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)
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.
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.
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!
Enjoy this hot chocolate with:
- The best vegan chocolate chip cookies
- Cozy vegan pumpkin bread with walnuts and chocolate
- Healthier peanut butter oatmeal cookie bars
- Mochi stuffed chocolate chip cookies
- Flourless peppermint hot chocolate cookies
- Pumpkin chocolate chip blondies
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Miso Salted Hot Chocolate
- 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.
- 1 cup oat milk (240ml)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (20g)
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (8g)
- 1 heaping teaspoon miso paste (7g)
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate, optional (15g)
- vegan marshmallows
- coconut whip cream
- dairy-free ice cream
- Add all the ingredients except miso paste into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a whisk vigour-sly to remove any clumps.
- 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 muddler, whisk
- 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
Keywords: oat milk hot chocolate, miso salted hot chocolate, dairy free hot chocolate, healthy hot chocolate
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Just made this today and it’s perfect for this rainy afternoon! I have loved following you and seeing your vegan takes on my favorite Japanese dishes that I grew up eating 🙂
Mind-blowing recipe! Now I can’t imagine myself drinking hot choc without adding miso to it 🤣 Thankyou for inventing this!
I’m never making hot chocolate without miso again! This is SO good!!! I was out of plant milk, so I just used water plus a small handful of cashews. I put all of the ingredients in the pot, brought to a boil, then took it off the burner and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the cashews to soften. After that I threw it into the Vitamix and blended to creamy perfection. So easy. Thanks again for another awesome recipe, Lisa! You rule!
Lisa Kitahara says
I love the adaptation you made Colleen! I'll have to try it with the cashews too sounds so creamy!!
First i was like... That can't tast good... But i LOVE it!!!! You have to try it !!! Do yourself a favour!!!
Lisa Kitahara says
Definitely a questionable combination but I'm so glad you enjoyed it too!
Dinie van den heuvel says
OMG. This is my new staple, happy winter go to drink. It is divine!!!
Lisa Kitahara says
So glad you hear you enjoyed!!
Thank you so much for creating the simple and very elegant recipe. We love it from the bottom of our heart. Making it again tomorrow
Lisa Kitahara says
So happy to hear you enjoyed Julia! <3
I love miso and I love hot chocolate, but I definitely would have never thought to put them together. I’m so glad that I did because it was a really wonderful salty-sweet-creamy treat to enjoy after my meal! Make sure you’re using a mild miso like she recommends, otherwise I would do maybe 1/2 tsp if you don’t have one that’s mild in flavor. Will definitely be enjoying this alllll winter long!
Miso paste in hot chocolate! Whoda think! Life changing! Thanks for the tip! ❤️
This is just AMAZING. My life has changed! Miso is such a versatile ingredient and sneaking into hot chocolate is the move I never knew I needed. I love a good salty sweet combo and like my hot chocolate thick and creamy, so this did more than hit the spot! I used nut milk and coconut sugar instead of oat milk and maple syrup, but in around the same proportions!
Happened to glance by this while looking for recipe I planned to make for lunch this week, and I knew I had to try it. Since I already had all of the ingredients, I was able to whip it up in a few minutes. I was a little skeptical of the miso at first--I accidentally added wayyyy too much miso when making a different recipe recently and now even the smell of miso makes me shudder. I triple-checked the recipe this time. I ended up loving it, couldn't even taste it the miso. I think I've found my new go-to hot chocolate recipe. Genius!
happy tomodachi says
I am a sucka for miso + dark chocolate combo. I love it so much that sometimes I smear a tiny bit of miso on chocolate chips and pop them in my mouth, or smear some on dark chocolate. If you like bits of salt with your chocolate, the miso will elevate it with a touch of umami. 🙂 When i saw Lisa's recipe for Salted Miso Hot Chocolate I was like OMG, why did I not think of this?! I whipped this one up and wow, it was everything I expected it to be...and in a mug! Waaaah! So simple and quick to make yet so "elevated." I LOOOOOOOVE it! Thank you so much Lisa! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Love, love what you share with us...thank you so much for doing so! 🙂
such a fun twist on a traditional favourite! super rich and creamy and very easy to make!
I can’t wait to keep making this for myself and to introduce it to everyone around me!
Thanks for sharing!!
Lisa Kitahara says
SO happy to hear, Kelsey!
I love this recipe! As soon as I saw it I knew it would be a banger. The miso provides the perfect amount of salt and gives the drink a rich, luxurious mouth feel. And there is the added benefit of the miso being a fermented food. Yay for delicious food and healthy guts!
Lisa Kitahara says
Love the way you described it!! So happy to hear you enjoyed, Victoria thank you for the review! 🙂
Love it <3
Totally in love with this! Pleasantly surprised with the taste, this sounds like an odd combination but if you’re curious, just go for it! It’s definitely worth it, great for the season!
Lisa Kitahara says
so happy to hear this was a hit for you! 🙂
i’m making this on repeat since miso is boss and hot chocolate is love!
This has become my favorite hot chocolate recipe. I love miso. I love chocolate. How did I never think to combine these two loves of mine? This is such an easy recipe, and the pop of salty goodness that the miso adds to the hot chocolate is the absolute best. Thank you for this recipe; I adore it.
Will never buy hot chocolate mix again!! This is perfect. The miso adds just a little bit of depth and salt that I LOVE.
Honestly a game changer even without the added chocolate. Amazing
I was skeptical about the miso flavour but wow it adds just the right amount of umami + richness + depth of flavour!
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!
I was a bit skeptical at first, but it was really good!! Perfect for someone that doesn’t like overly sweet things. Thank you!
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!
Bozhena Aronina says
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!
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.
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!