10-Minute Sugar-Free Mocha Hot Chocolate Recipe

Welcome, coffee and chocolate lovers! As a barista, I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with different blends and recipes to create the perfect beverage. Today, I want to share with you my latest creation – a sugar-free mocha hot chocolate recipe!

Are you tired of sugary, high-calorie hot chocolate mixes that leave you feeling guilty? Are you looking for a healthy alternative without sacrificing flavor? Then this recipe is perfect for you!

Not only is it sugar-free and low in calories, but it also provides you with the rich and creamy taste of dark chocolate mixed with a dose of caffeine from instant coffee granules. Trust me when I say that this recipe will be your new favorite warm and cozy drink during cold winter days.

So grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and let’s get started on making this guilt-free version of a classic hot chocolate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sugar Free Mocha Hot Chocolate
Sugar Free Mocha Hot Chocolate

Fancy a sweet treat without the added guilt of unwanted calories and sugar? Look no further than this sugar-free mocha hot chocolate recipe! Whether you’re watching your weight, following a specific diet or just looking for a healthier option, this recipe will satisfy your cravings while staying within your dietary restrictions.

This mocha hot chocolate is the perfect blend of rich, creamy chocolate and strong coffee flavors. And best of all, it’s completely sugar-free! That means you can indulge in the sweetness without worrying about the negative health impacts. By using Splenda granular instead of regular sugar, this recipe makes for a keto-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free drink.

But don’t let the lack of sugar fool you. This recipe packs a punch in terms of taste and quality ingredients. The combination of cocoa powder and unsweetened almond milk provides a low-calorie, low-fat alternative to regular milk and chocolate powder. In addition, using instant coffee granules and espresso powder adds richness to the drink without adding extra calories.

Not only is this recipe healthy, it’s also incredibly easy to make. With only six ingredients needed to create this delicious drink, including almond milk, cocoa powder, Splenda granular, instant coffee granules or espresso powder, salt and vanilla extract; you can have it whipped up in no time!

Trust me when I say that this recipe will become your new go-to for hot chocolate drinks. Warm yourself up on chilly nights with this easy-to-follow recipe that promises a rich, creamy and frothy mocha hot chocolate delight entirely guilt-free!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in a guilt-free cup of mocha hot chocolate
Indulge in a guilt-free cup of mocha hot chocolate

Here’s what you need to make this sugar-free mocha hot chocolate:
Dry Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk (preferably vanilla flavored)
  • ⅓ cup sugar-free instant coffee granules or ¼ cup espresso powder
  • Dark cocoa powder 1/4 cup
  • Splenda granular, 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup powdered dry milk

Wet Ingredients

  • Low-fat milk (1%), 2 cups

Chocolate Ingredients

  • A handful of sugar-free, dark chocolate chips or 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • A pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream and extra cocoa powder for topping

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugar
Satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugar

Now, we get to the heart of this recipe article- the recipe itself! Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a perfect cup of Sugar-Free Mocha Hot Chocolate.


  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Splenda granular
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the 1% low-fat milk and instant coffee granules together. Stir well until the coffee granules have dissolved.

  2. Add unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder, Splenda granular, dark chocolate chips and salt into the saucepan with the milk and coffee mixture.

  3. Use a whisk to combine all of the ingredients together.

  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Continue whisking until everything is melted and combined.

  5. Stir in ½ tsp of vanilla extract.

  6. Once the mixture is fully combined and has reached your desired temperature, you may take it off heat and serve it immediately!

Enjoy your hot cup of Sugar-Free Mocha Hot Chocolate!

Substitutions and Variations

 Cozy up with a warm cup of sugar-free mocha
Cozy up with a warm cup of sugar-free mocha

One of the great things about this sugar-free mocha hot chocolate recipe is the potential to experiment with substitutions and variations. Here are some ideas to get you started.

– Milk: If you prefer a vegan version, you can substitute the 1% low-fat milk with unsweetened almond milk or any other non-dairy milk of your preference. This recipe also works well with coconut milk for an extra creamy consistency.

– Sweetener: Instead of Splenda granular, try other sweeteners like Stevia or monk fruit extract. Keep in mind that the amount may differ as per sweetness level of individual sweeteners.

– Instant coffee granules: You can use espresso powder instead of instant coffee granules to make rich and creamy mocha flavor with a bittersweet kick.

– Dark chocolate chips: Try using unsweetened chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate chips for a sugar-free version.

– Cocoa powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder is key to this recipe! If you don’t have any, try using Dutch process cocoa powder for a less acidic taste.

– Vanilla extract: You can also add other extracts like almond, peppermint, or hazelnut for a personalized twist on your mocha hot chocolate.

– Low Carb/Keto option: If you want a keto-friendly version, use keto-friendly sweetener and almond milk plus add some grass-fed butter or heavy cream (use low-carb options) for a delicious and filling treat.

We hope these substitutions and variations give you some inspiration to experiment with the sugar-free mocha hot chocolate recipe. Feel free to share your own versions with us!

Serving and Pairing

 Enjoy a cup of deliciousness without the guilt
Enjoy a cup of deliciousness without the guilt

Now that your sugar-free mocha hot chocolate is ready, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it.

When it comes to serving, you can top your hot cocoa with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of unsweetened cocoa powder. This will not only add a touch of decadence but also enhance the chocolate flavor. You can also add a few chocolate chips or shavings on top for a bit of texture.

As for pairing, this sugar-free mocha hot chocolate goes well with a variety of sweet and savory treats. For a sweet pairing, consider cookies, brownies, or even a slice of cake. The rich and creamy chocolate flavor will complement the sweetness of these desserts in the best possible way. If you’re in the mood for something savory, try serving your hot cocoa with a plate of cheese or some crackers. The slightly bitter notes of dark cocoa will provide balance against saltiness and creaminess.

Moreover, if you’re looking for something more filling, consider serving this mocha hot chocolate with some bread toasted for breakfast. The combination of sweet chocolate and sharp espresso will give you an excellent start to any day. You can also pair it with almond butter toast to make it a perfect low-carb breakfast.

Lastly, remember that mocha hot chocolate is versatile enough that it pairs well with coffee in any form. So don’t hesitate to enjoy your cocoa alongside your favorite coffee beverage – whether that’s an Americano, cappuccino or latte!


Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Deliciousness in every sip
Deliciousness in every sip

One of the best things about this sugar-free mocha hot chocolate recipe is that you can easily make it ahead of time and store it for later. You can scale up the recipe to make a big batch so that you always have some on hand when you need a warm drink.

To store the hot chocolate, let it cool completely and then transfer it to an airtight container. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze it for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply reheat it on low heat in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

If you’re making this recipe for a crowd, it’s a good idea to prepare all the ingredients in advance so that you can easily whip up multiple batches at once. You can also set up a hot chocolate bar with various toppings and flavored syrups so that your guests can customize their drinks.

When reheating, it’s important not to overheat the hot chocolate as this could change its texture or make it too thick. Instead, heat gradually while whisking constantly, until it’s just warm enough to drink.

Whether you’re enjoying this delicious sugar-free mocha hot chocolate immediately or storing it for later, be sure to follow these tips for perfect results every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Treat yourself without breaking your diet
Treat yourself without breaking your diet

Making sugar free Mocha hot chocolate is an excellent beverage choice for people who want to indulge in rich and creamy sweetness without sugar. However, it is crucial to follow specific tips and precautions to get the perfect, irresistible taste every time. With my knowledge as a seasoned barista, I’m here to provide you with some tips.

Firstly, it is vital to use high-quality ingredients for the best taste. Unsweetened cocoa powder and unsweetened almond milk are essential ingredients as they give the drink its chocolatey flavor without adding extra sugar. Be sure always to use fresh, non-expired ingredients as stale ones can affect the taste of your drink.

Another tip is to use instant coffee granules instead of freshly brewed coffee or espresso powder. Instant coffee granules dissolve better than others while adding deep flavor and aroma to the drink.

For optimal texture and taste, prefer Dutch-processed cocoa powder because it has a smoother texture and milder flavor compared to ordinary cocoa powder.

You can also add a pinch of salt like kosher or fleur de sel at the beginning of your recipe; salt adds balance, depth, and complexity to chocolate’s natural bitterness in a subtle way that makes the drink even more scrumptious.

When making your sugar-free Mocha hot chocolate, always use a blender or handheld frother rather than whisking by hand. A blender or handheld frother whips the mixture into a fluffy, creamy consistency and amplifies its richness and creaminess.

Lastly, if you want a more indulgent feel, top your hot chocolate with whipped cream or chocolate chips for extra gratification. For keto or low-carb diets, skip regular whipped cream and use heavy whipping cream instead because it has fewer carbs.

Remember that practice makes perfect; don’t be afraid to play around with your ingredients’ ratio to achieve the right balance of sweetness and richness that suits you best. Happy sipping!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this sugar-free mocha hot chocolate recipe is an excellent choice for coffee lovers who are conscious about their health but still want to indulge in a rich and creamy treat. With its keto-friendly, low-carb, and low-calorie features, it’s an ideal drink for people who are looking to reduce their sugar intake. Moreover, this recipe is flexible enough to accommodate various dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

The fantastic taste of this hot chocolate is guaranteed by a combination of instant coffee granules, dark cocoa powder, unsweetened almond milk, and sugar-free sweeteners such as Splenda granular. The use of high-quality ingredients such as Dutch cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate chips gives the drink a deep and rich flavor that pairs perfectly with many desserts or breakfast foods.

I hope my tips, substitutions, serving suggestions and storing methods will help you create the perfect sugar-free mocha hot chocolate that you’ll love sharing with family or friends. Try experimenting with different variations and after a few trials using this recipe you’ll master making the best sugar-free mocha hot chocolate ever!

Sugar Free Mocha Hot Chocolate

Sugar Free Mocha Hot Chocolate Recipe

This comes from the Splenda web site. If you prefer a mint hot chocolate..omit the coffee granules and sub two drops of mint extract.
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Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Sugar-free
Calories 125.4 kcal


  • 3 -4 teaspoons Splenda granular
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa (preferably Dutch processed)
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules


  • Mix together SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener and cocoa in a small saucepan.
  • Gradually add milk, whisking until blended.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 252gCalories: 125.4kcalCarbohydrates: 17.3gProtein: 10gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 12.2mgSodium: 109.7mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 12.8g
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