This oat milk hot chocolate is creamy, rich, and simple to make. It's perfect for a chilly night or the holiday season! This creamy drink requires only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time.
There's nothing cozier than a mug of hot chocolate with oat milk. It's decadent, easy to make, and way better than cocoa mix. It's also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!
We make oat milk hot chocolate all year long, but it's especially festive during the holidays. We like to top it with whipped cream (or coconut cream), sprinkles, chocolate chips, peppermint candy, and marshmallows!
Why you'll love it
- Oat milk has a thick and creamy texture which makes it a great base for a decadent drink.
- It's ready in less than 15 minutes.
- It's dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free!
- Oat milk hot chocolate has a deep chocolate flavor and just the right amount of sweetness!
Oat milk: Some oat milk brands have a stronger flavor than others. If you're new to oat milk, I recommend Oatly brand. It has a mild flavor to it that doesn't overpower the luscious chocolate flavor. Use the original, not the chocolate oat milk. Any plant-based milk works though. Feel free to use almond milk or cashew milk if you'd rather, just be sure to use unsweetened or the hot cocoa may be too sweet.
Cocoa powder: For an intense chocolatey taste, use dark or dutched cocoa. It is darker in color and richer in flavor. Natural cocoa powder will work too if you prefer a lighter taste.
Sugar: To sweeten the chocolate oat milk recipe. Remember you can always add more, but you can't take it out. If you want it to be sweeter, you can stir additional sugar into the warm oat milk.
Dark chocolate chips: I used a whopping ¾ cup! I like hot cocoa to be rich and chocolatey. If you want it lighter, start with ½ cup of chocolate chips. You may have to add another tablespoon of sugar to account for the sweetness of the chocolate chips. Be sure to use vegan chocolate if you're vegan.
How to make vegan hot chocolate
Oat milk hot chocolate is a breeze to make! I'm talking super-duper easy, friend. Here's how:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar.
Pour in the oat milk and stir really well. The top will get bubbly, that's just fine.
Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally so the bottom doesn't burn.
Immediately turn the heat down, add the chocolate chips, and stir until they're completely melted.
Remove from the heat and enjoy!
It's always fun to customize hot chocolate.
- Toppings: Whipped cream, sprinkles, whipped coconut cream, vegan marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, crushed peppermint candies, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, and toffee bits are all great options!
- Spicy: Add ½ teaspoon of ground cayenne to the cocoa powder and sugar mixture.
- Espresso: Stir in 1 tablespoon of instant espresso when you add the chocolate chips.
- Peppermint: Start with ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract. A little bit goes a long way. If it needs more, add ¼ teaspoon at a time until it's the right strength.
- Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate for a non-dairy oat milk hot chocolate.
- Whisk the mixture well before bringing to a simmer. This will prevent you from getting small lumps in your chocolatey drink!
- Store any leftover oat milk hot chocolate in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- For a less intense chocolatey flavor, use ½ cup of dark chocolate chips and add a tablespoon of sugar. Alternatively, you can add a little bit of oat milk to the mixture to make it less rich.
Starbucks uses Oatly brand oat milk for its oat-milk based drinks. They use the Oatly barista edition, found at Walmart and other grocery stores.
Yes, you make it ahead of time and refrigerate in a sealed container. Reheat in the microwave until warmed all the way through.
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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate
- Medium sauce pan
- Mugs or cups
- 3 cups oat milk
- 3 tbsp dutch cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp sugar
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips Note 1
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar.
- Pour in the oat milk and stir very well.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Turn the heat down, add the chocolate and whisk continuously until melted.
- Remove from the heat. Carefully pour the mixture into mugs and serve.
- Note 1: For vegan hot chocolate, be sure to use vegan chocolate chips.
- For a less intense chocolatey flavor, use 4 cups of oat milk.
- Store leftover oat milk hot chocolate in the refrigerator.
- Reheat in the microwave until warmed through.
- For a sweeter hot chocolate, add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar.