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Low Carb Keto Hot Chocolate
(Gluten Free & 3 Net Carbs)
Where we live in the High Rocky Mountains it snows at least six months out of the year… So we tend to drink a lot of hot tea, coffee and of course the occasional hot cocoa after a long day of working or playing in the snow.
There are a lot of low carb options when it comes to replicating our favorite treats and hot chocolate is no exception. I think this is much better than the “flavor packet” versions of the celebrated drink, and I bet you will too once you realize there are only 3 grams of net carbs per cup.
Of course you can’t drink hot cocoa all day long but it’s a nice treat.
- Make sure you are using unsweetened cocoa powder. (Organic if you can, this is what I use because I got a great deal)
- You can choose how dark to make this drink by adding a bit more chocolate.
- Whipped cream makes a nice addition to this drink. See my Whipped Cream post for flavoring options that will turn this into a spectacular treat that your friends and family will rave over.
- You can convert this into an adult beverage by adding some vodka…and it won’t cost any carbs.
- It’s even better if you add a drop or two of mint or orange extract into the mix.
I love mint and chocolate but if that isn’t your thing, just know that erythritol really is the best sweetener for this drink. The flavors are complimentary.
It just so happens that the “cooling effect” in erythritol is fantastic in Hot Cocoa…
So, here is the deal:
As Keto enthusiasts we spend a lot of time looking for ways to help people replicate their favorite foods so that this lifestyle journey is easier. I know that I would have never made it for more than a day or two if there weren’t ways to make it seem like I am still getting to choose my own foods.
I know for damn sure that I cant live on omelets, cheese and salad for the rest of my life, so I do my best to find things that my family will love and I won’t get bored with too quickly.
And, I think we do a good job finding new recipes so that we don’t get bored and quit trying to live a healthier, low carb lifestyle.
But here is the truth…no low calorie sweeteners “taste just like sugar”. Some of them are good replacements (I like eryrithritol best), but I hate it when I see posts that exclaim ” It tastes just like sugar”! It does not…it’s close, but not “exactly” the same, and that’s okay too.
It’s BS and I refuse to lie to you here…low carb food NEVER tastes exactly like its high carb counter parts. I am not being a Debbie Downer, I am just asking you, the reader if you are sick of that BS too?
I think that it is very easy to adjust to the delicious Keto style meals and some of them are much better and taste “cleaner”, but don’t try to tell me that every recipe will taste just like the original pasta carbonara or whatever….it’s different and much healthier so I think it’s worth it. But, I am never going to say…oh this tastes exactly like the original Rocky Road ice cream if it doesn’t.
Don’t drink this at night during your first few weeks of Ketosis…
Well, actually do whatever you want. But, be warned that when you begin the Keto Diet you might have trouble sleeping and some people are not aware of how much caffeine is actually in chocolate powder. Don’t drink this at 8’oclock at night and expect to be in bed and sound asleep by 9:30…
It’ll keep you up.
Thom and I have very different reactions to caffeine and he doesn’t imbibe in this dark nectar past 2:00pm or he will be up all night. I am just fine to have coffee after my dinner and can sleep like a baby by 11:00pm.
- Put everything but the cream and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Stir constantly for 5-10 minutes - do not boil
- When it is hot (just before boiling) stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.
- Note: I like my hot chocolate a little less sweet so I usually add some extra cocoa powder. It is easy to tweak this recipe and make it sweet as you like.
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Do you have a favorite hot chocolate addition that I can add?
Don’t worry, I am not asking for any secret family recipes (although I don’t believe in those because I like to share the love). I am just asking what add ins you like….Leave me a comment blow.
I hope you like this hot chocolate recipe and have a wonderful, snowy winter season!