Dairy Free Keto Hot Chocolate
I bet you have been curious how to make keto hot chocolate, especially this time of year. This keto hot cocoa recipe is the most amazing hot chocolate recipe you will ever have! Even better, it is dairy free! This keto drink recipe is a hot chocolate with coconut milk instead of cream or cows milk. I use coconut milk because it’s very cream. And I use macadamia nut milk in my keto cocoa because it has zero net carbs and a higher fat count than other nut milk. You can substitute with any dairy free milk though.
Instead of using the traditional whipped cream, this keto hot chocolate has a special sweet meringue topping. I got the idea from chef Melissa Clark. It may sound strange but trust me, it’s so good! Don’t skip this step when you are making this dairy free hot chocolate.
The Chocolate In The Keto Hot Cocoa
This keto hot chocolate recipe called for two types of chocolate - cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Since this a keto hot cocoa, you should reach for unsweetened versions of the two.
For the cocoa powder, I use a 100% unsweetened kind. Look on the back of the package to make sure there is no additional fillers that may contain carbs. A good keto cocoa powder should have 2 net carbs per serving.
For the chocolate chips, I recommend using sugar free chips from ChocZero. They are my favorite and contain no sugar alcohols. They are sweetened with monk fruit. You can use other sugar free chocolate chips brands, like Lily’s. Or chop up a 100% unsweetened chocolate bar.
The Nut Milk Options In The Keto Hot Cocoa
The combination of coconut cream and macadamia nut milk produces a very creamy hot chocolate. Plus they are loaded with healthy fats and are very low in carbs. If you don’t like coconut cream or have access to macadamia nut milk, you can substitute with other nut milks in this dairy free hot chocolate keto recipe.
Here are some options for milk replacements:
- almond milk
- cashew milk
- pili nut milk
- hemp milk
The Meringue Topping
I know it sounds strange, topping a hot chocolate with a foamy mixture of egg whites, but it is delicious! Plus this is a dairy free topping to your keto hot cocoa.
If you are not interested in using a dollop of meringue, you can make up dairy free whipped cream made out of coconut milk.
Slow Cooker Keto Hot Chocolate
This keto hot chocolate recipe can also be made in the slow cooker. Just add all the ingredients for the hot cocoa in a slow cooker. Heat it on high for 2 hours, then stir before serving. Make the meringue before serving.
This is ideal for days spent playing in snow all day or shredding down the mountain. You can come home to a mug of warm keto hot chocolate.
Variations To Keto Hot Chocolate
There are some fun flavors you can add to your hot cocoa. Here are a few you should try:
- peppermint extract
- sugar free caramel syrup
- keto marshmallows