Here we go, in alphabetical order, are the oat milks available in the UK and their pros and cons, ingredients, backgrounds, whether they are gluten free and where you can buy them.
|Product name||Ingredients||Gluten Free||Where available||Comments|
|Alpro||Oat base (Water, Oat (9.8%)), Soluble corn fibre, Sunflower oil, Calcium (Tri-calcium phosphate), Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Vitamins (B2, B12, D2).||Most supermarkets and health food shops||Naturally lactose free & dairy free|
Vegetarian & Vegan
Naturally low in fat
Naturally low in saturated fat
Without added sugars or sweeteners.
Rich in Fibre
A source of calcium.
|Califia Farms||Oatmilk (Water, Oats), Sunflower Oil, Dipotassium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sea Salt||Yes||Some supermarkets, Health Food Stores and direct from website.||US based.|
BPA Free. Kosher. Carageenan Free.
|Jord||Water, Organic Oats (13%), Organic Rapeseed Oil, Salt||Amazon and in supermarkets||Swedish brand and really tasty. I really prefer the simpler brands without all the rubbish added.|
|Oato||Water, OATS, rapeseed oil, calcium carbonate, dipotassium phosphate (acidity regulator), salt and vitamins (D3, B2, B12, and potassium iodide).||Through Milk and More||UK based. |
British Oats. Delivered to your door in glass bottle by the milkman.
|PureOaty from Glebe Farm||British oats, water, sunflower oil and salt.||Yes||Amazon, Holland & Barrett||UK based, owned by oat farmers. Also vegan.|
|Minor Figures||Water, Oats, Rapeseed oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium carbonate, Salt.||Holland & Barrett and direct online||Carbon neutral. UK based independent vegan plant milk.|
|Moma Oat Milk||Oat base (water, oats 10%), rapeseed oil, acidity regulator (dipotassium phosphate), calcium carbonate, calcium phosphates, iodised salt (salt, potassium iodide), vitamins: D, B2 (riboflavin), B12||Online direct or Amazon||Barista oat milk. Fully foamable, zero splitting.|
|Oatly||Oat base (water, oats 10%), rapeseed oil, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphates, salt, vitamins (D2, riboflavin, B12), potassium iodide.||Amazon, Supermarkets and Health Food Stores||Originating from Sweden. Not sold worldwide. Only GF in US.|
|Plennish||Organic oats, filtered water & a pinch of sea salt, and it’s certified gluten-free||Yes||Direct online.|
Holland & Barrett. Planet Organic. Ebay.
Gluten Free oats.
70% less sugar than most brands.
|Rude Health||Spring Water, Organic Oats (14%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt||Yes||Most supermarkets and Health Food Stores||Organic,|
No Added Sugar,
As you can see, there are 8 competitors and also the supermarket own brands.
Have I missed any?
I’ve tried quite a few of these in cafes, including Califia, Minor Figure, Moma, Oatly and Pure Oaty. So far I think my favourite is Pure Oaty, particularly because the ingredients are so simple. A play on Purity perhaps? PureOaty = Purity!
I won’t go into Oatly and their current legal action against PureOaty here, if you missed my recent blog on this, you can read it here: Shame on you Oatly. All I ask is that you look into the brands you are buying from. Are they ethical, do they source ingredients locally? How do they treat their competitors?
Most of the others include thickeners and added vitamins. I’ve always previously gone for plant milks with added calcium and vitamins but maybe these can be found better from foods in a varied, healthy diet. I take Alfalfa supplements to get calcium into my body as well as eating lots of seeds, green leafy vegetables, figs and eggs. I might do a blog on the best sources of Calcium for those who cannot consume dairy! Would that be of interest?
Have I missed any? Which is your favourite?
Ann Shearer says
Thanks for this interesting review of Oat based drinks.
If you haven’t already done it, then yes, I would certainly find it useful to read your experience of finding digestible calcium sources.
Thanks for your sharing your experiences &knowledge.
Best wishes with your journey.
Ruth Holroyd says
Hi Ann, thanks so much for your comment. Calcium sources blog coming soon! Might take me a while but I’ll be doing the research anyway for myself..
Ian Morris says
Hi Ruth, I know it’s not an oat product as unfortunately i struggle to drink it so have been looking for a good alternative which i finally found in Tesco’s a couple of months ago it is PEA milk which tastes great and i can finally have my cereals at breakfast again. Now i just hope they keep it on their shelves , The only other one i like the taste of was POTATO milk which I tried a few years ago at the Allergy show in London the only problem was trying to find a supplier which i never did but am now very happy with PEA milk which if you do not like either soya or oat milk it’s a very good alternative. Keep doing all you do for us ‘awkward people’ although i do not reply every time i read all your mail.
Kind regards Ian
Ruth Holroyd says
Oh wow what a coincidence, I just tried the same pea milk at a friend’s house this weekend. It wasn’t great in coffee as it separated but was nice when drunk chilled from the fridge in a glass! You could check out Tiger Nut milk, also not easy to locate though. And also Hemp milk or flax milk, have you tried that? Or rice milk?