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The Benefits of Cooking With Oat Milk

Oat milk is known for its popularity in coffee drinks, but its benefits in cooking and baking are often overlooked. Cooking with oat milk is an easy way to add protein and minimal sugar to recipes. With soluble fiber, beta glucans to promote good cholesterol and lower your risk of cancer, oat milk is not only a sustainable and delicious addition to your recipes, but an overall health-promoting one. 


Another reason people are turning to oat milk rather than other plant-based milks is its similarity to traditional milk. Oat milk has a thick, creamy flavor, without any of the dangers of dairy. 

While whole milk can add more than 10 grams of sugar, our Unsweetened Original Oat Milk contains only 1 gram of sugar per serving— the necessary amount to create a great product. 

And when you take a sip of Willa’s oat milk, you’ll notice its subtly sweet flavor profile. Willa’s contains far less sugar than other brands in the market, which can pack in sugar amounts close to that of traditional milk. Americans already consume too much sugar, which can wreak havoc on energy levels, skin health and contribute to the onset of type two diabetes. While other oat milks pack in added sugars, we know our customers value integrity so we use whole grain oats to make the most natural oat milk possible, with honest ingredients that you can actually pronounce. 

Tips for cooking with oat milk

Oat milk is not only a powerful substitute for dairy in baking. Oat milk can also be substituted for milk in cooking recipes. Recently, I tried making mac and cheese, and substituted milk for Willa’s– a swap that I will be making from here on out. Oat milk can also be added to mashed potatoes, pastas and other savory dishes. This might sound strange since we like to boast about the nutty, slightly sweet profile in our organic oat milk. But rest assured, Willa’s contains less sugar than other milks, and if you find the flavor profile of your dish to be too sweet– a dash of salt will do the trick in balancing the dish.

Our Favorite Dairy Free Recipes

Here are some tasty, plant based recipes to start with in your journey to dairy-free cooking. We've tried all these recipes out with Willa's Oat Milk and they all taste amazing.

Dairy Free, Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

 Dairy free chocolate cupcakes

This decadent chocolate frosting can be modified to include butter, or you can make it as seen on the website, for a vegan treat. Our oat milk adds a subtle, warm nutty flavor to the frosting, adding tones that traditional milk can’t. 

Dairy Free Coconut Buttercream Frosted Cupcakes

Dairy-free coconut cupcake

This coconut cupcake is perfect for the summertime, offering a sweet tropical vacation from the first bite. The addition of oat milk balances the tropical coconut flavors, producing a well-rounded and delicious flavor profile. Also, we mention some substitutions that can make this recipe 100% gluten-free.

Ciara’s Fluffy Dairy Free Vanilla Cupcakes made with Oat Milk

If you’re looking for a satisfying treat without the tropical tones of coconut, this is the recipe for you. This dairy-free, vegan recipe can be easily modified to be gluten-free without losing any of its flavor. It’s the perfect treat to celebrate birthdays and other celebrations, safe for all diets to enjoy. 


Oat Milk Chocolate Pudding, Topped with Berries and Pistachios

This chocolate pudding tastes as good as it looks. Desserts like this one are so often off limits for those of us who are lactose intolerant, dairy-free, or vegan. With Willa's Oat Milk you can get the creamy texture of pudding without watering down the chocolaty flavor.


Want to learn more?

We also have coffee and cocktail recipes which taste amazing with Willa's.

Curious about why whole grain oats makes all the difference to us? Read our post on the health benefits of whole grain oat milk.

Interested in sustainability? Learn more about how we make our oat milk with a zero-waste process.