Keto Hot Cocoa (Hot Chocolate)

keto hot cocoa with whipped cream next to some books

As I write this, it is 11 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside. January in Wisconsin. All I want is a cup of something warm, rich and comforting: hot cocoa fits the bill! But keeping it low carb can be a challenge, so here are some tricks to ensure your keto hot cocoa gives you the taste you want but also keeps your carb count low.

Ingredients needed

For years, I made hot chocolate with 2 ingredients: milk and Hershey’s syrup. Mix, microwave and drink. Easy and fast. But that won’t fly in a sugar free world. Here is how I adapted to make low carb/keto hot chocolate:

  • Almond milk – instead of using dairy milk, I like almond milk. A cup of dairy milk contains about 11 grams of carbohydrates, vs 1 gram in a cup of almond milk. Unsweetened of course, but I always buy the vanilla flavor for a little extra taste.
  • Cocoa powder – any kind will work, but I like Dutch-processed as it has a slightly sweeter taste than regular cocoa powder.
  • Sweetener – we need a sugar substitute, right? I use granular Swerve (erythritol) but use another if you have a favorite. Just keep in mind that not all sweeteners substitute at a 1:1 ratio with sugar. So if yours says it is “twice as sweet as sugar” you probably need less than indicated here.
ingredients shown: sweetener, almond milk and cocoa

How to mix your keto hot cocoa

You’d think this wouldn’t need explanation, right? Just mix and heat. But the reason I used syrup all those years was I hated the way cocoa powder resists mixing into liquid. If you just dump it in and stir, you will have bubbles of dry cocoa that don’t quite mix in. Once you finally get them mixed, you still have spots all over your cup and spoon of almost-dissolved cocoa deposits.

poorly mixed hot cocoa

So now I pre-mix the dry ingredients together. It helps to keep the cocoa powder from clumping together. Just take a small cup and whisk together the cocoa powder and sweetener. (Watch the video in the recipe card to see me use the tiniest whisk ever LOL)

I still use the microwave to heat my milk, so I heat the almond milk for one minute and during this time whisk together the dry ingredients. Then add the cocoa mix to the warm milk and stir in. Microwave one more minute and voila – keto hot cocoa!

What about the marshmallows?

Marshmallows make hot cocoa even better! The easiest substitute I have found is to garnish with a big scoop of keto whipped cream. Delicious, and it provides a little extra sweetness and a rich mouthfeel in every sip.

keto hot cocoa in a gray mug

A dusting of cocoa gives it the final touch!

pin for keto hot cocoa

The next cold day in your world, I hope you get a chance to curl up with a cup of keto hot cocoa – it makes everything better!

keto hot cocoa with whipped cream next to some books
Print Recipe
5 from 15 votes

Keto Hot Cocoa

Delicious and satisfying hot cocoa, but low carb and sugar free!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Sula


  • 8-10 oz almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder Dutch Processed or regular
  • 1 Tablespoon Erythritol granular (or other sweetener of choice)


  • Measure almond milk into a microwave-safe mug. Microwave on high for one minute.
  • In a small cup, whisk together the cocoa powder and sweetener until well mixed.
  • Add dry mix to the warm milk and stir.
  • Microwave one more minute, then stir and serve.



Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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    12 thoughts on “Keto Hot Cocoa (Hot Chocolate)

    1. 5 stars
      Perfect timing! I was just thinking I need some hot chocolate, but hey I am doing Keto, so no…but now YES. Can wait to try this

    2. 5 stars
      This looks delicious, but is Bailey’s part of the Keto lifestyle? Because that needs to be included in this hot chocolate for sure!

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