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This Low Carb Hot Chocolate Recipe is “Bulletproof”


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Nutrition Facts
Kevlar Keto Kokoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.6g 30%
Saturated Fat 14.5g 73%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%
Protein 2.3g 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
For those seeking a low carb hot chocolate recipe, they will find no shortage online.  A quick search will find plenty (for instance, this keto hot cocoa recipe, from which my recipe was adapted).  But, I found them all a bit lacking.  So, I took a stab at my own.

It’s Officially Winter

Well, maybe not “officially”, since it’s not even December yet.  But, in my book, once the temperature makes it below freezing, I consider it, officially, winter.

Of course, winter means hot cocoa and marshmallows. However, if you’re doing Keto, you may have written that off as a pipe dream.

And, for the record, I know that cocoa and chocolate aren’t exactly the same thing.  Thus, hot CHOCOLATE and hot COCOA aren’t “exactly” the same thing either.  But, for our purposes here, I think it’s safe to equate them as, more or less, the same thing.

The BEST Low Carb Hot Chocolate Recipe

There are a number of low carb, ketogenic hot chocolate/cocoa recipes out there, but, I believe this one is the absolute best, for a number of reasons:

  1. We’re Including MCT Oil – terrific for a healthy, immediate boost of energy, as well as for kickstarting your body’s ketone production.
  2. We’re Including Acacia Powder – there are numerous benefits to acacia.  But, the one we’re most interested in here is avoiding the “oil spill” that generally accompanies the use of MCT oil.  By incorporating the acacia, we can actually blend/emulsify the MCT oil INTO the cocoa.  This makes for a much more satisfying drink AND minimizes the digestive upset that can sometimes accompany the use of MCT oil.
  3. Cinnamon – Besides the little “kick” that it will give your cocoa, cinnamon is great for kickstarting your fat burning metabolism.  So, if you’re using keto for fat loss, incorporating cinnamon is a huge bonus to your weight loss efforts.  Want to amp up the “kick”, just increase the amount of cinnamon.
  4. Sea Salt – adding a little salt to a “sweet” food or drink actually ENHANCES the sweetness and gives a “fuller” flavor.  In addition, those on a keto diet often are sodium AND potassium deficient.  Sea salt offers more potassium than standard table salt.  Himalayan sea salt is even better for potassium.
  5. It Tastes Terrific – that is why we’re making it in the first place, right?  You don’t generally drink hot cocoa for the health benefits.  But, with THIS recipe, you can enjoy your hot cocoa AND feel good about drinking it because it’s so low on carbohydrates.

So, here’s the low carb hot chocolate recipe.  It’s not terribly complicated, and you really can’t screw it up. But, here are the details:

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Kevlar Keto Kokoa
A delicious, thick, creamy low carb hot chocolate recipe you can make, even for your non-keto family members, and they'll love it.
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Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Passive Time 0 minutes
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Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Passive Time 0 minutes
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Instructions
  1. The process is pretty basic. Blend all of the ingredients well before heating. You can use a whisk, blender or blender bottle. Any method will work, but the ingredients must be well blended.
  2. Blend the dry ingredients first in one container, cup, bowl or bottle.
  3. Blend the liquid ingredients separately in another container. Ideally, blend these in whatever container you're going to use to finally blend the dry and liquid ingredients together (blender pitcher, blender bottle or mixing bowl).
  4. THEN pour the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients and quickly blend one more time. This suggestion will help to make sure individual dry ingredients (specifically the cocoa and the acacia) will not clump up as much. Just makes it easier to properly blend the wet and dry ingredients together.
  5. Once the ingredients are well blended, either warm in a small pot on the stove over medium heat (stirring constantly) for a few minutes or put into mugs and heat in the microwave individually. Be careful when heating liquids in the microwave. Sometimes, if you get them hot enough, they can actually "explode" upon removal from the microwave, dousing you with very hot liquid. Not a pleasant experience. You've been warned.
Recipe Notes

Obviously, this low carb hot chocolate recipe is very open to "interpretation" and modification.  Don't like cinnamon?  Leave it out.  Like a little more vanilla, bump it up.  Using this pre-workout or post-workout?  Consider incorporating a scoop or two of whey protein and possibly substituting some or all of the erythritol with raw honey or other natural sweetener.

On a heavy workout day, you can get away with a little more carbs and/or protein pre or post workout as your body will use them up quickly and move back into ketosis.  However, I wouldn't do this unless you've been "keto" for at least a few weeks for your body to become well adapted.

Also, if you'd like to cut back on the erythritol a bit, you can sub in a very small amount of stevia for sweetness.  Stevia typically couples well with cocoa, but don't overdo it or you'll get that odd, stevia aftertaste.

Lastly, this also makes a great cold, keto chocolate milk.  However, you may need to cut back on the fat content just a bit to improve the overall taste.  Too much COLD fat can be a bit much for some people.  If using for chocolate milk, consider heating it, letting it cool and storing in the fridge.  Then, when you want some, simply cut it with water (about 2/3 cup cocoa mix with 1/3 cup water).