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Keto Hot Chocolate (Sugar-Free)

Begin your day with a cup of keto hot chocolate. You can have it instead of a full breakfast!

If you’re tired of your usual morning coffee, which most of us start our day with, why not switch to hot chocolate? Yes, your childhood beverage can now become your morning booster ― thanks to keto-friendly options that are widely available these days.

There are a ton of ways to make hot chocolate, in case you’re wondering. For example, spicing it up with cinnamon or ginger, or even topping it with your favorite marshmallows. But for this recipe, we’re going to keep the ingredients simple for those who are still new to the keto diet.

chatfield's cocoa powder

For this keto hot chocolate, we’ve used Chatfield’s unsweetened cocoa powder. One tablespoon will do for one cup. Feel free to use any unsweetened cocoa powder of your choice! Some people prefer melting sugar-free dark chocolate for an extra rich and creamy hot chocolate. That’s fine too.

Just take note that the number of carbs will depend on your cocoa powder and the rest of the ingredients you add (in case you want to go a little further).

How to Make Keto Hot Chocolate

If you’re trying to avoid consuming added sugars, then this hot chocolate drink is for you. Traditional hot chocolate usually uses ingredients like white sugar or granulated sugar and milk. On the keto diet, you need to limit your sugar intake to prevent spikes in your blood glucose.

Let’s now get to it. The first step is to prepare the ingredients for your keto hot chocolate: Unsweetened cocoa powder, keto-friendly sweetener (granulated stevia, Swerve, or erythritol), and whipping cream.

whisk cocoa powder

Next, whisk together cocoa powder and granulated stevia in a saucepan while breaking any clumps. Then add two tablespoons of whipping cream, one tablespoon at a time. Continue to whisk.

You should be able to achieve a thick mixture. Then add a cup of water. Heat the mixture on low heat while stirring. Before it boils, turn off the heat and pour the hot chocolate mixture into a cup.

cocoa thick mixture

If you want, add some whipped cream on top and sprinkle with roasted cacao nibs or sugar-free marshmallows.

Here’s more about each ingredient:

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Natural or unsweetened cocoa powder is a common ingredient used in keto baking, including beverages. It’s high in dietary fiber which can help relieve constipation.
  • Keto-friendly sweetener – Depending on what’s available, your keto sweetener can be granulated stevia, Swerve, or powdered erythritol. Check out this list of sweeteners that are allowed on keto.
  • Whipping cream – Heavy whipping cream is low-carb and high-fat, making it great for the keto diet. For this hot chocolate, you’ll only need two tablespoons. Feel free to add more for a creamier drink.

There you have it! Enjoy your sugar-free, low-carb hot chocolate and have a great day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can I eat with keto hot chocolate? Foods that go with hot chocolate include roasted nuts, a cookie, chocolate bar, or a slice of keto bread. However, it can also be enjoyed on its own if you prefer going light during mornings.

2. Is there another way to prepare this drink? Yes. Alternatively, you can blend everything using an immersion blender or a mini blender until you achieve a smooth mixture with foam on top. With this method, make sure to use hot water but be careful not to burn yourself.

3. What other ingredients or toppings can I add to hot chocolate? Good question. Since you’re watching your carbs, I recommend only low-carb/high-fat ingredients like unsalted butter, sugar-free marshmallows, or coconut shavings.

4. How many carbs are in this cup of keto hot chocolate? This recipe has only 3.8 grams of net carbs per serving (1 cup). Just subtract the dietary fiber from the total carbs to get the net carbs.

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Keto Hot Chocolate (Sugar-Free)

Tiffany Joy Yamut, RN
This hot chocolate drink has less than 4 grams of net carbs per cup!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 person
Calories 42.7 kcal


  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated stevia (or another keto sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 cup water


  • Prepare all the ingredients ― unsweetened cocoa powder, keto sweetener, whipping cream, and water.
  • In a saucepan, add the cocoa powder and keto sweetener. Whisk them together and break any clumps.
  • Add two tablespoons of whipping cream, one tablespoon at a time. Continue to whisk.
  • Add 1 cup of water then stir thoroughly.
  • Place the saucepan on a stovetop, over low heat.
  • Don’t wait for the hot chocolate to boil. Turn off the heat and pour the mixture into a cup.


Nutrition info (per serving): 1 serving = 1/2 cup rice.
  • Total carbs: 9.8g
  • Dietary fiber: 6g
  • Total sugars: 0g
  • Total fat: 3.4g
  • Protein: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 0.4mg
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