Cozy up with a mug of this delicious homemade oat milk hot chocolate. This creamy oat milk hot chocolate recipe is made with only 4 ingredients, takes less than 10 minutes to make, and is both gluten-free and dairy-free.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
This hot chocolate with oat milk is rich, smooth, and ultra-creamy. Perfect for those cooler evenings! This recipe is super easy to make in less than ten minutes and has no refined sugar, gluten, or dairy. Sure to become a healthier favorite indulgence!
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- Oat Milk: Look for unsweetened gluten-free oat milk that contains no sugar.
- Cocoa Powder: You can use unsweetened regular cocoa or dutch processed cocoa, just not hot cocoa mix. We love using dutch processed cocoa for a richer chocolate flavor.
- Maple Syrup: For sweetness, add organic pure maple syrup. Honey can be substituted for a non-vegan option.
- Salt: A pinch of salt helps balance the sweetness.
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat, bringing the oat milk to a simmer.
Avoid letting the mixture come to a boil, to prevent the oat milk from curdling.
Whisk continuously for 2-3 minutes until the cocoa powder has fully dissolved.
Pour the oat milk hot chocolate into your choice of mugs. Serve and garnish with your favorite toppings.
Can I use a different type of milk if I don’t have oat? Yes, you can technically use any type of milk including regular cow's milk. Other non-dairy milk options include:
- Almond Milk
- Cashew Milk
- Hazlenut MIlk
- Walnut Milk
- Coconutmilk Milk
Toppings and Variations
Here are some ideas to customize your hot cocoa with oat milk!
- Sweeter Version: You can adjust the amount of maple syrup to your liking.
- Vanilla or Peppermint Extract: Add ¼ teaspoon of your favorite extract.
- Whipped Cream: You can use homemade whipped cream, store-bought, or vegan whipped cream.
- Marshmallows: Add a few marshmallows to the final product.
- Spices: Add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or additional cocoa powder on top.
Serve and Storage
Serve this oat milk hot chocolate warm, straight from the stovetop.
If making this to serve guests, you can add the hot chocolate to a crockpot and keep the crockpot on low.
Leftovers can be stored in a glass in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You can reheat until warm on the stove pot in a steel pot, or microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Yes, oat milk can be used in hot chocolate. Just make sure to avoid boiling in order to prevent the oat milk from curdling.
Depending on the brand, some oat milk is shelf-stable and does not have to be refrigerated until opened. Once the oat milk has been opened, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Always make sure to read the food labels to make sure you are storing the oat milk properly.
Not all oat milk is gluten-free. Many are cross-contaminated with gluten, therefore it's always important for those with celiac disease to check the food labels and look for a certified gluten-free brand. Gluten-Free Oat Milk brands include Elmhurst, Califia, Oatly, Planet Oat,
Oat milk hot chocolate has a slightly oat-like flavor, both sweet and nutty. It makes hot chocolate creamy and delicious.
Oat Milk Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups oat milk, unsweetened
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- pinch sea salt
- Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat, bringing the oat milk to a simmer. Avoid letting the mixture come to a boil, to prevent the oat milk from curdling.
- Whisk continuously for 2-3 minutes until the cocoa powder has fully dissolved.Pour the oat milk hot chocolate into your choice of mugs. Serve and garnish with your favorite toppings.
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