Low Carb, Sugar Free Caramel Hot Chocolate

As we head into Autumn, it’s that time of year when hot chocolate becomes a real treat – especially when you’ve been out in wet, cold weather.  Coffee shops across the country begin rolling out their special drinks, which inevitably include a variety of hot chocolate flavours.  The problem is, they’re always loaded with carbs and sugar – a single serving can easily account for a normal persons entire recommended daily sugar intake, and would be completely off-limits to a diabetic.

While some stores do offer variations that can include soya, coconut or almond milk – they’re almost always the sweetened versions.  In addition, few use real cocoa powder – it’s usually an ‘instant mix’ with sugar added.

However, all is not lost – you can very cheaply enjoy a hot chocolate that is just as delicious (if not more so, in my opinion!) at home.  Using real cocoa powder, this hot chocolate recipe is my ‘go to’ on cold days (and quite often, hot days too!).  Cocoa powder in drinks can be tricky, especially if you’re not making it in a pan while stirring constantly.  It can be difficult to dissolve, leaving clumps and a rather ‘flat’ taste.

The trick is to whisk and froth the cocoa in – and the only reliable and simple way I’ve found is using a handheld frother.  I use an Aerolatte, which is still going strong some 7 years after I bought it – but cheaper versions are available, though I can’t vouch for how well they stack up.

This recipe is nice without the addition of the caramel syrup, but I find that adding the syrup tips it from ‘nice’ to ‘scrumptious’ – it also allows you to explore different flavours.  The recipe uses Caramel syrup, but that can be replaced in the same quantities with Vanilla, Gingerbread, Hazelnut and a whole lot more.  Just make sure you choose a sugar-free syrup!  I’ve used both Simply Syrups and Monin Sugar Free Syrups and both stack up well, without any nasty aftertaste.  Jordans Skinny Syrups are available in a much wider range of flavours. However, some people comment that those leave a slightly ‘chemical’ aftertaste – I’ve found them to be fine, though.

Nutritional Values take all ingredients into account, with the exception of the squirty cream topping (which adds a few carbs, but is worthwhile as a treat!)

Ingredients and Directions

A delicious, creamy, low carb, sugar-free hot chocolate recipe perfect for cold and wet days!

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Yields1 Serving
Prep Time3 minsCook Time2 minsTotal Time5 mins
 100 ml Unsweetened Soya or Almond Milk
 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
 20 ml Double Cream (optional, but delicious!)
 Squirty Cream to top (optional)
1

Heat the Soya or Almond milk in the microwave for around 90 seconds - don't allow it to boil

2

Add the sweetener and cocoa - mix well with a spoon, but don't worry about getting all the lumps away

3

Use a hand frother carefully to mix with greater vigour - place it just below the surface initially, gradually moving it into the cup further. This will usually take between 30 and 60 seconds, but there should be no clumps of cocoa left when done.

4

Add the double cream and syrup if using and mix for a further 10 seconds using the frother

5

Add squirty cream on top if you wish, and enjoy!

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Ingredients

 100 ml Unsweetened Soya or Almond Milk
 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
 20 ml Double Cream (optional, but delicious!)
 Squirty Cream to top (optional)

Directions

1

Heat the Soya or Almond milk in the microwave for around 90 seconds - don't allow it to boil

2

Add the sweetener and cocoa - mix well with a spoon, but don't worry about getting all the lumps away

3

Use a hand frother carefully to mix with greater vigour - place it just below the surface initially, gradually moving it into the cup further. This will usually take between 30 and 60 seconds, but there should be no clumps of cocoa left when done.

4

Add the double cream and syrup if using and mix for a further 10 seconds using the frother

5

Add squirty cream on top if you wish, and enjoy!

Low Carb, Sugar Free Caramel Hot Chocolate
Lee Bailey
lee@forkmojo.com

Organic Allotmenteer, RHS Student, Husband, Father & Programmer

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