Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
By Lisa Frania — / Recipes
Shake Things Up With An Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
We’ve got the perfect chance for you to literally “shake up” your coffee routine with our Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso recipe. You read that right—oat milk. This iced coffee recipe offers a nondairy milk alternative that will be your next coffee addiction. It’s a perfectly refreshing and sweet drink, combined with the great flavor and caffeine punch of Death Wish Espresso Roast. It’s guaranteed to catapult you into a productive day.
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What Is Oat Milk?
If you haven’t tried oat milk before, you might be wondering why you should bother. Oat milk was actually developed in the 1990s in Sweden but has become increasingly popular in recent years. As a result, restaurants and grocery stores have started making it more available for consumers. Oat milk is made by blending whole oats with cold water and then straining the mixture. That makes it a good dairy-free option for vegans and lactose-sensitive people, too.
Why Oat Milk?
1. It tastes great.
A lot of people who are unfamiliar with nondairy milk either assume it tastes just like regular milk or unfairly reject it because they fear it tastes sour like soy milk. However, the flavor of oat milk is surprisingly similar to cow’s milk, but because of the oats, it offers a natural sweetness and gives coffee (or any other beverage) more thickness and texture than other dairy, vegan or plant-based creamer/milk options. That makes it perfect for coffee. Just remember that the density and flavor of the oat milk depends on the brand you prefer.
2. It’s good for your body.
Oat milk is a healthy alternative to dairy. In addition to being dairy free for those sensitive stomachs, oat milk is also high in fiber, vitamins B12, A and D and other nutrients like calcium, potassium and iron, to name a few. These vitamins and nutrients help boost mood and immunity to infections, as well as decreasing the risk of Crohn’s disease and Type 1 diabetes. In terms of protein, oat milk is similar to other plant-based milk options like coconut milk, soy milk and almond milk. Finally, the oat milk alternative is also a cholesterol-free option, replaces saturated fats with unsaturated fats and regulates blood sugar levels, too.
3. It’s sustainable.
Oat milk is good for the planet. For one, cows produce methane, which is toxic for the planet because it makes its way into the earth’s atmosphere. Healthy cows also demand a lot of land, fertilizer and water. The same is not true for oat milk, making it a greener option. Oat milk is even a more sustainable choice than almond milk. Because almonds need a lot of water to grow, more energy is used—and water is redirected from rivers and streams to the almond fields. Although oat milk does require more processing (therefore more energy) than cow’s milk, between the two options, oat milk is more sustainable and better for the environment.
4. It stays fresh.
Whether you’re making the oat milk in your own kitchen or buying it from the store, oat milk has a shelf life of 4 days to 2 weeks if you store it properly in the refrigerator.
5. It’s readily available.
As oat milk (and other plant-based options) have become a preferred choice for many in recent years, most grocery stores keep their shelves stocked with it, and more and more restaurants offer oat milk as an option on their menus.
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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe
- 2 shots Death Wish Espresso Roast brewed, whole bean
- 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup) unsweetened oat milk (or your milk of choice)
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- Dash of cinnamon
- Prepare espresso and pour into a glass.
- Stir light brown sugar into the espresso while still hot to dissolve. Add more or less brown sugar to achieve desired level of sweetness.
- In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, add espresso, oat milk and ice and shake for 20 seconds.
- Pour into tall glass and top with a dash of cinnamon.
- Serve and enjoy. Sip. Enjoy. Repeat.
Pro Tip: Because you pour the oat milk last, most of the espresso sinks to the bottom.
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 13 grams
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If you’re looking for a tasty alternative to your typical iced coffee routine, then you’ll love this espresso recipe option. The delicious Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso is healthy, packed with caffeine and offers just enough sweetness to get through the BS of your day-to-day routine.