A thick and creamy oat milk hot chocolate recipe that is super chocolaty, indulgent, and dairy-free. It's the perfect cozy beverage for chilly days and nights!
It's the perfect time of year to treat yourself to a steamy mug of thick and creamy oat milk hot chocolate. This vegan treat is so rich, indulgent, and super chocolaty that you won't miss the dairy!
This recipe has 4 simple ingredients - oat milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and semi-sweet chocolate - and it can be made in just 5 minutes.
☕ Why This Recipe Works
Thick, Rich, and Chocolaty
Ready in 5 Minutes
Lots of Fun Topping Options
🥘 Ingredients Needed
Maple syrup - Try to buy real maple syrup whenever possible, not the stuff that is filled with corn syrup.
Cocoa powder - Use your favorite brand of cocoa powder. The price of cocoa powder varies by brand, but you don't need anything fancy for this recipe.
Vanilla oat milk (unsweetened) - Oat milk has become really popular over the last few years and should be available in most grocery stores. If you can only find the sweetened variety, you can omit the maple syrup.
Semisweet chocolate - I've made this recipe using semi-sweet chocolate chips and darker chopped chocolate (like 78% cacao), and it's delicious either way. It really depends on how chocolaty you want the flavor to be. If you are a strict vegan, I recommend Guittard dark chocolate chips.
🔪 Step-By-Step Instructions
Step 1. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk maple syrup, cocoa powder, and ½ cup of oat milk.
Step 2. Whisk in remaining amount of oat milk and pinch of salt.
Step 3. Increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 4. Turn off heat and add chopped chocolate. Whisk until fully melted and mixture is smooth. Garnish with preferred toppings.
Is cocoa powder dairy-free? In a nutshell - yes. However, many brands of cocoa powder usually have a disclaimer along the lines of, "May contain milk, eggs, or soy". This simply means that the cocoa powder was manufactured in a factory that also produces items containing milk. It's really meant for folks with severe allergies.
Can this hot chocolate with oat milk recipe be doubled? Yes! This recipe makes 2 servings, but it can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd.
📖 Substitutions & Variations
I love the thick creaminess of oat milk for hot chocolate. However, any other plant-based milk, like almond milk or soy milk, would work great as well.
This recipe uses maple syrup, but you could substitute equal parts honey or agave if you don't have maple syrup on hand.
Add a splash of peppermint, almond, or orange extract to make a holiday-flavored cup of hot chocolate. Or add a glug of rum or brandy to make an "adult" hot chocolate!
🍯 Fun Topping Ideas
Dairy-free whipped cream
Marshmallows (regular or vegan)
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📋 Oat Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 cups vanilla oat milk (unsweetened), divided
- 2 oz. semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped* (Guittard is a great brand for vegan chocolate chips)
- pinch of salt
- In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk maple syrup, cocoa powder, and ½ cup of oat milk.
- Whisk in remaining amount of oat milk and pinch of salt.
- Increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn off heat and add chopped chocolate. Whisk until fully melted and mixture is smooth. Garnish with preferred toppings.