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Chocolate + Oat Milk = 4 delicious recipes to try at home

We've teamed up with two local businesses - Albany Oat Milk and Cacao Brew - to bring you four tasty creations to try this weekend.

Written by High Life North
Published 29.05.2020

What is Cacao Brew?

Owned by Jazmin Adams and based in the North East, Cacao Brew produces small-batch, luxury organic brewing cacao (ca-cow). One of the first companies in the UK to produce this, it’s not coffee but follows the same concept. Instead of coffee beans, Cacao Brew carefully roasts and grind organic cacao beans for brewing at home in our cafetiere. What’s more? The leftover grinds can be used in a number of delicious ways – find out more on their website or Instagram @cacaobrew.

What is Albany Oat Milk?

The doorstep delivery that has been taking Newcastle by storm during lockdown, Albany Oat Milk is handmade by Hannah and delivered to your doorstep. Produced with zero waste and plastic-free packaging, this is the ultimate way to enjoy oat milk whilst supporting a small local business. Check out her website or visit her on Instagram @albanyoatmilk to find out more. 

Albany Oat Milk & Cacao Brew White Russian

Makes 2 drinks

– 300ml Albany oat milk
– 200ml brewed and chilled cacao brew – 100ml high-quality vodka
– 2 tbsp demerara sugar
– Pinch of sea salt
– Large cubes of ice

Add chilled cacao brew and demerara sugar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow the sugar to dissolve for around 3-minutes, let cool and add pinch of sea salt to taste. Add ice, half of the chilled cacao brew syrup and 50ml vodka to a glass tumbler, and pour in 150ml Albany oat milk, before stirring slowly until the glass feels chilled to touch.

Albany Oat Milk & Cacao Brew Mint Cacao Granola

Makes 8 servings

– 300g rolled oats

– 50g mixed nuts

– 50g dried fruit or seeds

– 50g shredded coconut

– 50g demerara sugar

– 3 tbsp maple syrup

– 3 tbsp coconut oil

– 4 tbsp cacao brew grounds

– Pinch of sea salt

To serve:

– 75ml Albany oat milk

– 3 drops peppermint oil

– Fresh mint leaves

Gently combine all the dry ingredients, either by stirring or in a food processor, then heat the coconut oil and maple syrup in a saucepan until melted. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Evenly spread the mixture onto a large baking sheet and bake at 170C for 20-minutes or until golden brown. Stir gently halfway through to ensure even baking. Once cool, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to three weeks. Combine the peppermint oil with 75ml chilled Albany oat milk and add to the bowl, topping with 75g of cacao brew granola. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve.

PBB (Peanut Butter & Banana) Cacao oat smoothie recipe

Makes 1 serving – double up for 2 people

150ml ​Albany oat milk
1tbsp brewed cacao grounds leftover from a cup of ​Cacao Brew
1 banana
1tbsp peanut butter
3 ice cubes
Optional: Add a scoop of your favourite protein powder – chocolate and vanilla both work well!


1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy! (Yes, it’s really that simple!)

Cacao oat pancakes recipe

Makes 8 pancakes – double up for more!

125ml ​Albany oat milk
1tbsp brewed cacao grounds leftover from a cup of ​Cacao Brew
2 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
1 banana
100g rolled oats
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tsp baking powder
Oil spray
Toppings of choice (Some tasty suggestions: nut butter, maple syrup, fruit, yoghurt etc.)


  1. Put the oat milk, cacao grounds, egg yolks, banana, oats and baking powder in a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
  3. Whisk 1-2 tbsp of the whites into the batter, then fold in the rest.
  4. Now you have your pancake mix ready, heat a non-stick pan over medium and heat and spray with a little oil.
  5. Spoon 2 tbsp batter into the pan to make one pancake (you might be able to get more than one in depending on the size of your pan!) and cook for 1-2 mins until the base sets and bubbles appear all over the top.
  6. Flip and cook the other side for a minute.
  7. Repeat until you have a delicious pancake stack.
  8. Pile on your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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