Special Diets | 28 November 2016Treat Yourself to this Creamy Low-Carb Hot Chocolate Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Nothing warms you up like a thick and creamy mug of hot chocolate. This recipe from The KetoDiet Cookbook goes the extra mile. Not only is it low-carb, it contains enough fats and nutrients to be substantial enough for a full meal! Treat yourself to this low-carb hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night or try it for breakfast: it’s substantial enough to stand in for a full meal. INGREDIENTS ¼ cup (60 ml/2 fl oz) coconut milk or heavy whipping cream ¾ cup (180 ml/6.1 fl oz) water or almond milk 2 tablespoons (30 g/1.1 oz) Chocolate Hazelnut Butter 2 tablespoons (10 g/0.4 oz) unsweetened cacao powder Pinch cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon (15 ml/0.5 fl oz) MCT oil or coconut oil Optional: 3 to 5 drops liquid stevia or 1 tablespoon (10 g/0.4 oz) erythritol or Swerve Optional: whipped cream or coconut milk and grated dark chocolate on top Pour the coconut milk and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the nut butter, cacao powder, and cayenne pepper and mix well. Remove from the heat and add the MCT oil. Mix until well combined and pour into a cup or a serving glass. If you like, add the optional sweetener and then top with whipped or coconut milk and a dash of grated dark chocolate. NUTRITION FACTS PER SERVING Total carbs: 13.4 g Fiber: 7 g Net carbs: 6.4 g Protein: 7.1 g Fat: 46.7 g Energy: 453 kcal Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5%), protein (6%), fat (89%) Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Ingredients 1 cup (150 g/5.3 oz) hazelnuts 1 cup (130 g/4.6 oz) macadamia nuts ½ cup (75 g/2.6 oz) almonds 1 bar (100 g/3.5 oz) extra-dark chocolate, 85 percent cacao or more 1 tablespoon (15 g/0.5 oz) coconut oil 1 tablespoon (5 g/0.2 oz) unsweetened cacao powder 1 teaspoon sugar-free vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla powder 2 tablespoons (20 g/0.7 oz) powdered erythritol (see Tip) or Swerve Few drops liquid stevia, to taste (optional) ½ cup (120 ml/4 ? oz) coconut milk or heavy whipping cream (optional) Instructions Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Spread the hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, and almonds on a baking sheet. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove the nuts from the oven and cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler, or heatproof bowl placed over a small pot ?lled with 1 cup of boiling water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir until melted. Rub the hazelnuts together in your hands to remove the skins. This makes the butter smooth and avoids the bitter taste imparted by the skins. Place all of the nuts into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the cacao powder, vanilla, erythritol or Swerve, and stevia (if using) to the melted chocolate. Pour the mixture into the processor with the nuts and pulse until smooth. If you’re using coconut milk, add it to the processor and pulse again. Transfer the butter to a glass container. Seal and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks if using coconut milk or 1 week using cream. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Live the Ketogenic Diet Easily and Deliciously! You love your Paleo or low-carb diet, but is it enough to give your metabolism the jolt it needs to really burn off that extra weight in order to live a healthier life? By eating foods higher in good fats, moderate protein, and little-to-no carbohydrates, you’ll feel less hungry. Not only that, but your body begins to burn fats stores instead of the carbohydrates and glucose that usually bog down your system. The KetoDiet Cookbook contains 150 recipes and practical information for living and adhering to a ketogenic lifestyle. Martina Slajerova, founder of the KetoDiet blog, provides a complete guide to the ketogenic diet based on the most recent research. Discover the science behind the ketogenic diet and the abundant practical solutions that benefit both beginners and advanced keto-dieters. Indulge in 150 recipes created to be perfectly compatible with ketogenic, low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free, grain free, Paleo, primal, and ancestral diets. Recipes featured in The KetoDiet Cookbook are totally free of: – Grain – Sugar – Potatoes – Legumes – Additives/Artificial sweeteners – Unhealthy oils/fats Dairy-free options are also included. With soups, breakfasts, appetizers, sides, and sauces, you’ll be enjoying delicious meals while giving your body the boost it deserves! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.