Craving an indulgent drink that won’t bring you out of ketosis? This Keto hot chocolate recipe is the perfect balance of healthy and luxurious. With dark chocolate and coconut milk to give this drink, it’s creamy texture and rich flavor, you won’t be missing the carbs in this hot chocolate!
A Hot Chocolate History Lesson
Hot chocolate is believed to have been invented in what is now Mexico by the Mayan people over a thousand years ago. This early relative of hot chocolate bears little resemblance to the drink that we know today.
The Mayan chocolate drink was known as ‘xocolatl,’ which is where our modern word ‘chocolate’ originates. It was served at room temperature and was not sweet as it contained no sugar. Instead, it was flavored with chili peppers and the resulting drink was spicy and bitter.
Chocolate was introduced to Europe by way of the Spanish, who were the first to make ‘hot’ chocolate. The Spanish were also the first to add sugar and milk, and thus hot chocolate as we know it was born. Hot chocolate caught on and spread to France, and from there, the rest of Europe. For many years, hot chocolate was the only way that chocolate was prepared in Europe. The chocolate bar for eating was not invented until the middle of the 19th century!
Keto-fying A Familiar Treat
As you can see, hot chocolate was not always the sugar and dairy packed drink commonly found today. This low carb hot chocolate recipe, recalls the origins of hot chocolate by dialing back the sweetness and replacing the dairy with coconut milk. It’s the best of both worlds!
Rather than using cane sugar, which is not Keto-friendly, this hot chocolate recipe suggests adding sweetener to taste. The two sweeteners in this recipe are among the most popular in Keto desserts.
- Stevia is made from the leaves of the stevia plant and comes in liquid and powdered form.
- Erythritol is a type of sugar alcohol (not the same as the kind of alcohol that you drink!) which is commonly combined with other Keto sweeteners.
Coconut milk is a very popular dairy substitute in Keto recipes. Unsweetened coconut milk adds the same creaminess as cow’s milk without any of the dairy!
Personalize Your Hot Chocolate
- Go back to the roots of the drink by adding 1/8 teaspoon chili powder and ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder before heating
- Give your hot chocolate a minty twist with a few drops of peppermint extract to taste
- Whip up some chilled unsweetened coconut cream for a dairy-free Keto whipped cream and add a tablespoon to the top of your hot chocolate
Keto Hot Chocolate
Dark chocolate and coconut milk make this classic even more luxurious.
- Heat up the coconut milk and water in a small pot.
- Melt the chocolate and add in the hot coconut milk and water. Stir in the sweetener.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 4 g
- Calories: 419
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 31 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 14 g