hot chocolate in a cup with marshmallows

Level up your hot chocolate with this rich Miso Salted Oat Milk Hot Chocolate! Ultra creamy, flavourful, and the perfect cozy drink to keep you warm. (Vegan, dairy free & refined sugar free)

oat milk hot chocolate in a white mug with marshmallows

I love anything salted. Something about salt added to desserts, especially chocolate just makes everything taste so much more decadent.

So, I had a random thought. Miso salted hot chocolate. Crazy but it’s kinda like soy sauce caramel, it just works. In fact, I’ve been adding miso paste to my hot chocolate for the past 2 weeks now and I’m OBSESSED.

Oh, and you know what else I’m loving right now? Oat milk. I get the hype now, friends. It is the perfect milk for hot chocolate, truly.

oat milk hot chocolate ingredients in white bowls

Ingredients for oat milk hot chocolate

This healthy salted hot chocolate is made with just 4 basic ingredients:

  • Oat milk: for the creamiest hot chocolate. You can also use any milk of your choice.
  • Maple Syrup: naturally sweetened! Substitute for your favourite sweetener.
  • Cocoa powder: preferably high quality dutch processed.
  • Miso paste: I used white miso paste since it’s more mild than red.
  • Chocolate: optional, but makes it extra rich and delicious.
oat milk hot chocolate in a sauce pan

How to make creamy oat milk hot chocolate (easiest way)

This recipe is so easy and quick that it’s kinda dangerous. Simply add all the ingredients, except the miso paste to a small sauce pan and heat it up. Once heated, dissolve the miso paste and whisk until combined. Using a whisk is key here to remove any clumps in the cocoa powder and miso paste and to ensure the bottom doesn’t burn. If you do have a miso paste muddler, it’s really handy to quickly get rid of the clumps.

Pour into your favourite mug, top with coconut whip cream or marshmallows… or even ice cream and enjoy!

mixing a cup of hot chocolate with a spoon

Enjoy this hot chocolate with:


creamy oat milk miso salted hot chocolate 4 ingredients healthy and vegan in a mug

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oat milk hot chocolate in a white mug with marshmallows

Miso Salted Hot Chocolate

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5 from 26 reviews

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Ultra creamy oat milk hot chocolate spiked with miso paste! Lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup, this dairy free hot chocolate is the perfect cozy drink to keep you warm.


Units Scale

Hot chocolate

To serve


  1. Add all the ingredients except miso paste into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a whisk vigour-sly to remove any clumps.
  2. Once it starts to bubble, reduce heat to low and then add miso paste (use a miso muddler if you have one). Keep whisking until smooth and miso paste is dissolved. Pour into a mug and serve. 


  • Helpful Equipment: small sauce pan, miso muddlerwhisk
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 2 minute
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: beverages
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, north american, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 12.9g
  • Sodium: 327mg
  • Fat: 3.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 43.2g
  • Fiber: 6.9g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. I didn’t know miso was the secret ingredient I needed to elevate my hot chocolate game, and I don’t even normally do miso! I love the richness of flavor and texture it adds. Plus it’s good for your gut (main reason I googled miso recipes). Consider me a fan!

    I made some adjustments by using mostly unsweetened vanilla almond milk with a generous splash of creamy oat milk, sugar-free chocolate chips, and liquid stevia instead of maple syrup. Still came out delicious!

  2. I don’t even like hot chocolate, but this one is perfect! Miso is one of my favourite ingredients and I had no idea it would pair do well with chocolate!

    Smooth, creamy, and not too sweet. Super quick and easy to make, it’s become my go-to holiday beverage. If it’s been a long day, I also had a shot of whisky LOL and top with dairy-free whipped cream.

  3. This creative combination is everything!!! I’m not the hugest hot chocolate person, but I was feeling in the winter spirit, so decided to try an Okonomi Kitchen hot chocolate, because your sweets have not failed me yet! What a unique and delicious take! The miso adds an inimitable umami and saltiness to the drink, elevating it to another level.

    I made this using oat nog and, since it already had sugar in it, omitted the maple syrup. Will definitely try this recipe as intended in the future. Saved the second half of my hot chocolate to add to my coffee the next morning, and that made a fun start to my day.

  4. You guys…don’t skimp out on trying this easy and DELISH recipe. I had all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry, plus it’s starting to get chilly in TX so I figured why NOT? It didn’t disappoint. I diluted the miso with some hot water and whisked until smooth, then added it to my hot cocoa mixture. I swear, it tastes more like a salted caramel hot cocoa than using salted caramel! The miso=salt the maple syrup= the caramel. DONT SLEEP ON THIS ONE, YALL!

  5. I love this recipe so much. My (Japanese) husband was like “miso in chocolate, are you crazy or what?” but I love each and every recipe here, so I didn’t hesitate one second and my husband was SO wrong. Guy, you don’t know the taste of happiness. ( ̄^ ̄)
    Anyway, I tried it with soy milk too, since oat-milk is still difficult to find and extremely pricey in Japan and the soy milk version is very good too. It’s perfect for the cold days, with a good book or a movie!

  6. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it was really good!! Perfect for someone that doesn’t like overly sweet things. Thank you!

  7. I looooooved this! Sweet and salty is the best flavour combo and this is that! I would have never thought of using miso in hot chocolate but glad Lisa did and thank goodness for that. Flavour explosion!

  8. The best hot chocolate I have ever tasted IN MY WHOLE LIFE! Honestly I was a bit sceptical of the miso, but it really enhances the chocolate flavour and brings out the sweetness. The texture was so velvety too. I cannot recommend enough 😋