Looking for a way to satisfy your chocolate cravings? This Sugar Free Hot Chocolate recipe is great way to indulge your sweet tooth. Add a swirl of homemade whipped cream and enjoy this rich and creamy hot drink for breakfast or dessert.
When the weather turns chilly, a cup of hot chocolate is a delicious way to warm up. Unfortunately, most store bought hot chocolate mixes or packets are loaded with sugars and artificial ingredients.
That's why we decided to make a homemade hot chocolate recipe that was made with natural sweeteners and real ingredients. It's actually easy to do in minutes and costs less money.
If you are watching your sugar and carb intake, ditch those instant packets and make our low carb hot chocolate. It's delicious, and allows you to control the ingredients.
Why You Will Love It
- It is dairy free, sugar free, and low carb.
- You do not need any fancy tools to make it.
- Save time and money by making it at home.
- Ready to enjoy in less than 5 minutes.
- It has a great chocolate flavor, just like regular hot cocoa.
- Easy to customize with different flavors.
You only need 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen to make this low carb hot chocolate.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder - This gives the hot chocolate a rich, dark color and flavor. We like to use Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, but any unsweetened cocoa powder is fine.
- Natural Low Calorie Sweetener - Monkfruit is a great sweetener that is low in carbs and does not affect your blood sugar. What is great about this recipe is that you can use your favorite sweetener.
- Almond Milk - Unsweetened almond milk is a great way to keep this dairy free. Feel free to use coconut milk or oat milk.
- Vanilla Extract - A little splash adds a great flavor and contrast to the cocoa powder.
How to Make Sugar Free Hot Cocoa
This sugar free hot cocoa is made on the stove top in less than 5 minutes. It really is that easy to make a rich and creamy low calorie drink.
- Combine the sweetener, cocoa, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small sauce pan. Whisk the mixture over a low heat until it forms a chocolate syrup. Do not boil or it will scorch the milk.
- Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat over a medium heat until it reaches your desired cocoa temperature. Continue to stir the cocoa while it is heating, so the ingredients do not settle and burn.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy right away.
Don't forget the toppings! Add a swirl of almond whip, a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate syrup, and a crushed sugar free peppermint candy for a delicious and decadent hot chocolate experience.
To Store - This low carb hot chocolate is best served fresh. If you choose to make a larger batch, store it in a pitcher or container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To Reheat - Microwave a single serving in a microwaveable mug until warm. You can also reheat in a sauce pan on the stovetop.
Hot Cocoa Variations
You can play around with the flavorings to create your own unique hot chocolate recipes. Try replacing the vanilla extract with other flavors for a different taste.
- Peppermint - ½ teaspoon vanilla extract + ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Almond Joy - ½ teaspoon coconut extract + ½ teaspoon almond extract
- Mocha - Add 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee to the original recipe
- Mexican - Add a pinch of chili powder to the original recipe
Tips and Tricks
- Do not let the hot chocolate come to a boil when you are heating it. Once it reaches the steaming point, remove it from the stove top.
- For a richer chocolate flavor, melt 1-2 tablespoons sugar free chocolate chips into the milk.
- Change up the milk for a thicker texture. Part milk and part heavy cream will make the hot chocolate thicker and richer. Just be aware that will change the macros.
- Try other sweeteners like Allulose or a liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or a keto simple syrup. Use what you like. For best results, choose one that dissolves well in hot liquids.
- Adjust the sweetener to your taste. Everyone has different tastes, so try using more or less based on what tastes best to you.
Whether you are counting macros or on the Optavia 5&1 plan, this hot chocolate recipe will fit into your diet.
- Lean - 0
- Green - 0
- Healthy Fat - 0
- Snack - 1
- Protein - 3 grams
- Carbs - 3 net grams
- Fats - 1 grams
- Calories - 50
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- 1 ½ tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons Monkfruit sweetener
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
- In a small pan, whisk together the cocoa, Monkfruit, vanilla, & 2 tablespoons of milk.
- Heat over low heat until everything is dissolved & forms a syrup.
- Whisk in the rest of the milk. Heat over medium heat until hot. DO NOT BOIL.
- Pour into a mug and serve with sugar free whipped topping if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g