Nothing’s as wonderfully comforting on a cold day as this low carb hot chocolate recipe!
Low carb drinks are one of the best parts of the holiday season, and with low carb recipes like this one, you don’t have to forgo any of the festivities!
It’s just so heartwarming to escape the cold while sipping on a hot beverage. This sweet, chocolatey healthy desserts no exception.
Plus, this low carb desserts delicious no matter the time of day! Enjoy it as a nightcap or pour it into your coffee!
So grab your mugs and let’s start!
This low carb hot chocolate recipe warms my soul and smells like a chocolate lovers’ paradise! It’s exactly what I need to feel extra special and joyful in the long, cold months.
Here are some other reasons to love this recipe:
- It only takes 10 minutes to make
- It’s sugar free, but still deliciously sweet!
- It has just 1 gram of carbs per serving
- The chocolate flavors taste heavenly!
Who needs sugary, store-bought hot chocolate when it’s oh so simple to make it yourself?!
Low Carb Milk – I substitute cow’s milk for 2/3 almond milk and 1/3 heavy creamy because they have fewer carbs. And the heavy creamy makes this oh-SO-creamy!
If you’d like to make this a bit lighter, opt for all almond milk instead! Trust me, chocolate almond milk tastes incredible!
You can also use other low carb milk like cashew, hemp or coconut milk. Your choice!
Cocoa or Cacao Powder – If using cocoa powder, opt for Dutch process as it’s significantly less bitter!
Raw cacao powder is made from unroasted cacao beans which retain all of their glorious health benefits! Cocoa powder (although it has a very similar name) is different from cacao. It’s made from roasted cacao beans and is heavily processed so that it loses much of its wonderful health properties.
But of course, most of us aren’t drinking hot chocolate for the health benefits, so if cocoa powder is what you have on hand, that’s fine! I prefer to use cacao because I like the extra nutrients, but it’s really up to you!
Erythritol – The key to my sugar free hot chocolate is a keto friendly sweetener! Erythritol is always my go-to sweetener because unlike regular sugar, it doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels. So you get the yummy flavor without the negative health consequences!
Vanilla Extract – A hint of vanilla balances out the chocolate flavors to make for the perfect low carb hot chocolate recipe!
Salt – You might be wondering why you need salt for a sweet beverage, but I promise you, a pinch of saltiness does wonders in bringing out the sweetness!
Tools To Make
Making hot chocolate at home is easy peasy! Here’s what you need:
- Small pot
- Spoon to stir
- Mugs to serve!
Hot chocolate is definitely best enjoyed fresh, so I wouldn’t make it ahead of time if you can avoid it.
But what you can do is prepare the dry ingredients ahead of time for premade individual servings of hot chocolate! It’s like a DIY hot choco packet!
Just grab some plastic baggies and toss the dry ingredients together. Then you’ll be able to enjoy this low carb hot chocolate recipe at a moment’s notice whenever you want!
Can You Freeze This?
YES!! I like to freeze this hot chocolate in an ice cube tray — it makes for a DELICIOUS addition to cocktails or iced coffees!
I’m a big believer that toppings can make or break low carb hot chocolate. They just add more complexity to the drink which makes it taste so luxurious! Plus, it’s great for garnishing if you want to set a festive mood.
Here are some of my favorite additions to spice things up:
- Sugar free whipped cream
- Cinnamon and nutmeg
- Sugar free chocolate chips
- Nut butter
- Coconut flakes
- Sugar free white chocolate
- Mashed raspberries at the bottom
- Cacao nibs
- Cayenne pepper for a Mexican hot chocolate!
Of course, there’s no one way to enjoy this low carb hot chocolate recipe! Here are some of my other tips and tricks:
Can I Add Coffee?
Low carb hot chocolate recipe with coffee is my ideal morning drink! It’s so unbelievably sweet and the best wake me up.
Simply add a bit as is to your coffee, or make a concentrated version with less milk (ala low carb mocha!).
How Can I Make This Dairy-Free?
To make dairy free hot chocolate, swap the heavy cream for full fat coconut milk, or opt for all almond milk. There’s lots of milk alternatives nowadays, and there’s even non-dairy whipped cream, so shop around to discover your favorites!
How Can I Make This Lower in Fat?
Want to cut the fat content of this low carb hot chocolate recipe?
Swap heavy cream for all almond milk, and add 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum — xanthan gum is a thickener, and will thicken the hot chocolate (similar to the affect of adding heavy cream)!
What Kind Of Spices Can I Add?
In addition to cinnamon and nutmeg, you can make a golden milk hot chocolate! Golden milk is delicious warm drink with milk and ground turmeric. Try some turmeric in your hot choco for this exciting twist!
Or add some pumpkin pie spice for extra coziness (like a chocolate sugar free pumpkin spice latte!)
Low Carb Hot Chocolate
- Add cocoa powder, erythritol, salt, almond milk, and heavy cream to a small saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat, and whisk to combine.
- Once hot chocolate has reached the desired temp, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Add suggested toppings and enjoy!
Treating yourself is so important for staying happy and sane. Luckily, low carb chocolate makes it really easy:
- Chocolate Fat Bombs – The best, most filling snack!
- Low Carb Chocolate Ice Cream – You’ll be blown away by this frozen gem!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs – Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Best Combo EVER!
- Low Carb Milkshake – Perfect to go with your low carb burgers!
- Low Carb Dark Chocolate – Tantalizingly good!
I promise you’ll find yourself making this low carb hot chocolate recipe all winter long because it’s just too good to resist!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Did you use cacao or cocoa? What’re your favorite toppings for hot chocolate?