This Chocolate Oat Milk is truly good for you. It's full of fiber, antioxidants, iron and contains no refined sugars so you can drink up!
The amount of chocolate milk I drank as a child is slightly alarming. I loved milk, but even more so I loved chocolate milk. Personally, I'm still obsessed with chocolate milk. I almost always have my Simply Chocolate Syrup on hand to make homemade chocolate milk or iced mochas. However, I now also love to make this healthy, homemade Chocolate Oat Milk! I can whip up this chocolate oat milk in 5 minutes AND I get the assurance of knowing it's good for me! Let me show you how to make it!
Making chocolate oat milk at home requires just a handful of ingredients, many of which I'm sure you already have on hand!
I'll list out everything you need below:
- Rolled oats
- Cacao powder or cocoa powder
- Medjool dates (or other sweetener, such as maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.)
- Cold water
- Pinch of salt
- Optional: vanilla extract
See! I bet you could whip up a batch right now!
How to make chocolate oat milk
You don't have to soak any nuts, so it can be ready to enjoy in around 5 minutes.
To make homemade oat milk, simply follow the step-by-step instructions listed below:
Step 1: Place all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
Step 2: Using a nut milk bag, or cheese cloth, strain the oat milk into a container or bowl. Squeeze out as much milk as possible through the nut milk bag.
Step 3: Let the milk chill in the fridge before drinking.
Step 4: Store the milk in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shake well before enjoying!
Is chocolate milk healthy?
Traditional chocolate milk (whether store bought, or homemade with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup) contains a lot of unnecessary ingredients.
However, this homemade chocolate milk is sweetened with whole foods (dates) instead of refined sugars. This will keep you from getting that unwanted sugar spike then crash.
Plus, this chocolate oat milk has fiber thanks to the oats and minerals such as iron and magnesium from the cacao powder.
It's loaded with antioxidants too!
How long does homemade oat milk last?
Since this homemade chocolate oat milk doesn't contain any strange additives or preservatives, it will only last for about 3 days in the fridge.
Store the milk in an airtight jar in the fridge.
Shake it before drinking as the oats and water will separate over time!
Can you heat homemade oat milk?
While store-bought oat milk is my favorite milk to use in hot coffee and hot chocolate, I personally don't like heating up my easy homemade oat milk.
Even though you strain out most of the oat pulp when making homemade oat milk, quite a few oat particles remain in the milk.
When you try to heat up homemade oat milk, the oat particles in the milk thicken, just as if you were making oatmeal on the stove.
This results in a slimy, goopy mess that isn't something you want to drink.
With that said, feel free to experiment with it!
You may have better luck than I have had!
Ways to enjoy homemade chocolate milk
I love to enjoy this homemade chocolate oat milk in a number of different ways, other than just drinking it!
You could pour it over cereal.
You could use it in smoothies
Use it in baked goods for a chocolatey taste.
Pour it over espresso for an iced mocha!
Get creative and enjoy!
Chocolate Oat Milk Recipe
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract pinch sea salt
- Place all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Strain the milk through a nut milk bag, or cheese cloth, into a container or bowl. Squeeze out as much milk as possible through the nut milk bag.
- Let the milk chill in the fridge before drinking.
- Store the milk in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.