Luscious Bulletproof Hot Chocolate 🍫πŸŽ₯ gluten free, keto & paleo

Thick, creamy and absolutely delicious, this luscious paleo & keto bulletproof hot chocolate is bound to have you swooning! And at just 2.5g net carbs, it’s truly ideal!

Keto bulletproof hot chocolate with whipped cream on top
Paleo, Dairy Free & Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate

Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate 🍫

Suuuper thick & creamy ☁️

With the imminent drop in temperature comes an instant penchant for hot chocolate. So here’s my absolute favorite (speedy!) cure: a luscious keto bulletproof hot chocolate!

Thick, creamy and absolutely delicious.

The trick?

Chia seeds! Yup, blending these fiber-rich nutritional powerhouse leads to an instant thick and creamy mix.Β So forget that watery thin hot cocoa that comes from just siring in cocoa powder and some form of sugar.

Plus, mixing in some chia seeds is bound to not only add thickness, but also to make you feel fuller. So whether you decide to drop in some grass-fed butter or coconut/MCT oil into your hot chocolate to make it bulletproof, you can count on this hot chocolate to provide quite a bit of nutrition value.

p.s. Dave Asprey gets full credit for introducing us all to the wonderful concoction that is β€˜Bulletproof’. Worth checking out his site for more info and solid products (not sponsored in any way).

Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate 🍫#ketohotchocolate #bulletproof #lowcarbchocolate
Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate 🍫#ketohotchocolate #bulletproof #lowcarbchocolate

Cacao vs Cocoa

Both work great. So feel free to use either a raw cacao powder (arguably more nutritional perks here) or a Dutch-processed alkaline cocoa (we prefer Valrhona). Both are well and good, as long as they’re unsweetened.

Topping of the keto hot chocolate with cocoa
Paleo, Dairy Free & Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate

The Thickener

Chia seeds are awesome.Β These tiny Mexican guys pack a whole lot of protein and add a whole lot of crunch.Β Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants.

So if you’re on keto, and having trouble passing (you know,Β πŸ’©), chia seeds are bound to become your new best friends.

Plus, they just so happen to be an awesome thickener. You might have already met our full-on chia chocolate pudding. But chia seeds do an equally awesome job at thickening up your bulletproof hot chocolate, without the need of an actual bar of chocolate.

Just be sure to run them in your high speed blender until fully combined. We don’t want any lumps hanging out…! Or you can always use ground chia seeds for easier blending.

The Sweetener 🍯

Pick your poison.Β Though do note that we like erythritolΒ or xylitolΒ (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!)Β best here. No funky aftertaste.

Fun fact: it might also be our taste buds here, but we’ve noticed that stevia-based sweeteners (such as Pyure) don’t work so great in hot situations (particularly if chocolate is involved). Again, it might just be our taste buds here!

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!Β πŸ•

A keto hot cocoa with whipped cream from above
Paleo, Dairy Free & Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate
A mug with keto hot chocolate
Paleo, Dairy Free & Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate

The Recipe Video πŸŽ₯

Please note that you may want to blend all the ingredients together at room temp in your bullet (or blender) and subsequently heat them up (prevent vacuum seals and keep things safe!). 😘

Keto bulletproof hot chocolate with whipped cream on top

Paleo & Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: dairy free, keto, low carb, paleo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 208 kcal

Thick, creamy and absolutely delicious, these keto bulletproof hot chocolate is bound to have you swooning! And at just 2g net carbs, it's truly ideal. 

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Ingredients

For the bulletproof hot chocolate

  • 5 g cocoa powder
  • 14 g chia seeds ground for easier blending
  • 1-2 tablespoons erythritol or xylitol (to taste)
  • dash cinnamon
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or coconut/MCT oil (optional)
  • 5 almonds or hazelnuts (think Nutella!)*
  • 350 ml water or almond milk (and skip the almonds!)

Serving suggestions

  • whipped cream optional (but highly suggested)

Instructions

  1. Check out the video for deets!

  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. It will likely take a couple runs to grind all the chia seeds fully. Feel free to adjust the cocoa powder to suit your taste buds, and the chia seeds for desired thickness (and fiber!). 

  3. Heat up and serve with (plenty!) whipped cream. 

  4. NOTE: If using a NutriBullet or similar device, keep in mind that you should not put scalding hot water in it. If need be, reheat (safety comes first!). 

Recipe Notes

*Instead of the almonds, feel free to sub in with actual almond milk (almonds + water = instant almond milk!). Or coconut milk, or whatever floats your boat.

Please note that nutrition values were calculated using the added butter, and the total net carb count comes out to 2.5g. Though please note that cacao and cocoa values do vary, so check your nutrition labels! Β 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Keto Bulletproof Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 168mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 9.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7%
Calcium 11.2%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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60 comments

  1. Sheila Mello says:

    I made the hot chocolate last night and it came out very lumpy. I used a bullet mixer on liquify and did it for a long time. Next time I will try to grind the almonds or hazelnuts separately and use much less Chia seeds. It also needed a lot more chocolate. Any suggestions for making it smooth or will it always be lumpy?

    • Paola says:

      Well I think you can see from my pictures and video that it’s not always lumpy 😜. Why don’t you try grinding your chia seeds before and using a ready made nut milk? Also keep in mind that cacaos and cocoas vary A LOT, so either add a little more or check out another brand! xo!

  2. Gianfranco says:

    I there!! I’m Italian, for those, like me, who use the version in grams..no 5 grams of chocolate but 15! .. in the conversion of 1 tablespoon in grams is missing a “1”..

  3. Beatriz says:

    OMG!! this is just what I needed! Something chocolaty and heart warming. And really filling! Best medicine for my pms:)

  4. Cat says:

    A drinkable fat bomb! Love it! Perfect for a cold, rainy evening. I definitely need to get some Dutch processed cocoa for this, my organic cacao powder just doesn’t quite make the grade here. And you are so right about the whipped cream, lots of it is not only recommended, for me it’s required! 😊. Another winner!!!!

  5. cris says:

    lol I should have listened to you about not using boiling water in the nutri=bullet….after blending, the hot water made the seal impossible to unscrew the blade! It’s still sitting there looking delicious but I can’t have it..torture!

    Ok my husband came home and couldn’t get it off either, even though it has been hours and the liquid is cold. It’s a gonner..dang.
    Please follow the directions…I know next time I will.

    • Paola says:

      OK lol yup! Sometimes the seal opens after a couple minutes… other times you need to wait for it to cool down! Maybe still salvageable if you rewarm it xo!

  6. Kristin says:

    The taste is not what I expected, but delicious non-the-less. I added heavy cream to up the calorie count and it was pretty good!! I also added chocolate stevia and vanilla to increase sweetness and chocolatey flavor. Will definitely be making this again!

  7. Mari Anthony says:

    I made this tonight because I wanted something a bit sweet at the end of my day. Today is day 1 of Keto. I used 240 ml Malk unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tb chia seeds ground in my coffee grinder, 1 tb grass fed butter, 8 g Ghirardelli cocoa powder, and granulated swerve. I buzzed everything in my nutribullet and it was the creamiest, most luscious hot chocolate I have had in years. I’ll make some whipped cream for next time. A most excellent end to my day. Thank you for the great recipe. Keep them coming!

  8. Lisa Hackett says:

    This was soooo delicious! Another Paola hit in my house. I was too lazy to prepare whipped cream, so I just stopped it with a couple spoonfuls of Paola’s super creamy vanilla ice cream that was already in the freezer. O…M…G!!!

  9. Laura says:

    I just made this. Although it is yummy…. I wonder if I did something wrong. It seems a little grainy. I wasn’t expecting that. I used chia flour that I purchased online and instead of almonds I used almond milk. I thought using almonds would be lumpy.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Laura! Is chia flour = meal? If it was grainy tbh it just sounds like it wasn’t blended well enough? Also remember that almonds + water + powerful blender = almond milk xo!

    • Debbie says:

      I used ground chia and think maybe should of cut back because if I didn’t have so much Yummy other stuff I would of probably dumped and started over wit maybe just 1/ 2 Tbl of ground chia. Just a FYI. Will definitely do a do-over.

  10. Elisabete says:

    Delicious!!
    Used coconut oil and I really enjoyed it.
    Will grind some chia seeds and create my own hot chocolate mix to have at work.

    Thank you Paola. Your videos and recipes are beautiful, tasty and inspiring.

  11. Sheila Mello says:

    Should I use Powdered Swerve or Granular Swerve. Both are erythritol. I saw you specified powdered for whipped cream but how about the hot chocolate?

    • Paola says:

      Hi Sheila! I think you can use either as they’ll blend and subsequently melt (hopefully?!). I used granular Lakanto and had no issues πŸ˜‰ xo!

  12. Gila Levitt says:

    Hi were is the video? I didn’t see it on the page! Love the recipes Paola–you are amazing!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Gina! So happy to hear you’re enjoying the recipes! I’ve found that the videos don’t show up to peeps running adblockers, disabling it and clearing the cache usually fixes it xo!

      • Gila Levitt says:

        I fixed it and cleared it and still not seeing video!! funny….some of the videos I have had no problem at all…is there another way to see videos?

    • Paola says:

      Hi Amy, I did that once and had to re-blend it because the chia seeds split a bit. So wouldn’t really recommend it xo

  13. Lois says:

    Well, now, wasn’t that lovely on a Sunday afternoon!

    Thank you!

    Going to experiment now to make a nut-free version.

    Thanks as always for your generosity, Paola.

    • Paola says:

      My absolute pleasure and so happy you enjoyed it Lois! ps you can simply swap out the almonds for some coconut milk for a nut-free version πŸ˜‰ xo!

  14. Angie says:

    The nutrional guide states:
    Please note that nutrition values were calculated using grass-fed butter, and the total net carb count comes out to 2.4g

    Is this carb count including the whipped cream? Thanks.

    • Paola says:

      Hi LaWanda! You could start with a little less if you want to and thicken up to taste. Tbh I’ve gone up even to 2 tablespoons when I want a more filling breakfast πŸ˜‰

      xo!

    • Pea Green says:

      I ran to the kitchen, made this with cacao and almond essence and now I feel like the cat who got the cream. (whipped cream, that is) Best breakfast ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worst part is . . . I want another! Hahahahahahaha. Tomorrow is another day :-))

    • Paola says:

      Hi Penny! We find it best to only warm up the water first. If you would like, feel free to check out the video we made πŸ˜‰

      xo! Paola

    • Paola says:

      Hi Terrie! You can just go ahead and leave them out. Could you sub instead for a little coconut milk? We’re essentially, making almond milk on the go, so you can use what you want. The chia seeds are what gives it the nice and thick texture πŸ˜‰

      xo Paola

    • Paola says:

      Hi Kelly! I chill a bowl in the freezer for 10 mins, take some heavy whipping cream (or Mexican crema), and just beat it until it thickens. You can add a touch of vanilla extract and/or powdered sweetener too!
      xo Paola

  15. Marianne says:

    MY GAAAAWD THIS IS GOOD! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was certainly not this!!! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! LOL It’s just sooooo thick and creamy! I cannot believe this is actually good for me! THANK YOU!

  16. Haleigh says:

    This was amazing! Made mine with pecans and the almond extract. Balanced nicely! Was craving hot chocolate earlier today, so thank you!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Diane! Just click on US Customary at the bottom of the ingredients and you’ll get it in tablespoons/cups! πŸ˜‰

    • Paola says:

      Can you do either pecans or hazelnuts? Hazelnuts would be particularly A-MAZING! Think Nutella πŸ˜‰

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