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Healthy Oat Milk Hot Chocolate (Vegan)

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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate. Enjoy creamy vegan hot chocolate made with oat milk and loaded with clean ingredients and superfoods like raw cacao powder, Chaga, and ashwagandha. This healthy hot chocolate is a decadent treat that not only tastes good but is also good food for you!

For more healthy hot chocolate recipes, try our Maca Hot Chocolate next! If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make your own oat milk from scratch, try our 5-minute Homemade Oat Milk Recipe —it’s super easy and comes out perfect every time! 

clear mug of vegan oat milk hot chocolate with coconut whipped cream

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You’re probably wondering, “Can you make hot chocolate with oat milk?” Well, you most certainly can! Oat milk is the best non-dairy milk for hot chocolate because it is ultra-creamy and has the closest consistency to regular milk. Those who drink regular milk will hardly know the difference! Top with coconut whipped cream and vegan marshmallows for the ultimate treat.

clear mug of vegan oat milk hot chocolate with coconut whipped cream

Oat Milk Hot Cocoa is my favorite to make when the weather starts to get cold. I love adding superfoods to all my drinks and honestly, there is nothing better than a warm, cozy cup of hot chocolate that also contains ingredients that help soothe the body.

Plus, who needs packets of store-bought hot chocolate when you can easily make you’re own from scratch at home? To make this homemade hot chocolate you only need a few ingredients and it is ready in less than 5 minutes!

Why You’ll Love This Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

  • Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, And Refined Sugar-Free! This dairy-free hot chocolate is sweetened with maple syrup, a delicious natural sweetener that pairs perfectly with cacao.
  • Ready in Less Than 5 Minutes. Simply heat the oat milk, stir in a few ingredients, and enjoy!
  • A Healthy Option, made with adaptogens that help reduce stress, reduce inflammation, and lower blood sugar!
  • Rich and Indulgent. Gives you the rich chocolate flavor we all love and uses cacao powder instead of cocoa powder.
  • Easily Customizable. The base of the recipe is cacao powder, oat milk, vanilla, and maple syrup. You can add your favorite superfoods or leave them out — either way, the drink is delicious!

Ingredients You’ll Need (4-simple ingredients!)

  • Oat Milk: There are many oat milk brands available, but you can certainly make your own from scratch. It’s super easy and takes about 5 minutes. Plus, you can guarantee it’s gluten-free by using gluten-free oats. Try our recipe Homemade Oat Milk Gluten-Free
  • Cacao Powder: Cocoa powder and cacao powder come from the same beans, but cocoa powder is heated and processed while cacao powder is not. Because it has not gone through the process of heating, it retains more nutrients. Cacao is high in magnesium, antioxidants, calcium, and zinc.
  • Maple Syrup. Use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup
  • Vanilla Extract. Just a drop or two of vanilla elevates the flavor of the chocolate.
ingredients to make oat milk hot chocolate

Optional Add-ins

  • Chaga Mushroom Powder: Chaga is high in antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress (repair cell damage), and help reduce high blood pressure. Despite the name, it does not taste like mushrooms but instead has a mild earthy flavor. When mixed with chocolate, the taste of Chaga is undetectable. I use Microingredients Chaga Mushroom Powder.
  • Ashwagandha Powder: This popular, ultra-powerful adaptogen that helps reduce stress, anxiety, and reduce symptoms of depression. It also helps to improve brain function, memory, and may improve sleep. Ashwagandha has a bitter taste, but when mixed with cacao and maple syrup the bitterness is masked completely. Microingredients Pure Ashwagandha is a great option.
  • Vegan Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Shavings: Use high-quality dark chocolate for the best flavor. Of course, you can use milk chocolate, but then the drink will no longer be vegan.
  • Cinnamon: Chocolate and cinnamon taste great together. Add a pinch into the mixture for a warm spiced flavor. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom.
  • Coconut Milk: To make your hot chocolate ultra-luscious, add canned coconut milk when heating the oat milk. Add 1/2 cup or make the base half oat milk and half coconut milk.
  • Peppermint Extract: Instead of vanilla extract, try peppermint for a refreshing twist. Make it super festive and add a candy cane to your finished drink.

Cacao Hot Chocolate Loaded With Superfoods!

cacao, chaga powder, ashwagndha in saucepan with oat milk to make hot chocolate
Combine all ingredients in the saucepan
making homemade hot chocolate with oat milk
Stirring to remove any clumps

How To Make Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

  • COMBINE INGREDIENTS AND WARM. Combine the oat milk, cacao powder, maple syrup, and (optional) Chaga powder, and ashwagandha in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk thoroughly to combine and break up any clumps. Let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • MIX IN CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA. Then, add vanilla extract, chocolate chips, or chopped chocolate pieces. Let simmer for 2 minutes to melt the chocolate, stirring constantly to avoid any clumps.
  • SERVE AND ENJOY. Strain through a fine mesh strainer (optional). Pour into your favorite mugs, and top with coconut whipped cream or your favorite toppings.
adding dark chocolate to homemade hot chocolate
Adding Dark Chocolate. (then stir to combine)
straining hot chocolate into a mug through a fine mesh strainer
Straining the oat milk hot chocolate through a fine mesh strainer (optional)

Tips To Make The Best Hot Chocolate

  • Do not boil the oat milk. Warm the oat milk on medium-low heat.
  • For extra frothy hot chocolate, use a milk frother. Oat milk froths up very nicely.
  • Use whichever sweetener you prefer. Brown sugar, cane sugar, and agave syrup work well.
  • You can use almond milk, but the consistency isn’t the same and the drink will not be as creamy. Using canned coconut milk makes an extra creamy hot chocolate, but it will alter the taste slightly.
  • Add as many superfoods as you like. Sometimes I like to add maca and turmeric to my hot chocolate!
clear mug of vegan oat milk hot chocolate with coconut whipped cream

FAQs

Does oat milk heat well for hot chocolate?

Yes! Oat milk heats extremely well and it has the closest consistency to regular milk. It is the best alternative milk to use for warm drinks because it has a creamy texture and a mild flavor that does not interfere with the flavor of the drink.

Can I use different milk to make this hot chocolate?

Yes, you can. Use any dairy or non-dairy milk you like. For hot chocolate using almond milk, try our Dairy-Free Almond Milk Hot Chocolate.

Can I use cocoa powder instead of cacao powder?

Yes, you can. The end result will taste the same. If using cocoa powder, I recommend using unsweetened cocoa powder so that you can adjust the sweetness of your hot cocoa to your liking.

Storing and Rewarming

Store any leftover hot chocolate in an airtight mason jar. You can rewarm it in the microwave for about 60 seconds or on the stovetop in a small saucepan for 1-2 minutes.

clear mug of vegan oat milk hot chocolate with coconut whipped cream

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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate (Vegan, with Superfoods)

Oat Milk Hot Chocolate. Enjoy creamy vegan hot chocolate made with oat milk and loaded with clean ingredients and superfoods like raw cacao powder, Chaga, and ashwagandha. This healthy hot chocolate is a decadent treat that not only tastes good but is also good food for you!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

Optional Add-ins

  • 1 tsp Chaga Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ashwagandha Powder (I use a blend of Ashwagandha Powder and Moringa Powder)
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Dark chocolate chips or a chocolate bar broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup Canned Coconut Milk light or full-fat

Instructions

  • Combine the oat milk, cacao powder, maple syrup, and (optional) Chaga powder, and ashwagandha in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk thoroughly to combine and break up any clumps. Let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Then, add vanilla extract, chocolate chips, or chopped chocolate pieces. Let simmer for 2 minutes to melt the chocolate, stirring constantly to avoid any clumps.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer (optional). Pour into your favorite mugs, and top with coconut whipped cream or your favorite toppings.

Notes

Tips To Make The Best Hot Chocolate

  • Do not boil the oat milk. Warm the oat milk on medium-low heat.
  • For extra frothy hot chocolate, use a milk frother. Oat milk froths up very nicely.
  • Use whichever sweetener you prefer. Brown sugar, cane sugar, and agave syrup work well.
  • You can use almond milk, but the consistency isn’t the same and the drink will not be as creamy. Using canned coconut milk makes an extra creamy hot chocolate, but it will alter the taste slightly.
  • Add as many superfoods as you like. Sometimes I like to add maca and turmeric to my hot chocolate!
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Nutrition

Serving: 8oz | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 31g | Calcium: 383mg | Iron: 3mg

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