This healthy homemade sugar free hot chocolate cocoa mix is made using just three ingredients and no dairy! Easy, low calorie, low carb, and the perfect holiday gift, it’s naturally gluten free, keto, vegan, paleo, dairy free and sugar free!
Last week we had a protein-packed hot chocolate mix.
This week? We skip the protein part (if you must, drink this with an omelet), and give it a sugar free AND a 3 ingredient makeover!
I’ve never been a fan of those instant hot cocoa or hot chocolate mixes. The ones I had tried were all ‘just add water’ kind, which perplexed me. Whenever I added cocoa powder and sugar to hot water, it looked like mud soup. The instant packets of hot chocolate, however, looked pretty much like a typical hot cocoa…minus the deliciousness factor.
A reader recently asked me to recreate their favorite (“healthy”) hot cocoa mix. I’d heard of the brand before, and have tried a couple of their ‘indulgent’ flavors before (thank you, hotel breakfast bars!). The diet one, however, was new to me. I purchased a box and gave it the official taste test- It was an easy ‘just add water’, mix and enjoy.
I’m not going to lie- It was pretty creamy, it mixed well and had a good chocolate flavor. However, it was INSANELY sweet and left with a weird taste in my mouth. I finished it all, before checking out what the actual ingredients were.
Packaged hot chocolate/cocoa Ingredients- Non-Fat milk, processed cocoa, calcium carbonate, modified whey, salt, less than 2% of; Carrageenan, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, natural and artificial flavors, milk, disodium phosphate, caramel color.
I’m not one to waste food, but the remaining 7 packages were left untouched.
I wrapped it in some newspaper, with intentions of giving them to Niki.
No wonder it was sickly sweet- It had sucralose in it! I’m not one to often use it in any of my recipes (except these candied almonds, but I gave them to a family friend who is diabetic and tolerates sucralose well) and as such, could really taste it. Not only that, but it was relatively creamy too, and all I added was water. The addition of non-fat milk ‘powder’ and…other stuff made sense.
I was game to recreate this, but with the least amount of ingredients, and ones which were easy enough to have on hand! The biggest issue I had was whether or not to include a milk powder or alternative. I tried a coconut based milk powder and it really didn’t work as part of a mix (it did work fine on its own, though!). What did work was powdered creamer and powdered whole milk, but this leaves my vegan/dairy free friends unable to make it.
To rectify this dilemma, I simply made a sugar free hot chocolate/hot cocoa mix, with the option to add the milk/creamer powder (which is also not necessary), BUT instead of adding hot water, you add a warmed milk of choice to it!
Now? Nobody misses out!
This healthy homemade sugar free hot chocolate mix is a quick and easy mix made with three easy ingredients! It is perfect for gifting, for those who want an instant hot beverage, and perfect for the festive holiday and Christmas season (especially for those healthy foodies!). Unlike packaged hot cocoa mixes, this version isn’t based around powdered milk, sugar, artificial ingredients, sweeteners, or fillers. Instead, we’ll be using a combination of cocoa powder, monk fruit sweetener (a granulated stevia blend which doesn’t leave a bitter aftertaste) and a pinch of sea salt to bring out the sweetness! All that is needed is for the person to add their favorite milk/non-dairy beverage and BAM- Hot chocolate in minutes!
For those who enjoy a dark, rich chocolate taste, I’d recommend using a combination of dark cocoa powder and good quality dutch processed cocoa powder. If you are after a simple cocoa taste, stick to just a good quality cocoa powder. Because of the ingredients used, this healthy homemade sugar free hot cocoa mix is completely paleo, vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free and low calorie!
HACK! If you can tolerate artificial sweeteners well, you can swap out the monk fruit sweetener with any sucralose based sweetener. Sweeteners based around aspartame won’t be a great option, as the sweetness in them tends to dissipate once heated. Alternatively, you could use a stevia blend (they tend to stay sweet when heated), however, make sure you use one without a bitter aftertaste and/or one you enjoy.
Make this healthy Sugar Free Homemade Hot Chocolate Cocoa Mix using three ingredients and make something to feel good about.
…and send Niki your packaged ones you have left.
HACK! Take this homemade hot chocolate up a notch and add a scoop of this 3-ingredient homemade keto vanilla ice cream– It’s low carb and super simple, just see how easy it is in the step-by-step video below!
Healthy Homemade Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Cocoa Mix
- 1 cup cocoa powder I used a mix of dark and standard
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice I used a monk fruit sweetener
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup powdered creamer or powdered milk of choice keto or paleo- use powdered coconut milk
To make the mix
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until combined. Transfer to a jar or airtight container.
To make a single cup of cocoa/hot chocolate
- Add 2 tablespoons of dry mix (non creamer/milk version) to a large mug or cup. Add hot water and mix until completely dissolved. Add heated milk of choice and mix very well. Top with optional whipped topping and enjoy!
Sugar free hot chocolate cocoa mix needs to be stored in an airtight container.
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Hi Paul, there is a full recipe provided in a recipe card. There is even a jump to recipe card so you can skip the ‘life story’ but that can be a little advanced for some people, especially people who make rude and petty comments 🙂 Have a great day!
Here’s my version of this… souped up a little… not overly sweet either:
Diabetic Hot Cocoa
4 1/2 c. splenda/sucralose (fluffy so is not the same density as sugar)
2 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (8 oz can)
3 c. dry whole milk (nestle’ nido)
2 c. dry sugar free french vanilla creamer
3 1/4 c. dry vanilla powder
5 tbs. salt
Whisk all ingredients together for 3 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Use 3 heaping tbsp per 10 oz cup of water.
– Add salt last. If test cup is salty, you did not mix enough.
– Sucralose is not as dense as sugar, so you need more for the same
– Cocoa powder is quite strong. Use less of this than any other
product in this mix.
– Sugar Free French vanilla enhances the sweet flavor without blood
– Watkins sells a dry vanilla powder. It’s avilable at Walmart.
– Mix center of bowl first. Then flower mix the outer edges. Then
swipe side to side and up and down.
– Always use a whisk for mixing.
– Nestle’ Nido whole milk powder is in most stores. Check Latino
section. Whole milk has fewer carbs than non-fat milk.
This is a great take on your recipe. You can substitute Sugar Free French Vanilla for any other flavors that are sugar free and dry. Thanks for the idea to work with.
This is a great find for us. Hubby has just been diagnosed T2 diabetesand we just had another “it will kill you” argument over 12 grams sugar per cup (all anyone should have in one day) in the cocoa mix we used to like. Now I can make instant cocoa for him with sucralose and keep him safe. Thank you thank you thank you!
Perfect recipe for the healthy sugar free hot chocolate!!! Thanks for sharing.