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Keto Hot Cocoa Recipe

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This five-ingredient keto hot cocoa recipe is so easy to make, and I know you’re going to love it!
If you’re a chocolate lover (like me) looking for a delicious treat on chilly evenings, look no further! This hot cocoa recipe is perfect for those following a keto diet and is a great way to warm up on a cold day.

Made with simple ingredients and your favorite sweetener, this easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate cravings. Not only is it a keto dessert option, but it’s also a great alternative to bulletproof coffee.

So grab your favorite mug and enjoy this keto-friendly, chocolate-flavored treat.

You can maintain a keto lifestyle during the holidays by incorporating sugar-free hot chocolate to motivate you to stay on your diet.

keto hot cocoa in a clear glass mug topped with whipped cream and chocolate powder on a white plate

In the mood for keto egg nog instead? Try our Keto Eggnog recipes!

Keto Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

At times, being on a low-carb diet has perks that other diets don’t offer.

Today’s keto hot chocolate recipe is one of those times!

While we will omit carb-loaded milk, we will use heavy whipping cream and stevia (or your choice of keto-friendly sweeteners), which is a win-win, in my opinion. 

On a dairy-free keto plan? No problem! We can show you the best substitutes for a dairy-free keto hot cocoa recipe.

If you’re looking for more drink recipes and information, check out the Best Diet Drinks on Keto Besides Water post I just updated.

Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, Heavy whipping cream, Unsweetened cocoa powder, Swerve confectioners sugar substitute, Vanilla extract, Sugar-free whipped cream in a mixing bowl

Makes 2 Servings
3 Net carbs/serving

  • 1 1/2 C. Unsweetened almond milk (I use vanilla flavored)
  • 1/3 C. Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder (my favorite is dark chocolate)
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Sugar-free whipped cream and keto-friendly chocolate for garnish if desired.

Keto Friendly Hot Chocolate Directions:

Some important tips to remember when making keto hot cocoa is that we are not cooking the almond milk or heavy cream. We are simply heating it.

If you think people cry over spilled milk, wait until you have them sipping burned milk. Gross

keto hot chocolate in a clear glass mug topped with whipped cream and chocolate powder on a white plate

1. Heat the almond milk and heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat.

2. Add the unsweetened cocoa powder and the Swerve sugar substitute when warm. Whisk the mixture well and thoroughly mix.

3. Continue to stir and heat the mixture until it is well combined and thickened. Do not allow the mixture to boil at all.

4. Remove the hot cocoa from the heat, and add the vanilla extract, stirring to combine.

5. Ladle the hot cocoa into two mugs or cups, and top with carb-free whipped cream, sugar-free chocolate shavings, and keto marshmallows if desired.

6. Store in a glass jar (mason jar with a lid) or other airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Dairy-Free Keto Hot Chocolate:

If you need a dairy-free keto hot drink recipe, try replacing the heavy whipping cream with coconut cream, full-fat coconut milk, macadamia, hemp, or brazil nut milk.

Substitute as usual if you already have a favorite fatty dairy-free heavy whipping cream option at your local grocery store.

Try this dairy-free vegan hot chocolate.

Keto Hot Cocoa Mix:

Homemade keto recipes are great, but sometimes it’s nice to have convenient options when a chocolate craving hits.
These are some of the most popular hot chocolate mixes. If you try them, let us know what you think!

Left Coast Mix
BariWise Protein Mix
Pyure Mix

If you have any drink mix recipe requests, please let us know in the comments so we can feature them on the blog. Until then, enjoy this delectable keto hot cocoa recipe!

Don’t forget to try our keto brownies; they are made for chocolate lovers!

Common Questions Answered:

Q: How do you make hot cocoa from scratch?

A: To make hot cocoa from scratch, you will need cocoa powder, keto-friendly sweetener, heavy cream and/or non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract (optional).

Mix the cocoa powder and sweetener in a saucepan and gradually add the liquids, stirring constantly. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature. Add vanilla extract if desired.

Q: What are some good ingredients to add to hot cocoa?

A: Some good ingredients to add to hot cocoa include cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint extract, and a pinch of salt. Some people also like adding espresso or a splash of liqueur for a more adult version of hot cocoa.

Q: Can hot cocoa be made with almond or non-dairy milk?

A: Yes, hot cocoa can be made with almond milk or other non-dairy milk. For a creamier version, use full-fat coconut milk or heavy cream. (see the recipe above).

Q: How do you make hot cocoa creamy?

A: To make hot cocoa creamy, you can use full-fat milk replacements, butter, or cream, add a dollop of keto whipped cream on top or use a milk frother to make it foamy.

Q: How can I make hot cocoa more chocolatey?

A: To make hot cocoa more chocolatey, add more cocoa powder or sugar-free chocolate chips, and top it with chocolate shavings or a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate sauce.

Hot Chocolate Heating and Storage:

Q: Can you make hot cocoa in a crockpot?

A: Yes, you can make hot cocoa in a crockpot. Just mix all the ingredients in the crockpot and keep it on low heat for 2-3 hours.

Q: How long can I store hot cocoa, and how should I reheat it?

A: You can store hot cocoa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, or in the microwave.

Q: Can I freeze hot cocoa?

A: Yes, you can freeze hot cocoa. Just pour it into a freezer-safe container, let it cool completely before you freeze it. To reheat it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat it in a saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave.

Low-Carb Keto Hot Cocoa Printable Recipe Card:

Yield: 2 Servings

Keto Hot Cocoa Recipe

Keto Hot Cocoa Recipe

Easy 5 ingredients low carb hot cocoa recipe. Warm keto drinks are a perfect way to end those chilly evenings this holiday season. Almond milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar substitutes, and cocoa powder are whipped together for a rich diet-friendly treat.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 C. Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Sugar-free whipped cream and keto-friendly chocolate for garnish if desired

Instructions

    1. Heat the almond milk and heavy whipping cream in a pot on the stove over medium heat.

    2. When warm, add in the unsweetened cocoa powder and the Swerve sugar substitute. Whisk the mixture well until completely combined.

    3. Continue to stir and cook the mixture until it is well heated and a bit thickened. Do not allow the mixture to boil at all.

    4. Remove the hot cocoa from the heat, and add in the vanilla extract, stirring to combine.

    5. Ladle the hot cocoa into two mugs or cups, and top with sugar-free whipped cream and some sugar-free shaved chocolate if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 17mgNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gProtein: 3g

When you make these recipes in your home your nutrition facts will be different from mine. Please keep track of the products you use so you can get the best idea of what your actual nutrition facts are. I am not a doctor. Please talk to your doctor before starting any diet.

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