This Oat Milk Hot Chocolate recipe is so rich and creamy you’d never know it’s dairy free and vegan. Made with simple ingredients like cocoa, oat milk, chocolate, and coconut sugar this healthy hot cocoa is a recipe the whole family will love. It’s perfect for a cold winters day, or anytime!
Why you will love this recipe:
- Calling all chocolate lovers, this oat milk hot chocolate is made with decadent dark chocolate, giving it the most rich and creamy flavour.
- This hot cocoa is made with a few simple ingredients: oat milk, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and dark chocolate which combine perfectly to give it the most incredible taste.
- This dairy free hot cocoa couldn’t be easier to make. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on low until all of the ingredients are smooth. It only takes a few minutes from start to finish.
- This recipe is perfect for the holidays or anytime. It’s a lovely sweet treat to warm your soul, any day of the week.
- Not only is this cocoa recipe delicious, but it’s healthy! It’s naturally dairy free and vegan.
- If you love oat milk recipes you will also love oat milk pancakes!
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Oat Milk – oat milk is one of the creamiest plant-based milks out there, making for the perfect hot cocoa. This is the brand I use which is mad with just oats and water, no artificial flavours or refined sugars!
- Coconut Sugar – healthier than regular sugar and more rich in flavour!
- Cocoa Powder – cocoa powder is responsible for this hot cocoa’s deep, rich flavour.
- Vanilla Extract – to give this cocoa another depth of flavour. Chocolate and vanilla are a match made in heaven.
- Dark Chocolate – not only is dark chocolate delicious but it also has several health benefits! Dark chocolate is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. I use these dairy free dark chocolate bars which are sweetened with coconut sugar.
How to make this recipe:
Step one: add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan on the stove.
Step two: heat on low and stir until all of the ingredients are well combined and smooth. This will only take a couple minutes.
- If you don’t have oat milk, you could use another dairy free milk such as coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk for this recipe.
- For the chocolate in this recipe you could use a broken chocolate bar or chocolate chips.
- You can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate for this recipe.
- Instead of cocoa powder you could also use cacao powder.
- To keep this recipe vegan, be sure the chocolate you are using is dairy free.
- You could easily double or triple this recipe if you are serving a crowd.
- If you like your hot chocolate a little sweeter, add a bit more coconut sugar.
- Be sure to stir the hot cocoa frequently while heating it to break up any bits of cocoa powder.
How to serve:
This hot chocolate is perfect as is, but you can take it over the top by adding your favourite toppings including:
- Top your hot chocolate with homemade coconut whipped cream for a little extra creamy deliciousness.
- Add some of your favourite marshmallows.
- Shave a little more dark chocolate over the top of the hot cocoa.
- Sprinkle a little ground cinnamon on top.
Frequently asked questions:
How many calories are in oat milk hot chocolate?
This homemade oat milk hot chocolate has 313 calories per serving, assuming each serving is 1 cup and you use the same oat milk and chocolate that I did.
What is the best brand of store bought oat milk?
There are many brands of oat milk on the market but my personal favourite, and the one I used for this hot chocolate is Elmhurst Milked Oats which is made from just oats, water, and salt and doesn’t have contain artificial flavours, sweeteners or refined ingredients.
Can you drink oat milk hot?
Absolutely! Oat milk tastes great when warmed and it’s also great for making other warm drinks like hot chocolate, hot cocoa, tea, and coffee.
Which plant based milk is best for hot chocolate?
There are many plant based milks that make great hot chocolate. Some of the most common dairy milk alternatives that make delicious hot chocolate include almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk and oat milk.
Which is healthier, almond or oat milk?
Oat milk is lower in calories and fat and has more fibre when compared to almond milk, but oat milk is higher in carbohydrates and sugar and almond milk has more protein than oat milk. Both oat milk and almond milk are healthy dairy milk alternatives.
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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups oat milk
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 ounce dark chocolate (chocolate bars or chocolate chips work)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all the ingredients to a small pot or saucepan on low heat
- Heat until smooth, stirring frequently to break up the cocoa powder
- If you like a sweeter hot chocolate, add an extra tablespoon of coconut sugar
- You can use either chocolate chips or a broken chocolate bar for the chocolate in this recipe
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