Keto-Friendly Hot Chocolate (Bulletproof)
Keto-Friendly Hot Chocolate Dairy-Free, Low-Carb & Paleo (Really Thick ‘N Creamy!)
With this one single trick, you’ll end up with a keto-friendly hot chocolate that’s really creamy and thick and at just 2g net carbs!
Keto & Low-Carb, Paleo-Friendly Hot Chocolate
That’s genuinely thick & creamy!
With the impending drop in temperature comes an instant affection for hot chocolate. So here’s my top favorite (speedy!) cure: an absolutely luscious keto hot chocolate! Lush, creamy, and definitely delicious.
The secret?! Using thickener, in the form of either konjac (my pick!), Xanthan gum, arrowroot, or even chia seeds! So, forget that thin, hot chocolate that comes from just siring in cocoa powder and any form of milk. 😉
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Components For The Bulletproof Keto-Friendly Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup of unsweetened keto-friendly almond milk or milk of choice*
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- pinch pink Himalayan salt
- 1-2 tablespoons xylitol or allulose erythritol (to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon konjac root powder or 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum/arrowroot or 1 TBSP chia seeds
- keto marshmallows
- whipped cream optional (but highly suggested)
WHEN THICKENING WITH KONJAC, XANTHAN GUKM OR ARROWROOT
- Add milk of choice, sweetener, cocoa powder, and salt to a small saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to simmer. Taste for sweetness and modify to taste.
- And make a slurry with a little konjac root powder (it's really powerful stuff, guys), xanthan gum, arrowroot or and a tablespoon or two of water; make sure it's fully dissolved to avoid lumps.
- Whisk it into the hot keto-friendly hot chocolate and cook until thickened. Please feel free to adjust the quantity to yield your preferred thickness.
WHEN THICKENING WITH CHIA SEEDS
- Add all the tasty ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix everything until smooth. It will likely take a couple of runs to grind all the chia seeds thoroughly. Again, feel free to adjust the cocoa powder to suit your taste buds and the chia seeds for the desired thickness (and fiber!).
- Heat up and serve with (lots!) whipped cream.
- NOTE: If using a NutriBullet or similar equipment, keep in mind that you should not put scalding hot water in it. If need be, reheat (safety comes first!).
Cocoa vs. Cacao
Both work excellent. So use either a raw cacao powder (arguably more nutritional perks here) or Dutch-processed alkaline cocoa (my favorite is Valrhona). Both are well and good, only as long as they’re unsweetened!
The Keto-Friendly Thickener
As many of you know, chia seeds usually are my staple thickener when it comes to hot chocolate. But I also understand that a few of you find the task of grinding them fine enough to be a bit tedious. I came up with a couple of options.
Just note that chia seeds are fantastic, as these small Mexican guys pack lots of protein and add a lot of crunches. Chia seeds hold large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high-quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants.
But you do have a few other options! Think about the wonderful konjac root powder (my favorite Keto-friendly thickener!). It’s zero-carbs and does a fantastic job at thickening sauces, stews, and hot chocolate, as it turns out! It’s powerful stuff, though, so start at only 1/8th teaspoon and go from there.
Alternatives are arrowroot powder (works great too, but a higher carb count) and xanthan gum (gotta be careful here, so you don’t get slime!).
The Keto Sweetener
Pick your poison! Allulose is my favorite for no aftertaste now (you do need to add 30% more, though), Lakanto Golden (almost any cooling aftertaste here), xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy problems!).
Fun fact: I’ve noticed that stevia-based sweeteners (such as Pyure) don’t work so great in hot situations (especially if chocolate is involved).
And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys!
*Rather of the almond milk, feel free to sub in with actual almonds (almonds + water = instant almond milk!). Or coconut milk, or whatever floats your boat.
Please note that cacao and cocoa nutrition values do vary, so check your nutrition labels (I used Valrhona!)! And if using chia seeds, you'll be adding a lot more fiber (roughly 1g net carb more).