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My husband and I went to Paris for our honeymoon. It was almost three years ago, and there was this little place called Angelina that I still remember as if it were yesterday. I knew I wanted to go there in advance because it’s world-renowned for its hot chocolate. When we tried it, it was even better than I had imagined. They brought us this cute little pitcher and crisp white mini mugs. The hot chocolate was thick, yet smooth as silk, like they had just melted the world’s best chocolate bar and made it just thin enough to drink, yet still dense and creamy. I’ve been dreaming of transforming it into my own low carb hot chocolate recipe ever since.
This thick, fancy, low carb hot chocolate is my recreation of Angelina’s. It’s not identical to the one we had in Paris, but I’d say it’s pretty close. With only five ingredients, it’s incredibly simple to make. Just heat the almond milk, cream, and sweetener, then stir in the chocolate and vanilla until melted. Super easy, low carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free… yet you’ll feel like you’re having a fancy, delectable dessert!
The chocolate that you use to melt into this low carb hot chocolate recipe makes all the difference in taste. Choose a high quality chocolate bar and it will shine through here. All the other ingredients are less important, and you can use whatever version of them you prefer or have on hand. Regular milk works just as well as almond milk, but be extra careful not to scorch it. You can make it low carb if you decide to use unsweetened chocolate (so much better than the store bought sugar-free hot chocolate!). Or, make it paleo by using coconut cream instead of heavy cream.
Any sweetener you like will work here. Erythritol is my favorite, but regular sugar works for those who use it, coconut sugar is great for paleo, or try stevia for another sugar-free alternative. You can even omit the sweetener if you don’t want your hot chocolate too sweet. Because multiple versions of the ingredients can be used, the recipe is incredibly versatile, and you probably already have some version of the ingredients.
Seriously, you really can’t go wrong with this low carb hot chocolate recipe. Try it once, and I think you’ll be making it again and again.
If you need more rich chocolate-y-ness in your life (and who doesn’t? ;)), try these 3-ingredient almond butter fudge cups from Beaming Baker. To make them low carb, just use sugar-free chocolate chips and sugar-free maple syrup.
Fancy Low Carb Hot Chocolate (Sugar-free, Gluten-free):
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Want to use a different sweetener? Check the natural low carb sweeteners guide & conversion chart!
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