Combine two simple ingredients to make the very best vegan chocolate milk recipe. It’s a sweet and creamy drink recipe that doesn’t require any fancy kitchen tools! It’s also a perfect ingredient to use in making a vegan chocolate milkshake or a vegan hot chocolate, too!
I remember at school how I used to ask for chocolate milk cartons at lunch. I loved that stuff so much and we never had it at home. That’s one reason I really love being able to make homemade vegan chocolate milk. It’s filling, and delicious!
You don’t need those powdered chocolate milk mixes that use fillers and preservatives. You only need two simple ingredients to make this delicious plant-based chocolate milk recipe. That means you are the one in charge of what goes into what you’re eating…and drinking!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Adding vegan chocolate syrup keeps this recipe dairy-free and delicious
- Using creamy plant-based milk makes this drink so perfectly smooth
- Leave your blender and kitchen gadgets on the counter, this recipe is so simple it only needs a spoon and a glass jar
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Plant-based milk — I love using creamy plant-based milk, such as soy milk, pecan milk, cashew milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc.
- Chocolate syrup — This vegan chocolate syrup is all you need or you can refer to my accidentally vegan guide for a storebought chocolate syrup brand that is also vegan.
- Optional Toppings — You can add any fun toppings, such as vegan marshmallows, coconut whipped cream, steamed soy milk, a sprinkle of nutmeg, or a cinnamon stick for stirring.
How to Make Vegan Chocolate Milk
- Pour vegan milk into glasses
- Drizzle in chocolate syrup and stir
- Add toppings and serve
Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos:
Step One: Pour Milk into Glasses
Pour the milk into glasses, a large glass jar (like a mason jar), or even a cocktail shaker. You can use your favorite plant-based milk, whether it’s plain or vanilla-flavored.
Step Two: Add Chocolate Syrup
Vegan chocolate syrup is the star ingredient here. it adds the perfect amount of chocolate flavor and you can add more or less based on your preferences.
If your chocolate syrup is cold, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds until it’s thin enough to stir it. Drizzle the chocolate syrup into the milk and stir or shake until completely combined.
Step Three: Serve
If you made your chocolate milk in a mason jar, give it a shake and then pour it into individual glasses. Serve with your favorite toppings and straws. I like adding a little drizzle of more chocolate syrup on top. It’s so good!
Is almond chocolate milk vegan?
Almond chocolate milk is vegan because it’s made with almond milk instead of dairy milk. Almond milk is dairy-free and has a lot more calcium than dairy milk, making it a healthy option. Also, almonds and chocolate are delicious together so it’s a tasty and healthy drink option.
What is the best non-dairy milk for chocolate milk?
Just about any plant-based milk will work to make non-dairy chocolate milk. Some plant-based milk has a nutty or even earthy flavor to it, but the good news is the vegan chocolate syrup should cover up any flavor. But for the best-tasting chocolate vegan milk, use creamy non-dairy milk like soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk.
Serve this chocolate dairy-free milk with your favorite sweet treats, such as:
Store chocolate milk in a lidded container, such as a mason jar, in the fridge. It will keep up to 5 to 6 days when stored properly.
Vegan Milk Options
This vegan chocolate milk is so delicious. Here are even more vegan milk options to use as the base or to try for other recipes.
Vegan Chocolate Milk
- 2 cups plant-based milk (see note)
- 3 tablespoons vegan chocolate syrup
- Optional Toppings: vegan marshmallows, coconut whipped cream, steamed soy milk, a sprinkle of nutmeg, or a cinnamon stick for stirring.
- Pour the milk into glasses, a large glass jar (like a mason jar), or even a cocktail shaker.
- If your chocolate syrup is cold, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds until thin enough to stir it. Drizzle the chocolate syrup into the milk and stir or shake until completely combined.
- Pour into individual glasses and serve with straws.
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