Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Milk

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Pouring homemade chocolate hazelnut milk into a glass jug

This creamy, DIY vegan chocolate milk is something special because it’s like Nutella in a glass. We know! Exciting stuff. It’s the real deal but without the dairy and refined sugar. Plus, it’s a bit more sophisticated than your average chocolate milk thanks to the nutty complexity of hazelnuts. And it’s super chocolaty thanks to cocoa or cacao powder.

Bonus perk? Just 5 ingredients required and it’s naturally sweetened with dates and maple syrup for more wholesome indulgence. Let us show you how it’s done!

Wood tray with dates, cocoa powder, hazelnuts, vanilla, maple syrup, and water

It starts with soaking hazelnuts and medjool dates to soften them before blending. The hazelnuts provide a rich and creamy base while the dates add natural sweetness.

Pouring water over a bowl of hazelnuts and dates

Blending with filtered water helps to optimize freshness.

Blended dates and hazelnuts

And straining through a nut milk bag separates the pulp from the creamy hazelnut milk.

Squeezing hazelnut milk through a nut milk bag into a bowl

Then it’s added back to a rinsed blender along with sea salt for flavor, maple syrup for additional sweetness, and cocoa or cacao powder for a chocolaty element. A little vanilla extract is a delicious (but optional) addition.

Blender with cocoa powder over creamy hazelnut milk

We hope you LOVE this chocolate hazelnut milk! It’s:

Creamy
Nutty
Chocolaty
Refreshing
Perfectly sweet
& Reminiscent of Nutella!

Enjoy it hot or cold on its own or mixed with coffee or hot chocolate. It’s great in the mornings or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Pouring a glass of creamy chocolate hazelnut milk

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Pouring a glass of creamy chocolate hazelnut milk

Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Milk

Creamy homemade chocolate hazelnut milk is like Nutella in a glass! Just 5 ingredients, naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dates, super chocolaty, and irresistible! Enjoy cold or hot!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Glass of chocolate hazelnut milk
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 (1/2-cup servings)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 4-5 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 3 large medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)

Instructions

  • Add hazelnuts and pitted dates to a small heat-safe bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to soak for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  • After 30 minutes, drain the hazelnuts and dates and add them to a high-speed blender along with the filtered water. Blend until creamy and smooth. Keep the blender running for at least 1-2 minutes so you get the most out of your hazelnuts.
  • Strain using a nut milk bag or our favorite trick — a thin dish towel. Simply lay a clean dish towel over a mixing bowl, pour over the hazelnut milk, carefully gather the corners, and lift up. Then squeeze until all of the liquid is extracted. Discard pulp, or save for adding to baked goods. Find more inspiration for the pulp here.
  • Rinse the blender and pour the strained hazelnut milk back into it. Add the salt, maple syrup (starting with the lesser amount), vanilla (optional), and cocoa powder (or cacao powder). Blend until well combined — about 1 minute. Taste and adjust if desired, adding more maple syrup for sweetness or cocoa powder for chocolaty goodness.
  • Transfer milk to a jar or bottle, seal, and refrigerate. Will keep for up to 4-5 days, though best within the first 1-3 days. Shake well before drinking, as it tends to separate. Enjoy hot or cold on its own, or mixed with your morning coffee or hot chocolate!

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Notes

*Prep time includes soaking hazelnuts and dates.
*Recipe as written makes ~4 cups hazelnut milk.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 half-cup serving Calories: 142 Carbohydrates: 12.4 g Protein: 3.1 g Fat: 10.5 g Saturated Fat: 0.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4 g Monounsaturated Fat: 7.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 74 mg Potassium: 213 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 8.2 g Vitamin A: 16.8 IU Vitamin C: 1.1 mg Calcium: 30.3 mg Iron: 1.2 mg

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  1. Meg says

    This is so delicious. I have made it at least half a dozen times and it is hands down one of my fave treats (and it’s so healthy!).

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Meg! It’s one of our favorite treats too! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  2. Fanny says

    Nutella in a cup, made healthier… This is so easy and delicious! I wish I tried it sooner. I did add about a tbsp more maple syrup and cacao powder, I like it rich!
    Will be making this recipe again and again from now on. Thank you!

  3. Michele Whitney says

    Super easy and very delicious. I told my picky 7-year-old that I was making him nutella hot chocolate, and he LOVED this heated up. It’s been an hour and he’s still coming back to tell me what a cool mama I am. I’ll be keeping this as a staple in the fridge.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we love to hear this! Such a great idea to heat it up – yum! Thanks for the lovely review, Michele!

  4. Kendall Stark says

    Oh holy moly!!! I just took a sip of this and it’s awesome!!!! I let the nuts and dates (not medjool, not sure of the variety) soak overnight and let the final mixture chill all day. This is superb, and I’ll be trying it tomorrow with coffee for sure.

  5. Mama Katie says

    Absolutely delicious! I’ve made this a few times and find that my taste buds prefer 2T of maple syrup. Seriously, since cutting out dairy in my diet, this has been a pleasant treat to have. My husband enjoys it added to his coffee too! And my 5 year old likes it warmed up and calls it her hot cocoa. I highly recommend this to anyone and always have it on hand to offer when friends and family come over.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, love that! We’re so glad you and your family enjoy it. Thank you for sharing, Katie! xo

  6. Britt H. says

    This was my very first time making nut milk and it turned out great! Super easy and the result is smooth and very nutty. Next time I’d maybe add a bit more cacao and maple syrup (I went with the full amounts in the recipe) since I’m a big chocolate lover, but otherwise it’s delicious.

  7. Jenny Pompilio says

    I’m going to make this, thanks for the inspiration! I might soak the dates separately and use their soak water (as part of the added water); since it is so sweet seems a shame not to use it?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can definitely do it that way! We tested it and it worked great, but decided to simplify the recipe.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t experimented with one, but we don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let us know if you try it!

  8. Michelle McClintock says

    Why do you have to add salt to the chocolate mix? I don’t see the reason behind it anymore than I see a need to put salt on caramel.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle, we find it enhances the flavors. Feel free to leave it out, if preferred.

  9. June says

    Just made this as soon as I got your email. I had exactly one cup of hazelnuts on hand too. It was fantastic! The best nut milk I’ve ever made. I think it would be cheaper than store bought milk too. Have you ever calculated the cost? Whatever, it’s tastier and so much healthier than anything you can buy. Thank you so much.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, June! Thank you for sharing! We haven’t calculated the cost on this one.

  10. Stephanie says

    As with all your contributions this recipe looks delish!! Question! Why not use the soaking water in the pureeing step? Is there something I don’t appreciate about the soak water that makes it suboptimal for drinking? Thanks 🙂

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Stephanie, we recommend discarding the soaking water because soaking removes phytic acid (which can block nutrient absorption). It’s not essential though. Hope that helps!