Bulletproof Hot Cocoa


1 (c.a 260 ml)


2 min


3 min

Disclaimer: This is strictly for those who are on a LOW CARB diet. For regular carb eaters, please please do not make this. It is high in fat and calories!

For those who have not heard about bulletproof drinks (coffee, chocolate, etc.) please google it. Do lots of research on LCHF diets, read the pro’s and con’s of it. Do not follow anything blindly.

Some years back, I picked up a book at a bookstore during one of my morning shifts. It’s called Leaving Mother LakeIt’s a beautiful memoir of Yang Erche Namu who is a Moso, an ethnic minority that lives in the Himalayas in southwestern China. In the book, the author mentions butter tea, which is tea mixed with yak butter and salt. Since butter is the main ingredient, butter tea provides plenty of caloric energy and is particularly suited to high altitudes. FYI I’m not living on the alps. At that time, I could not think of it being nice. Butter goes on toast. Tea goes with milk. I was not too convinced this was a nice beverage. Maybe because when I read it I was in a tropical country with the heat and humidity…the whole idea of it was very bad. But now, I could actually picture myself drinking it.

Bulletproof Hot Chocolate

However, the concept of mixing butter in beverages is very well known with  LCHF dieters. It’s supposed to leave you feeling full, energized and focused for hours. Some of the claimed benefits is that it helps you stay in Ketosis, burns fat, boosts brain power and bumps  up energy levels. I do not claim any of these, but since I am in the LCHF diet, it’s suitable for me. What’s important when drinking this is to always make sure it fits in your diet and check if it fits your macros. I started making this as I was getting a little fed up of having lots of cream and butter for lunch or dinner which is quite a typical LCHF meal. I would probably not get fed up of it if it’s accompanied with pasta or rice but since that’s out of the picture, I had to find an alternative. This for me, was a perfect solution. I could have my cocoa on a regular basis since I gave up drinking Nesquik.

Bulletproof Hot Chocolate

This recipe does not use regular white sugar. It’s also not advised to use any other sugar substitute if you have sugar addiction. Recipe also contains coconut oil which is essential for rapid fat-burning, and butter (preferably grass-fed if you can find) but I just use regular Swiss Butter. Recently I have been omitting the coconut milk in the recipe due to the extra calories that I could not spare. It taste’s just as great. 

For more information, visit Low Carbe Diem for other recipes. This recipe is adapted from there too.


  • ½ cup Filtered Water
  • ½ cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (grass-fed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or MCT Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • A dash Cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons Erythritol (Sukrin) - Optional


  1. In a medium sized pot (if using hand blender) or a small pot (if using blender), bring water and coconut milk to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients into the coconut milk and water.
  4. Blend using a hand blender (like the ones for soups) or pour the mixture into a blender and blend till frothy.
  5. Pour into a mug and enjoy.


  • Conversion Table
  • Find coconut milk that is low in carbohydrates and sugar but still high in fat.
  • For nutritional information, please visit my Yummly page and scroll to the bottom of the recipe.
  • Nutrition Facts (based on my ingredients) : Per serving (1) 486 kcal, Total Fat – 48 g, Total Carbs – 7 g, Fiber – 4 g = NET Carbs – 3 g, Protein – 4 g.
  • If you are using MyFitnessPal app to count calories, first copy the recipe URL then go to MyFitnessPal app to Recipes, select Create a New Recipe, then Add from the Web. Paste the URL, match ingredients and that’s it!
  • Always match ingredients to the ones you use. Ingredient nutritional facts differ depending on brand.


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  1. Michelle Bendikas 8 years ago

    What are the nutrition values for this recipe? Carbs? Protein? Fat?

    • Hi Michelle. This was one of my earlier keto recipe post’s and I did not add the nutritional information yet. It has however been updated according to the ingredients I use. You can of course adjust the amount of fat in the recipe. Also, recently I have been omitting the coconut milk due to the extra calories that I could not spare. Hope this helps.

  2. Christene tee 7 years ago

    Is the coconut milk called santan?

  3. Heather Nield 7 years ago

    Thank you for this! Its nice to have options when trying LCHF lifestyle. Do you find you need to replace the omitted coconut milk with the same amount of water?

    • Welcome! I didn’t use the same amount of water in place of coconut milk. Just added till the taste suited me.

  4. Hello. I was wondering if you’ve tried this recipe without using an artificial sweetener, and if so, how did it taste? I have been off of artificial sweeteners for about 2 years but am finding that a lot of keto recipes call for them. I’d love to try this, but wonder if it would taste ok without it.

    • Hi Tara, I tried it once without any arftificial sugar and because I used unsweetened cocoa powder, it end product tasted very bitter. But if you are used to not having artificial sugar and can tolerate without, feel free to go ahead. ☺️

  5. Tawny 7 years ago

    What about using heavy cream in place of the coconut milk?

  6. Shana 7 years ago

    Cherry…..This is so darn good! I used a tsp. of Swerve sweetener. It was perfect! Thank you for this recipe

  7. If you omit the coconut milk, do you increase the water or just leave it out?

  8. Xerix 6 years ago

    Add a pinch of cayenne to it, somehow it gets rid of the need to use artificial sweetener.

  9. I’m never sure when a recipe calls for coconut milk whether it’s the coconut milk you buy in the carton (like almond or soy milk comes in) or whether this is the canned coconut milk (the thick stuff!). Can you advise?

  10. Maria 6 years ago

    Just made this and I love it! I love coffee but the thought of making my coffee bulletproof didn’t sound good to me. So I tried it in the chocolate. I love it! Just wondering can I add a dollop of whip cream to it?

    • If you are a black coffee drinker then yeah, it might be a bit off putting to think of it. But it certainly works well with hot chocolate. Yes, you can add whipped cream to it.

  11. I just made this using almond milk because I didn’t want to open a can of coconut milk, lol. YUMMY and expect to be satisfied while we work on valentines dinner!

  12. Sherill 6 years ago

    I am definitely going to try this in place of my beloved BPC. I have Celiac and Hashimoto’s and even though I use an expensive organic crystallized instant type coffee that is “Technically” gluten-free, what I’ve learned is that for a Celiac sufferer, ALL coffee poses a gluten cross-reaction that will cause an inflammatory response not allowing you to lose weight. Hopefully this will fill the void.

  13. Made this yesterday for the first time for my kids and me and we loved it!…It was creamy and with a rich cocoa flavour. I used Swerve as the sweetener. Thank you for the recipe!

  14. Sparkle 6 years ago

    Why discourage people from trying something new if they’re not fully down with low-carb? Perhaps someone reading this is transitioning diets, recently diagnosed with diabetes, curious or what have you. It’s rather elitist to act as if your chosen low-carb lifestyle is some exclusive thing. It makes you sound terribly crass. This is not junior high. Just sayin’.

    • Hi, have you noticed the amount of calories and fat this recipe contains? A quick guess that anyone eating a regular diet might find this quite “bad” for them. If someone reads this who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes or transitioning diets (as you said), I’m sure they’d be thankful for the disclaimer before making this recipe. Just sayin’.

  15. Heather 6 years ago

    Is it necessary to make this one serving at a time? I was thinking of making several and then refrigerating, then perhaps reheating and remixing. Would that work?

    • I don’t see why not. Though I’d advice to not add the fat (coconut oil, MCT oil or butter) as it will just harden on top.

  16. Nilima 6 years ago

    Has anyone tried using cacao butter instead of butter? Or ghee instead of butter? I can’t tolerate the dairy in butter.

    • I have not tried with cacao butter or ghee, but I have with coconut oil.

  17. why blended them? can we just boil everything?

    • It is to combine the fat and liquid (emulsify), otherwise it’s pretty disgusting to drink a layer of fat with liquids.

  18. I made this recipe for the first time this morning. It was amazing! I used almond milk in place of coconut milk. I will definitely make this recipe again!! Thank you for sharing this wonderfully tasty bulletproof hot chocolate!!❤❤

  19. How much heavy cream should I use in place of the coconut milk?

  20. Emmaline Mark 4 years ago

    I tried this for the first time as I’m not a coffee drinker, amazing! Thanks so much.

  21. Midmom 2 years ago

    This is a miraculous! So sad but I can’t tolerate coffee any longer. As a borderline diabetic it gives me a huge sugar drop. This is so rich and creamy and satisfying! A great way to start my morning! Thank you 🙏🏻

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