Hot chocolate with oat milk – Sentier Serein

This oat milk hot chocolate will keep you warm this winter! Just a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes can make rich, creamy hot chocolate! Everyone will love a cup of this velvety sweet treat!

One of my favorite memories as a teacher was serving hot chocolate at our winter celebrations. This has always been my favorite recipe! It’s delicious, dairy-free, not too sweet and so easy to make. My sweet students loved the decadent, chocolatey goodness.

Its 5 simple ingredients are easy to find and you can use the stovetop, microwave or slow cooker to prepare them! The best part for me is that this indulgent treat is vegan. 😊

Using oat milk makes it so creamy and flavorful! If you’re a fan of oat milk, be sure to check out my Chia and oat milk pudding!

Hot chocolate with marshmallows.Hot chocolate with marshmallows.

This simple homemade recipe makes two servings. However, you can easily adjust it depending on the number of people you are serving.

It’s perfect for a party! Oat Milk Hot Chocolate is a great star for a hot chocolate bar. Serve it with some Caramel sauce, S’mores CookiesAnd Woman’s fingers!

Contrary to what one might think, hot chocolate is not just a “dump and heat” recipe. There are a few quick tips needed to create a smooth texture.

Similar to cornstarch, cocoa tends to clump in liquid if you’re not careful. There is a common misconception that heating it longer can help, but this can actually lead to overcooking or burning of the cocoa.

I mention this in the recipe, but basically, if you want to avoid a grainy texture, pass your cocoa powder through a sieve then create a thick paste before adding the other ingredients. Super easy!

Pour hot chocolate into a mug.Pour hot chocolate into a mug.

Reasons to love this recipe

  • 5 ingredients
  • Not too sweet
  • Quick and easy
  • Dairy-free, vegan
  • Smooth and creamy
  • Nut free, gluten free

Ingredients and Substitutions

Labeled ingredients for oat milk hot chocolate.Labeled ingredients for oat milk hot chocolate.
  • Cocoa powder – Use unsweetened cocoa, cocoa or cocoa processed in the Netherlands. Be sure to check the ingredients as some may have added dairy. Cacao is simply unprocessed cocoa and is packed with healthy nutrients while dutch process has a comforting earthy flavor.
  • Oat milk – Unsweetened, full-fat oat milk pairs great with chocolate, but other plant-based milks can work as well. Try not to buy the one that says “light” as this will create a thin consistency. I love the Oatly brand here.
  • Sweetener – Cane sugar is amazing in this cocoa, but another type would work just as well like maple syrup, brown sugar, etc.
  • Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract adds a sweet, warm element.
  • Salt – The salt takes the chocolate on top! This not only brings out the rich flavors but also brings an overall balance to the hot drink.

How to Make Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

Here are some quick visual steps. Find the complete recipe with exact measurements on the recipe card below.

Sieve the cocoa a strainer and into a small saucepan. Sifting helps to reduce naturally formed clumps.

Put the pot on low heat.

Shake the oat milk before pouring it out of the container to obtain a thicker consistency. Add 3 tablespoons of oat milk to the saucepan.

Whisk this to make a paste. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.

Increase heat to medium and pour slowly in the rest of the oat milk. Whisk continuously until completely combined and allow the cocoa to heat for 3 minutes.

Incorporate the cane sugar.

Remove the pan from the fire once the sugar has dissolved.

Incorporate the vanilla extract and salt. Taste to see if you want to add more sugar for a sweeter hot chocolate.

Steps to make hot chocolate.Steps to make hot chocolate.

Enjoy it with your favorite toppings! I like to add vegan marshmallows, almond or coconut whipped topping, and a dusting of cinnamon.

Advice

  • Be sure to shake the oat milk well before using to achieve a thicker consistency.
  • Sifting the cocoa and forming a paste before adding the non-dairy milk helps ensure that the hot chocolate is smooth and not grainy.
  • If you want it very thick, you can incorporate a slurry made from 1 teaspoon of cornstarch + 1 tablespoon of vegetable milk while heating or frothing it before serving.

Ideas for add-ins and garnishes

Hot chocolate with toppings.Hot chocolate with toppings.

Storage and reheating

Store this oat milk hot chocolate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.

How do you microwave oat milk hot chocolate?

Sift 1.5 tablespoons of cocoa powder into a microwave-safe mug. Reserve 1 cup of oat milk. Add 1.5 tablespoons of plant-based milk to the cup and stir to make a smooth paste. Add the rest of the milk and heat it for 20 to 30 seconds. Stir until smooth, add the sugar and heat for another 30 seconds. Heat it until hot, stirring in between. Add the vanilla and salt before tasting. That makes one serving.

How to make hot chocolate in a slow cooker?

Add the cocoa to the slow cooker basin through a sieve. Turn it on to low setting and add a small amount of non-dairy milk. Whisk it to make a smooth, lump-free paste. Add the rest of the vegetable milk and the sugar. Cover the slow cooker and keep the heat on low until you are ready to serve. Just before serving, stir in the vanilla and salt.

Waste-free ideas

Hot chocolate with whipped topping.Hot chocolate with whipped topping.

What to serve with hot chocolate

Oat Milk Hot Chocolate Pinterest Pin.Oat Milk Hot Chocolate Pinterest Pin.

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Close-up view of hot chocolate with oat milk.Close-up view of hot chocolate with oat milk.

Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

This oat milk hot chocolate will keep you warm this winter! Just a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes can make rich, creamy hot chocolate! Everyone will love a cup of this velvety sweet treat!

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Course: Drinks

Kitchen: American

Preparation time: 1 minute

Cooking time: 4 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 172kilocalories

Instructions

  • Sift the cocoa powder through a strainer and into a small saucepan. Then put the pan on low heat.

  • Shake the oat milk before pouring it out of the container. Add 3 tablespoons of oat milk to the saucepan.

  • Whisk everything to obtain a smooth paste without lumps.

  • Increase the heat to medium and slowly pour in the remaining oat milk. Whisk continuously until completely mixed. Let the cocoa heat for 3 minutes.

  • Add the cane sugar. Remove the pan from the heat once the sugar has dissolved.

  • Add the vanilla extract and salt. Taste to see if you want to add more sugar for a sweeter hot chocolate.

  • Enjoy it with your favorite toppings! I like to add vegan marshmallows, plant-based whipped topping, and a dusting of cinnamon.

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Cocoa or cocoa powder processed in the Netherlands can be used instead of cocoa.
  • Other plant-based milks also work.
  • Maple syrup, brown sugar, or another sweetener of your choice can work.

Advice

  • Be sure to shake the oat milk well before using to achieve a thicker consistency.
  • Sifting the cocoa and forming a paste before adding the non-dairy milk helps ensure that the hot chocolate is smooth and not grainy.
  • If you want it very thick, you can incorporate a slurry made from 1 teaspoon of cornstarch + 1 tablespoon of vegetable milk while heating or frothing it before serving.

Nutrition

Portion: 1cup | Calories: 172kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 33.5g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 3.6g | Saturated fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 24g | Calcium: 361mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary depending on brands and measurements used.

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