Rich chocolatey indulgence in a mug that won't spike blood glucose levels. The perfect GD friendly treat!
low carb hot chocolate

This low-carb hot chocolate is a must as a GD-friendly ‘snack’. Rich and chocolatey without hidden nasties, it is the perfect treat, like a hug in a mug!

The key to this hot chocolate is using a good quality COCOA instead of drinking chocolate. My favourite is Green & Black’s Organic COCOA (not their drinking chocolate). Paired with almond milk and a spray cream (or you can use a whipped plant-based cream such as Elmlea plant-based cream), which contains no added sugars, this makes for a MUCH lower carb hot chocolate compared to drinking chocolate like Highlights or Options hot chocolate.

If you need extra sweetness, opt for a natural sweetener such as xylitol or erythritol, which will not raise blood glucose levels or leave a bitter aftertaste.

low carb hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Rich chocolatey indulgence in a mug that won't spike blood glucose levels. The perfect GD friendly treat!
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Course: Drinks, Snacks
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: cocoa, hot chocolate
Free or Subscription Recipe: Free Recipe
Free from: coconut, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 1 heaped tsp Green & Black's Cocoa
  • 200 ml whole milk full fat, or gold top (or unsweetened almond, coconut, hazelnut, soya, or hemp seed milk)
  • 2 whole Free'ist marshmallows chopped (optional)
  • plenty M&S UHT Real Cream (squirty cream) (optional)
  • xylitol or erythritol sweetener (optional) to taste


  • Mix a heaped teaspoon of cocoa with some cold milk to form a smooth paste
  • Heat the milk in a pan or microwave to a simmer, but remove from the heat before it boils
  • Pour the hot milk into the chocolate paste and mix well
  • Taste and add sweetener as desired
  • Top with plenty of M&S spray cream, Anchor EXTRA THICK spray cream, or whipped cream as desired
  • Add the chopped marshmallow pieces
    sugar free hot chocolate


*Unfortunately, the Freeโ€™ist sugar-free marshmallows have been discontinued, and I have yet to find a suitable alternative. If I find a suitable alternative, I will update the recipe, but until then, the recipe can be made without the marshmallows.

The nutritional info. is based on using blue top full-fat whole dairy milk. These values will differ depending on the milk used and the amount of cream added.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | of which saturates: 4g | of which sugars: 10g