This keto hot chocolate is a rich and creamy low carb beverage perfect for the cooler months! No sugar and no dairy needed, it has just 2 grams net carbs!
Keto Hot Chocolate
There is something cozy and comforting about having hot chocolate during the cooler months. While I am a coffee drinker through and through, my evenings and breakfasts are reserved for a hot cup of cocoa.
Before going keto, I used to love trying out all the fun hot chocolate flavors Starbucks used to have. My favorites were the white hot chocolate and salted caramel hot chocolate. I hate to think about how much money I spent on a weekly basis satisfying my hot chocolate cravings.
Luckily, I’m able to enjoy my favorite Starbucks drink at home AND with a keto makeover!
No sugar and no dairy is needed, but you’d never tell. This keto friendly hot chocolate tastes like ANY classic hot chocolate out there. The texture is thick and creamy, thanks to the addition of real chocolate in the mixture. It’s sweet, with a slight hint of vanilla, without being overpowering.
Simple ingredients and easy to customize, you will LOVE creating a new evening tradition with a mug of this creamy sugar free hot chocolate!
How do you make a keto hot cocoa?
- Cocoa powder– Unsweetened cocoa powder. For a richer flavor, you can use dark cocoa powder.
- Granulated sweetener of choice- Either monk fruit sweetener or erythritol can be used. Avoid using a stevia blend, as the proportions would be significantly different.
- Milk of choice– Use your favorite low carb milk. I like using unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
- Vanilla extract– Gives a lovely vanilla flavor throughout.
- Sugar free chocolate– Your favorite low carb chocolate bar or sugar free chocolate chips.
- Sugar free marshmallows– Optional, but what is hot cocoa without marshmallows!
In a small saucepan, combine all your ingredients, except for your chocolate. On medium heat, let it reach a simmer, before removing from the heat. Add in the chopped chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes, before whisking together until smooth. Pour into mugs and enjoy immediately.
Keto chocolate options
- Keto chocolate bars– Any keto friendly chocolate can be used. I love using Lindt chocolate bars, as all their bars above 78% cocoa content is low carb and contains very little sugar.
- Bakers chocolate- Also known as unsweetened chocolate, bakers chocolate is VERY bitter. I would only recommend this if you love very dark chocolate. Alternatively, you can double the amount of sweetener to compensate.
- Keto chocolate chips– Use sugar free chocolate chips as a last resort. I find they tend to hold their shape a little too well and take quite some time to melt.
Is cocoa powder okay on a keto diet?
Both cocoa powder and cacao powder are suitable for a keto diet, provided they are 100% unsweetened. For baking and keto desserts, the cocoa powder should be your first choice, as it has the richest chocolate
Per 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, there are only 40 calories and a mere 2 grams net carbs.
Can I make this as a hot chocolate mix?
If you’d like to make a keto hot chocolate mix, you’ll need to keep the dark chocolate separate.
You may prefer to make a sugar free hot chocolate mix instead.
Hot Chocolate Flavor Variations
While this hot chocolate tastes delicious on its own, here are some fun flavors to jazz things up.
- Peppermint– Add 1-2 drops of peppermint extract.
- Mocha– Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee or decaf coffee.
- Hazelnut– Mix through 1-2 drops of hazelnut extract.
- Salted Caramel– Drizzle caramel into the hot chocolate.
- White chocolate– Add 1-2 tablespoons white chocolate chips (sugar free or traditional).
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Keto Hot Chocolate
- In a small saucepan, add your cocoa powder, sweetener, milk of choice, and vanilla extract. Heat on medium until it begins to simmer. Remove from the heat.
- Add the chocolate and let sit for a minute, before whisking together.
- Pour into two mugs and top with marshmallows, if desired.