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The Myths And Realities Of Oat Malk

Just when you feel like you know the grocery store like the back of your hand. WHABAM. The store goes and rearranges itself. Does this happen where anyone else lives or just my area? Well thanks to a recent switcheroo, I stumbled across Malk Organics Oat MALK.

Ever seen it?

Well once you’re done reading about it, I’m confident you’ll want to try it out for yourself.

Trust me. If you’re an oat milk fan, this post is full of some serious facts you may want to consider next time you’re filling up your cart with some oat juice.

Quick disclaimer just to be clear. We’re not out here trying to scare anyone. This is all about laying out the facts of Oat MALKthat then allows you to make an educated decision!

Is MALK oat milk healthy?

In general, whether or not oat milk is healthy depends on a ton of things…

…which oat milk are you buying? Are the ingredients legit or full of words you can’t read?

Do you drink mainly oat milk and nothing else? What kind of frequency are you going through oat milk?

It also depends on your definition of healthy, which can be a bit different from person to person.

But MALK oat milk is about as healthy and natural as an oat milk can get. So from an ingredients perspective, MALK oat milk is healthy for sure. But let’s take a look at the nutrition label to learn more.

Vanilla Oat MALK Nutrition Label
Oatly Low Fat Oat Milk Nutrition Label

Oat MALK Nutrition Facts

In order to further confirm whether Oat MALK is healthy, we can compare it to another similar product on the market.

Oatly is a well known competitor in the oat milk space and is the current oat milk of choice at Starbucks locations across the country.

When you look at the nutrition label for Oat MALK vs Oatly low fat milk, you’ll notice a lot of similarities.

But let’s focus on the differences between the two oat milks.

Sodium levels are a little higher with Oat MALK which makes sense because one of the main ingredients is Himalayan pink salt. For those that have never researched the benefits of Himalayan salt, it is worth a read.

Total Carbs is a little higher in the Oatly low fat milk option as well as the total sugar. Oatly explains that their added sugars don’t come from sweeteners but from the enzymatic production process they use to liquefy the oats. Because oats are super starchy, they can get pretty jello like when manipulated. The act of using enzymes can help reduce that jello quality, giving the oat milk a more creamy consistency that you are used to with milk.

Lastly, the protein amount in Oatly oat milk is one gram more per serving than Oat MALK so nothing largely significant there.

About Malk Organics & Their Mission

You hear it a ton but taking the time to read what ingredients are in the food and drink you consume can be so eye opening. When it comes to the world of dairy milk alternatives, the list of what is inside those alternative options may surprise you.

A quick Google search and you can find the labels for popular oat milk brands like Oatly and you’ll see the listed ingredients will look like this:

Oat base (water, oats). Contains 2% or less of: low erucic acid rapeseed oil (basically canola oil), dipotassium phosphate (used in fertilizers), calcium carbonate (added calcium), tricalcium phosphate (more calcium again), sea salt, dicalcium phosphate (more chemical calcium), riboflavin (aka B2 vitamin), vitamin A, vitamin D2, vitamin B12. [Oatly Original Oat Milk ingredients]

I don’t know about you but I have no idea what half of these ingredients are. Just researching dipotassium phosphate didn’t have me feeling very warm and fuzzy.

But in comes Malk Organics Oat MALK to save the day!

Malk Organics has been around since 2017 and have made it their mission to only use the very best ingredients for their products. So when you turn the label around, you can read and know what you’re consuming.

Also, Malk Organics is beyond transparent. Awhile back, they received feedback that consumers wanted a more vanilla forward taste for their vanilla products. So they made a formula change and included “organic natural flavors”.

But fans of the product didn’t want to lose the clean ingredients of the product for a tiny bit more flavor. Ultimately the team at Malk Organics decided to go back to four ingredients and flavor their vanilla products with “Pure Organic Vanilla Extract made from Vanilla Bean”.

The company didn’t (and continues to not) shy away from any of the details of this journey and have documented and answered all of these questions directly on their website.

Got to love that!

Images via Malk Organics

Oat MALK Flavors & Ingredients

Oat MALK comes in three flavors: original, vanilla and chocolate. Our local area doesn’t currently carry the chocolate Oat MALK but I can’t wait to try it.

Each Oat MALK option only has a handful of ingredients. The three core ingredients are:

  • Filtered Water
  • Organic Gluten Free Oats
  • Himalayan Pink Salt

Pretty darn simple. No gums. No oils. Just simple ingredients.

Oat MALK is also glyphosate free. Glyphosate is an herbicide that is applied to plants to help prevent the spread of weed and grass. When a label says it’s glyphosate free, that means it’s been verified that it does not contain a traceable amount of this popular herbicide.

Smoothie made with Vanilla Oat MALK

Oat MALK Taste

But I’m sure you’re curious…how does it taste?

Ultimately I feel like Oat MALK tastes like really, really, REALLY, watered down oats. For me, it’s more similar to skim milk than whole milk if we’re comparing it to real dairy. Because I prefer whole milk consistency, I don’t love drinking Oat MALK plain.

Also, if you start with the vanilla Oat MALK, you probably won’t get much of a hint of vanilla in there. But if you drink the regular Oat MALK and then try the vanilla version, you’ll be able to spot the subtle flavor difference.

What is tasty though is if you pour a glass of Oat MALK, add a little splash of pure vanilla and as much cinnamon as you like and blend it up to get it a little frothy. Pour the mixture over ice and that yummy goodness will taste like the leftover milk in a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch! It’s a fun dessert treat I learned from Helen, the founder of Blender Bombs on Instagram.

Putting MALK in smoothies is also a great go to option. If you’re a morning smoothie person like me, the added Oat MALK gives a nice creamier flavor kick when I’m not feeling like adding plain water.

I’ve also used Oat MALK in my coffee or as the “milk” base for hot chocolate around the holidays. It’s honestly an excellent dairy substitute. While Oat MALK doesn’t give you the thickness of whole milk, it still provides a nice creamy taste to whatever you are adding it into.

Ready to grab you some Oat MALK?

We think it’s worth a try the next time you’re at the store. But hey, don’t feel guilt if you’re grabbing another less expensive, or on sale brand ok? Because we’re all just trying to survive and living your life 80% healthy and 20% not as healthy is a pretty darn good ratio.

But the more you know 🌈 can help you the next time you’re at the store or grocery shopping online. Maybe you decide to get an off brand item or two this time so that you can splurge on some Oat MALK. If you test it out, let us know your own thoughts!

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