One of the things I missed last fall when my husband and I started following a Keto diet was hot chocolate. I tried many recipes. Some of them were good, none of them were perfect. Hot chocolate is a staple of fall and winter, it’s more than a drink – its a family tradition! When you were a kid and came in from playing outdoors you had a steaming mug of hot chocolate to warm you up. Last year when it snowed here in Georgia (twice!) the kids got hot chocolate but my husband and I passed. It was sad and I missed it. I guess you could say that keto hot chocolate has been a bit of a white whale for me in terms of recipes.
But! Not anymore! With fall quickly closing in I set about trying everything under the sun to make a keto hot chocolate recipe that I could love. The hardest part turned out to be getting a good chocolaty flavor while still keeping the carb count reasonable. I tried cocoa powder and melted sugar-free chocolate chips. I even tried sugar-free chocolate jello powder. We have heard that chocolate extract can give you a nice chocolate flavor but it’s impossible to find in the local grocery stores. I was going to order it online and give it a try but then I found something else.
If you are following a strict or clean eating keto diet then this recipe probably won’t be for you – it does contain processed sauce. However, we are more laid back about such things and this is a treat that I will only have occasionally so I am not going to worry about it, much as I don’t worry about using shortening in the icing of my keto Lemon and Blueberry cupcakes.
Keto Hot Chocolate
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Keto Hot Chocolate – Ingredients
- 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream – 3.3g Net Carbs
- 1/2 cup Hot Water
- 2 or 3 Tbsp’s Walden Farms Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup
- 1/2 Tsp Swerve Confectioners Sweetener
Optional to Taste
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon or Chile Powder
- Cocoa Powder & Homemade Whipped Cream (see note below) to Top
Makes – 1 Mug, Approx 3.3g net carbs per serving dependant on additions or toppings.
**Note** – If you don’t know how to make homemade whipped cream you can find the instructions in our recipe for Keto Strawberry Shortcake. You can get the pretty swirls like my pictures in this post by putting it through a reusable icing bag and tip!
Keto Hot Chocolate – Directions
- Measure out and add your heavy whipping cream and hot water to a small saucepan. Using hot water will lower the amount of time it takes to make your hot chocolate. If you don’t mind waiting a few extra minutes then it doesn’t really matter!
- Whisk together over low heat.
- Continue stirring and add the Walden Farms chocolate sauce. Taste test as you go and add more or less sauce depending on your personal desires. I like my hot chocolate fairly chocolaty but others in my family prefer a less rich version.
- Continue stirring and add your swerve confectioners sweetener. I have found the amount of sweetener I use has decreased the longer I spend on keto. For those of you who are just starting out and still have taste buds accustomed to the sweeter flavor, you might need to add a bit more than listed above. Sweeten to taste!
- Add vanilla extract here if you so desire (I love it!)
- Continue stirring until your mixture is steaming but not boiling or bubbling. You want it to be hot but not scalding or you will burn the cream!
- Pour into your mug
- Top with any additional condiments you desire (just remember to add them into your carb count!)
- Sit down and enjoy!
Let me know if you give this a try!