Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate

The super powers of creamy rich dark chocolate and spicy ginger unite in this fabulous Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate recipe.

Healthy Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate for the Whole Family

The boys came home from college for the holidays and with all that celebrating we were a tired bunch by New Year’s Day. Everyone in the house had a little case of the sniffles. So I whipped up this low-carb keto hot chocolate because I love healing with functional foods. This creation is so amazing I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Low-Carb Hot Chocolate

When you’re feeling under the weather, it’s really helpful to cut back on sugar which can be highly inflammatory. That’s why this Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate will perk you right up if you have a cold or cough coming on. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and decongesting ginger do the trick!

2020: The Year Of Less Sugar More Fat

I went on the Keto Diet in early 2014. That was quite some time ago. Now I’m happy to hear that high-fat is the new black. Publications ranging from Food Network Magazine to The New York Times are espousing the benefits of more fat and less sugar. Yes, dear readers, the world is finally catching up with everything we’ve known for quite some time.

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Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate

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Servings 4



  • Place coconut milk, water, chocolate, ginger, stevia, and salt in a vitamix
  • Purée on high speed until smooth
  • Heat mixture in a saucepan until almost simmering
  • Pour into mugs
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
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Is Ginger Good for You?

Ginger, one of the main ingredients in Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate, is a functional food, loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have potent health benefits. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make ginger an important spice with a storied culinary history. One of the most utilized and versatile herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ginger is also commonplace in Western herbalism.

Healthy Ginger Recipes

To call ginger a super food or super spice may be an understatement. I love making the boys my Ginger Licorice Tea recipe when they’re not feeling well because it’s an herbal antibiotic with incredible respiratory and digestive benefits. For more healthy ginger recipes check out my Ginger Lime Mocktail recipe and Garlic Ginger Bok Choy recipe too.

How Much Ginger To Use In Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate?

If you want to go wild use a full two tablespoons of ground ginger in this recipe. It will be a ginger bomb that clears your sinuses! That amount is super strong, working on a medicinal level as a decongestant. My boys enjoy Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate with a one tablespoon of ground ginger. They’re not in it for the spicy, they’re all about the chocolate!

Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

You’re in luck if you’re wondering is dark chocolate good for you! Dairy-free, low-carb, and one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet, dark chocolate is a fantastic snack. Dark chocolate is not to be confused with chocolate candy, i.e., milk chocolate, in which you’ll find a very small amount of chocolate, and an incredibly large amount of sugar. If it’s health benefits you’re interested in, stick with the dark stuff, like the 85% organic dark chocolate I use in this recipe. Check out my post called Is Chocolate Allowed on the Keto Diet, to learn about the best brands of dark chocolate, along with its health benefits.

How Long Do Ground Spices Last?

Elana's Spice DrawerThis recipe calls for ground ginger, which I like to keep on hand. Most sources advise that you replace ground spices every 6 months in order to maintain flavor and nutritional properties. I do a full clean out of my spice drawer every 1-2 years in order to get rid of the older ground spice items. If your ground ginger is more than 6 months old you may want to increase the amount in this recipe. But go slow! You can always add more of an ingredient, but you can’t take away.

Can I Use Fresh Ginger Instead of Ground Ginger?

Feel free to experiment with using fresh ginger instead of ground ginger in this recipe. I haven’t tried that so not sure how much would be appropriate to swap. Also, if you use fresh ginger, you will want to strain it out of the mixture or your Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate will not be very smooth. There’s no need for straining if you follow my recipe, using the ingredients and method as specified.

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipes

Mr. Pantry, the boys, and I are all lactose intolerant. I can’t recall when my husband and I figured out we couldn’t drink milk, it was a very long time ago. The Pantry boys self-diagnosed when they were in middle school. Now that they are older, I stay out of their business as much as possible, in order to give them room to observe and understand their own bodies. When they come to me for health and nutrition advice I provide it using the Socratic method, asking a lot of questions that will help them figure out the answers.

Healthy Low-Carb Hot Chocolate Recipes

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17 responses to “Keto Ginger Hot Chocolate”

    • Joan, I haven’t tried that so not sure, if you do experiment I hope you’ll let me know if that works :-)

    • Sc, I haven’t tried that so not sure. If you experiment I hope you’ll stop back by and let us know what works :-)

    • Monk Fruit sweetener ( my fav) to taste and a tsp. vanilla extract may achieve a similar flavor profile.

    • JoAnna, well, that will be your incentive to not drink the entire batch. Put the remainder in a mason jar, store in fridge and when you wake up tomorrow you will have Keto Chocolate Ginger Pudding! In fact, I’m going to go grab a bite right now –it’s delicious :-)

  1. Well, you’ve done it again, dear Elana. I followed the recipe using 88% dark chocolate and 1/8 tsp vanilla stevia. Set the Vitamix on the soup setting. Processed the ingredients until hot, and poured myself one serving. The only problem is, I want to drink the whole dang pitcher! Thank you for another amazing, nourishing, satisfying and beyond simple recipe. You are such a gift and inspiration.

    Happy New Year and Gracious Gracious Thanks
    for all they ways you show up and give of yourself,

    • JoAnna, thanks for letting me know this is amazing! Happy New Year and thanks so much for being on this healing path with me :-)

  2. Just wondering if you could keep it running in the vitamix until hot. I know you are supposed to be able to make soup in it. I normally don’t do this but it would save a step and a pan. I might give that a try. This sounds delicious!

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