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Chocolate Oat Milk Recipe (Vegan, Dairy Free)

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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.

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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:

  • Rich
  • Creamy
  • Pantry Staple friendly
  • Sweet (but not TOO sweet!)
  • Vegan
  • 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.

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What’s In Chocolate Oat Milk?

See the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Rolled Oats: I used rolled oats for this recipe. I found oats work much better than quick oats, as they hold up really well while being blended.
  • Water: tap, bottled, or stilled
  • Cacao Powder: this raw unsweetened cacao powder is a great addition to these brownies. Make sure you use a raw cacao powder and not sweetened baking cocoa… it makes a huge difference.
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon: organic ceylon cinnamon if you can find it!
  • Sea Salt

What Do I Need to Make Oat Milk?

For this recipe you will need a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.  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 recommend using a good-quality high speed blender for this recipe. I have a fantastic Vitamix blender, which I have been using for years, and it gets daily use in our home.

Choose a blender that has a lot of power, and can pulverize even the toughest of ingredients. My blender can chop ice, dates, frozen fruits, make soups, and even blend nuts into homemade nut butter. Using a good high-speed blender will make perfectly creamy smoothies and sauces every time!

Dietary Modifications

  • 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 Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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)

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Homemade chocolate oat milk recipe

Chocolate Oat Milk

This plant-based chocolate oat milk recipe is a perfect and easy treat! Only a few simple whole ingredients.  Great in overnight oats, lattes, in cereal, or by just itself in a glass.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 4
Calories 115 kcal


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or other natural sweetener
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch 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


Calories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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  19. Sara Gerken

    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!

    • The Herbeevore

      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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