Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup (that tastes better than store-bought)

How to make sugar-free, vegan and keto chocolate syrup with only 5 ingredients

Do you love chocolate syrup but prefer to avoid all that sugar?
Well, I have the perfect recipe for you!
In this blog post, I will show you how to make a delicious and sugar-free chocolate syrup that is perfect for your next sundae or milkshake.
It’s really easy and only requires a few simple ingredients!


  • EASY TO MAKE – the recipe for this sugar-free chocolate syrup is really simple and there’s is almost no way it can turn out wrong.
  • DELICIOUS – this homemade chocolate syrup tastes even better than store-bought.
  • VEGAN AND KETO-FRIEDNLY – perfect for everyone! (except for dogs: xylitol is toxic for pets)
  • HEALTHY – this recipe is sugar free and it uses pure cocoa, which is rich in polyphenols.
  • INEXPENSIVE – you probably already have most of the ingredients for this recipe in your pantry

Ingredients

Ingredients to make sugar-free chocolate syrup

XYLITOL:
This sugar alternative has 40% less calories than sugar, it’s teeth friendly and it doesn’t spike blood sugar.
Since xylitol is nearly as sweet as sugar, you may also make this chocolate syrup with sugar, by substituting the xylitol for sugar 1:1.
Allulose also works.
Erythriol isn’t a good choice for this recipe because it crystallizes easily.

COCOA POWDER:
Dutch cocoa, baking cocoa powder… you may use any kind of cocoa powder as long as it is unsweetened.

WATER:
There is no need for a special kind of water; feel free to use regular tap water.

VANILLA POWDER:
Adding some vanilla is optional, but it gives the syrup a much better smell and taste.

XANTHAN GUM (optional):
If you don’t have this ingredient, you don’t need to buy it just to make this recipe.
However, if you have it at hand, I recommend adding some: it will make you syrup thicker with less cooking time and it will help the syrup stay in the desired texture.

How to make it

Time needed: 10 minutes.

How to make homemade chocolate syrup (sugar-free)

  1. Simmer the main ingredients

    Put the water, cocoa, xylitol and salt in a small saucepan.
    Heat at medium temperature (so the cocoa don’t burn) and bring to a simmer.
    Don’t stir the xylitol!
    Once it comes to a simmer, lower the heat.
    Cook until the xylitol has dissolved and then for another 1-2 minutes, to evaporate some of the water.
    Ingredients to make sugar-free chocolate syrup in saucepan

  2. Let cool down

    Remove from heat and let sit at room temperature until the syrup cools down.Cooked chocolate syrup

  3. Optionally add vanilla and/or xanthan gum

    If you want to add vanilla extract (optional but recommended for depth of taste), add it now.
    This is also the moment to add xanthan gum (optional – it thickens the syrup).
    If adding xanthan gum, blend until everything is well combined.Chocolate syrup with vanilla and xanthan gum

  4. Store properly

    Pour into a glass jar or container with lid.
    Make sure it’s completely cooled down before storing in the fridge.Sugar-free chocolate syrup in a glass jar


Tips


  • Avoid stirring the mixture while heating it: stirring may make it easier for the xylitol to crystallize.
  • If you don’t have xanthan gum, let the mixture simmer for a little bit longer, around 5 minutes.
  • If using xanthan gum, don’t add it until the mixture is at room temperature: otherwise it will clump up.
  • In case you are using vanilla extract (instead of vanilla powder or pods), make sure you add it in the end, after removing the mixture from heat.
A teaspoon with sugar-free choco syrup

Sugar-free chocolate syrup recipe

How to make chocolate syrup from scratch (without refined sugar)
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Resting time:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 10 mins

Equipment

  • Small saucepan
  • whisker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put the water, xylitol, cocoa and salt in the saucepan and heat on low to medium temperature.
    Once it begin to simmer, lower heat.
    Cook until the xylitol is completely dissolved and then for 1-2 minutes more so the syrup thickens (if you aren’t using xanthan gum, cook a little bit longer, for about 5 minutes).
    Ingredients to make sugar-free chocolate syrup in saucepan
  • Remove from heat and let it cool down at room temperature.
    Cooked chocolate syrup
  • Add the optional vanilla and/or xanthan gum.
    If using xanthan gum, blend everything together.
    Chocolate syrup with vanilla and xanthan gum

Notes

  • Feel free to switch the xylitol for allulose or for granulated sugar.
  • Avoid stirring the xylitol as it’s dissolving: stirring may cause some crystals to stick on the sides and not dissolve properly.

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie
Keyword: chocolate, cocoa, keto, sugar-free, syrup
Servings: 12 Tbsp.
Calories: 22kcal

Ideas to use this homemade chocolate syrup

This syrup goes well for lots of things!
Just add it to anything you would like to make chocolatey:

  • Pour over ice, waffles or cakes
  • Use it to sweeten and decorate drinks

FAQs about this sugar-free chocolate syrup

How do you store this homemade chocolate syrup?

Put it in a closed, air-tight recipient and store in the fridge.

How long does homemade sugar-free chocolate syrup last?

This sugar-free syrup is good for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.
While it may harden a little after a while, it will become creamy again if you shake it.

Can I make this chocolate syrup with another sweetener instead of xylitol?

Yes. This recipe also works with allulose.
You may also switch the sweetener 1:1 for regular sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar.
On the other side, erythriol doesn’t work so good for this recipe because it’s slightly less sweet and at this ratio it tends to crystallize.

If you’re looking for a sugar-free chocolate syrup that’s both delicious and healthy, then I hope you try this recipe.
I think you’ll be surprised at how good it is! Thanks for reading.

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