What’s more comforting than a cup of hot chocolate? The best chocolate is the one you can drink. Creamy, buttery and deliciously sweet, this is one of those drinks no one says no to!
The thing with traditional hot chocolate is that it has too much sugar. If you’re trying to get in shape or are skipping carbs with a keto diet, for example, then hot chocolate is not for you.
That’s why I put together the recipe below — a hot chocolate with no sugar that’s perfect for everyone wanting to enjoy hot cocoa guilt-free.
To make this satisfying, chocolaty drink, you need only three ingredients. The first one is unsweetened cocoa powder. And although I guess you could use actual chocolate and melt it in the milk, in my experience, it never dissolves completely, but the cocoa powder does.
We’re using stevia as a sweetener, but you can use your favorite sugar substitute. Make sure you Google a sugar conversion chart to make sure you add the right amount of sweetener.
I like using whole milk for hot chocolate because I like it rich and creamy, but it comes without saying any type of milk goes, even non-dairy alternatives.
The last ingredient is a pinch of salt. If you haven’t been adding salt to your sweet hot chocolate, you’ve been missing out big time. The salt rounds up and enhances the drink’s flavor, and a little goes a long way!
Did you know stevia comes from a tropical plant? Unlike most other sugar substitutes, stevia is a pretty natural alternative to sugar.
You can use stevia on almost any recipe, even baking projects. But how much to use? Stevia is between 30 and 150 times sweeter than sugar, so for every cup of sugar, you need only one teaspoon of stevia. For four cups of hot chocolate, I use one teaspoon of stevia but taste and adjust to your palate. Keep in mind that stevia comes in different forms; there’s powdered stevia, stevia drops and others, so read the instructions in yours.
Heat the milk in a pot over a medium flame until it steams but not boils.
Add the stevia, cocoa powder and salt. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Remove from heat. Optionally, whisk with an electric hand mixer to make the chocolate foamy.
Pour into four cups.