An easy, creamy keto hot chocolate recipe made with only 4 ingredients for a comforting drink on cold days. Bonus, this almond milk hot chocolate is also dairy-free, vegan, and contains only 4.3 grams of net carbs per serving for a quick sweet keto snack.
Is hot chocolate keto?
Regular hot chocolate is not keto-friendly because cow milk is an important source of carbs and many traditional recipes also add raw sugar.
But if you are asking the question, it must be because you are after a low-carb keto hot chocolate. Look no further, this recipe is the best keto hot chocolate recipe, and all you need is 4 ingredients!
How to make keto hot chocolate?
It’s super easy to make this keto vegan hot chocolate at home in less than 5 minutes. You don’t need any fancy tools and only 4 ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now.
Ingredients for keto chocolate drink
This sugar-free hot chocolate required the 4 wholesome ingredients below
- Unsweetened almond milk – you can also use other low-carb milk alternatives like hemp milk or coconut milk. However, they often contain a bit more carbs per serve and a light aftertaste. Almond milk is bland in flavor, and it contains the least carbs, so the best option for a low-carb hot chocolate recipe.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Sugar-free chocolate chips – yes, you need some real chocolate to make a rich, creamy dairy-free hot chocolate. I love to use Choc Zero sugar-free chocolate chips as it is sweetened with keto-friendly sweeteners. You can also use dark chocolate with more than 85% cocoa if you prefer.
- Erythritol – I love to use erythritol as a natural keto-friendly sweetener. However, remember that erythritol, like many keto sugar alcohols, has a cooling effect. It means they cool down your drink quite quickly.
Melt chocolate and milk
First, bring the sugar-free chocolate chips in a saucepan with unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and erythritol. Start on medium heat, stirring to help the chocolate melt and dissolve in the drink. When the almond milk is hot and starts simmering, remove from heat and serve immediately.
How to make keto hot chocolate creamier?
Almond milk hot chocolate is low-carb, low calories, but also light in texture. They are not as rich as cow milk hot chocolate.
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So on a keto diet, to boost the creaminess of your hot chocolate mix, without adding too many carbs, you can add 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream in the saucepan, along with the previous ingredients.
When should I drink keto hot chocolate?
This keto recipe for hot chocolate is the best keto hot drink recipe for breakfast. If you don’t like coffee in the morning or don’t feel like having your regular keto bulletproof latte, try this low-carb no sugar hot chocolate instead!
It’s is a delicious alternative to coffee or tea, and with only 4 grams of net carbs, it keeps room for more breakfast food.
Of course, this low-carb homemade hot chocolate is also a great afternoon snack when a chocolate craving comes!
What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?
As the name suggests, hot cocoa is a light hot beverage made from cocoa powder, sweeteners, and milk.
The fat in hot chocolate comes from the dark chocolate, added with the cocoa powder. This increases the creamy, rich texture of your keto hot drink. In this keto-friendly hot chocolate recipe, the sugar-free chocolate chips add the extra fat that leads to a delicious velvety sugar-free hot chocolate drink.
How to serve keto chocolate?
You can, of course, serve your low-carb hot chocolate plain with no topping. It will be light and delicious. But my advice, for a rich, comforting drink, is to add a generous dollop of:
- Unsweetened heavy whipping cream.
- Unsweetened whipped coconut cream for a dairy-free option, keto vegan-approved.
Also, adding some grated sugar-free dark chocolate on top or a pinch of cinnamon makes the drink even better!
Can you make hot chocolate with almond milk?
You can make an almond milk hot chocolate, 100% dairy-free, sugar-free, and keto-friendly.
Of course, almond milk is lighter in texture than regular dairy milk, so the texture of your drink will be slightly less creamy.
But, you can also froth almond milk in a milk frother to give some texture and foamy texture to the milk. To do so, use fresh almond milk, not packaged almond milk that often won’t foam well in milk frother.
Also look at the amount of protein in your almond milk. The more protein, the better it froths!
So to the question, can you use almond milk for hot chocolate on keto? The answer is yes, and it’s so delicious that you should absolutely try this now.
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- In a small saucepan, under medium heat, simmer unsweetened almond milk (or use 50% heavy cream, 50% almond milk for an ultra-creamy hot chocolate). Simmer for 1-2 minutes or until bubbles form on the side of the saucepan.
- When the milk is hot, remove from heat, whisk in cocoa powder, sugar-free sweetener, chocolate chips, and cinnamon - if used. Stir until chocolate is melted.
- Serve immediately with unsweetened whipped cream and shaved sugar-free chocolate.
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