A looooong drizzle of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. An inch-thick layer of chocolaty goodness on the bottom of my glass. A generous pouring of milk overtop. Stir. Stir. Stir. Drink!
I don’t know how many times this scenario happened during my younger years. I loved milk and even more so I loved chocolate milk. After only a couple of times making chocolate milk with Hershey’s syrup on my own, I could easily tell whether the chocolate to milk ratio would make for the perfect glass of chocolate milk. And when I wasn’t sure, I would just add in a little more chocolate…just in case.
I still love chocolate milk to this day, but to be honest I haven’t had it in years! I guess it was a childhood phase that never made its way back into my life. But, since I started making my own Homemade Oat Milk sweetened with dates, I knew Chocolate Oat Milk had to happen next. I mean, it can’t get much easier than blending up water with some oats, dates, vanilla and cacao powder and then straining it to get a thick, sweet, chocolate milk! Okay, maybe buying it from the store is easier for some, but I can make this milk in 5 minutes and I get the assurance of knowing it’s healthy! It’s sweetened with whole foods (dates) instead of refined sugars. It has fiber and minerals such as iron and magnesium in it from the cacao powder. It’s loaded with antioxidants too! Holla!
When I first made Homemade Almond Milk Brett was hesitant to try it out, but I quickly got him to test out this Chocolate Oat Milk and he strongly approves. That, my friends, is a success!
I love that I can enjoy Chocolate Milk even as an adult in a way that nourishes my body at the same time. I’m still amazed at how easy some things are to make at home…like this Chocolate Oat Milk of course. I hope you try it!
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 4-5 Medjool dates, pitted (or 8 small dates)
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- 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.