I consider myself somewhat of an expert in hot chocolate because I have it almost every other night. Some people would rather enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, but those of us with a sweet tooth know how to make a mean cup of hot chocolate using only the good stuff. By good stuff, I mean quality ingredients that are all-natural and don’t contain excess sugars or fillers.
The Secret to the Best Hot Chocolate Ever
Always use fresh ingredients when possible. If your cocoa powder has been sitting in your cupboard for more than a year, it’s probably time to throw it out and buy a new pack instead. I like to use unsweetened cocoa powder but you could also use sweetened cocoa powder as long as it’s sweetened only with Stevia.
Once you have your staple hot chocolate recipe, you can change it up by adding other flavors such as caramel or cream. I have a few recipes that come to mind that are absolutely decadent in their own way:
- Keto Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (All Day Long I Dream About Food)
- Keto Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon (Two Sleevers)
- Bulletproof Hot Cocoa (Makan)
- Keto Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Certainly Keto)
- Keto White Hot Chocolate (Better Than Bread Keto)
To make the best hot chocolate ever, simply place all the ingredients in a small blender and make sure to blend until smooth. You don’t want chunks of chia seeds clumped together anywhere so do scrape the sides of your blender in case some get stuck. Once everything is well incorporated, you can transfer the mixture to a saucepan and cook it over medium heat or until it thickens.
Finish off your hot chocolate with some low-carb whipped cream and maybe a dusting of cocoa powder on top for good measure.
My Hot Chocolate Tastes Burnt or Bitter
I realize that you may get a little excited at the thought of a warm mug of hot chocolate that’s 100% keto-approved, but putting your stove on high isn’t going to get you any closer to your goal.
Medium heat is key to this recipe as it gives the mixture enough time to thicken without burning the ingredients. If your hot chocolate tastes off, it’s probably because the heat was on too high. You may need to put your stove on low to medium in some cases.
Can I Use a Chocolate Bar Instead?
You can definitely use a chocolate bar instead of cocoa powder for this recipe. However, it’s important that you first check the label to see if it contains any excess sugars. Zero sugar chocolate may contain a few carbs from fiber, which is still alright for keto dieters, just as long as it has no refined sugars added to it.
Chocolatey, Thick and Creamy Keto Hot Chocolate
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp chia seeds
For serving (optional):
low carb whipped cream
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it’s thickened to your liking.
- Pour in a glass, top with low carb whipped cream and serve.