Milk free, gluten free, sugar free, you see these recipes all the time. Since I don’t have an allergie for milk, gluten or sugar, I don’t really use these, unless, they’re simply good recipes. Nevertheless, when I ran into this oat’s milk (which of course, isn’t real milk, as they state as well), I was very curious. How would this work when cooking? Could you simply substitute it one for one? It would be ideal if someone with a milk allergy would come by for a meal.
Since pancakes (just like cookies) are an ideal vehicle to test these things since they’re so versatile, I decided to make milk free pancakes, with oat’s milk!
The oat’s drink I found next to the soy milk in our supermarket is called ‘Oatly’. It somehow appealed to me and I bought a pack. Good thing it can be kept for really long at room temperature, because initially I wasn’t sure what to do with it.
The drink is made from oats, it’s mostly water + oats and a bit of oil. The company is Swedish and so are the oats in the drink, which is what I thought was pretty cool. There’s not a lot of Swedish food here (unless you count those famous IKEA meat balls…).
How does it look & taste?
First of all, the colour, it’s not white, instead it’s a light brownish colour. It’s a little more transparant than milk, which is nice, it’s easy to distinguish it from cow’s milk.
And the taste? Funnily enough, it tastes a bit like the milk left over after you’ve eaten a bowl of milk with oats! It’s a little watery, but has a nice flavour to it.
All in all, quite good, as the producers of Oatly say themselves, it’s not a substitute of cow’s milk and shouldn’t be seen as such, but it tastes well.
Oat’s milk in pancakes
I didn’t change anyhing in particular when making pancakes with oat milk instead of cow’s milk. I just substituted it one for one. And it worked out just fine, as you can see below.
The pancakes turned out just fine. There’s a little change in flavour. Ever tried adding a bit of buckwheat flour to your pancakes? If so, the Oatly pancakes have that same extra bit of flavour. I find it works well for pancakes.
These milk free pancakes can be made with most of my pancake recipes, it works well for Dutch as well as American style pancakes. I’m a little wary of advising it for crepes since the milk has a far more prevalent role in those, but feel free to try and let me know how it works!