Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

Creamy and decadent, this oat milk hot chocolate recipe is basically a hug in a mug.

This homemade hot chocolate recipe is easy, quick, and makes the creamiest mug of hot cocoa. While it’s completely delicious on it’s own, top your oat milk hot cocoa with whipped cream or marshmallows for a truly special treat.

TELL ME ABOUT OAT MILK HOT CHOCOLATE

Level of difficulty: Easy. Measure, heat, stir, and enjoy!

Flavor: Creamy, chocolatey, goodness.

Time: It will take you approximately 10 minutes to prepare your oat milk hot chocolate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

Unsweetened Oat Milk

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate (62%-70% range), rough chopped

Brown Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Canned Whipped Cream or Marshmallows for topping

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE OAT MILK HOT CHOCOLATE

  1. Add oat milk, cocoa powder, chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar to a small saucepan over warm over medium heat, and whisk to combine. Stir frequently until steaming and desired temperature is reached (approximately 8-10 minutes). Do not boil.
  2. Pour into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
  3. Sip, relax, and enjoy!

MODIFICATIONS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: VEGAN, GF, DF

This oat milk hot cocoa is vegetarian as written, and can easily be made vegan, gluten free, and dairy free!

  • To make this into a vegan hot chocolate, you will want to swap out the brown sugar for a vegan-friendly sweetener such as pure maple syrup. You will also want to be sure to select a vegan whipped topping or vegan marshmallows to add on top of your oat milk hot chocolate
  • To make this into a dairy free hot chocolate recipe you will need to select a dairy free whipped topping or dairy free marshmallows to add on top of your non dairy hot chocolate
  • To ensure this is a gluten free hot cocoa, check the label on your oat milk to verify it is certified it’s GF (see notes in the FAQs on why). If choosing to enjoy marshmallows instead of a whipped topping on your oat milk hot cocoa, you’ll also want to check the label on your marshmallows as they are not always GF. This is especially important if you’re serving this oat milk hot chocolate to someone with a gluten intolerance.

FAQS

What is the best oat milk to use to make oat milk hot chocolate? I’ve taste-tested a wide variety of oat milks, and the ones I would recommend using are: Califia Oat Milk (I particularly enjoy their Barista Oat Milk variety), Oatly Oat Milk (both their full-fat and low-fat varieties are nice), and Elmhurst Oat Milk. However, if there are other brands in your local grocery store, give them a try!

Is oat milk gluten free? You may be wondering, does oat milk have gluten? While oats are naturally gluten free, there is often cross-contamination due to being grown next to wheat or processed in a facility that also processes wheat products. If you’d like to make this an oat milk hot cocoa recipe and have a gluten intolerance, select an oat milk brand that has been certified as gluten free.

Can I make this into a refined sugar free hot chocolate? Definitely! You have two options.

  • Leave out the brown sugar all together to create a sugar free hot cocoa recipe (to be honest, I have forgotten to add in the sugar a few times and I still enjoyed it…so this is actually a good option for this recipe)
  • Substitute the brown sugar with a refined sugar free sweetener, like pure maple syrup.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Measuring Spoons

Liquid Measuring Cup

Small Saucepan

Mugs

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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

This homemade oat milk hot chocolate recipe is easy, quick, and makes a creamy and decadent mug of hot cocoa. While it’s completely delicious on it’s own, top your oat milk hot cocoa with whipped cream or marshmallows for a truly special treat.
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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 327 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 C unsweetened oat milk
  • 1 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate, rough chopped
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional but recommended toppings: whipped cream or marshmallows*

Instructions
 

  • Add oat milk, cocoa powder, chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar to a small saucepan over warm over medium heat, and whisk to combine. Stir frequently until steaming and desired temperature is reached (approximately 8-10 minutes). Do not boil.
  • Pour into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Notes

*Choose a whipped topping or marshmallow that fits your dietary needs. Vegetarians can use canned whipped cream or any type of marshmallows. For dairy-free or vegan hot chocolate, select a plant-based whipped topping or vegan marshmallow. For gluten-free hot chocolate, ensure your selection is certified gf.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 121mgPotassium: 404mgFiber: 7gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 503IUCalcium: 375mgIron: 6mg
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