(Extra Cozy!) Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows ⛄ keto & paleo

This ain’t your regular watery hot cocoa! Fact is, this paleo and keto hot chocolate with marshmallows is totally luscious, intensely chocolatey and extra cozy… at just 1.5g net carbs!

Keto hot chocolate with marshmallows in a snowman mug
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

Extra Cozy!

Believe it or not, but our keto marshmallows are ridiculously easy to whip up! And they’re actually packed with nutritional value (think collagen!)… particularly if using a high quality (grass-fed!) gelatin.

So yup! Your hot cocoa with marshmallows can actually be transformed into a totally healthy treat with the right ingredients. Hot stuff guys!

Oh and top tip! Feel free to add a little peppermint extract to your hot chocolate… and even to the marshmallows (right before they’re done to ensure they don’t deflate!).

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

The Thickener

As many of you know, chia seeds are usually my staple thickener when it comes to hot chocolate (see our famous bulletproof hot chocolate!). But I ran out (#foodblogerfail) and got a little creative… because watery hot chocolate is definitely not my jam!

So in comes the wonderful konjac root powder (you know, the stuff your miracle noodles are made out of!). It’s zero carbs and does an awesome 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!).

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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.

The Sweetener

Pick your poison. Though do note that we like erythritol or xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) 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! 🐕

Paleo and Keto hot chocolate with almond milk
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

And do the keto marshmallows melt? Definitely (but they don’t toast)! Just like traditional marshmallows, these guys will melt into a lovely marshmallow cream– albeit a little faster!

I did take my time taking pictures though (and the hot cocoa was steaming hot!)… so feel free to add them little by little to keep more of a bite. A taste-slash-texture preference sorta thing. And, of course, feel free to play with size.

Melting marshmallows in a keto hot chocolate
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows
Keto hot chocolate with marshmallows in a snowman mug

Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

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: 66 kcal

This ain't your regular watery hot cocoa! Fact is, this paleo and keto hot chocolate with marshmallows is totally luscious, intensely chocolatey and extra cozy... at just 1.5g net carbs!

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Ingredients

For the keto hot chocolate

Serving suggestions

Instructions

  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. Make a slurry with a little konjac root powder (it's powerful stuff guys!) 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. 

  2. Serve with (plenty!) of marshmallows. 

  3. NOTE: if using arrowroot you also need to make a slurry, but xanthan gum can be added directly (works best with an immersion blender though). And chia seeds need to be blended fully to avoid any lumps. 

Recipe Notes

Please note that cacao and cocoa nutrition values do vary, so check your nutrition labels (I used Valrhona!)!  

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Keto Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3.5g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 30%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 comments

  1. Judy B says:

    Omg delicious! Warm chocolate love in a cup on this chilly New Jersey evening! 🥶 Thank you for this and all of your wonderful recipes!
    Quick question though – I used 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum as my thickener and since I didn’t have an immersion blender, I blended it with the milk and sweetener in my ninja, and then poured the *very thick* mixture into a saucepan, added the cocoa and stirred constantly until hot. Was that the best alternative under the circumstances? Or should I have skipped the ninja and used a whisk to mix in the thickener? I’ll be making this again!

  2. Sherry says:

    This sounds so good, especially with Florida in the grip of a “cold” spell. Too late l today but I’m going to to make this tomorrow and build a fire to drink it in front of! I’ll be back with what I’m sure will be a high rating as usual.

    On my way back from NY, I was expounding on the virtues of your website to a lady on my flight who was interested in trying a low-carb diet. I told her you have the BEST recipes😀 I hope she looks you up! She won’t be sorry.

  3. Holly says:

    Paola, your food photography is some of the best I’ve seen on the web! It makes me so excited to try all your beautiful recipes. Yummmm!

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