Just like our 2018 wellness trends predicted, oat milk is taking over the alternative milk scene. Of course the O.G.'s of the space like almond and soy are still very much a hot commodity in your local grocer’s milk section, but oat milk is also making a name for itself.

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With the demand for non-dairy options growing every day, both small and national brands are racing to discover the next new trend and oat milk has officially won (for now anyway, who knows what will come out before the end of the year!) for 2018.

If you find yourself wondering what all the hype is about regarding oat milk, below are a few reasons why people are loving it.

But first, what is oat milk?

Oat milk isn’t all that different from other milk alternatives as far as the process in which it’s made. The process is simple—steel-cut oats are soaked in water overnight or for several hours and then blended and strained using cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. The liquid that’s left is the finished product—oat milk.

It’s a nut milk alternative

One of the trickiest things about transitioning to a plant-based diet or even just switching from cow’s milk to an alternative milk is avoiding nuts. Peanut and tree nut allergies have become very common and finding creamy plant-based foods, especially milks, that don’t contain nuts of any kind can be a bit tricky. This is where oat milk comes into play. It offers that super creamy texture people crave without having to worry about nut allergies.

It’s extra creamy texture

And speaking of the super creamy texture—that’s actually one of the main reasons people are seeking out oat milk. Coffee shops all over are adding it to their menus to give their dairy-free latte and cappuccino drinking customers an option with even more decadence and froth. It’s also a great replacement for baking or pancakes and waffles.

Fiber and additional nutritional value

One of the most popular and well-known nutritional benefits of oat milk is its fiber content. One cup has two grams, making it the most fiber-dense alternative milk out there. So if you’re looking to add more fiber to your diet, oat milk could be a good option for you. It also offers various amounts of protein, vitamin D and A, iron and calcium.

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