Get cozy with a hot mug of homemade Oat Milk Hot Chocolate. This creamy and chocolatey drink is made vegan and dairy-free.

a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream

Once the weather gets chilly, a homemade hot chocolate is a welcome treat. With just five simple ingredients, you’re only 10 minutes away from this creamy chocolate drink.

Oat milk is such a creamy dairy-free alternative and makes the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Even dairy lovers will love this chocolatey drink and it comes together in a snap. Simply simmer all of the ingredients together and then enjoy warm with dairy-free whipped cream.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s dairy-free & vegan but just as indulgent. Oat milk is thicker and creamier than other non-dairy milks which is why it works so well in hot chocolate.
  • It’s sweetened with maple syrup! Even though hot cocoa’s a sweet treat doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. While maple syrup still contains plenty of sugar, it’s full of antioxidants and nutrients as well.
  • You can whip it up in 10 minutes.

Key Ingredients

Oat milk – Any plant-based milk will work in this recipe but oat milk has a thick and creamy texture. You can also use regular milk if you don’t need to avoid dairy.

Cocoa powder – If you prefer a milk chocolate flavor use regular cocoa powder. If you like a darker and richer chocolate flavor use Dutch-processed cocoa.

Maple syrup – If you don’t have maple syrup you can also use regular sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar. Maple syrup is great because it doesn’t need to dissolve since it’s already a liquid and it’s full of antioxidants.

Vanilla – Vanilla enhances the flavor of the chocolate. Don’t worry if you don’t have any though. It will still taste delicious without it.

Sea salt – A small amount of salt doesn’t make this drink salty but just makes it taste better!

ingredients for oat milk hot chocolate

Recipe Steps

Step One

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, pour in the oat milk.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt.

how to make oat milk hot chocolate

Step Three

Let the hot cocoa come to a simmer and then turn off the heat. Serve the hot chocolate immediately.

Step Four

Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

a spoonful of whipped cream

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If your oat milk is already sweetened, then leave out the maple syrup.
  • You can use either prepared or homemade oat milk for this recipe.
  • Look for prepared coconut or rice milk whipped cream in the refrigerator section of most grocery stores. Or, if you aren’t dairy-free, you can use regular whipped cream.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup you can also use white or brown sugar in it’s place. It will need to dissolve as it simmers though.

FAQs

What toppings can I add?

Toppings are half the fun of a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Whipped cream or marshmallows are always delicious but you can also add sprinkles, crushed peppermints, chocolate syrup or shavings, toffee bits, caramel sauce, sea salt, or crushed up cookies!

Can I make oat milk hot chocolate ahead of time?

Yes! Prepare the hot cocoa as directed than refrigerate in a glass jar or container. You can reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Does hot chocolate have caffeine in it?

Yes, cocoa powder does contain caffeine which means so does hot chocolate. Each tablespoon of cocoa powder has about 12 mg of caffeine.

two mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream

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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate


Description

Get cozy with a hot mug of homemade Oat Milk Hot Chocolate. This creamy and chocolatey drink is made vegan and dairy-free.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups unsweetened oat milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Coconut whipped cream (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, pour in the oat milk.
  2. Whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt.
  3. Let the mixture come to a simmer, then turn off the heat and serve the hot chocolate immediately.
  4. Feel free to top your mug of hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream.

Notes

  1. If your oat milk is already sweetened, then leave out the maple syrup.
  2. You can use either prepared or homemade oat milk for this recipe.
  3. Look for prepared coconut or rice milk whipped cream in the refrigerator section of most grocery stores. Or, if you aren’t dairy-free, you can use regular whipped cream.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dairy-Free

Keywords: healthy oat milk hot chocolate, oat milk hot chocolate, dairy-free hot chocolate

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