Copycat YooHoo Chocolate Drink Low Carb, Sugar Free

My youngest son LOVES YooHoo. When we take a day trip and I stop to gas up the car, I usually give him my water glass and some money and send him in to top off my ice and get himself a drink. If I don’t specify that he doesn’t get to drink sugar, he gets YooHoo, which is what he did yesterday. I don’t forget to tell him often, but I do forget, and he slips one in every time.


As we drove along yesterday, I told him to read the ingredients off to me. He struggled with some of the words and as he went down the list, certain things stuck in my mind. When we got home, I took some items out of my pantry and he and I started experimenting. After a few rounds, we hit upon the formula we both felt was worth sharing.

Ok. I’m not gonna lie. We totally knocked it out of the park!
It’s easy to make, stores in the fridge, tastes great hot or cold, and has 3 carbs per 8 ounce serving, using the ingredients I had in my pantry.


This low carb, sugar free recipe for copycat YooHoo is made with whey protein powder.  I had a big tub in my pantry that I bought at Costco, but you can find it on Amazon or any store that sells those sorts of items. When buying protein powder, pay attention to your labels, some contain sugar (in one of its many names), some are higher in carb than others, and be prepared for some sticker shock. It’s expensive. Before you invest that kind of money on any grocery item, I recommend getting a smaller container to test the recipe. Here is the brand that I already had, there are probably less expensive and there are definitely more expensive. There are also some that have fewer carbs, but I am comfortable with mine.
A rounded scoop of it has 3 carbs, and two rounded scoops fill a one cup measure. The brand is Optimum Nutrition, and you can look at it here:

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound, 80 Ounce

This recipe for make your own YooHoo copycat is easy to double, triple, or even halve the quantities.  If you love YooHoo, or if you just need to find a way to get a little more protein in (my youngest doesn’t love meat or eggs) then this may be a great option for you. It could also be changed to use other flavors of whey powder, rather than chocolate, but we were going for a copycat yoohoo.

Low Carb, Sugar Free YooHoo Chocolate Drink

1 Quart water
1 cup of Chocolate whey protein
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup of cream
Teaspoon of vanilla
Pinch of salt
Sweetener to taste (go easy on this. Add a little, then taste, then add a little more. Remember, you can’t take it out once it’s in there. I used a scant pinch of sweetener from my bag of pure sucralose powder)

In at least a 2 quart stockpot, combine all ingredients over med-low heat and stir with a whisk till the whey powder is dissolved. Once it looks nice and chocolatey, like Yoohoo, either serve it hot, or store it in the fridge and serve cold. I poured mine into a quart mason jar and kept it overnight. We all agreed that it was awesome hot, but way better chilled.

If you love YooHoo, give this a try. It’s  going to become a staple in our fridge, not for me, because I drink water, but for my guys.

6 thoughts on “Copycat YooHoo Chocolate Drink Low Carb, Sugar Free

  1. dingbatdinah

    Sounds great toots!! I’m not much of a YooHoo drinker but I bet it would be nice warmed up on a chilly winter’s night. Good job finding a good alternative for your kiddos!

    1. 52WeeksofBirmingham Post author

      It was inspired by the Future Chef, as he was reading the label to me, he goes “Can we make this?” And we started brainstorming.

    1. 52WeeksofBirmingham Post author

      That’s correct, but with the powder I use, a cup is two rounded scoops and is only 240 calories.


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