The 7 Best Oat Milks

Sure we live in hell, but we’re also in a golden age for alternative milks. Oat milk is making serious gains among socially conscious consumers, and for good reason. It’s the most allergen friendly of the alt milks, it’s vegan, and it’s only second to almond milk in lowest carbon emissions. Just within the last five years, dozens of different brands have joined the fray to capitalize on the oat milk craze. That means you have buying options, and if you think all oat milk is the same, you’d be wholly mistaken. 

Some oat milk is minimalistic and natural, while other types include a small amount of gum and stabilizers to recreate that creamy milk texture. Some oat milks have added calcium, some are shelf stable, and some are loaded up with sweet, sweet sugar, which, to me at least, isn’t a bad thing. Milk, in all of its various forms, should be an enjoyable experience, and healthy, vegan-friendly food doesn’t have to be bland. A little sugar helps.

So, what are we looking for in a good oat milk? Well, it should have flavor, body, and taste. It should be versatile, as well. You should be able to seamlessly add it to cereal, coffee, cake, and use it to make mac and cheese. To conduct this taste test, we, the Sporked staff, poured a little bit of oat milk into paper cups, then swirled it, sniffed it, and drank it. Call us milk sommeliers. So put your pinkies up and let’s talk about the GOAT oats.

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Best of the Best

Chobani Plain Extra Creamy

Simply put, Chobani extra creamy oat milk is so good it feels like dairy. It’s creamy, with a texture that kind of resembles half and half, and it’s got a delightfully fresh flavor to it. Chobani is also the most versatile of the oat milks. Squirt in some Hershey’s syrup to make an absolute banger of a chocolate milk. Use it for cereal, coffee, and baking. Chobani would also make an amazing smoothie or latte. It’s stable and flavorful; confidently use this for all of your milk substitute needs.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Flavored

Silk Vanilla

As staff writer Jordan Myrick put it, “This tastes like birthday cake.” Silk Vanilla is straight up delightful and sugary, and yet it doesn’t have any more sugar than the other brands on this list, which we all found to be absolutely bonkers. It also has the best raw flavor by a mile. If you want to double down on flavored cereal or are looking for a lactose-free, flavored creamer substitute for coffee, this is your brand. There’s also a ton of possibilities to explore if you want to bake with an oat milk that has a subtle birthday cake flavor to it. Silk Vanilla scores big in the “pure joy” category and that’s of utmost importance to us here at Sporked. The only reason it’s not number one is because there’s such a pronounced sweet flavor. Bonus: This has the most calcium per serving on the list.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best 2% Milk Alternative

Whole Foods 365

Whole Foods 365 Oatmilk is smooth and creamy, yet refreshing. There isn’t a distinct vanilla flavor or an overwhelming blast of sugar, meaning you can harmlessly add it to just about anything. It’s a lot like 2% milk in that regard: It’s plain, but not bland. Plus, the texture is perfectly balanced; not too creamy, not too watery. That means it’s flexible. This is the kind of oat milk that would add some decadence to your oatmeal, or you could throw into your cereal and let the sugary niblets impart their flavor. Use Whole Foods 365 confidently, and use it often.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Pure Oat Flavor

Trader Joe’s Non-Dairy Oat Beverage

Trader’s Joe’s Oat Beverage is creamy and has a great, concentrated oat flavor. There’s some slightly earthy notes happening here that are accented by its relatively thick texture. This is exactly what the box says: It’s an oat beverage. Keep it cold, drink it by the glass, dip cookies in it, make a White Russian, so long as you obey the package and treat it like a drink. This feels the most oaty of the bunch.

Important note: Trader Joe’s has two different types of oat milk, and here we’re talking about the perishable one that’s sold from the refrigerator.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best for Iced Coffee

Oatly

Oatly has a full-bodied creaminess to it that has made it the flagship brand of oat milk for Starbucks. It works well in lattes and cappuccinos, but it shines brightest in an iced coffee, which it makes creamy and decadent. Oatly has a hint of vanilla and a slight nuttiness to it that makes it quite enjoyable and versatile.

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Rating:

7/10

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Best for Cereal

Planet Oat

Planet Oat isn’t the thickest oat milk, but it’s not watery either; there’s something refreshing about the texture. Also, it has less sugar than some of the other oat milks on this list, making it an excellent base-level option for your cereal. Whether you pair it with something healthy like Fiber One or go full sugar monster like Cap’n Crunch, Planet Oat is a great addition to any box of sugary, crunchy morsels. I’m on board. Shoot me into space, Planet Oat.

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Rating:

7/10

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Best Low Sugar

Elmhurst

Elmhurst is the “healthiest” of the seven oat milks listed here. It’s got zero added sugar and zero saturated fat, and it has the most protein (four grams) per serving. The ingredients listed are simply filtered water, whole grain oats, and salt. This is the only oat milk that skips stabilizers and oil, as well, unfortunately making it a bit watery. This isn’t really great for cereal or coffee if you’re looking for a thicker consistency. However, Elmhurst has a wonderfully refreshing quality to it. It replenishes you like water. This is the sports drink of oat milk, and it deserves a spot on this list.

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Rating:

6.5/10

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  • I’m so surprised that this: https://www.califiafarms.com/products/extra-creamy-oat-milk-48oz didn’t make the list! It’s a great substitute to dairy milks and my all time favorite oat milk. Highly recommended.

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    • This ^

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    • Its so funny, because I am kind of not a huge fan of it compared to things like chobani or oatly. Its funny how just oat milk can have so many differing opinions, like i wouldnt be caring if it were normal milk, i wouldnt notice, but its fun with non dairy milk because like, every one is different and you can hunt out your favorite by trying different ones!

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  • #5- Starbucks uses Oatly Barista for their coffee’s…the regular will not make your at home coffee taste the same if that is what your looking for. It often sells out quick but stock up because it is delish!! Another alternative for coffee creamer is Planet Oat creamer- the coffee cake flavor has an amazing cinnamon flavor. Have a great day!

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  • I tend to drink chai instead of coffee (preference) and if you’ve ever had a strong oat milk in your chai latte you know how bad that flavor can be.
    This confuses me because my major issue with oat milk is the overly oat-grass flavor that tends to come with it and I don’t see much here about how much that flavor comes through. Any chance of adding something here on how oat-y the taste actually is for people who want to switch to something sustainable but don’t want that overly grassy aftertaste? The consistency and texture review is fantastic but is Chobani Plain Extra Creamy because of the texture and actual oat flavor or is it at the top because of the texture and a very subtle flavor? Ultimately what tastes the least like oat with out added vanilla and way too much sugar?
    I’d love to see one of these done with nut milks (cashew is more sustainable than almond at this point but that could be due to the low demand. Its also my favorite on creamy texture and subtle flavor).

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    • I find that the Extra Creamy Planet Oat milk is the best for Chai. I dont get the oat grass flavor from it and the texture is great.

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  • In your expert Sporked opinion…. How does the Extra Creamy Planet Oat Oat Milk hold up to the Ciobani Extra Creamy you have in first? Because in my opinion Planet Oat is the best Oat milk on the market!

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    • You know, I’m not sure that we tried the Extra Creamy Planet Oat, just the Original. I’ll make sure to include it as we update the list, though. I loved that Planet Oat has less sugar – I’m more about the plain taste of Oat Milk. Personally, I like Elmhurst a lot for that reason. It’s just all natural. A little too watery, though, Elmhurst is.

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      • Planet Oat Extra Creamy is probably the best oat milk I’ve ever tried! It’s superior imo

  • Silk Extra Creamy Oat Milk is the ONLY one that did it right.

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  • I am suprised that planet oat got such high scores. I just tried it and the sediment it left behind was alarming… My coffee cup looked like it had been used to start a batch of flesh-colored slime. The taste is fine, until you get to the bottom of the cup or bowl. It also did that thing bad milk does in hot coffee…the tiny curdles…did I drink it anyway? Yes. But some people probably wouldn’t.

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    • interesting. I didn’t actually get to the bottom of the container. The taste is rather neutral, which I personally enjoy.

      My brother buys Elmhurst for him and his family, which I quite enjoy. It’s the most natural of the bunch, and I didn’t notice any curdling. Pretty thin, though.

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  • Loaded this article on my phone at the store and bought vanilla oat Silk on the strength of it. Enjoying it on my mini-wheats now — yum!

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  • Can’t believe Trader Joe’s oat milk ranked so high! But completely agree with Chobani’s ranking, my go to for oat milk, delish in coffee and baking.

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  • Anybody ever had rise oat milk? Their vanilla oat milk is my personal favorite.

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  • I have tried all of the tanked ones but my favorite is Califia Farms Barista Blend. I use it for everything and have to buy it in bulk. It gets bonus points from me because it’s shelf stable.

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  • This guide was helpful as I navigated which oat milk was best to make my daily Cometeer latte.

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  • Absolutely agreed that Chobani is the best, but not a big fan of the extra creamy for general drinking. Great for anything else. I drink the regular daily.

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