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Upgrade your coffee routine with this creamy oat milk latte! Oat milk is the perfect plant-based alternative for coffee lovers, offering a smooth and slightly sweet flavor that complements your favorite beans. It steams and froths like a dream, creating a barista-worthy experience right at home.

Oat Milk Latte

There’s one non-dairy milk that outshines them all when it comes to coffee drinks: oat milk! This tasty plant-based milk is extra creamy with a mild, sweet flavor, and it steams up like a charm. So it’s absolutely natural it shines in this oat milk latte! You’ll be amazed by how frothy and creamy oat milk can be. Mix it with espresso, and it’s just as satisfying as a classic latte (we think!).

Why oat milk?

Sure, you can use any non-dairy milk in a latte. But oat milk has become popular in coffee culture because of its similarities to dairy milk, without the dairy. Here are a few advantages of using oat milk in lattes:

  • Flavor: Oat milk’s creamy texture and mild sweetness complement coffee flavors.
  • Texture: Oat milk steams and froths well, creating a smooth and frothy latte. This is not the case with other non-dairy milks like almond milk and soy milk, which are more difficult to make frothy.
  • Health Benefits: Oat milk has a high fiber content, as well as being dairy and lactose free.

What’s in an oat milk latte?

The oat milk latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and oat milk, instead of whole milk like a classic latte. Oat milk is widely known as the best dairy-free milk for coffee. Why? Its flavor and texture are the best at mimicking dairy milk, and it becomes thick and foamy when frothed or steamed. The ingredients you need for an oat milk latte are:

  • 1 double shot espresso
  • ½ /cup oat milk (regular) 

There are lots of oat milk brands that are easy to find at your local grocery these days (we like Planet Oat but there are many others). Let us know what brands you find are best for coffee in the comments below.

Oat milk latte

How to make an oat milk latte: basic steps

To make an oat milk latte, you’ll need to make espresso and froth or steam the oat milk! Here’s an outline of the steps, and a bit more below with details about the methods. Here’s how to make an oat milk latte:

  • Step 1: Make a double shot of espresso (see the methods below).
  • Step 2: Steam or froth the oat milk (see the methods below).
  • Step 3: Pour the steamed milk into the espresso.

Best homemade espresso methods

First up for any latte, you’ve got to have a great homemade espresso method! We have an espresso machine at home, but they are fairly expensive. There are lots of ways to make espresso without a machine, too. Here are our favorite methods:

Oat milk latte

How to froth or steam oat milk

You can use an espresso machine to steam oat milk, or if you don’t have an espresso machine you can froth it! Either way, it is the closest non-dairy milk to dairy milk. It can become very frothy and thick using either method. This makes it our favorite to use for non-dairy lattes! Here are the various methods:

  • Steam the oat milk (espresso machine): This achieves a latte texture similar to a coffeeshop, with a thick, microfoam-like layer on top. Go to How to Steam Milk.
  • Froth the oat milk (without a machine): There are several ways to froth oat milk. The best method is a hand frother, but you can also use a French press or whisk. Go to How to Froth Milk.

Pour the frothed milk into the dark, bitter espresso and take a sip. You’ll be blown away by the creaminess of the oat milk! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Variations on an oat milk latte

You can make flavored oat milk lattes just like with standard lattes! Here are a few ideas:

More coffee drinks

Love a good latte? Craving a macchiato? Here are all of the top coffee drinks to make at home, with lots of dairy free options using oat milk:

This oat milk latte recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Oat milk latte

Oat Milk Latte


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

Upgrade your coffee routine with this creamy oat milk latte! Oat milk is the perfect plant-based alternative for coffee lovers, offering a smooth and slightly sweet flavor that complements your favorite beans. It steams and froths like a dream, creating a barista-worthy experience right at home.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 espresso shots (2 ounces or ¼ cup, or substitute strong coffee)
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) oat milk (double for two servings when steaming)

Instructions

  1. Make the espresso: Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot. Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions.
  2. Steam or froth the milk: Steam the milk with an espresso machine, or heat and then froth the milk using your method of choice (milk frother, French press, whisk or covered jar). It’s easiest to steam or froth 1 cup of milk for 2 drinks. Go to How to Steam Milk or How to Froth Milk for details on each.
  3. Serve: Pour the milk into the center of the espresso, ending with light foam (using half the steamed or frothed milk for 1 drink).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Oat milk latte, Oat milk coffee

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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