I will note that if you are watching your calories and cholesterol and don’t mind the taste, almond milk also has no cholesterol.
If you want to try almond milk, the key is to buy a barista quality, like this one. Barista made milk alternatives just make the foam so much better! Of course you’ll really want to use something like the Nanofoamer to get the best possible foam at home as well.
Does oat milk have any positives for your health?
Yes! If you don’t like the taste of almond milk, oat milk is still a really good heart healthy choice. Here are some stats:
- Calories: 120
- Protein: 3 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbs: 16 grams
- Dietary fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin B12: 50% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Riboflavin: 45% of the DV
- Calcium: 25% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin D: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin A: 20% of the DV
- Potassium: 8% of the DV
- Iron: 2% of the DV
As you can see, there is still a lot of really good vitamins and nutrients contained in oat milk including vitamin D and vitamin B12.
The Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk is just a version that allows the milk to foam better than regular oat milk.
You know, there is seriously a HUGE taste difference when the milk foams like it is meant to. Even though the Barista quality milk is more expensive, in my opinion it is well worth it due to the creamy fluffy cloud like foam it creates.
Starbucks Oat milk ingredients and nutrition compared to regular oat milk
So what I discovered is that there is a little difference between the Oatly Barista made version and regular oat milk in terms of calories and nutrition.
Importantly, the Oatly Barista made version is still 100% cholesterol free, it also is 100% vegan and gluten free, non-GMO, glyphosate-free, and kosher-pareve so it is not all bad.
I will note that there is 7 grams of additional sugar in the barista quality oat milk and the fat component seems to be a little higher. I’m not sure if this is 100% true that regular oat contains no sugar as the sugar is naturally occurring in the production of the drink. But for arguments sake lets just say it contains a bit more.
I am willing to accept this for the glorious taste however, it is something to consider depending on your daily caloric needs and what diet you are on.
|Fat||7 g (9%*)|
|Saturated||0.5 g (3%*)|
|Trans Fat||0 g|
|Cholesterol||0 mg (0%*)|
|Sodium||100 mg (4%*)|
|Total Carbohydrate||16 g (6%*)|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g (7%*)|
|Soluble Fiber||1 g|
|Total Sugars||7 g|
|Includes 7 g added sugars** (14%*)|
|Vitamin D||3.6 mcg (20%*)|
|Calcium||350 mg (25%*)|
|Iron||0.3 mg (2%*)|
|Potassium||390 mg (8%*)|
|Vitamin A||160 mcg (20%*)|
|Riboflavin||0.6 mg (45%*)|
|Vitamin B12||1.2 mcg (50%*)|
|Phosphorus||270 mg (20%*)|
So as you can tell by the above, actual oat milk is a little more than just the drained oat milk that is leftover from oats and water. One thing that is added to oat milk is phosphate. What this does is prevents the milk from separating with heated.
Note: If you are confused about Starbucks cup sizes you aren’t alone. Here are all Starbucks cup sizes explained.
Starbucks drinks that use oat milk
There are seriously tonnes of Starbucks drinks that you can use oat milk in.
Most (if not all) of Starbucks standard drinks can be substituted with oat milk. Starbucks sometimes even bring out a specialty drink with oat milk as the standard milk type.
I like just the standard latte with oat milk but you can also get a lot fancier drinks using oat milk in them including the following:
- Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
- Iced Blonde White Mocha with Oat Milk
- Iced Vanilla Latte with Oat Milk
- Iced Flat White with Oat Milk
- Honey Oatmilk Latte
- Honey and Hazelnut Oat Latte
- Oat Milk Chai Tea Latte
- Strawberry and Vanilla Oat Latte
- Dark Cocoa and Orange Oat Latte
- London Fog Latte with Oat Milk
- Java Chip Frappuccino with Oat Milk
- Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino with Oat Milk
- Caramel Oat Milk Frappuccino
- Oat Milk Cocoa Macchiato
Not with the fancy drinks at Starbucks usually there is a lot of added sugar.
Is Starbucks oat milk sweetened?
Starbucks oat milk is not artificially sweetened but it is sweetened as part of the production process.
This means the 7 grams of sugar you see in the list of ingredients is actually as a result of the process of making the milk. The enzymes that make the oats into liquid break down some of the starches turns into simple sugars.
You can think of it as similar to sugar you find in cows milk and not artificially added to make it sweeter.
It is like sugar in fruit – the sugar is still there but it is not artificially added sugar which is the worst kind to consume health wise.
What’s in Starbucks oat milk?
As established, Starbucks choice of oat milk is Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk. This oatmilk contains the following:
Oat base (water, oats), low erucic acid rapeseed oil. Contains 2% or less of: dipotassium phosphate, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, dicalcium phosphate, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin D2 and vitamin B12.
Does Starbucks oatmilk have sugar?
As mentioned above, there is sugar in the Starbucks oat milk. It contains 7 grams of added sugar per 8-ounce serving.
A big thing to note here is that it is natural sugar that happens as part of the production process rather than sugar that is added to make the drink sweeter.
Is Starbucks oat milk good for you?
There are lots of PROS of oatmilk. From my personal perspective, I am trying to reduce my cholesterol and oat milk has no cholesterol in comparison to cows milk which has 12 mg Cholesterol in a cup.
There are also lots of nutrients and vitamins in oatmilk that are very good for you like calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, and D.
I will note that it is high in carbohydrates and lower in protein than other milk alternatives. I personally am willing to accept this because I think it tastes a lot better than almond milk or soy milk for that matter.
It also contains 7 grams of sugar per serving but as we have discussed this is a natural forming sugar rather than artificially added so I’m okay with that.
What brand of oat milk does Starbucks use?
Oatly! And specifically, Barista Quality.
Do you like Starbucks oat milk? Let us know yay or nay in the comments below!
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