Paleo Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, is a hot beverage consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and often sugar. The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Aztecs around 2,000 years ago, and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD.

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

The beverage became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases.

Today, hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world and comes in multiple variations including the very thick cioccolata densa served in Italy and chocolate a la taza served in Spain, and the thinner hot cocoa consumed in the United States.

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

Today, hot chocolate in the form of drinking chocolate or cocoa is considered a comfort food and is widely consumed in many parts of the world.

Here in the United States, the drink is popular in instant form, made with hot water or milk from a packet containing mostly cocoa powder, sugar, and dry milk. It’s often very sweet and topped with marshmallows or whipped cream.

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

Hot chocolate was first brought to North America as early as the 17th century by the Dutch, but the first time colonists began selling hot chocolate was around 1755. Traditionally, hot chocolate has been associated with cold weather, winter, and dessert in the United States.

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

If you are Paleo (vegean/vegetarian or Dairy-Free) you’re surely missing a cup of warm, comforting Hot Chocolate this fall. Since there isn’t a commercially available paleo hot chocolate mix available and/or you’re like me and don’t want the hassle of making individual servings on the stove top.

No worries – I’ve created an amazing, Instant Hot Chocolate Mix that’s completely dairy free, paleo friendly and perfect for vegan/vegetarian lifestyles. With just a few simple ingredients, quickly blended together, yields you a instant powered mix for quick and easy mugs of Hot Chocolate when even your heart desires!

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

The key to this delicious Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix is Coconut Milk Powder! You’ll need to purchase at Amazon ($3.53/bag) or at Thrive Market ($2.75/bag) – It’s important that you stick to the Native Forest Brand, since it’s not filled with junky ingredients like most other brands are.

This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Native Forest in any way, all opinions are authentically mine.


Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

One of the hardest parts of creating recipes like this one, and by this one I mean a sweet recipe, is that I will never use a sweetener that’s perfect for everyone. Everyone’s healthy-eating/paleo template is different and that’s most obvious when it comes to what sweeteners we choose.

Realizing that I can’t ever make all of you happy, I just wrote this recipe how I like it.. but I’ve also made it with several other sweetener options and am offering you options for several popular paleo sweetener options in the notes section of the recipe.

Paleo Instant Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

Homemade Paleo Hot Chocolate Mix {with Low-Carb & Primal options}

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Servings: 10 servings



  • In your food processor, combine all ingredients and use to combine. Do not over process, it can become clumpy.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of Paleo Hot Chocolate Mix for each 8 ounces (1 cup) of hot water.


Organic Sugar = 1/2 cup
Coconut Sugar = 1/2 cup
Maple Sugar = 1/3 cup
For a Low-Carb Hot Chocolate use a Low Carb Sweetener:
Powered Stevia = 2 to 3 teaspoons (Low/Zero Carb)
Birch Xylitol = 1/2 cup (Low/Zero Carb)
Swerve = 1/2 cup (Low/Zero Carb)
JungleSweet = 1/4 cup (Low Carb) - Purchased from Thrive Market
For a Primal Hot Chocolate, Use a Whole Milk Powder in place of coconut milk powder
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  1. We had to add a little extra Swerve to get it to the sweetness we liked, but it turned out yummy and I’m excited for my teen daughter who does keto for seizures to have some hot chocolate this winter! Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. I used milk powder and xylitol. Haven’t tried in actual cocoa, but I took a dry spoonful of this mix and was reminded of the mix packets I used to eat during the summertime.

  3. when you follow the original recipe shown, how many calories is it per cup? I’m trying to see if it’s worth putting my own together rather than just buying NOW Slender hot cocoa mix made with stevia.

  4. Tried this and did some variations for different ones! I love that it is keto and vegan!! Makes it way easier for some xmas side gifts for my mom who likes being sugar and carb free and me and my sister who are health conscious vegans!! Tastes really amazing too!

  5. So I made this but it totally congealed and thickened when I added hot water. I bought my coconut milk powder from bulk barn (no other options here in Alberta, CAN). The ingredients didn’t say anything more than coconut ingredients. Any ideas? I could make pudding instead I guess lol

    1. We’d need to compare the ingredients in the powdered coconut milk, the one I link to is simply coconut, no fillers or additives.

    2. I know I am late to the party, but I think you bought coconut FLOUR.

      There is nothing in the coconut milk powder that would thicken like you described.

      Coconut flour does have starches that will gel when heated.

  6. Instead of using cocoa powder, you can use powdered cordyceps that taste like cocoa powder. I buy from bulksupplements on amazon.

  7. The idea of making a healthy instant hot chocolate mix is pure genius! I usually buy the instant packs that are loaded with sugar, but not anymore!

  8. Thank you for this post. I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some options for hot chocolate aside from the super heavy ones. This is great.

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