If you were to ask me what my favorite nightcap is, I’d say, without question, this creamy, soothing, delicious and absolutely perfect keto hot chocolate! Is that weird?
Even in the warm summer months, you’ll find me overheating with a big old smile and a giant mug of this keto hot chocolate. Because after a long day, week, or whatever it’s been, nothing tastes better and tends to my sweet tooth more than a comforting cup of this deliciousness.
So grab your favorite mug and let’s make some hot chocolate! Plus, I’ll share my favorite mix ins for those looking for an extra special treat…
How to Make Perfect Keto Hot Chocolate
Working up a glass of this perfect keto hot chocolate is as simple as grabbing a handful of low carb shopping list ingredients, then heating and mixing them together. Top with some sugar free whipped cream and you’ve got a keto hot chocolate Starbucks would marvel at!
But before we get started, let’s talk about the low carb foods used in this hot chocolate, as there’s some wiggle room as to which ingredients you use:
Low Carb Milk
Whether you’re looking for a keto hot chocolate dairy free, or you can’t get enough of your favorite milk substitute — the type of low carb milk you use is flexible. Keep the ratio of cocoa powder to milk substitute the same as in the recipe below and you’ll be good to go!
I make this keto hot chocolate heavy whipping cream and almond milk, feel free to swap it to all keto hot chocolate coconut milk (full fat or regular), almond milk, pecan milk, whatever you fancy — the keto hot chocolate nutrition will change with each of the variations.
My favorite sweetener to use in hot chocolate is erythritol — a sugar alcohol typically extracted from corn with a similar mouthfeel, taste and baking characteristics to regular sugar.
Feel free to swap this for whatever you prefer or have on hand.
Alright folks, here’s where I get picky. Some types of cocoa powder are pretty da-gone bitter, which doesn’t make for the cheeriest cup of keto hot chocolate. If you have the option, opt for Dutch Process cocoa powder, which is cocoa powder that’s been soaked in a solution to neutralize cocoa powder’s natural bitterness.
If you use regular cocoa powder and find your keto hot chocolate to be bitter, increase the amount of sweetener used.
It may seem counterintuitive, but salt intensives our taste bud’s ability to taste sweetness — adding a small pinch of salt to your keto hot chocolate, will bring out the chocolatey, “sugary” flavor!
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Sugar Free Whipped Cream
Making whipped cream to top your keto hot chocolate is as easy as mixing heavy cream with a sweetener of choice in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Or, if you can find sugar free whipped cream at the store, that’s a heckova lot easier! Regular whipped cream has about 3.5 grams of carb per cup.
Now let’s talk about those optional add ins…
Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Variations
One you’ve got the base sugar free hot chocolate down, you can stir in a handful of tasty upgrades based on your favorite combinations. I love adding peanut butter to my hot chocolate, here are some other ideas:
- Swap the vanilla extract with peppermint extract
- Add some low carb fruits such as raspberries to the bottom of your mug, and break them up with the back of a spoon before pouring your hot chocolate in
- Adding some orange zest to your hot chocolate adds a gorgeous color and a nice flavor
- If it’s too hot outside, try some keto chocolate milk instead!
If you’re all about traditional keto hot chocolate, keep it simple and leave these out!
Premade Low Carb Hot Chocolate Mix
If you think you’ll be making a lot of low carb hot chocolate this year, whip up a big batch of keto hot chocolate powder and add milk / heat when you’re craving a glass!
The keto hot chocolate mix recipe is as easy as mixing the cocoa powder and erythritol, and storing them in a labeled container. When you’re ready for a glass of hot chocolate, use 2 ½ tablespoons of the mix for every 1 cup of milk — easy as that!
Keto Hot Chocolate Recipe
Hope you enjoy this keto hot chocolate recipe as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments below! Did you try any of the hot chocolate variations or add ins?
Keto Hot Chocolate
- Add cocoa powder, erythritol, salt (if using) almond milk, heavy cream and peanut butter to a small saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat, and whisk to combine.
- Once hot chocolate has reached desired temperature and peanut butter has completely melted, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Top with sugar free whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy!