I was so fortunate to get early access to Willa’s NEW Dark Chocolate Oat Milk made with transparently traded Raaka chocolate. Let me tell you, it is gooooooooood. I’ve already ranted about why Willa’s is the THE BEST Oat Milk on the market. Now, I get to fill you in on why THIS is the best dark chocolate oat milk on the market.
Ingredients. Oh man, ingredients. I recently saw a meme on Instagram that said something to the effect of: “Oh? Your product is gluten-free and dairy-free and “healthy”??” Then, had a girl with a really skeptical look saying, “But can I see the ingredient list?”. That girl is ME. Just because the fancy marketing tells you a product is healthy, doesn’t mean the ingredients stack up.
With Willa’s I’ve never felt tricked. The ingredients in their Original Unsweetened Oat Milk are literally: Filtered Water, Organic Whole Grain Oats, Organic Real Vanilla Extract, and Salt. I mean, COME ON it doesn’t get any cleaner than that. So, when I heard Willa’s was making a CHOCOLATE version, I knew they’d put the same care into crafting a beverage that is juuuuust right.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Oat Milk: What’s the catch?
Of course, with a dark chocolate oat milk I was expecting some sort of sweetener. Willa’s chose Maple Sugar to balance the un-roasted cacao. The sweetness from maple is less cloying, more subtle, and perfect complements the bitter chocolate.
Unlike many sweeteners, maple sugar has nutritional benefits including antioxidants, minerals like mangesium and zinc, and Vitamin B6. The glycemic index of maple sugar is much lower than other sweeteners, which means less effect on blood sugars.
A Note About Sustainability
Willa’s puts a huge emphasis on sustainability. They keep this in mind at every step of production. They use ALL of every ingredient, resulting in zero food waste. The tetra-pack (paper!) packaging keeps the oat milk shelf-stable until opened, saving energy in the supply chain without the need for refrigeration.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the Maple Sugar was chosen because it is more environmentally sustainable. Further, by parternering with small Vermont farms they get to support businesses they BELIEVE in.
My Favorite Part: What’s NOT in Willa’s Dark Chocolate Oat Milk
I can’t talk about Willa’s Dark Chocolate Oat Milk without mentioning all the things they leave out. MOST Oat Milk companies use vegetable oil as an emulsifier, and contain preservatives, gums, and artificial flavorings. All things I actively avoid in my diet.
I’m so impressed by the simplicity of the ingredient list, that I’m listing it again: Filtered Water, Organic Whole Grain Oats, Organic Maple Sugar, Organic Cacao, Organic Real Vanilla Extract, and Salt.
Willa’s Dark Chocolate Oat Milk is available NOW! Click here to get $10 off your first order.
Final Thoughts on Willa’s Organic Dark Chocolate Oat Milk
I’m super impressed with Willa’s Oat Milk and I’m a fan for life. This Oat Milk collaboration with Raaka Chocolate was fiiiire. I’m so excited to start baking with it and come up with winter recipes! In the meantime, catch me using this as my staple coffee add-in and simply sipping it straight post-workout.
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