A cup of this skinny hot chocolate saves me when I’ve got one of those late night cravings for something sweet! A cup of this low-calorie, sugar-free hot chocolate keeps me from digging into the ice cream or my stash of cookies that lives in my freezer at all times.
I’m not going to lie to you and say that this is the world’s best hot chocolate. Because it’s not. If that’s what you’re looking for try our incredible French Hot Chocolate. But this hot chocolate helps me meet my nutrition and fitness goals!
Fitness and health is something that is super important to me. But if you’ve been following us for a while you guys know that I am the cookie QUEEN!. I love to bake and I love treats. Like LOVE them. But, that doesn’t mean I eat cookies nonstop. When I eat a treat, I try to make it intentional, because mindlessly eating 6 cookies (we’ve all been there) isn’t good for you.
Where to find Torani Syrups for your sugar-free hot chocolate
In this recipe I use sugar-free Torani syrup, I’ve found this at most grocery stores usually by the coffee and hot chocolate. The place I’ve found the largest variety of flavors is over at World Market! I love these sugar free syrups, I love trying new flavors in my hot chocolate and adding them into my diet coke for a refreshing treat!
There are so many different flavors for the sugar free Torani syrups, as you guys can see I have quite the collections. For this hot chocolate, my favorite tends to be either vanilla, which gives you a very classic hot chocolate flavor or raspberry. Raspberry dark chocolate skinny hot chocolate mmmmm…
While you can usually find these Torani syrups in store Amazon is also a great place to buy these!
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Substitutes for the Torani Syrups—for People on Keto or Avoiding Artificial Sweeteners
If you have a sensitive stomach or are following a Keto or Paleo diet, you might be trying to avoid artificial sweeteners. Or maybe you’re just super healthy that way! Either way there are still lots of options for you!
Monk Fruit Sweetener
As far as zero calorie, natural sweeteners go I really love Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener, I’ve found it tastes the most like sugar! It’s a blend of erythritol and monk fruit sweetener that won’t spike your blood sugar like some artificial sweeteners will. This brand is becoming readily more available in stores, I can even find it in my local grocery store and at Costco! And of course, Amazon too! LINK AMAZON
I typically don’t love stevia, for me it has a super bitter aftertaste. However, my favorite brand is this Now Stevia brand, which tastes the best to me! Be careful if you’re adding stevia to this mixture, unless your stevia specifically says it measures like sugar, stevia is utually super concentrated. So add a little at a time.
Do I have to use almond milk in my skinny hot chocolate?
I use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe simply because it is the lowest calorie option, at 30 calories a cup you really cannot beat that! Plus it’s dairy-free for those who are lactose-intolerant, vegan, or keto.
You can absolutely substitute the almond milk here for another type of milk or cream. Just know that it will change the calorie count on this recipe.
If you’re keto, almond milk is great! But if you’re looking to incorporate more fat in your diet you can use coconut milk (make sure it’s not sweetened!) or cream. A little cream goes a long way so I don’t think I’d add a full half cup of cream. A few tablespoons of it added to your water or almond milk and water would give this a really rich creamy flavor!
Also, if you’re keto, you may want to top off your hot chocolate with full fat whipped cream, but it’s up to you!
Paleo and Dairy-free
Since this recipe already uses almond milk it’s almost completely paleo and dairy-free to start! However, it is topped with fat-free whipped cream, which obviously isn’t compliant with either of those. It’s pretty easy to find coconut whipped cream in the refrigerated section next to all the cans of spray whipped cream these days. However, it’s also super easy to make your own! Check out my food friend Baked the Blog‘s instructions on how to make homemade coconut whipped cream.
What kind of cocoa powder should I use?
I prefer to use a high-qulaity cocoa powder. Dutch-processed, like Hershey’s Special dark is my favorite, it gives a much more intense flavor! However, I would use Hershey’s cocoa over regular baking cocoa powder. I do not recommend generic baking cocoa powder as the flavor is not nearly as good!
The sprinkle of salt really brings out the chocolate flavor of our skinny hot chocolate. I also sometimes like to add a little bit of cinnamon (and if you’re feeling really adventurous a dash of cayenne pepper and cinnamon) for a Mexican-style hot chocolate. I hope this hot chocolate helps you guys meet your fitness and health goals this year!
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- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon Hershey’s cocoa powder
- Sprinkle of salt
- Sugar-free Torani syrup to taste (I usually put about 2 tablespoons in)
- Fat Free whipped cream
- In a microwave safe mug, add your almond milk and water. Microwave for 1 minute until hot. Add a sprinkle of salt cocoa powder and stir until dissolved.
- Add in sugar-free Torani syrup to taste and top with 3 tablespoons of fat free whipped cream. Drink and enjoy!
Feel free to replace the torani syrups with sweeteners of choice.
Be careful if you’re adding stevia to this mixture in place of torani syrups, unless
your stevia specifically says it measures like sugar, stevia is utually super
concentrated. So add a little at a time.
You can replace the almond milk with milk or cream of choice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40 Total Fat: 2.2g Carbohydrates: 2.5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 0g
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Originally published January 4, 2019