Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

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This creamy sugar free hot chocolate is a delicious and low calorie treat!

sugar free hot chocolate in mug.

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.

sugar free hot chocolate with whipped cream

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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!

sugar free hot chocolate in pot.

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
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar free chocolate chips
  • Crushed sugar free peppermints
  • Sugar free chocolate syrup
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Healthy Hot Chocolate FAQ’s

You can microwave milk for hot chocolate, but I prefer to heat mine on the stove. This is because I’ve found that the cocoa powder and other ingredients dissolve better on the stove top and don’t leave clumps.

Yes, it is. For those looking to add more fat content to the recipe, you can add more heavy cream and less almond milk. Just make sure the amount of liquid content remains the same for best results.

This sugar free hot chocolate recipe is also gluten free, but some recipes may include ingredients or toppings that contain gluten.

Generally, yes, cocoa powder contains some caffeine. Be sure to read any ingredient nutrition labels to ensure that the ingredients you use meet your dietary needs.

My milk of choice is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but there are many different options. Unsweetened soy and oat milks can also be used. Skim milk is another great option if you want a low fat (but not sugar free) option.

Store bought whipped cream usually does not have much sugar, but in my opinion, making your own whipped cream is the way to go. You can control how much sugar or what sweetener you want to use. All you need is heavy whipping cream and the sweetener of your choice.

sugar free hot chocolate in mug.

Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

February 12, 2022
This creamy sugar free hot chocolate is a delicious and low calorie treat that is both gluten free and keto-friendly.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 pot
  • 1 whisk


  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (natural unsweetened)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp 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!


This recipe recommends that you sweeten to taste. After all the ingredients have been added, taste your hot chocolate to ensure that it as sweet as you would like. If needed, add more sweetener. (Be careful, the hot chocolate may be hot!)
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