This homemade low carb cocoa mix makes a great gift for friends and family on a low carb diet! It takes only minutes to make and with a cute container, ribbons or bows you have an easy homemade gift. Or just keep it for yourself for those cold winter days. Only 0.7g net carbs.
You might also like this low carb spiked hot chocolate recipe too!
I don’t know about you but I crave hot chocolate in the winter. Sometimes I just want something hot and sweet to sip on and so I came up with this low carb cocoa mix. I keep it out and use it almost everyday. I’ve experimented with all kinds of things and I think I came up with the best sugar free instant cocoa recipe. Plus I thought it might make a nice gift if you have a friend who is on a low carb diet or who is diabetic.
These are the best unsweetened cocoa products!
I am really excited I discovered these two quality cocoa products: Divine and Guittard cocoa powders. They both are lower in carbs than your regular grocery story cocoa powder and they are very rich in flavor. They are more expensive than regular cocoa powder but to me it’s worth it. I mainly used Guittard in this recipe but you can always just use regular. (But give one of these a try some day!)
Low carb cocoa ingredients
I tried a lot of different combination of ingredients to get the best instant sugar free cocoa mix. I stumbled upon this cool product on Amazon: heavy cream powder. It’s perfect for giving your cocoa an instant creamy flavor.
So the final ingredients I used were Guittard’s cocoa rouge powder, Swerve confectioners sweetener (dissolves better than regular) and powdered heavy cream.
I also tried powdered coconut milk. This got a little clumpy and wasn’t as creamy as I’d like but if you don’t do dairy, this is an option for you. I also stumbled upon a thickener that worked well with the coconut milk but I felt it was unnecessary in the final version. It’s a nice low carb product to have on hand though. You can see those products below.
Where can you find nice containers for gifts?
I bought the containers below at the dollar store years ago. You would be surprised at the things you can find there. Also try looking on Amazon. I have an Amazon list with a few suggestions here. Lastly you can use a jelly jar too. I know at Target there are all kinds of cute jars available.
Torani Syrups would be a nice gift with this!
You know I love my Torani syrups and I think any flavor that would be good in coffee would be good in cocoa. Below are a few of my favorites that I like in both my coffee and cocoa. If you wanted to make a gift basket to go with your cocoa mix, grab one of these. They are even offering 15% off and free shipping if you click here if you use the code PUMPKINSOBASIC. This offer ends 12/31/18 though.
Another fun gift to give with this instant hot cocoa mix
I recently bought a few fun things from a Pampered Chef party and one of them was this instant whip cream maker. You just put in some heavy cream and any sweetener you want (I use a little Torani S’mores) and hand whip your cream. You have yummy flavored low carb whipped cream in 2 minutes. Also it comes with a lid that you can put on top and store it in the fridge for a few days. I use it a lot. They have it on Amazon but it’s much cheaper on the Pampered chef site.
You could also use Swerve sweetener and different extracts in this whipped cream. Peppermint would be a good one to try.
The basic instant low carb cocoa mix recipe
So the basic recipe for this hot cocoa mix is 1 part unsweetened cocoa + 1 part powdered cream + 2 parts sweetener + a pinch of salt. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. It’s very simple but I used it alot and thought you might like it too.
I use 2 tablespoons of this mix in 8 oz of hot water to make this low carb hot chocolate. Taste it and if it needs more sugar to you, add a bit more.
I don’t like mine super sweet so make a sample first by mixing 1 tablespoons Swerve confectioners + 1/2 tablespoon cocoa + 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream powder and 8 oz water. Adjust sweetener from there.
The nutritional information for 1 (2T) serving is:
28 cals / 2.5g fat / 1.5g carbs / 0.8g fiber / 0.8g protein = 0.7g net carbs
Homemade Low Carb Cocoa Mix
This homemade low carb cocoa mix makes a great gift for friends and family on a low carb diet! It takes only minutes to make and with a cute container, ribbons or bows you have an easy homemade gift. Or just keep it for yourself for those cold winter days.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa ***
- 1/2 cup powdered heavy cream***
- 1 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener***
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
NOTE: Before you start do a test with 1 tablespoon sweetener + 1/2 tablespoon cocoa + 1/2 tablespoon powdered cream. Mix with 8 oz of hot water. Test to see if you like it sweeter and adjust accordingly. I prefer it less sweet.
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Pour into a sealed container. Use 2 tablespoons per 8 oz of hot water.
*** Note I preferred Guittards or Divine cocoa rouge for it's intense chocolate taste and less carbs. You can find all of these ingredients on my Amazon page. Please use Swerve confectioners as it dissolves much easier than granular.