Creamy Oat Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe (Vegan) (Vegan)

This homemade oat milk hot chocolate recipe is my favorite comfort drink for colder evenings! It’s creamy, rich, decadent and completely vegan and gluten-free! Top it with vegan marshmallows or dairy-free whip for a perfect holiday treat. It’s the perfect way to get a little cozy and warm during the winter months…or any time of year, really!

Admittedly, I don’t have a very strong sweet tooth, I LOVE a good homemade hot chocolate recipe. My favorite part is always when the marshmallows melt and become fluffy, chocolatey and fluffy. There’s no better way to relax on the couch than with a big cup of hot chocolate! Luckily, making this hot chocolate recipe vegan is easier than ever. This hot drink has a rich chocolate flavor, creamy texture and is so delicious.

Make this vegan hot chocolate in minutes on the stovetop with very simple ingredients. Top it with some gooey vegan marshmallows and personalize it by adding peppermint or maybe even a shot of Bailey’s!

Why you’ll love oat milk hot chocolate

  • Simple and FAST – With just a few basic ingredients, a small saucepan, and about 5 minutes on the stove, you’ll have that cup of hot chocolate in your hands in no time!
  • Creamy and delicious – Choose a high-quality sweetened or unsweetened oat milk for the creamiest texture possible! Either way, this drink is more than delicious, especially in cold weather.
  • Completely vegan – Use oat milk and maple syrup for a creamy hot chocolate that is 100% vegan AND gluten-free!

What you need for this recipe

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  • Oat milk – Choose a high-quality, creamy, vegan oat milk! I used Planet Oat Extra Creamy. You can also make your own very easily! This recipe will also work with almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or another plant-based milk.
  • Cocoa powder – Natural unsweetened cocoa powder is suitable. I used the Hershey brand.
  • Maple syrup – Or any sweetener of your choice! Feel free to use sugar, brown sugar or even honey.
  • Vegan Chocolate Bar/Chips – If you can get vegan chocolate chips, use them. Otherwise, I used an oat milk chocolate bar from Mast Chocolates and it worked perfectly! You can also use a dark chocolate bar, but you may want to add more maple syrup or sweetener.
  • Vegan marshmallows (optional) – Dandie’s Vegan Marshmallows make the perfect topping for hot chocolate! You can also use mini marshmallows, vegan whipped cream, you can make your own whipped cream with coconut cream, or you can omit the topping at all!

How to Make Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

Step 1: prepare the ingredients

If necessary, cut the chocolate bar into small chip-like pieces. If using chips, skip this step.

Step 2: Let it simmer

In a small saucepan (preferably nonstick), heat the oat milk, then add and whisk together all the ingredients except the marshmallows.

Continue whisking on low to medium heat until all the chocolate is melted and the cocoa powder is fully incorporated into the oat milk.

If desired, add more maple syrup or add vanilla extract to increase the level of sweetness. Optionally add a pinch of salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper powder, or any other flavor additions you want!

Continue to simmer or cool depending on your temperature and thickness.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Serve the finished hot chocolate in a mug or mug, then top with marshmallows or other toppings of your choice.

Sip and savor your treat!

two cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Expert tips and tricks

  • Choose a high-quality, creamy oat milk! I used Planet Oat Extra Creamy. You can also make your own very easily!
  • Top this dairy-free hot chocolate with gooey vegan marshmallows, vegan whipped cream, or homemade coconut cream. Personalize it by adding flavors like peppermint, cinnamon, or even a shot of Bailey’s!
  • You can add vanilla extract for a little extra sweetness if you like! Or mix it with peppermint extract and candy canes or a pinch of cinnamon!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use another type of vegan milk?

Any type of plant-based milk will do! Don’t hesitate to experiment with a different type of milk. Even cow’s milk or regular milk will work. However, I think oat milk gives the best results.

Which oat milk is best for this recipe?

I think the best oat milk for this recipe is whatever you prefer. I used Plant Oat Extra Creamy, but I know some people like Chobani Oats or Elmhurst Oat Milk. Try making your own oat milk!

How can I store this?

To store leftovers, pour any leftovers into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For best results, keep the marshmallows separately unless they are already in the drink.

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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

This oat milk hot chocolate recipe is perfect for the coldest evenings! It’s creamy, rich, decadent and completely vegan and gluten-free! Top it with vegan marshmallows or dairy-free whip for the perfect holiday treat.

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Course: Desserts, Drinks

Kitchen: American

Diet: Gluten free, low lactose, vegan, vegetarian

Preparation time: 1 minute

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 6 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 150kilocalories

Instructions

  • If necessary, cut the chocolate bar into small chip-like pieces. If using chips, skip this step.

  • In a medium saucepan (preferably nonstick), whisk together all ingredients except marshmallows.

  • Continue whisking on low-medium heat until all the chocolate is melted and the cocoa powder is fully incorporated into the oat milk.

  • Continue to simmer to heat or turn off and let cool to your liking.

  • Serve the finished hot chocolate in a mug or mug, then top with marshmallows or other toppings of your choice.

  • Sip and enjoy!

Remarks

  • Choose a high-quality, creamy oat milk! I used Planet Oat Extra Creamy. You can also make your own very easily!
  • Top with gooey vegan marshmallows, vegan whipped cream, or homemade coconut cream. Personalize it by adding flavors like peppermint, cinnamon, or even a shot of Bailey’s!
  • Be sure to continue whisking to avoid any burning and to ensure no chocolate sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  • To store leftovers, pour any leftovers into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For best results, keep the marshmallows separately unless they are already in the drink.

Nutrition

Portion: 1 cup | Calories: 150kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 25.4g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 71.3mg | Potassium: 227.8mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11.7g | Calcium: 28.2mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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