It's the hot chocolate season! I'm not a winter girl, and it's the best way to spend the cold winter months. I've been making homemade oat milk hot chocolate (with some whipped cream, of course), and let me tell you! and this dairy-free milk has been a game-changer. You'll love this rich, delicious hot cocoa recipe for one!
I also grew up using a powder in an envelope, a certain boxed mix with a milkmaid on the front! I didn't know how easy it was to make it from scratch! After learning about oat milk, I thought, "why not use that instead?" The resulting dairy-free hot chocolate is a rich, creamy winter treat made with simple ingredients.
So, are you ready for a warm hot chocolate that's creamy, dairy-free, and comes together in just a few minutes? Grab your cocoa beans, and let's do this!
Why you'll love chocolate and oat milk hot!
This cup of vegan oat milk hot chocolate is the perfect warm beverage for a cold day. Oat milk is easier to digest and is a sustainable swap you can whip up at home. Also, oat milk is a great option if you're vegan or have lactose intolerance.
This recipe has just three ingredients: milk, chocolate, and a little sugar. Add cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor if you want to get fancy.
This dairy-free milk has become more popular on the market, and I can see why. Other vegan-friendly kinds of milk to try include almond milk, soy milk, and cashew milk.
Mexican-Style Chocolate Disc
While most traditional hot chocolate in the US uses milk cocoa powder, I'll be going with a stone-ground Mexican-style chocolate disc. The disc has sugar in it, and comes in other flavors like vanilla, cayenne, and more. It's already sweetened (so no added sugar needed!) and it's a rich, delicous swap for hot cocoa!
A powder mix will also work, but check your ingredients for simple, easy-to-pronounce stuff in it. It may already have sugar, possibly powdered dairy, and other ingredients.
Unsweetened cocoa powder will also work, as you can adjust your sugar content and add a sweetener like brown sugar, pure maple syrup, or even agave syrup.
Whether you're using a fresh vanilla bean or a synthetic vanilla extract, adding vanilla to make this flavor works.
This vegan hot chocolate will make you feel like you're on vacation. The creamy oat milk adds a delicious sweetness, and the marshmallows add the perfect creaminess.
The first step is to grate the dark chocolate disc. Using a sharp knife or box grater, chop one Mexican disc. Add to a bowl and set aside.
Next, it's time to add your vegan dairy: it's time for your oatmilk, which is easy enough—pour some into a small saucepan, warm it up (not boil) on low heat, and voila! You have hot milk.
Then comes the fun part of this recipe: keeping your heat at a low simmer, mix your chocolate until into your milk it's a creamy, rich consistency for your taste buds.
Add whipped cream or sweeten it with agave nectar or maple syrup if you want to get fancy. You could add fruit like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries, but don't stop there! If you want to kick things up a notch, sprinkle some
- Ground cardamom
There are many ways to change up this recipe to create a customized warm winter drink that you'll love. Here are some suggestions, but please let me know in the comments what you tried!
Get more hot cocoa flavor: if you're looking to customize your oat milk hot chocolate further, it's time to add more chocolate! Hand-shaved curls, or extra chocolate chips would hit the spot.
Pick your favorite milk: while the unsweetened vegan milk lets you fine-tune and adjust all of your flavors I'd tend to prefer milk with vanilla, but check out chocolate oat milk too!
Spiked oat milk hot chocolate! Take this creamy hot chocolate recipe from day to night! Add a whiskey, rum, or bourbon for a boozy, vegan adults-only mug of hot chocolate.
Hot Chocolate FAQs
Traditionally in Oaxaca, the beans are roasted in an open fire and not shelled before roasting. Once heated, the fire is so intense that the shells crack and fall away during roasting.
The beans are then ground into a smooth paste by hand and mixed with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and other spices, depending on the desired flavor.
The answer is yes! You can warm up your oat milk in a microwave, which will work fine in your hot chocolate recipe. As long as it's not in a metal container, you can use the microwave to heat it up.
Yes, oat milk is a plant-based, vegan dairy replacement. Typically unsweetened oatmilk contains ground oats, water, and some stabilizers.
Most dark chocolate varieties are dairy free.
Many people eat oat milk for breakfast, but if you haven't tried it in hot chocolate, then you're missing out! This vegan hot chocolate is so simple to make and only requires two ingredients. You will most likely have all of these in your pantry already, so now there's no excuse!
- 1 Mexican Style Chocolate Disc
- 1 cup of oat milk
- Chop the chocolate finely and set aside.
- In a small pot on the stove, heat the oat milk on low until it starts to simmer. Make sure that it does not boil.
- Remove from heat it off the heat, and add in the chopped chocolate.
- Use whisk or milk frother to combine ingredeints until froathy and smooth.
- Serve immediately. Top with coconut whipped cream and cocoa nibs for some extra decadence!
- Mexican style chocolate already has sugar and does not need additional sweetener.
- Do you boil oat milk, or you may risk the oat milk separating
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g
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