A Healthier Hot Chocolate Recipe
Winter is a magical time of year with lots of amazing treats, and hot chocolate is definitely one of them. There’s nothing that warms you up and satisfies you like a cup of cocoa.
However, I crave hot chocolate non-stop during the fall and winter months, and I know that I probably shouldn’t be drinking that much sugar every day. For that reason, I created this healthy sugar free hot chocolate recipe that is both quick and easy to make.
Whether you follow a specific diet such as keto, or you just want a healthier alternative, this low calorie hot chocolate is perfect! You don’t have to give up this cold weather drink in order to cut down on sugar.
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Recipe Tips and Tricks
Use Milk: Many people use water instead of milk as a way to cut down on sugar or calories when making sugar free hot chocolate. If you prefer to use water over milk, that’s great! Personally, I think using milk gives hot chocolate a creamier texture and taste.
That’s why I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe. Unsweetened almond milk has no added sugars and <1g sugar per cup. Feel free to use your milk of choice, but be sure to check the nutrition label to make sure it meets your needs.
Try Coffee Creamers: Also try adding different flavored coffee creamers to your hot chocolate for varying flavors. One of my favorites is the zero sugar hazelnut creamer by coffee mate.
Cook On Stovetop: Before I started making hot chocolate on the stove, I would always use the microwave. I liked how fast it was, but I always had clumps of cocoa that wouldn't dissolve completely no matter how much I stirred.
Making hot chocolate on the stove and stirring with a whisk allows all the ingredients to dissolve properly. Say goodbye to clumps at the bottom of your mug!
How To Sweeten Sugar Free Hot Chocolate
Sweeteners come in many different varieties. My favorite low calorie sweeteners for this recipe are monk fruit or the granulated Splenda. Using a granulated sweetener will give the sugar free hot chocolate a thicker texture by mimicking the texture of real sugar.
Usually, I love using sucralose sweetener drops, but for this recipe, granulated options work best. Other brands of sweeteners (other than Splenda) will also do the trick.
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Sugar Free Topping Ideas
Hot chocolate toppings are a must for me, so here are some of my favorite sugar free topping ideas.
- Sugar free whipped cream
- Sugar free chocolate chips
- Crushed sugar free peppermints
- Sugar free chocolate syrup
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Healthy Hot Chocolate FAQ’s
Sugar Free Hot ChocolateJanuary 16, 2022
- 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoon cocoa powder (natural unsweetened)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- monk fruit or granulated sweetener (sweeten to taste)
- In a medium sized pot, add the milk and set on stovetop at medium heat.
- Stir in the heavy cream, and whisk in the dry ingredients until there are no visible clumps.
- Pour and add desired toppings. Enjoy!