I love hot chocolate especially in the winter but, because I’m consuming a very strict low carbohydrate diet, even “low carb” recipes that depend on unsweetened cocoa powder for their chocolate flavor are too high in carbs for me. During my last visit to Williamsburg, I discovered Cacao Tea, a favorite of Martha Washington! Roasted cacao shells are the only ingredient (some brands add cacao nibs too), it is caffeine free and when brewed like ordinary tea, the resulting light chocolate-flavored tea has zero carbs! It’s good on its own with a little sweetener and cream but, when I use it as a base and doctor it up, it turns into a delicious milk chocolate hot cocoa! A huge 2-cup (16 oz.) serving is only 2 carbs, which fits perfectly into my daily meal plan...everyday!
Low Carb Hot Chocolate made with Cacao Tea
Makes 1 generous serving
2 teaspoons of cacao tea (can be purchased online, Oliver Pluff is the brand I used)
12 ounces of hot water (1-1/2 cups)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons (1 oz) Mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
5-8 drops of monkfruit extract, to taste (chocolate or regular, I used LaKanto brand)
A pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon chocolate extract, optional but adds more chocolate flavor (or vanilla can be substituted)
1. Brew the cacao tea in the 12 ounces of hot water for 10 minutes.
2. Into a blender, add the remaining ingredients. Strain the cacao shells out of the tea and discard the solids. Add the tea to the blender and blend until smooth. If needed, reheat the “hot chocolate” in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove until desired temperature is reached. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information per entire recipe (1 pint): 234 calories, 2.3 g carbohydrates (0.7 g dietary fiber, 0.1 g sugars), 26.5 g total fat (17 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 34 mg sodium, 44.3 mg calcium, 13 mg potassium, 2.7 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 1.6 grams
Photo and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2019
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.