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:
- We’re Including MCT Oil – terrific for a healthy, immediate boost of energy, as well as for kickstarting your body’s ketone production.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: