Oat milk hot chocolate is a delicious, easy hot cocoa drink, perfect on a chilly day. Dairy-free hot chocolate made with oat milk is naturally creamy, lactose-free and vegan.
What you'll love about the recipe
- Equally delicious as a regular hot chocolate drink, this is an easy and indulgent hit of chocolate.
- Dairy free oat milk hot chocolate is very quick to make in 5 minutes with just a few ingredients.
- Lower in sugar than regular hot chocolate from a packet.
- Allergy-friendly, this homemade vegan hot chocolate recipe is dairy free and free from additives. It's also nut free and soy free. If you are gluten free, make sure to use a gluten free oat milk which has been processed separately.
- These quantities serve one and can easily be doubled or quadrupled as needed.
Oat milk. Use an unflavoured, unsweetened variety.
Cocoa powder. This creamy hot chocolate with oat milk is made with unsweetened cocoa powder rather than a drinking chocolate mix. Cocoa powder adds a delicious, rich, chocolatey flavour.
I prefer using cocoa as drinking chocolate can be be very high in sugar. On the supermarket products I looked at, three quarters of the contents were sugar. Some drinking chocolate products also contain powdered milk.
Sugar or maple syrup. Cocoa powder is quite bitter in taste, so your homemade hot cocoa drink will need to be sweetened with some sugar. However, this dairy free hot chocolate is lower in sugar than most alternatives. A teaspoon of sugar per cup will make a delicious balanced cup of chocolate, but you can adjust this to suit your own taste. You can use white or brown sugar. For a refined sugar free drink use maple syrup. If you don't want a vegan recipe you can also use honey.
You can also add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to this vegan hot chocolate for a warming spicy cocoa drink. Or try a few drops of vanilla extract.
How to make vegan hot chocolate with oat milk
Add the milk, cocoa powder and sugar to a pan.
Whisk well until ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Place the pan on a medium heat, and heat until bubbles are just starting to form around the edge. Whisk frequently to avoid lumps.
You can either use a hand whisk, or for an extra frothy creamy hot chocolate, use an immersion blender or a milk frother.
Serve hot in your favourite mug. If liked, decorate with a few shavings of grated dairy-free chocolate. Maybe add an oatmeal cookie or healthy chocolate tiffin bar and snuggle up in a cosy chair to enjoy:)
- Whisk the mix frequently so there are no lumps and the milk doesn't burn on the pan
- Adjust the sweetness to suit by adding more or less sugar
Frequently asked questions
Yes, oat milk can be heated up successfully to be used in hot drinks and cocoa. Oat milk is an ideal substitute for regular milk as it is creamier than other dairy-free alternatives.
Plant based oat milk is low in fat and low in sugar. Most brands are also fortified so that they contain a range of B vitamins, calcium and vitamin D.
Note that if you are coeliac or gluten intolerant, you will need to buy a certified oat milk which has been processed separately from other grains.
Other dairy-free vegan drinks
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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate
- immersion blender or milk frother or use a whisk
- 250 ml unsweetened oat milk
- 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar or maple syrup
- Add the oat milk, cocoa powder and sugar to a pan.
- Whisk to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- Place the pan on a medium heat, and heat until bubbles are starting to form around the edge of the pan and the mix is piping hot. Whisk frequently to ensure the mixture is smooth and doesn't burn on the bottom of the pan.
- Serve hot in your favourite mug. Add a few shavings of dairy free chocolate if desired.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.