Dairy-Free Indulgences: Decadent Low-Carb Hot Chocolate

UPDATE: Kimi over at The Nourishing Gourmet blog recently put up a very informative post regarding the best type of coconut milk. Check it out!

Healthy Hot Chocolate

Now that it’s cooling down, I like to warm up with my sweet treats. There’s nothing like a big frothy mug of hot cocoa to relax all of the tension in those cold muscles. Apart from satisfying your sweet tooth, hot chocolate can actually do your body good… if prepared with wholesome ingredients! Studies show that cocoa and dark chocolate may even improve insulin sensitivity and reduce heart disease risk. Check out these journal articles regarding the health effects of cocoa if you’re feeling nerdy:

~Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a
significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood
pressure in healthy persons

~Effects of cocoa powder and dark chocolate on LDL oxidative susceptibility and prostaglandin concentrations in humans
~Flavonoid-Rich Dark Chocolate Improves Endothelial Function and Increases Plasma Epicatechin Concentrations in Healthy Adults
~Effect of Dark Chocolate on Arterial Function in Healthy Individuals

Coconut milk, the creamy base for my cocoa, is also packed with good stuff–lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides, which raise HDL cholesterol and are less likely to be stored as body fat! It’s a much better option than soy milk, which is often genetically modified and contains phytates.

To make this dairy-free hot chocolate every bit as creamy as the dairy-filled version, I add melted dark chocolate, full fat coconut milk, and a whole fresh egg in addition to the cocoa powder. This makes for a very filling, nutrient-packed drink! You can use any 85% cacao content chocolate you prefer. Lindt 85% is widely available, reasonably priced, and delicious. This luscious drink is almost like a pourable chocolate custard. You can sweeten it with any combination of sugar-free sweeteners you like. Just remember that using multiple sweeteners is key to making sugarless chocolate treats taste yummy.

Yes, you read that right–this drink calls for a raw egg. The risk of contracting salmonella from conventional eggs is exceptionally low. For organic eggs, which come from healthy hens, the risk is close to zero. I have been consuming one to two raw eggs per day in smoothies for over a year, because the nutrients in the yolk are best preserved in raw form. If you’re still squeamish, go hunt down some pasteurized shell eggs, which are available in many supermarkets. As for the taste, raw eggs make smoothies and shakes unbelievably creamy and frothy. Try it and you won’t go back to egg-less smoothies!

If you’re wary about the coconut milk tasting strange in hot chocolate, fear not. The flavor of coconut milk is so subtle that it is not noticeable in most recipes. I promise you it does not distract one bit from the rich chocolate taste. If you like, you can add flavor extracts to keep your cocoa interesting. Use whatever strikes your fancy! I’ve been adding mint flavor extract to my mug lately, making a liquified Thin Mint type drink. You don’t miss those transfat-laden cookies at all when you’re sippin’ on this mug of heaven.

I like to eat the frothy cap with a spoon first.

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Serves 1

2 squares (.7 ounces) 85% cacao content chocolate
2 teaspoons good tasting cocoa powder
4 ounces of coconut milk
2-3 ounces piping hot water
Combination of sugar-free sweeteners, to taste
-1 tablespoon erythritol
-Pinch of NuNaturals Pure Stevia Extract

Splash of pure vanilla extract
1 fresh organic egg (optional)

Break up chocolate squares with your fingers, or chop into chunks. Add cocoa powder and pour in coconut milk. Microwave for 30-50 seconds, and stir coconut milk and chocolate together until chocolate has melted completely. Whisk egg lightly in a separate bowl. Transfer chocolate mixture to a blender. Add flavor extracts and sweeteners, and blend the mixture at low speed. With the blender running, add beaten egg and then piping hot water. Taste, and add more sweeteners or extract if necessary. Serve immediately–do not reheat.

~7-8 grams net carbs per mug

All gone!

25 Comments on Dairy-Free Indulgences: Decadent Low-Carb Hot Chocolate

  1. Dana Wax
    October 13, 2008 at 12:31 am (14 years ago)

    Thanks for giving me a health reason to indulge in hot chocolate – it’s perhaps one of my favorite evening treats!

    I like the idea of coconut milk, but I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for the raw egg yet. But I did appreciate your information on organic eggs producing a negliable salmonela risk. Food for thought while I prepare food for my tummy.

  2. Amy Dungan (aka Sparky's Girl)
    October 13, 2008 at 1:20 am (14 years ago)

    Hi Lauren! Great blog! I love all the recipe ideas you’ve got here!

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    October 13, 2008 at 9:45 pm (14 years ago)

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  4. Elizabeth
    October 14, 2008 at 2:01 pm (14 years ago)

    It must be the season, because I made almost exactly the same drink a few days ago! Mine was just minus the egg. 🙂

  5. chewymama
    October 15, 2008 at 4:36 am (14 years ago)

    this looks delicious. love your blog! the coconut milk link isnt working? i was curious where you buy yours???

  6. Jennifer
    October 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm (14 years ago)

    Most unusual, Lauren. There is a way to make raw egg safer. It is called “coddling” the egg. To coddle an egg: place in just below boiling point water for 1 minute or just under 1 minute. 🙂

  7. Mee-Lise
    October 17, 2008 at 3:05 am (14 years ago)

    Yay! Just tried this hot chocolate recipe (raw egg included), and OMG I feel so full and nourished.

    Over the summer, I made quite a few berry-coconut oil-raw egg smoothies. Love them.

  8. applebottomblues
    October 19, 2008 at 4:02 am (14 years ago)

    Hi Lauren. I've just found your blog and I Love it! Especially all the images. I belong to a diet forum for the hcg protocol weight loss plan and one of the phases if a low carb, no sugar phase. I just posted a link to your blog there. I hope that is ok. If it isn't, let me know and I'll remove it, but you have done a phenomenal job of putting your recipes together & I really want to share it with my friends. I will certainly keep showing up myself.

    Ok… I'm off to try your hot chocolate recipe! Thanks again!

  9. applebottomblues
    October 19, 2008 at 10:42 am (14 years ago)

    One more question… I just bought some NOW Eggwhite protein powder. Do you think I could substitute a tablespoon of that for the egg in your hot chocolate?

  10. Lauren
    October 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm (14 years ago)

    Dana – You’re very welcome! If you try the egg blended up you will become a believer! I understand your hesitation though. The idea can be a bit unnerving. Tasting is believing.

    Amy – Thanks for stopping by!

    Elizabeth – You are so crafty that I bet you have your paleo version perfected already. 🙂

    Chewymama – Hi! I just get mine in the grocery store–Thai Kitchen brand, or whatever brand has the least preservatives.

    Jennifer – I worry less about these things than I probably should, but thank you for the information!

    Meelise – Adding coconut oil to a smoothie sounds delicious. I will have to give that a try with some frozen berries on a an unexpectedly warm day!

    Applebottom – The egg white sounds like a great sub if you enjoy the taste of it. It would contribute more protein in place of the fats, choline, and other nutrients in the raw yolk. Give it a shot and please share with us your results!

  11. Sophie
    October 26, 2008 at 1:22 pm (14 years ago)

    Wow! You’re right, this is a nutrient packed drink. It brings those little instant breakfast packets to shame, that’s for sure. I really need to investigate coconut milk, or even coconut flour, it sounds super tasty :).

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    I made this yesterday and it was incredible! I couldnt use a blender cause it wasnt enough liquid for the blades to blend but I made it on the stove wisking rather than microwave and blending. It was amazing. I may have let it heat too long because it almost turned to custard. So thick and rich and yummy. I have drank it have ate with a spoon. yum.

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