Need a homemade instant hot chocolate mix recipe that's low carb and dairy free? This recipe for sugar free hot cocoa mix is our favorite.
Now that I've cut back significantly on coffee, I've been looking for another hot beverage to enjoy after work. I have been drinking a lot more tea, but it's not as satisfying as coffee. That's why I turned to my other love... chocolate!
I'll admit that I used to buy the little instant hot chocolate mix pouches sweetened with Splenda. But, artificial sweeteners are something I avoid these days. And, I haven't found a good all natural alternative.
There was one key requirement I had for making my own homemade instant hot chocolate mix recipe. It had to be capable of making a decent cup of hot cocoa using only hot water. This is because I wanted to keep a jar of it at my desk at work. I don't always have heavy cream, coconut milk, or almond milk available there.
If you can't find powdered coconut milk, you can leave it out and just make your cocoa with hot dairy-free milk instead of water. Oat milk is a great option.
I just happened to have a canister of powdered coconut milk in my pantry cabinet. It was purchased to make my own homemade white chocolate. Each tablespoon serving has only 1g carb which is more like 3g carbs per tablespoon.
The other great thing about using coconut milk is that you get the benefits of coconut oil as well. The brand I buy is 65% virgin coconut oil. The fat in coconut milk is much healthier than dairy fat.
Since I love whipped cream, I've started making whipped coconut cream. It's really easy to make if you have a cream whipper.
I just dump the contents from a can of coconut cream into a bowl and whip in some sweetener and vanilla extract. Then I pour it all into the cream whipper and whip it up with the charger. So simple!
Topping hot coffee or chocolate with whipped coconut cream will add the extra benefit of coconut fat in your diet. Although I've seen "cocowhip" sold in natural food stores, the brand I saw was not made with coconut cream. And, there was added sugar.
When making a cup of hot cocoa with this homemade instant hot chocolate mix, I always choose to top it off with whipped cream. Sometimes, I'll use regular cream, but I prefer using the whipped coconut cream. Of course, those who choose a dairy-free diet will always go for the coconut based one!
It also makes a difference with the cocoa that you use. Regular Hershey's or store brand might be okay in a pinch, but if you want the best taste, go for a higher quality unsweetened cocoa powder. Organic brands are typically the best and this one has an exceptionally rich flavor.
Another thing that really ups the flavor in this homemade instant hot chocolate mix is using Sukrin Gold. The low carb brown sugar substitute really enhances the flavor of the chocolate. I like the taste much better than using only a plain sweetener like Swerve. But you can use coconut sugar instead if you don't mind the added carbs.
Make sure you store the mix in an airtight container. You can also add some dairy-free chocolate chips to give it a richer flavor.
With the cold weather upon us, I'll be sure to keep this yummy hot cocoa mix ready. Once made, you only need three tablespoons of the mix for each cup of hot water. Then, it's an instant hot chocolate drink!
I do have an older recipe for hot chocolate that was made with heavy cream. You can find that recipe here. However, I think this dairy free hot chocolate recipe tastes better and is easier to make.
Do you make your own low carb instant hot cocoa mix? Do you find it more convenient than making a bigger batch in the crock pot or stove?
If you love making homemade mixes to give as gifts, be sure to check out this keto mug cake mix at My Life Cookbook!
Low Carb Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe - Dairy Free
Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Mix
- Mix all ingredient together.
- Store in a covered container.
- To use: Add 3 Tablespoons mix to one cup hot water and stir well.
Array ( [calories] => 57 [carbohydrates] => 8 [protein] => 3 [fat] => 6 [saturated_fat] => 6 [cholesterol] => 0 [sodium] => 172 [fiber] => 3 [sugar] => 0 )
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