Being lactose intolerant can stop a lot of people from enjoying cow milk. I know how this feels because I am slightly intolerant of cow’s milk myself. I can have a bit of it in my coffee. I can drink about 1 cup max. But if I were to ever splurge on milk, I’d be walking away with problems by the end of the day.
I’ve frequently made attempts to search for alternative options. There’s the soy approach which I’ve tried before but wasn’t too keen on.
But when I found Planet Oat Oatmilk, I decided to give it a try.
Now I’m a curious guy and after doing the research on oat milk, I found out that many people who are lactose intolerant often try oat milk as an alternative to cow milk. Soy milk has always been the standard milk for those types of people. So what is this new milk? What benefits does it have over regular milk and soy?
This is what I plan to find show you in this article along with my experience with one of the more popular oat milk brands out there.
This is my full review of the extra creamy original version of Planet Oat Oatmilk.
Where can you find Planet Oat Oatmilk?
You can find Planet Oat Oatmilk at your local Kroger store as well as Costco. Planet Oat Oatmilk is a brand that’s gaining much popularity and you’re likely to find it on the shelves of every major grocery store chain including Walmart, Tom Thumb, and Target.
What type of packaging does Planet Oat Oatmilk come in?
Planet Oat Oatmilk comes in a typical paper and plastic layer milk carton. The carton’s opening is based on a screw-on cap that was sealed before the first time use.
Right before pouring this milk into a cup for the first time, you’d have to unscrew the cap, grab the ring inside and pull it along with the airtight seal out.
This particular milk carton is smaller than usual weighing at about 52fl oz or 1.54L. The typical milk carton is about 64fl oz or 1.89L, in other words, ½ a gallon. This oat milk carton is approximately 20% smaller than your average milk carton.
What are the nutritional facts of Planet Oat Oatmilk?
Oat milk is touted for its nutritional value. But what does this mean?
I think the best approach to understanding the nutritional value you’ll get out of a serving of Planet Oat Oatmilk is to compare it to other versions of milk out in the market.
Each serving is approximately 1 cup or 240mL of oat milk. This translates into:
- 3.5g of fat
- 120mg of sodium
- 2g of protein
- 11g of sugar
- 22g of carbs
In total, a single cup of this brand of oat milk provides 160 calories. Compared to other types of milk, you would find calories ranging from 110 to 160. So oat milk runs towards the higher end of calorie intake.
This is still very little compared to solids and still not as bad if you were to each a serving of chocolate candy. I’d drink this without worrying about that.
Judging by what was used in the ingredients, I see nothing to be concerned about. Most, if not, all of the ingredients used in this oat milk seem to come naturally and typical of the standard substances used.
One particular ingredient that stands out is dipotassium phosphate which is added into the milk to play the role of a stabilizer. This is a very popular food additive and according to the FDA, it’s generally recognized as safe to consume.
What’s the difference between oat milk and other types of milk?
Oat milk, when fortified, is rich in nutrients. It usually has more calories, carbs, and fiber than most of all the other varieties of milk. However, it does have less protein than milk made of soy or cow.
It’s also worth noting that oat milk also has a higher amount of B vitamins.
One thing you should understand is that drinking oat milk doesn’t provide you with the same nutrients as consuming solid foods with oats in them.
What is Planet Oat Oatmilk made of?
Planet Oat makes its Oatmilk out of pure oats. But it does have some very basic and natural ingredients to complement the tastes. These include:
- Sunflower oil
- Sea salt
- Sunflower lecithin
- Gellan gum
Perhaps it would be better to tell you what it isn’t made of. Planet Oat prides its Oatmilk in that it contains:
- No dairy
- No peanuts
- No gluten
- No soy
- No lactose
- No tree nuts
- No artificial flavors
- No artificial colors
- No artificial preservatives
What is the texture of Planet Oat Oatmilk like?
After breaking open the carton and pouring it into a glass cup, I noticed how thick and creamy the milk is. Surprisingly though, it’s still very fluid and liquidy.
I would describe the thickness as somewhere close to that of coffee creamer. It’s much thicker than your average cow milk, but it still pours fast.
As you swallow it down, it has a rich, creamy texture that’s very satisfying when cold.
Just look at the picture above of how the milk pours into the glass and notice how little of a dimple it makes at the point of impact. That’s kind of the best way I can think of to show you how thick it really is.
The creaminess is by no means a bad thing. I originally came in thinking that it would be too creamy for my taste. However, I did not find any problem at all regarding the texture when drinking and swallowing it.
What does Planet Oat Oatmilk look like?
Regarding shape, there’s not much I can describe here. It’s a creamy liquid that runs really smoothly down your throat.
But how does it look to the eye? Well, it’s a bit more tan-colored than your typical cow milk.
Maybe you’re wondering how does it smell? Well, I hate to break it to you but it doesn’t have any distinct smells. I can’t even tell it apart from regular milk.
I’ll leave it at that since there’s really nothing special about the texture or look of the oat milk.
Do kids like Planet Oat Oatmilk?
I’m going to say it now. They absolutely loved it! Now both my kids are whole milk drinkers and I plan to keep it that way since drinking oat milk is the alternative to regular cow milk.
But in case you wanted, here are some pictures of them trying it out. Both kids finished their own cup. I think they may have liked the milk may be due to its creaminess and its slightly sweet taste.
What should you eat Planet Oat Oatmilk with?
It’s pretty obvious what you should have with oat milk, isn’t it? The answer is anything you want. Oat milk goes great with almost any type of food you are eating or snacking.
How about some Oreos? You should automatically reach for Oreos if you happen to have some in the pantry.
Throw it in your coffee. Use it for cereal. Turn it into ice cream. Blend it into a shake. There are 1000s of possibilities. Just enjoy it. It’s a wonderfully refreshing drink and a highly versatile ingredient.
How long does a Planet Oat Oatmilk carton last?
In calculating the time we purchased it to the time it expires, we have roughly about 2 months before it goes bad. This is starting from the day you purchased the milk to the day it officially expires on the carton’s label. This is quite a long time and in my opinion, a huge benefit for those who don’t drink milk often but from time to time do.
The longevity of Planet Oak oat milk allows the owner the freedom of not having to worry about buying milk as early as possible and then rushing to drink it all before it expires.
How does it last so long? For one thing, it’s probably because it doesn’t actually come from a cow or any live creature. Another reason is that it’s ultrapasteurized which helps to maintain the product longer.
It is recommended on the carton that for best quality and experience, you should enjoy within 14 days of opening.
Make sure to keep it refrigerated and not frozen.
How would I rate Planet Oat Oatmilk?
It’s delicious! It’s a rich, creamy and satisfying drink that’s free of dairy, peanut, soy, and gluten. Being that it only contains 2 grams of protein can be a turn-off for some people. But for those who don’t want the extra protein, it’s a fine choice alternative to regular milk.
I have to be honest, I didn’t think I would like it but I do. The creamy texture was not too creamy. Don’t let the label fool you. It goes down super smooth, especially when it’s coming right out of the fridge.
Also, I would like to add that even though the carton labels this as “extra creamy”, it isn’t THAT creamy. It’s a bit viscous but it goes down the throat smoothly.
The only way I could think of describing the flavor is by saying that it definitely tastes like milk.
You might also be surprised to know that it’s got a subtle sweetness. It’s pretty good because it’s not too overly sweet at all. I think it’s almost perfect.
Who makes Planet Oat Oatmilk?
The makers of Planet Oat Oatmilk have a strong passion for their craft and it revolves around oats. You could say they are obsessed with oats.
The company is called HP Hood LLC. You can check out their website here.
According to my research, it seems like the company started sometime around 2017. They have a beautiful website that’s colorful and inspiring.
They currently have about 6 different types of oat milk along with a variety of frozen ice cream (which I plan to try soon) and a few coffee creamers. The website also has a few inspiring recipes that focus on their passionate ingredient.
Planet Oats launched a campaign in an effort to help and protect the waters, land, and wildlife in our community. They are partners with several environmental organizations and are fully dedicated to taking a stand against senselessly harming the animals, the environment, and the air we breathe.
Planet Oats Oatmilk: Extra creamy original
Rich, creamy, full-bodied beverage that's dairy free, peanut free, soy free, and gluten free.
Oatmilk (filtered water, oats), sunflower oil, calcium carbonate, dipotassium phosphate (stabilizer), guar gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin B12