This chocolate oat milk recipe is a great dairy-free milk to make when you want a little treat! It’s quick, easy, and extremely cost-effective too. A great pantry staple oat milk recipe for you to make with ingredients you already have in your cupboard!
This chocolate oat milk is great on it’s own, or add it to cereals, smoothies, breakfast bowls, or baked goods. Rich in antioxidants, and refined sugar free, this oat milk is inexpensive and so simple to make.
I am all about simple homemade recipes, especially when it’s for things that are fairly expensive at the store. A carton of chocolate oat milk can cost you upwards of $5 for a quart… that’s bananas.
You can make your own chocolate oat milk at home for pennies! It only takes a few simple ingredients, a blender, a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer, and you got yourself thick and creamy cacao oat milk ready in 5 minutes.
This Chocolate Oat Milk Is:
- Pantry Staple friendly
- Sweet (but not TOO sweet!)
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
- Inexpensive and Affordable!
This oat milk is thicker than almond milk, and had a similar consistency to a cashew milk. The recipe below is for chocolate oat milk, but this can easily be changed for vanilla or a strawberry variety if you’re in the mood.
One of the things we struggle with around the homestead is finding a really good dairy-free alternative to milk for lattes. We were never able to find a good substitute for whole milk in lattes… until now! This thick oat milk foams nicely and tastes great with a shot of espresso.
What’s In Chocolate Oat Milk?
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- Sprouted Rolled Oats: I used these sprouted rolled oats for this recipe. I found sprouted oats work much better than quick oats, as they hold up really well while being baked. Plus I like this brand of oats because they have fantastic supply chain transparency and are organic and certified gluten free!
- Water: tap, bottled, or stilled
- Raw Cacao Powder: this raw unsweetened cacao powder is a a healthy and good-for-you addition to these brownies. Raw Cacao powder is loaded with antioxidants and has tons of healthy benefits. Make sure you use a raw cacao powder and not sweetened baking cocoa… it makes a huge difference.
- Agave Syrup: I really like using this raw organic agave syrup because it’s a natural and sustainable sweetener, plus it is ridiculously inexpensive online so I always keep a few of these bottles in my pantry.
- Cinnamon: organic ceylon cinnamon if you can find it!
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: I like to use a pink Himalayan Sea Salt in my kitchen, which has more natural minerals than plain processed table salt. It’s fairly inexpensive, so I’d recommend this salt if you’re looking for an easy way to level up your spice pantry.
What Do I Need to Make Oat Milk?
For this recipe you will need a nut milk bag – this is the one I bought on Amazon. I like using the nut milk bag better than cheese cloth because it holds up for multiple uses! I actually have been using the same bag for a few years – no tears or rips. And it’s pretty easy to clean, and can be thrown in the dishwasher! We use this nut milk bag every fall to filter our honey from our beehives too – it’s a super versatile strainer for liquids of all kinds!
You can also experiment with flavors and make a thicker creamer oat milk too (just use less water, more cinnamon for example). I will definitely be testing out different types of oat milks in the near future, but wanted to share this yummy Chocolate version first!! Great for breakfast, for smoothies, or for a late night chocolate fix.
The Best Blender for the Job
I’ve owned a lot of blenders, but my Vitamix is definitely the best one I’ve owned. This high-speed blender will blend even the toughest of ingredients into pulp. I prefer using my blender to my food processor for sauces like this or homemade hummus, as it’s much easier to clean the Vitamix. This is definitely one kitchen appliance we use on a daily basis!
- Make sure the oats you are using are certified gluten free. While oats are naturally gluten free, there can be cross-contamination during processing, so always make sure your oats have the Certified GF stamp on the packaging if you must avoid wheat.
- This chocolate oat milk is also totally nut free so it’s perfect for those with nut allergies!
More Oat Milk Recipes You’ll Love!
Oat Milk Matcha Latte Recipe (Dairy Free, Vegan)
Salted Oat Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
Oat Milk Mac and Cheese Recipe
Oat Milk Pancakes Recipe (Vegan, Dairy Free, Egg Free)
Get the Same Ingredients for this Homemade Chocolate Oat Milk Recipe
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Chocolate Oat Milk
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 5 cups water
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or other natural sweetener
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch Himalayan sea salt
- Add water and oats to a blender, soak for 10 minutes.
- Blend oats and water on high for a few minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
- Place a nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a pitcher, and pour the oat mixture into the bag. Strain for a few minutes and allow the oat milk to naturally drain through the bag. Do not squeeze or force oat milk through.
- Add the oat milk back to the blender with the agave nectar, cacao powder, cinnamon, and salt. Blend on high for1 minute until the oat milk is thick and creamy.
- Store in an airtight container and chill overnight
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Can you use regular cocoa powder?
Hello Liz – yes you can, just make sure it’s unsweetened or has no added sugar 🙂
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Hi! I really want to try this recipe, but I don’t have a nut bag or cheesecloth. Can I just use a strainer instead?
Also, I have a plantbased instagram, so I’ll definitely tag you once I try this!
Hi Sara, yes you can try it with a strainer… Use the finest mesh one you can find! You might have to strain it once or twice to get all the oat bits out. And awesome, I’d love to hear how you like it!
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so creamy and delicious. not too sweet either I like that
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