Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Warm up with a cup of sugar-free hot chocolate and indulge guilt-free! It’s the perfect treat when you want something sweet and cozy on a cold night. However, don’t stop at one cup, but follow the directions for homemade low-carb hot chocolate mix and stock up!

Hot chocolate recipe sugar free

How to Make Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

Grab four ingredients, and this perfect keto hot chocolate recipe will be ready to drink in just 10 minutes!

Ingredients

Cacao powder – I use cacao powder, not cocoa. The former is fermented raw chocolate powder with more nutrient density and stronger chocolate flavor caused by the difference in sourcing and processing. (1, 2, 3) That said, cocoa powder is a yummy, albeit more mellow option. Make sure that whatever chocolate powder you use says sugar-free or unsweetened on the label.

Dairy-free milk – I like keto hot chocolate with almond milk because it’s an easy to find dairy-free milk. However, feel free to make a substitute with substituted with another nut, seed, or coconut-based option.

Sweetener –  Although practically any keto sweetener will work for this recipe, I suggest powdered erythritol, monk fruit, or stevia. These sweeteners dissolve well in hot water and are sweet like sugar. Using sugar alternatives makes this an ideal sugar-free hot chocolate for diabetics.

Vanilla extractVanilla not only adds a rich note to your cup but also enhances the flavors of the chocolate as well.

Once you have the basics, there are many ways you can modify with different add-ins. I highly recommend a pinch of salt or up to 1 tablespoon of collagen powder per serving. Maca powder also goes really well with chocolate; mix in ½ teaspoon per serving.

If you love bulletproof coffee, apply the same principles to hot chocolate by adding 1 teaspoon or more coconut oil per serving.

Certain spices are suitable too. For example, consider ¼ teaspoon each of turmeric and ginger or cinnamon and cayenne powder.

Finally, you’ll never go wrong by topping a mug with whipped cream (whipped coconut cream for dairy-free) and shaved baker’s chocolate or cacao paste.

Keto hot chocolate no heavy cream

Directions

  1. Whisk the cacao powder and sweetener in a saucepan. Break apart all lumps.
  2. Pour in the dairy-free milk of your choice and add vanilla extract. Mix well to combine over medium heat. Once hot, serve immediately.

If you love cocoa with marshmallows, serve with these sugar-free keto marshmallows!

Keto Hot Chocolate Mix

Follow these tips for adapting this homemade hot chocolate into the best sugar-free hot chocolate mix!

I have tried the other keto hot chocolate mixes from the store, but this simple recipe reigns king. It is easy, delicious, and just what you need when you want an effortless liquid treat. 

Of course, the commercial brands like Nesquik that many of us grew up on aren’t even in the running here. Even the “no sugar added” options are chock full of strange chemical ingredients best to avoid at all costs. 

This mix is a homemade staple you’ll want to have stocked in your keto pantry. In a few minutes, you’ll be prepared for any cold night when only hot chocolate makes sense. 

Make the dry hot chocolate powder in bulk and store it in an airtight container on your pantry shelf or share it with friends. This DIY mix is one of many edible gifts for keto dieters that you can give during the holidays. Who wouldn’t love it?

How to Make a Low-Carb Hot Chocolate Mix

  1. Double (for 8 servings) or triple (for 12 servings) the recipe by combining the cocoa powder, sweetener, and vanilla extract in a blender for 30 to 60 seconds.
  2. Transfer the powder to an airtight jar, or divide it into many, and wrap each one with a festive ribbon. Then, make a cute tag that explains how to make a homemade sugar-free hot chocolate recipe!

All a person needs to do is mix two tablespoons of the dry powder mix into ¾ to 1 cup of hot nut, seed, or coconut milk and stir well. It’s easy!

Almond milk hot chocolate keto

Low Carb Hot Chocolate Recipe FAQ

I’m sure you’ll have some questions if you’re new to avoiding sugar, so let me answer some common queries about this keto-friendly hot chocolate.

Is hot chocolate keto?

Not all hot chocolate is keto because many recipes use milk and sugar, but this one is both dairy-free and sugar-free, in addition to being low-carb and keto approved.

How many carbs in sugar-free hot chocolate?

There is only 1g net carb per serving of this dairy-free sugar-free hot chocolate! Add in 3g of fiber, and you’ll note a sum of 4g total carb.

Can I have hot chocolate on a keto diet?

Yes, you can have hot chocolate on a keto diet as long as it’s a recipe like the one we share below. In fact, keto hot chocolate is just the thing when a craving for sweets strikes. This recipe makes it easy to stick to low-carb ingredients and avoid sugar. If you are considering using a store-bought mix instead, read the ingredient list before buying to make sure there is no sugar or carbs added.

Keto hot chocolate recipe almond milk

More Keto Chocolate Recipes

Add this recipe to your list of keto Christmas dinner recipes. You can’t go wrong with serving a hot drink after the meal. It’s such a crowd-pleaser!

Almond milk hot chocolate keto

Sugar-free Hot Chocolate Recipe

Jessica Haggard
A delicious cup of nutrient dense homemade healthy hot chocolate will warm you up, nourish you body, and promote clarity of mind.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 41 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Whisk the cocoa powder and sweetener in a saucepan. Break apart all lumps.
  • Pour in the dairy-free milk of your choice and add vanilla extract. Mix well to combine over medium heat. Once hot, serve immediately.

Notes

Once you have the basics, there are many ways you can modify with different add-ins.
Per 1 serving, add:
  • A pinch of salt
  • Up to 1 tablespoon collagen powder
  • ½ teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon or more coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon each of turmeric and ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
Finally, you’ll never go wrong by topping a mug with whipped cream (whipped coconut cream for dairy-free) and shaved baker’s chocolate or cacao paste.

Nutrition & Macros

Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 41kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 245mgFiber: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 1g

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This keto hot chocolate recipe is on my list of alternatives to coffee in the morning because it’s one of many caffeine-free drinks you can enjoy while eating keto breakfast recipes.

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Originally published Feb 1, 2017.

Meet Jessica Haggard

Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes.

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6 thoughts on “Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I love the collagen boost in this hot cocoa. Really makes me feel like I’m getting a little extra nutrition in my sweet treat!

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