Keto Hot Chocolate

keto hot chocolate

The Spruce / Haley Hazell

Prep: 6 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yields: 2 cups
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
29 Calories
2g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 16mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Warming and sweet wintry beverages are beloved by nearly everyone—including people looking to avoid sugar or following a ketogenic diet. It's wonderful to whip up a fresh mug every time you have the urge for a steaming mug of cocoa, but it's even more delightful to have a healthful homemade mix on hand that renders sugar-free hot chocolate a quick moment away at any time. We've created a keto hot chocolate mix that keeps indefinitely in a jar or container and needs only hot water added to be enjoyed one toasty cup at a time.

The secret to making a hot chocolate mix that's low in carbs is powdered coconut milk. Containing no ingredients beyond the tinned version, it's made from just coconut and a minimal amount of tapioca starch or acacia gum for thickening and weighs in at three carbs or less per serving. Powdered coconut milk is available at health food stores, some mainstream groceries, and online from sites like Amazon and Thrive Market. Another option is "superfood creamer," which is powdered coconut milk that has dried coconut oil added. The coconut oil will give a richer taste, so it's a good option if you want a hot chocolate that is more indulgent. 

This keto hot chocolate can be enjoyed plain, amped up with some heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk, made extra chocolatey with sugar-free chocolate chips melted in, or with one of our many flavor variations below. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup  granular keto sweetener (such as allulose or monkfruit)

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup powdered coconut milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    keto hot chocolate ingredients

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  2. Mix all the ingredients, keto sweetener, cocoa powder, powdered coconut milk, and salt, in a mixing bowl with a whisk until uniform in texture.

    dry ingredients whisked together in small bowl

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  3. Pour into a mason jar or plastic food-storage container and seal tightly.

    dry hot chocolate ingredients in jar

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  4. When ready to use, add 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix to a mug and add 10 ounces of very hot water. Stir well.

    keto hot chocolate in mug with some mix on the side

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Tip

  • When stored in a tightly-sealed container, this hot cocoa mix will last for six months.

Recipe Variations

There are many ways that this hot chocolate can be made even more wintry and fun! Because some flavorings are liquid-based, proportions offered here are on a by-the-cup basis. If there's a spice you love that holds up well in storage, such as cinnamon, chipotle, or nutmeg, feel free to add it directly to the batch of mixing when whisking it up initially and avoid conflicting flavor choices below.


Below are some festive ways to enhance the cocoa one cup at a time; add any of the combos to the mix in the cup, just before pouring the hot water over it.


Peppermint:

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint stevia for an extra kick of sweetness)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mexican Hot Chocolate: 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Optional: 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder


Orange:

1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest

1/4 teaspoon orange extract


Nutty:

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon hazelnut stevia


Sticky Sweet:

1/2 teaspoon caramel extract

1/2 teaspoon toffee stevia


Mocha:

1/2 teaspoon coffee extract

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pumpkin Spice:

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon sugar-free "maple syrup"


Coconut:

1 to 2 teaspoons MCT or coconut oil