Canadian Oats Form the Base of the Newest Milk on the Market – SoFresh Oat
Around our house there’s bound to be a few types of milk in our cupboards and fridge. While I have no issue with dairy, it bothers Michael and lots of our guests. There’s also the fact that I forget to buy dairy milk, so if there is a product I can keep in the cupboard for those times, it’s super convenient, plus I often just feel like something a little different. SoFresh Oat is the first refrigerated oak milk in Canada and is made with whole grain gluten free oats and is dairy, nut and gluten free, and vegan. It’s also completely allergen free, meaning kids can take the milk and products made with the milk to nut-free schools.
It comes in unsweetened original and unsweetened vanilla, and I’ve used both milks for different recipes and as an addition to coffee. Apparently oat milk is a popular product in Sweden and South America, but I’d never heard of it. We found it’s creamier and smoother than some other milks we’ve tried, and liked the vanilla in my coffee and smoothies, while the regular worked better in my oatmeal so I could add additional flavours such as cinnamon, apple and pumpkin. Each cup of milk is made from 1/3 cup of Canadian oats and is low in fat and sugar. There’s 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fibre and 7 essential nutrients including calcium and vitamin D.
One of my favourite registered dieticians, Desiree Nielsen was quoted as saying “Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth and have many health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease. They are a great source of protein, fiber, minerals and key vitamins, boost your energy levels and help you lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Pick up SoFresh Oat beverage at Loblaw’s and other grocery stores nationally, for $4.29.
Here’s a recipe from Desiree Nielsen……
Apple Pie Chia Pudding
Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free
3 tbsp chia seeds
2/3 cup SoFresh Oat Beverage, regular or vanilla
1/3 cup plain unsweetened apple sauce
½ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp allspice
½ tsp vanilla
tiny pinch of salt
1-2 tsp maple syrup, to your taste
½ apple, diced
In a mason jar or resealable container, whisk together all the ingredients, except for the chopped apple, vigorously for about a minute.
Wait a few minutes and repeat stirring session for chia pudding perfection. You do this to ensure that the chia doesn’t clump together as it hydrates.
Place in the fridge, covered for at least two hours or overnight. Top with the chopped apple and you’ve got breakfast, to go!
And our own…..
Pumpkin Oat Milk Oatmeal
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
¼ cup pumpkin
½ scoop protein powder (pumpkin spice from Paleo Pro is fun!)
2/3 cup SoFresh Oat Milk
Combine the oats, pumpkin, protein powder and SoFresh Oat Milk in a saucepan and cook over medium for 5 minutes. Top with yogurt, cinnamon, jam, kiwifruit, pecans, or your favourite fruits and nuts.