If you’re going keto and thought that mean an end to enjoying a glass of chocolate milk, think again!
While traditional chocolate milk is chock full of sugar (pardon the pun) and is a big no-no on the keto diet, there is good news…
It is actually possible and not to mention quick, easy and delicious to make homemade keto chocolate milk.
It’s a simple as a glass of milk with a few extras and you’ll be enjoying a tasty chocolate drink in a matter of minutes!
The best thing is it stores well in the fridge and goes down great as an after dinner treat or anytime you crave a something sweet. You can even combine it with other drinks and smoothies which we will cover later.
This recipe is so simple you can literally be enjoying it in the time it takes you to finish this article. So get ready and lets make some low carb chocolate milk!
How To Make Keto Chocolate Milk
Making this keto chocolate milk mix is as simple as combining a few ingredients in a blender and giving it a wiz! You’ll be sipping low carb chocolate milk in no time I promise. However I thought I would give you a few tips that I’ve picked up a long the way that will help you get the best glass of keto chocolate milk your very first time!
Use low carb milks
It’s not a big surprise that traditional chocolate milk is not keto friendly. What might surprise you is that it’s not just the added sugars that make it a danger for keto dieters.
In fact there’s actually a lot of carbs that naturally occur in regular milk. If you’ve been on the keto train for a while now you’ve probably already realised this but it is important to note.
Here’s a breakdown of the carbs in a normal glass of milk.
Luckily though there are a few helpful alternatives that we can use that taste just as good without the extra carbs.
To make this keto chocolate milk live up to its name and be “keto” we need to use a low carb milk.
The two low carb milks that I recommend are almond milk or coconut milk. I have used almond milk for this recipe however you can substitute in any low carb milk you have in the fridge at the time.
Another option would be to go the heavy cream route. This is possible too however if you are going to, I would suggest doing a mixture of heavy cream and almond or coconut milk as the heavy cream will be very thick and rich on its own.
It’s always a good practice to check the labels of the products you buy as some company’s sneak sugar and carbs into their products. So make sure your almond or coconut milk isn’t secretly hiding 10+ grams of sugar!
Cacao vs Cocoa
To get the great chocolate-y flavour in our keto chocolate milk we are going to be using cacao powder.
You may have heard news stories talking about the health benefits of eating chocolate. Usually what these studies are referring to isn’t your regular store bought chocolate they are talking about cacao.
So what’s the big difference between cocoa and cacao? Besides a few letters of course!
I think Food Matters explain it best:
“Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao and removes the fat (cacao butter).
Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cacao bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.”
This results in Cacao having more antioxidants and nutrients.
So not only are you going to enjoy a delicious keto chocolate milk you are actually getting some beneficial antioxidants as well.
It just keeps getting better doesn’t it!
Keto Chocolate Milk Variations
This is a simple and easy keto chocolate milk recipe but the best thing about it is the amount of additional ingredients you can add to mix up the flavours or adjust the nutrition.
It’s like a blank canvas! Perfect as it is but so easy to mix up should you feel like it.
If you’d like your chocolate milk to have a little more chocolate flavour. Simply stir in a little extra cacao powder. If that’s not to your liking you can add a little extra stevia to make the drinks slightly sweeter.
Here are some other great ideas to mix up your traditional drink. Simply throw in one or more of these ingredients to the blender to create a different spin on the classic!
- Creamy nut butter. Almond and peanut work great.
- A few drops of vanilla extract make a tasty addition.
- Orange zest or extract. We all know orange and chocolate are great together!
- MCT Oil. Add some extra healthy fats to your drink!
- Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg can work well.
- Berries and other low carb fruits can also make a nice change.
Do I Need To Use A Blender?
If you don’t have access to a blender or just don’t want the extra clean up you can make this keto chocolate milk by hand.
I will say that a blender does make easier work and helps to combine all of the ingredients best especially if you are adding some of the extra ingredients mentioned above.
However the important thing is that it is possible to stir everything in with a spoon if you need to.
How To Serve Keto Chocolate Milk?
This low carb chocolate milk mix is great as is but it also works with a whole heap of other keto recipes too.
Why not try:
- Chocolate coffee. Heat the mixture up and add it to your coffee for a chocolate hit.
- Add flavour to your low carb smoothies instead of just using milk.
- Low carb cocktails. If you’re in the mood for a drink, why not try adding your favourite low carb alcohol.
Keto Chocolate Milk Mix Recipe
Get ready to enjoy a tasty chocolate milk without the carbs. If you’re a fan of chocolate milks I think this recipe will soon become one of your favourites. Make sure to let me know what you think and any other ideas you have for this recipe in the comments below.
Also once you’ve given it a try leave a rating below.
- 2 cups Low Carb Milk (coconut or almond)
- 2 tbsp Cacao Powder
- 3 tbsp Stevia Powder
- 1 pinch Sea Salt (or himalayan)
- Add milk to the blender then throw in the dry ingredients.
- Blend and pour into glasses to enjoy!
If you enjoyed this low carb chocolate milk recipe why not check out this post on 121 Keto Friendly Snacks.