It has been brutally cold throughout much of the United States recently, and a nice cup of hot chocolate has served as one of the few reprieves available. But if you happen to be someone who can’t eat sugar for health reasons or because you’re dieting, you no doubt feel you’re missing out.
If you love hot chocolate but don’t love the high amount of sugar that comes with it, then rest easy. There are some great sugar-free recipes that will more than satisfy your inner chocolate lover.
— Bran Ottosson (@organicfoodtv) February 19, 2015
This recipe for delicious hot chocolate from Whole New Mom is both sugar and dairy-free. Whole milk can be substituted with rice, coconut, or almond milk. As for replacing sugar, you can finish off your hot chocolate creation with a few drops of liquid stevia (although your own preferred non-sugar sweetener can suffice).
— Balanced Kate (@herbalancedlife) January 25, 2015
This is a similar hot chocolate recipe to the previous one, but there are a few differences. For this yummy concoction by Her Balanced Life, you’ll need a cup of almond milk, two tablespoons of cacao/cocoa powder, one lump of cacao/cocoa butter, two tablespoons of honey, and a dash of cinnamon.
It’s worth noting that honey in this particular hot chocolate creation can be easily subbed for maple syrup, agave, or date syrup.
One hot chocolate recipe is called the best ever. It was submitted to Food.com by a user who calls herself Rose’s granddaughter.
“I love chocolate, but sugar is so bad and addictive for me. I find that it fulfills my cravings. Everyone I have made this for swears it is the best hot chocolate that they have ever had. They are always surprised to find out that it has no sugar.
“The fact that it is pure chocolate is what makes it so good and so fulfilling. I created this myself for me, but I am sure other people have thought of this too.”
To make this hot chocolate the “best ever,” you need eight ounces of two percent milk and eight ounces of water. Use two tablespoons of cocoa powder (Rose recommends Hershey’s), two teaspoons or packets of Splenda, and finish the whole thing off with a pinch of cinnamon.
Even Hershey’s has its own official hot chocolate recipe for the sugar-free crowd. Although, it’s important to note that this hot chocolate calls for a dash of salt.
Believe it or not, salt can really help perk up the taste of chocolate in recipes, much in the same way cinnamon can.
Do you have a favorite sugar-free hot chocolate recipe? Please share in the comment section below!
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