Nothing is as wonderfully comforting on a cold day as this low carb hot chocolate recipe!
Low carb chocolate drinks are one of the best parts of the holiday season, and thanks to a few simple ingredient swaps, us looking for low carb desserts can cozy up with a glass of hot chocolate just like the rest of ’em!
This heartwarming, sweet, chocolatey drink is delicious no matter when you serve it — Enjoy it as a nightcap with some sugar free chocolate chips, or pour it into your coffee. Heck, they make for delicious ice cubes as well…
Grab your mugs, let’s start!
This low carb hot chocolate recipe warms the soul and is exactly what I need to feel cozy and joyous during the cold winter months. Here’s what to expect:
- 10-minute recipe
- Thick + legit
- Sugar-free, low carb, keto
- Heartwarming + delicious
Seriously, friends, this keto hot chocolate is one of the EASIEST recipes I can think of. Here are the ingredients and potential swaps worth mentioning:
- The low carb milk – I substitute cow’s milk (which is loaded with carbs and sugar) for 2/3 almond milk and 1/3 heavy creamy. I like this combo, as the heavy cream makes our hot chocolate (you guessed it) creamy, while the dairy-free milk lightens it up, so it isn’t too rich. Feel free to use your favorite combo here.
- Cocoa Powder – When making hot chocolate with cocoa powder, opt for Dutch-process as it’s significantly less bitter.
- Sweetener – Erythritol is my go-to of the keto sweeteners because unlike regular sugar, it doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels. It’s got the perfect taste and texture here, no one will know it’s a sugar free hot chocolate recipe if you don’t tell them!
- Salt – A pinch of salt does wonders in bringing out the sweetness, don’t skip!
Looking for a little twist to your low carb hot chocolate? I’ve got some ideas for you:
- Add coffee for a little morning boost. Just mix in a fresh shot of espresso.
- Make a low-fat (dairy-free!) version. Swap heavy cream for all almond milk and you’ve got a dairy-free hot chocolate. If going this route, I suggest adding 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum, as xanthan gum is a thickener and will thicken the hot chocolate similar to adding cream. Check out my how to make coconut milk tutorial for a totally DIY drink.
- Add some spices. In addition to cinnamon and nutmeg, consider adding some cayenne for spice, or turmeric for a healthy hot chocolate.
If you love chocolate as much as I do, you know how important it is to have a little sneak stash in the fridge or freezer to help curb those sweet tooth cravings! Here are a few other chocolate recipes I can’t get enough of:
- Low Carb Fudge
- Low Carb Brownies
- Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Low Carb Protein Shake
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
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- Combine + heat. Add unsweetened cocoa powder (3 tablespoons), erythritol (2 tablespoons), salt (a pinch), almond milk (2 cups), and heavy cream (1 cup) to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, and whisk to combine.
- Add vanilla extract. Once hot chocolate has reached the desired temp, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (1/4 teaspoon).
- Serve warm with toppings (below) and enjoy!
Fans Also Made These Low Carb Recipes:
- Cocoa Powder. I much prefer dutch process cocoa powder in sweets, as it’s significantly less bitter than regular!
- Lakanto, Swerve, or Erythritol. I stick to Lakanto and Swerve which are a 1:1 swap with traditional sugar. If using a different brand of Erythritol, keep in mind it's 70% as sweet as sugar, so you may need to add more to taste.
- Serving suggestions. Sugar free whipped cream, low carb marshmallows, and low carb chocolate shavings!