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(Actually Thick ‘N Creamy!) Keto Hot Chocolate ๐Ÿซ dairy free & paleo

With this one simple trick, you’ll end up with a keto hot chocolate that’s truly thick and creamy… and at just 2g net carbs!

Creamy keto hot chocolate in a white mug over a red napkin
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate (that’s actually thick & creamy!)

Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate

That’s truly thick & creamy!

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

Thick, creamy and absolutely delicious.

The trick?! Using a little thickener, in the form of either konjac (my favorite!), arrowroot, Xanthan gum… or even chia seeds!

So forget that watery thin hot chocolate that comes from just siring in cocoa powder and some form of milk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Topping off a keto hot chocolate with whipped cream
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate (that’s actually thick & creamy!)

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 (my forever favorite isย Valrhona).

Both are well and good, as long as theyโ€™re unsweetened!

Adding a sprinkle of cocoa to a keto hot chocolate
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate (that’s actually thick & creamy!)

The Thickener

As many of you know, chia seeds are usually my staple thickener when it comes to hot chocolate. But I also know that a few of you find the task of grinding them fine enough to be a bit tedious… so I came up with a couple alternatives!ย 

Just do note that chia seeds are awesome, as these tiny Mexican guys pack a whole lot of protein and add a whole lot of crunch.ย Chia seeds contain 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 the wonderful konjac root powder (my favorite Keto thickener!). Itโ€™s zero carbs and does an awesome job at thickening sauces, stewsโ€ฆ and hot chocolate as it turns out! Itโ€™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 donโ€™t get slime!).

The Sweetener

Pick your poison! Alluloseย is my favorite for no aftertaste now (you do need to add 30% more though),ย Lakanto Goldenย (barely any cooling aftertaste here),ย xylitolย (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!).ย 

Fun fact: it might also be my taste buds here, but Iโ€™ve noticed that stevia-based sweeteners (such as Pyure) don’t work so great in hot situations (particularly if chocolate is involved).ย 

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!ย ๐Ÿ•

Keto Hot chocolate with three large sugar free marshmallows
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

Oh! And if feeling a little extra, our keto marshmallows come highly suggested!ย 

Creamy keto hot chocolate in a white mug over a red napkin

(Actually Thick โ€˜N Creamy!) Keto Hot Chocolate

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: almond milk hot chocolate, keto hot chocolate, paleo hot chocolate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 66 kcal

With this one simple trick, you'll end up with a keto hot chocolate that's truly thick and creamy... and at just 2g net carbs!

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Ingredients

For the bulletproof hot chocolate

Serving suggestions

Instructions

When thickening with konjac, arrowroot or xanthan gukm

  1. Add milk of choice, cocoa powder, sweetener and salt to a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to simmer. Taste for sweetness and adjust to taste.

  2. Make a slurry with a little konjac root powder (it's powerful stuff guys!), arrowroot or xanthan gum and a tablespoon or two of water; make sure it's completely dissolved to avoid lumps. Whisk it into the hot chocolate and cook until thickened. Feel free to adjust the quantity to yield your preferred thickness.ย 

When thickening with chia seeds

  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!).ย 

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

  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 Video

Recipe Notes

*Instead 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).ย 

Nutrition Facts
(Actually Thick โ€˜N Creamy!) Keto Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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72 comments

  1. Gianfranco says:

    I there!! Iโ€™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”..

  2. 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! ๐Ÿ˜Š. Another winner!!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo!

    • 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

  10. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo!

  11. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

      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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

      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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

      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

  12. 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!

  13. Haleigh says:

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

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