Thick and Creamy Homemade Keto Hot Chocolate

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This keto hot chocolate is rich, creamy, decadent, and super thick with an intense chocolate flavor. Serve with sugar-free homemade whipped cream for a delicious treat.

delicious sugar-free hot chocolate recipe

I love drinking coffee, and often I have Bulletproof coffee because it’s delicious. With the weather getting so cold, I prefer warm drinks, and I usually make a cup of tea or hot chocolate. As you know, I’m a huuuuge huge chocolate fan, and I also love a piece of my fudgy keto brownies or a chocolate mug cake to have with my drink. 

Hot chocolate is a drink that can be made either from cocoa powder or chopped unsweetened chocolate.

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Is Hot Chocolate Keto-Friendly?

Regular hot chocolate is not keto-friendly since it is made with full-fat milk and other ingredients that add a lot of calories that are not good for keto.

But fortunately, you can still enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold day using our recipe, that’s made from naturally low-carb ingredients and tastes even better than a regular one.

Why Are You Going To Love This Recipe

  • Super easy to make.
  • Made from naturally low-carb ingredients.
  • Has a creamy and rich texture.
  • Taste like the regular one but with fewer carbs.
  • Perfect for this holiday season.

Ingredients For This Delicious Keto Hot Chocolate

Another great thing about this recipe is that it uses only a few easy and naturally low-carb ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Here is everything you will need:

  • Cocoa Powder – use unsweetened cocoa powder of the best quality that you can find.
  • Sweetener – Feel free to use your favorite sweeteners such as Monk Fruit, Xylitol, or Erythritol.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – You can use canned coconut milk for a dairy-free vegan hot chocolate option.
  •  Almond Milk – you will need unsweetened almond milk or replace it with macadamia or coconut.
  • Vanilla Extract – use the best quality vanilla extract for a better texture.
  • Xanthan Gum – is used to thicken hot chocolate.
thick and creamy keto hot chocolate

How to Make This Thick&Creamy Keto Hot Chocolate

There are three ways to make a super thick and creamy hot chocolate. To thicken this drink naturally, I use either xanthan gum that adds zero carbs, chia seeds powder, or coconut flour.

  1. Start by dissolving the cocoa powder and sweetener with a few tablespoons of almond milk to avoid clumping.
  2. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and almond milk, mixing constantly. Put the saucepan over medium heat until it starts to simmer.
  3. Mix in a slurry with the preferred thickener. Slowly whisk into the hot chocolate until thickened.  
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Taste and adjust the sweetness.

It’s so thick and has a pudding-like texture; you’ll need a tablespoon or a large straw to enjoy it.

super thick low carb hot chocolate recipe

3 Ways To Thicken Hot Chocolate

Thicken with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are known for their fantastic thickening property. However, using these seeds means first grinding them into a fine powder. If that’s too time-consuming for you, I have two other alternatives.

Use Xanthan gum

You’ll need to use just a little to thicken the hot chocolate with xanthan gum. It has zero carbs and also thickens sauces and stews. Start with ¼ of a teaspoon and add more as needed. Too much xanthan gum can make the drink very slimy.

Add Coconut Flour

Whisk one tablespoon of coconut flour with a few tablespoons of water to create a slurry, and then add to the simmering hot chocolate.

festive hot chocolate

Recipe Variations

  • You can make it with pumpkin flavor by adding 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the saucepan before simmering.
  • I like adding 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract to the ingredients while simmering.
  • Add one tbsp of instant coffee or decaf coffee.

Topping Ideas For This Keto Hot Chocolate 

I love making this sugar-free hot chocolate at home since I can play with the topping and add what I want on top of it. Here are some great ideas:

  • Make a batch of my keto whipped cream and add it on top of your mug.
  • If you are a fan of caramel sauce, you can use our recipe to swirl some caramel sauce over the keto whipped cream.
  • Keto Marshmallows – use our recipe and cut them up into mini marshmallows, then drop them into your cup of hot chocolate.

Storing Ideas

I like enjoying this hot chocolate fresh since it tastes better, but if there are any leftovers(which is hard to believe), you can store them in the fridge for 3 days and reheat them on the stovetop for a few minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cocoa Powder Good For Keto-Diet?

Yes, with only 2g net carbs per serving, unsweetened cocoa powder is ok for a keto diet since there is no added sugar. 

 Just make sure that you read the label before buying it since some of them can be sweetened and have other ingredients high in carbs.

Can I Make This Recipe In An Dairy-Free Version?

Sure, if you want to make a dairy-free version of this creamy homemade keto hot chocolate, you can replace the heavy cream with coconut cream.

thick and creamy keto hot chocolate

Thick and Creamy Homemade Keto Hot Chocolate

5 from 1 vote

Prep time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Yelds 2 servings

Description
 

This keto hot chocolate is rich, creamy, super thick with an intense chocolate flavor. Serve with sugar-free homemade whipped cream for a delicious treat.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated Erythritol or Monk Fruit sweetener
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream or canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or macadamia nut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum or 1 tablespoon chia seeds powder or coconut flour

Serving Suggestions

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk cocoa powder and the Erythritol with a few tablespoons of liquid to break up all the cocoa lumps.
  • Pour in the heavy whipping cream or the coconut milk, and almond milk mixing constantly.
  • Put the saucepan over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Be careful not to let the milk come to a boil.
  • Whisk a little xanthan gum/ coconut flour/ chia seeds powder coconut flour with a few tablespoons of water to create a slurry and then add to the simmering hot chocolate.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Taste and adjust the sweetness.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
252kcal
Total Carbs
6g
Net Carbs
Protein
3g
Fat
26g
Fiber
2g
Sugar
1g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword hot chocolate
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