How to Steam Oat Milk

Oat Milk Latte art

Latte foams fully depend on how the milk is steamed and some types of milk work better than others. Many baristas avoid plant-based milks due to the fact that they don’t steam as well as dairy milk. Barista-catered oat milk recently entered the scene as an immediate game changer. In addition, oat milk has a mild, savory nuttiness, but also has a level of sweetness comparable to high-quality cow’s milk. 

However, many barista oat milks are only foamable due to their inclusion of inflammatory rapeseed or canola oils. You'll never find these inflammatory oils in any of Willa's Organic Oat Milks. For more on the ingredients found in most oat milks, check out our post How Do I know What's in My Oat Milk?

Willa's is working on revising its Barista oat milk recipe to make a one-of-a-kind organic oat milk that steams beautifully. If you want to be among the first to order Willa's Barista oat milk, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Instagram or Twitter.

Until then, try Willa's Creamy or Willa's Unsweetened Original Oat Milk. Willa's Creamy is versatile and rich, making it perfect for everything from coffee to baking. Willa's Unsweetened Original has just one gram of sugar, with all of the protein and fiber. Its made with just four simple ingredients we all understand: oats, water, salt, and vanilla. All of our oat milks uses the entire whole grain oat, which means you get all the fiber and protein, and less oat sugar

How to Steam Barista Oat Milk

The technique of steaming oat milk is very similar to steaming dairy milk. First, you want to introduce the steam to the milk. This aerates the milk, which creates the foam needed for lattes or cappuccinos. Our oat milk works great for these simple steamed drinks. However, with our oat milk, you might not get a good enough foam to make detailed latte art.

Next, you want to submerge the steam wand a couple inches below the surface of the milk to create a swirling whirlpool. This increases the temperature and reduces the little bubbles on the surface of the milk.

Once the milk has reached the proper temperature, remove the pitcher from the wand and tap out any remaining bubbles. Before pouring the milk give it a little swirl with swift wrist movements to even out its consistency. Finally, you are able to pour your creamy concoction.

Oat milk is the latest craze for a reason, it’s rich, creamy, and the taste is like a blank canvas in coffee. As a bonus, it isn’t just dairy-free, but also gluten-free, nut-free, and produced more sustainably.

With a little practice, you’ll be steaming oat milk like an expert!

For more about what's in your oat milk and which ingredients to look for, check out our posts How Do I know What's in My Oat Milk?How Much Sugar is in My Oat Milk?, and Why Is There Oil in Some Oat Milks?


For more about what makes oat milk using the entire whole oat different, check out our post What Makes Whole Grain Oat Milk Healthier?


For at home recipes with oat milk, from coffee drinks to dairy free baking, check out our Oat Milk Recipes.