Review: Califia Farms Oat Drink

This week I thought I’d try a new brand of oat milk so I picked up a carton of Califia Farms Unsweetened Oat Drink from Sainsbury’s for £1.40. I had previously only ever seen this Los Angeles based dairy firms’ cold coffee brews, so I was excited to try their take on oat milk and compare it to the other oat milks I had reviewed such as Oatly, Minor Figures and Alpro.

My first impression of Califia Oat Drink was immediately how thick and sweet it tasted. It had a delightful creaminess which reminded me of Minor Figures Oat Milk. I really enjoyed the fresh oaty flavour. It wasn’t too strong and more importantly, there was no presence of any strange after-taste. It felt like I was drinking a rich creamy treat.

I felt like I was having a fancy cafe coffee when I poured in Califia’s oat drink into coffee. I hate to use the word milky, but I would say that if you are looking a milk alternative, Califia is a very good milk dupe and I’d bet most people would struggle to tell the difference. I was pleased to see the oat drink didn’t split at all in hot beverages, and I was even able to get it to foam with my frothing wand.

Each 200 ml glass of Califia Oat Drink contains 108 kcal, of which 6.0g are fat, 11.4g are carbs and 1.4g are protein. Unlike some oat milks it does contain gluten – unfortunately making it unsuitable for those of us who are gluten free. It is however both soy and dairy free. Like many other oat milks, it is fortified with calcium & vitamin D too.

Overall Califia Farms Unsweetened Oat Drink gets a big thumbs up from me. It is very similar in taste too ordinary milk, but more importantly, it is tasty and creamy in its own right. I will definitely be picking it up again, but will try my best not to make a habit of it as it is quite high in carbohydrates despite being unsweetened.

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