Nothing beats a great cup of keto hot chocolate on a cold winter day. The secret to this delicious low carb hot chocolate is the addition of chocolate extract which really heightens the flavor.
It’s been getting pretty chilly here in the mornings when I’m heading into work. That’s one of the reasons why I go in to the office really early so I can get a good parking spot and shorten the time I have to walk outside.
I also like to go in before the crack of dawn so that I can be home earlier and spend time with my family. And, it gives me a little time to wind down before making dinner.
Although I love my coffee, there are times when I like to warm up with a sweet cup of low carb keto hot chocolate on cold winter days. I have tried a lot of hot cocoa recipes made with cocoa, chocolate, or a combination of both.
Nothing was ever perfect for me until I adapted the standard recipe on the back of a bag of Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa to low carb and added one simple ingredient. That special ingredient is chocolate extract which really heightened the flavor to give it a rich chocolate taste.
How to make keto hot chocolate
It’s really easy to make your own hot cocoa. I like to make it on the stove top using cocoa, heavy cream, and low carb sweetener. Although I used Pyure All Purpose in the recipe, you can use any keto friendly sweetener.
The reason I used Pyure is because it’s easy to find at my local Walmart. That means the price is very reasonable and I can pick it up any time I’m in town.
To start, I mix the cocoa and sweetener together and set aside. Then, cream and water are mixed in a small pot on the stove. The sweetened cocoa is whisked in and then the mix is heated until steaming while continuing to stir.
The final step in the keto hot chocolate recipe is to add in chocolate extract after removing from the heat. This adds in a rich chocolate flavor. However, you can use vanilla extract or even peppermint extract instead.
Homemade Sugar Free Hot Chocolate
Once you start making your own low carb hot chocolate, you may never want to go back to those powdered mixes again. But, if you do like the convenience of a mix, I have a dairy free homemade hot cocoa mix that I like to keep at work.
If you have a favorite low carb hot chocolate recipe, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section following my low carb hot chocolate recipe.
How many carbs in hot chocolate
The recipe makes two servings. I generally drink one right away and save the other serving for later. I’ll just put it in a covered jar in the refrigerator and heat it up in the microwave.
Cocoa does contain a fair amount of carbs so each serving has 7 grams carbs with 2 grams of fiber. Therefore, the net carb count is about 5 grams per servings.
I like to top each serving off with some homemade whipped cream. I use a cream whipper where you just add heavy cream, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Then, the N2O charger whips it up right in the canister.
Don’t bother with those cans of whipped cream they sell at the store. They are full of additives like sugar, corn syrup, and maltodextrin which aren’t keto friendly.
Low Carb Hot Chocolate Recipe
UPDATE: The original recipe post included a 10-Piece Holiday Giveaway from LC Foods featuring low carb baking mixes, ingredients, and cocoa mix. Since it was no longer valid, the giveaway information was removed.
Low Carb Hot Chocolate
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa I used Ghirardelli
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Pyure All Purpose
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract see notes
- sugar free whipped cream optional
Mix cocoa and sweetener in small bowl, set aside.
Pour water and heavy cream into small sauce pan.
Add cocoa mixture and stir. Heat, while stirring and steaming.
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate extract.
Top with sugar free whipped cream if desired.
If you don't have chocolate extract, vanilla extract is a good substitute. Or change it up with a little peppermint extract.