Hot Chocolate

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 any hidden nasties, the perfect treat which is like a hug in a mug!

The key to this hot chocolate is using a good quality COCOA, as opposed to a 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) which contains no added sugars, this makes for a MUCH lower carb hot chocolate compared to a drinking chocolate like Highlights or Options hot chocolate.

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

Is you do not follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, you could also and add a couple of chopped up sugar free marshmallows such as these Free’ist marshmallows.

low carb hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Rich chocolatey indulgence in a mug that won't spike blood glucose levels. The perfect GD friendly treat!
No ratings yet
Print Pin
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


The brand of xylitol that I use and is most widely available in larger supermarkets is Total Sweet. To find a local stockist, please check this link. It is important to note that xylitol, although a natural sweetener, is highly toxic to dogs, so no sharing your GD treats with your furry friends!
Total Sweet xylitol natural sweetener packaging
The brand of erythritol I use is NKD Living powdered erythritol, however you can use xylitol if you prefer. If you suffer with IBS you may find that you need to use erythritol instead of xylitol.
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used but may cause high blood glucose levels and alter the taste.
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