This vegan hot white chocolate is thick, rich and pretty much unforgettable. It has simple flavors, but the vanilla is important so don’t forget it like I did in batch two. I kept wondering why it was bland, sigh. It’s been that kind of…well…winter.
Is Starbuck’s White Hot Chocolate Vegan?
It is not and most white chocolate syrups have dairy in them too.
Can This Be Made Oil-Free?
I have to tell you the truth, this is the opposite of fat-free. If you are on a fat-free eating plan try leaving out the cacao butter, but add extra vanilla and some cacao powder to make an oil-free hot chocolate.
What is White Chocolate?
Is White Chocolate Vegan?
It’s hard to find good dairy free white chocolate, but you can find a vegan white chocolate recipe here. There are a few brands that are called white chocolate that don’t have cacao butter. To me that’s not really white chocolate at all.
What started this whole thing is the cacao butter that I found at Whole Foods. I had been looking for some for awhile and they never had it. But there it was on the shelf calling my name.
I also decided to make some homemade milk and scrape some the vanilla bean I’ve been saving. I think vegan hot white chocolate qualifies as a special occasion!
Tip: Put the rest of the vanilla bean into a container with sugar to make vanilla sugar. Never let any part of a vanilla bean go to waste!
What Can I Use in Place of the Vanilla Bean?
I created this recipe when vanilla was a little cheaper than it is now. Feel free to use vanilla extract, unless you have a vanilla bean hidden away like I usually do.
This is the fine mesh strainer I use. If you use a nut milk bag resist the temptation to squeeze every last bit of liquid out. When you are using oats a little restraint is needed so the mixture doesn’t get that slimy texture.
First You Make the Plant Based Milk
You should have about this much pulp after you strain your homemade milk. Doesn’t the milk in the pan above look luscious?
Then Strain It Into the Rest of The Ingredients
You can see in the photo above that the cacao butter is just starting to melt a little. The lumps are not completely melted yet, but the yellow spots are melted cacao butter.
You’ll see a mine field of cacao oil all over the top of your beautiful homemade milk.
Do not panic! This is what it should be doing right now. Full disclosure, I totally panicked when I saw this on the first batch I made. I also found out that whisking is surprisingly calming.
Put That Whisk to Work!
And do a little zen breathing if you’re still stressed. Between the heat, the oats in the milk and whisking, the oil will start to incorporate into your hot white chocolate.
Then It Starts to Emulsify
Before you know it, it will start to look like something you want to drink. Don’t underestimate the power of the whisk.
It’s Ready When the Color Is More White Than Yellow
Taste, and add more sweetener or vanilla if you think it needs a little more. Now ladle out into 2 small mugs. Try it with some coffee one morning for a vegan hot white mocha.
What coffeehouse drink to you miss since you’ve gone vegan?
More Recipes to Try
- Keep the Chill Away with these Vegan Hot Drinks
- 11 of the Very Best Vegan Holiday Cookies
- Homemade Chai Concentrate – Stovetop or Slow Cooker