It’s cold outside. You want something satisfying with a touch of sweetness. But, you don’t want to sabotage your low-carb diet with some high-carb dessert. It’s our Low-Carb Dessert Hot Chocolate recipe to the rescue!
The Basic Hot Chocolate Ingredients
There are other low-carb hot chocolate recipes out there, and most of them share some standard ingredients:
- Almond Milk (Hemp milk would be an ok substitution)
- Half & Half (you can use heavy cream, but it will increase the calories)
- 100% Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened (We use Hershey’s brand)
- Stevia (other non-caloric sweeteners work as well)
- Vanilla Extract (not everyone uses this, but feel it adds flavor)
A Word on Sweeteners
Just a note, we tried a number of different sugar substitutes before settling on Stevia (we use SweetLeaf brand).
Swerve Confectioners is usually my “go-to” for baking low-carb desserts, but it didn’t seem to have the right sweetness in our hot chocolate recipe.
We tried Monk Fruit as well. I do not recommend this sweetener. It left an aftertaste that was hard to get rid of.
The Special Ingredients!
We wanted our hot chocolate to be creamy, thick, and full of flavor, so we added a few yummy additional items.
- Natural Almond Butter (This is a great addition! It adds a great flavor and thickens the hot chocolate at the same time)
- 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate (We used an 11g Ghirardelli square)
- Pinch of Sea Salt (just a few grains is all you need to enhance the chocolate taste)
Instructions: Dump, Warm, Drink
There is no special technique for the cooking aspect of this warm, chocolaty drink recipe.
When you want hot chocolate, nobody wants to jump through a bunch of hoops to get it!
So, our secret to cooking the ingredients is no secret. We put all of the ingredients in a saucepan over low-medium heat. We stirred it while it was on the stove and when it was warm enough to drink, we poured it in our cups.
A quick note on mixing the hot chocolate while it’s in the saucepan. You can certainly get away with using a spoon to stir the ingredients. But, we find that a small, hand-held blender works best. The one we used in the video is by Elementi and can be found on Amazon.
Low-Carb Dessert Hot Chocolate Recipe
Low-Carb Dessert Hot Chocolate with Almond Butter
courtesy of Dr. Becky Fitness
- 3/4 cup Almond Milk plain, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup Half and Half
- 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder unsweetened, we use Hershey's brand
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 tablespoon Almond Butter
- 1 pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 pinch Stevia
- 1 square 72% Cacao Chocolate we use Ghirardelli (1 square is 11g)
- Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat the ingredients, but do not bring to a boil.
Watch Us Prepare Our Low-Carb Hot Chocolate Recipe
About the Authors:
Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.
Dr. Keith Gillaspy, DC, CFMP grew up in central Nebraska and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1991 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.