As soon as pumpkin spice hits the hot drink menu you know the holidays are just around the corner. For those of you on the keto diet, you know it also means ‘tis the season of endless carb-packed fall and Christmas-themed treats you can’t even think about trying.
Even the strictest, most experienced keto dieters must admit many classic desserts and treats that pop up at this time of year make you nostalgic for the good old days of indulging. Whether it be pumpkin pie or hot chocolate, saying no to treating yourself can make it feel like you’re missing out.
The good news is that there are dozens of keto-friendly holiday dessert recipes plus some helpful tips and tricks you can follow to make non-keto recipes keto-friendly.
5 Keto-Friendly Holiday Twists
- Make your own pumpkin spice to add to coffee, tea, and foods. Pumpkin spice is simply a mix of 1 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
- Use sugar-free peppermint extract. Add it to coffee, melted unsweetened dark chocolate, or warm milk.
- For crusts and cakes – use almond flour. It is very low in carbs and gives the bready texture you look for in crusts.
- Use erythritol as a sweetener. It has zero calories and carbs and gives foods and beverages the perfect level of sweetness. For several recipes, you can switch out the measurement of sugar with the measurement of erythritol.
- Try Keto or Butter coffee, which adds fresh creamery butter into coffee for a richer taste and plenty of energy throughout the morning.
4 Easy Keto Holiday Dessert Recipes
While those twists can help you make adjustments to many foods, these recipes are crowd pleasers, whether you’re having keto-eating friends over, or you yourself are the keto dieter and want to indulge with family and friends.
Crustless Keto Pumpkin Pie
- 1 can (15oz) Pumpkin puree
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup powdered erythritol (sweetener)
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 F
- Beat together the ingredients
- Pour mix into a non-stick pan
- Bake for 45 minutes or until pie is set
- Cool completely and refrigerate before serving
If you want to add a wee bit of crusty texture to this pie, you can grease the pie plate with butter or coconut oil and dust it with almond flour before filling it.
Keto Chocolate Truffles
- Sugar free Chocolate Chips
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 3 tsp. butter
- 4 tbsp. erythritol
- ¼ tsp. vanilla
- Pour heavy cream in a microwave-safe glass bowl
- Mix in erythritol, butter and chocolate chips
- Microwave on high for 1 minute
- Let cool for 5 minutes and whisk in vanilla
- Refrigerate overnight
- The next day, put wax paper on your work surface
- Take a spoonful of chocolate from the bowl and roll into a ball
- Roll balls in cocoa powder, ground nuts, sesame seeds, or other topping.
- Store in fridge
Keto Peppermint Patties
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- ½ cup powdered erythritol
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- 4 oz sugar-free dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (additional)
- In a medium bowl, beat together coconut oil and heavy cream.
- Mix in sweetener and peppermint extract.
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper
- Take spoonfulls of the mixture and put onto the waxed paper and spread out into a circular shape
- Freeze for 2 hours
- Using the double boiler method (placing a pot over another pot of boiling water) melt the chocolate chips and 1 tbsp coconut oil together. Once mixed and melted, remove from heat.
- Dip each frozen patty into the chocolate mixture with a fork. Remove and place onto a wax-paper-lined tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Keto Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
- 1 oz unsweetened dark chocolate
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp. heavy cream
- 1/2 sugar-free candy cane, crushed
- 1 tsp. erythritol or other preferred sweetener
- Put all of the ingredients into a microwave friendly bowl or mug
- Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds
- Remove and stir until all the ingredients are dissolved
- Add whipped cream if desired
If you follow the keto diet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the delicious tastes of the holidays. These holiday tips will add some spice to the end of the year, and the recipes will let you join in the fun without the banned carbs. These recipes are so good that even your non-keto friends and family will want to enjoy them with you.
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