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Hi there! Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming up fast and we have you covered with 99 delicious low carb holiday recipes!
We usually find that people fall off of the low carb way of eating during this time of year and that’s totally normal. It’s also more understandable now than ever.
If you want to eat Grammy’s famous high carb cookies…go ahead and enjoy them and get back on the low carb wagon.
Balance is key to not going off of the deep end.
We go from breakfast to dessert in this giant round-up of healthy, low carb holiday recipes and treats.
This is a loooong post to include low carb holiday recipes for everyone’s tastes…so feel free to skip to the sections you want.
That’s what I would do. Or, grab a cup of coffee and make a list for your holiday menus.
Before I forget….
If this is the first time you are hosting a holiday gathering, you might want to plan for the table setting. We all know that if you have tons of available cash you can make the setting look great, right?
But, how do you make your guests feel honored even if you don’t have a stash of moneybags? These are great table setting ideas for hosts and hostesses on a budget.
On to my favorite subject…the food.
🧀Low Carb Starters:
When it comes to low carb holiday recipes, starters are a must to get the party going.
Spinach Dip Supreme
This recipe is a staple around here. We use it as a dip and occasionally as a pizza topper instead of sauce.
It’s satisfying and is almost the perfect ratio of fat and carbs.
Bacon Spinach Dip
BEWARE: This hearty, satisfying dip is hard to stop eating. The flavors meld perfectly and if you take this to a party you'll never have to take home leftovers. Perfect for "mixed-non-keto" gatherings or as a starter. A great way to get kids to eat spinach too.
We don’t usually host big meals on the actual dates of holidays. And this year we will probably have even smaller, more intimate meals with friends as opposed to going to bigger gatherings.
So, instead of turkey, we make holiday meals with other main courses.
That way, we don’t burn everyone out on turkey before the big days like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you are looking for a turkey recipe, don’t despair –
Check out this recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch. It’s perfect for beginners.
Don’t like turkey?
This AH-MAZING Prime Rib recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen is sure to get a standing ovation. Her blog is not a low carb only site, but she is an amazing chef and I love her easy vibe. New chefs can easily pull off this recipe.
Low Carb Tamales
It’s just not Christmas at our house without tamales. The fathead style tamale dough is delicious.
Make sure to watch the video if making tamales is new to you.
Low Carb Tamales Recipe
This is a recipe that replicates the Masa Harina in tamales with a fat-head type of dough. Since going Keto I have missed my Christmas tamales. I have not included the filling in this recipe because the choices are endless and many people already have a favorite. But I will add some suggestions for meat fillings in the post tips.
This is Thom’s new favorite. He is amazed every single time at how easily it comes together.
He’s fun to cook for.
Lamb Chops with Low Carb Reduction Sauce – Red Wine Version
This is an amazingly simple lamb chop recipe with a low carb wine reduction pan sauce that will give you BIG results. This gourmet French recipe can be accomplished by a novice chef in under and 45 minutes, including the marinating time.
This is a great option for the vegetarians in your life. It will make your guests feel honored. And, it’s still fancy enough for a dinner party.
Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna
Eggplant lasagna is the best of Eggplant Parmesan and Lasagna rolled into one. This hearty, filling dish is perfect for even the pickiest of "mixed" Keto and regular Non-Keto family members. This recipe is chock full of veggies and is a great freezer meal for meal prepping households.
This is an amazingly easy recipe that will honor your most discerning guests. Juicy and flavorful and the perfect meal for anyone- Low Carb or not.
If you have read any number of my recipes you might have noticed that I am in love with everything French. The food, the people and the country itself.
While beef bourguignon ( Buuf Borg-in-yone) isn’t traditionally low carb, this version is. And no, I don’t think the taste suffers a bit. It’s a favorite around here.
Any chef can pull off this recipe but it’s time intensive. A little planning needs to be done. It’s soooo worth it.
Crockpot Beef Bourguignon
This rich and hearty take on Julia Child’s Classic Dish is a fantastic celebration of flavor. It’s simple yet elegant and is a wonderful dish that keeps you Keto even if you are having company who isn’t. This is a dish you will make again and again.
Gorgeous, delicious and filling is the best way to describe this holiday table worthy recipe.
The spinach and ricotta filling is an excellent compliment to the chicken.
Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
This fantastic baked chicken dish will impress! It’s not only gorgeous, but delicious as well. This dish will help you hit your macros, and is enough to feed a crowd or to save for special weekday lunches. This dish is well suited to families and your Non-Keto guests. Serve as is or top with sauce.
I have been told by readers that side dishes are often the most difficult to keep low carb – especially in the beginning.
Most of us learned to put together meals with a protein, a veggie and a starch.
Since rice, potatoes or pasta aren’t an option when you are keeping your meals low carb, it leaves a hole in the meal.
Any of the choices below are excellent sides that go with most any hearty holiday meal.
Parmesan Squash Cups
These are unique and help keep portions in check. Plus, they are so tasty and pretty.
Baked Low Carb Crispy Squash Cups
Crispy Baked Parmesan and Spaghetti Squash low carb "hash brown" cups are so delicious and easy.It's best to start with cold squash so this dish is ideal for meal prep and make ahead sides.This unique side dish looks and tastes gorgeous. It's a perfect side for a hearty low carb meal and looks beautiful on a holiday table.
Now, I’m not going to say that this will take the place of your beloved Mac and Cheese if you are new to the low carb WOE.
But, it is a damn good casserole type side in it’s own right.
Low Carb Cauliflower Cheese Bake
Creamy, baked & loaded. This cheesy veggie dish is a perfect side dish if you miss the mac and cheese type sides. It's not inteneded to taste like the full carb side dish but it sure does fill the gap in the healthiest way. Feel free to sub broccoli for the cauliflower and make it the exact same way…or not, you're the boss.
The old way of stuffing the turkey with bread has fallen out of favor for a lot of food safety reasons. But sometimes we still like to have a stuffing “type” of side….it just feels like Thanksgiving and Christmas, right?
This veggie stuffing has all of the holiday type flavors without drying out your turkey or causing any safety issues.
I really prefer the veggie stuffing but…
If you want a traditional “bread” low carb stuffing recipe with low carb corn bread, this is a great recipe from That Low Carb Life. Yum!
Low Carb Vegetable Holiday Stuffing
Whether you call it "turkey dressing" or "stuffing", this low carb alternative to the carb loaded side dish is delicious and satisfying. It's a festive side packed with the colors and flavors of yesteryear without kicking you off of the Keto train.
Ooooh, this one is so unique and tasty. I love it and the creamy texture and savory flavors are perfect together.
Low Carb Savory Pumpkin Souffle
This savory side dish is packed full of Fall Flavor, nutritious pumpkin and healthy fat. This gourmet, pumpkin lovers side dish is the perfect accompaniment for any hearty meal. This low carb souffle will not puff up way over the top like traditional souffle but the texture is soft and custard like.
This side would never try to make you believe that it’s mashed potatoes. It doesn’t need to, it’s delicious and so pretty too.
Baked Keto Bacon Cauliflower Mash Recipe
This creamy (healthy) alternative to traditional mashed potatoes is a hearty side for any main dish. I am not going to say it tastes "just like" mashed potatoes because it doesn't. But it's a clean and delicious side that will fill the mashed potato void none the less. See the post for alternative spice ideas and serving suggestions.
Normally Corn Bread would be off of the Low Carb/ Keto Menu, but I have found a way around it. Now you can enjoy your chili with corn bread and still keep your macros in check! So easy too! Serve this with some low carb chili and you won't even miss the carbs.
These bread sticks are great and super quick to make too.
Low Carb Garlic Bread Sticks ~ Fluffy Fathead Version
These fluffy bread sticks can be made in a flash and taste terrific with soup, salad and low carb marinara dishes. They are soft and pretty damn close to the Olive Garden style breadsticks that you love. Keep them in the fridge for 4-5 days if you have any leftover.
The savory appeal of this super-food soup is unique and makes a great addition to a holiday table.
Low Carb Pumpkin Soup Recipe
Pumpkin soup is a delicious nutritional powerhouse. This savory soup is creamy, gorgeous and satisfying. A simple recipe that can stand alone and be served with low carb bread or be an amazing compliment to a nice dinner.
Broccoli and cheese…I think this one is widely known and needs no introduction.
Low Carb Cheddar Broccoli Soup
Thick and creamy sharp cheddar and tender broccoli are a match made in Keto heaven. I doubt this soup needs any introduction. It will keep your Ketosis fires burning and it's a family favorite. Picky teen approved.
The flavors of old Mexico will dance across your taste buds.
This soup was my Dad’s favorite and more than once he arm wrestled me for the last bowl.
Keto Sopa de Albondigas Recipe ( Keto Meatball Soup)
This soup is packed with flavor and will warm you up from the inside out. If you have never had Albondigas (Al-bone-di-goss) then you are in for a treat. This is a tried and true recipe that I have been making for years and it's a hit EVERY SINGLE TIME. I have Ketofied it to be low carb but it's just as delicious as ever! The secret ingredient in the meatballs gives this soup a one of a kind flavor straight from Mexico. Half of the cooking time is passive simmering of deliciousness.
This might just be a “Colorado thing”. But if you haven’t made a steaming pot of green chili recently, give this one a try.
It’s fantastic and makes Thanksgiving and Christmastime a little warmer on those chilly evenings.
Low Carb Colorado Green Chili
If you have never had Famous Colorado Green Chili you are in for a treat. This recipe outlines how to make Keto Colorado Green Chili taste EVEN better than the original recipe. This is a cure all for hangovers and flu in Colorado. And, it's a great make ahead meal.
You can make this healthy salad a day or two ahead of time and it’s flavor improves each day.
That makes it the perfect low carb holiday recipe in my book.
Keto Low Carb Tabouli with Hemp Hearts
This crisp veggie salad is made with hemp hearts, parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, mint and seasoning. It's the perfect side salad or lunch and it only gets better with time. Great meal prep salad that you can eat all week!
This low carb recipe is one of those salads that is perfect at a Summer BBQ and still seems at home on a holiday table.
Add a handful of dried cranberries into the mix for festive appeal.
📋Keto Broccoli and Bacon Salad Recipe
This fantastic salad is great as a side or a light meal. It's bursting with flavor and a satisfying crunch. It's perfect for potlucks, weeknight dinners and meal prepping because it's even better the next day.
This is a natural caffeine free energy booster to gear you up for all of that cooking. The pumpkin spice flavor will get you in the festive mood.
Easy Keto Pumpkin Smoothie
Ahhh….can you smell it in the air? That’s right! Pumpkin Spice Season is in full swing. This smoothie is magically delicious, is packed with Pumpkin flavor and will give you a boost without the caffeine.
If you love the coconut and almond combo- this one is for you!
Keto Almond Joy Iced Mocha Recipe
Chocolate, almonds, coconut and coffee? This is a fantastic iced coffee to cool you off and keep you going without killing your carb count. Have it blended or on the rocks. See the post tips for additions. Cheers!
This gravy is great with biscuits on mashed cauliflower or on anything you would traditionally top with gravy.
Low Carb White Gravy – Country Style
This low carb white gravy is perfect for everyday or holidays. Great on biscuits, chicken fried steak, mashed cauliflower and whatever else you can dream up. Rich and creamy with ZERO thickening powders.
This might be my favorite low carb gravy every. It’s creamier than traditional gravy and has an almost hollandaise-esque texture.
Low Carb Brown Gravy
This brown gravy is the perfect low carb alternative when you don't want to use low carb thickeners or high carb ingredients. It's rich, thick and an amazing topping for your holiday and winter meals without using finicky xanthan gum.
Who doesn’t love tender asparagus tips smothered in velvety hollandaise sauce? Classy and classic.
Hollandaise Sauce – Blender Method
Velvety, buttery Hollandaise sauce to smother your veggies and keep you feeling full and satisfied. This classic recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch and dinner. It's the perfect finishing touch drizzled on eggs, salmon, tender crisp vegetables and whatever else you can think up. Perfect for everything from everyday to holidays and is a time-tested crowd pleaser.
Easy peasy cheese sauce to top veggies makes a plain side seem decadent.
Low Carb Cheese Sauce – 4 Ingredients
This low carb cheese sauce only needs four ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge. There is no need for any flours, powders or weird thickeners at all. Delicious cheesy goodness will be your in less than ten minutes.
I know, I know, oranges are on your favorite Keto Bloggers No-No list. I am going to have to disagree with them. THIS IS AN AMAZING RECIPE!
And, this fantastic low carb holiday recipe weighs in at 2 net carbs per tablespoon. Totally worth it.
Low carb Orange Marmalade is a Christmas Miracle…
Low Carb Orange Marmalade
The bright, mouthwatering flavor of this classic recipe can't be denied. While it's best enjoyed in small amounts, this lower carb marmalade is an amazing treat on toast, baked brie or used in meat marinades.
Spinach basil pesto is amazing on zoodles and great on crackers and rolls.
Spinach Basil Pesto Recipe
This is a naturally low carb pesto sauce that features spinach in all of it's glory. It's great on low carb noodles, bread, crackers and chips. And, it's picky teen approved. Anyone in your family will enjoy this pesto sauce. You can make this sauce ahead and it freezes nicely for quick meals.
I threw this one in because it saves me a TON of money from Halloween to New Year.
Yup, it's pumpkin spice season – it was once called Fall or Autumn. Now peaple are asking for pumpkin spice everything. I was in the park the other day and I saw ants gather at a pumpkin spice latte spill – they made plans do brunch and yoga and then ran to find more pumpkin spice. There are no carbs in the spice itself, so if you don't want to spend too much on the premixed spice here's the recipe. It's Keto and it's really easy.
This cake is the perfect mixture of pumpkin spice and everything nice…like cream cheese frosting.
The flavors meld in the most splendid way.
Keto Pumpkin Cake Recipe
This is a to-die-for dessert any time of the year.Keto or not you will love this pumpkin cake with the creamiest of cream cheese frosting. It's this kind of guilt free indulgence that helps make Keto easy, healthy and delicious.
You knew I would have a Mexican low carb holiday recipe in the dessert section.
Flan is an amazing creamy dessert that has the most simplistic and elegant of flavors. This dessert goes with EVERYTHING.
Sugar Free Flan
This Sugar Free Flan is a traditional Mexican Dessert Recipe with a low carb twist. The creamy vanilla flavor and smooth texture compliments the rich caramel glaze topping. It truly is one of the most fantastic Keto desserts you'll ever make.
This Cheesecake was made in my amazing Ninja Foodi. This thing changed my life.
But, it will work in any instant pot just fine.
Instant Pot Bourbon Keto Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
This sweet and creamy Autumn treat will delight you with two treats wrapped into one. The tangy cheese, pumpkin and spice mixed with the oaky, carmel tones of bourbon make this cheesecake a delight. Pressure cooking ensures a nice moist cake that's perfectly baked and never dry. Family friendly and picky teen approved.
These are the perfect snack for Santa. They are sort of short bread like and full of holiday joy.
Sugar Free Almond Cookies
Buttery cookies with a sandy cookie texture dotted with crunchy slivered almonds are the perfect low carb treat for cookie lovers. They're a great alternative to oatmeal cookies if you are transitioning into the low carb lifestyle.
I know, I know, I have a lot of chocolate and peanut butter recipes. I am obviously and addict.
This recipe takes longer than most of the desserts that I have listed on this site but I think it’s totally worth it.
Keto Peanut Butter Pie
This creamy peanut butter pie is enveloped in a dark chocolate cookie crust and drizzled with with rich dark chocolate and sprinkled with salty peanuts. It's the ultimate sweet and salty treat for chocolate & peanut butter addicts.
This is like the pie but in an easier, bar version. They are not as pleasing to the eye but certainly fantastic on the tongue.
Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Chocolate and Peanut butter just go together. This dessert is the best of both worlds and it's low carb to boot. This is a simple recipe that anyone can make to keep their cravings at bay. Make this dessert ahead…it gets better as it sits and it freezes well.
This is simple and delicious recipe. It’s so easy to make this recipe ahead of time.
Keto Pecan Pie Pudding Recipe
This delicious, healthy pudding turns your favorite high carb holiday dessert into a festive treat that you can have anytime. It's got a creamy texture and rich flavor that's perfect for either dessert or breakfast.
The rustic look and “real” flavors of peanut butter and dark chocolate make this a Christmas Candy worth the time it takes to make homemade.
Keto Peanut Butter Cup Recipe
Attention Peanut Butter Cup Lovers! This one is for you. I know the pain and temptation of missing my favorite candy and I suspect that I am not alone. This easy recipe is worth every second you spend on it. Choose dark or lighter chocolate according to what YOU like. This is Keto YOUR way.
This gorgeous treat is perfectly portioned and ends your meal with a fruity flavor.
Classy Keto Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
This classy dessert is bursting with fresh berry flavors without being fussy. The simple combination creates a mouthwatering delicacy fit for the most discerning dessert lover whether they eat low carb or not.
Look at how beautiful these are! They scream holiday recipe and are amazing with a little bit of dry champagne on New Years Eve.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
This is a delicious and beautiful treat to make for any occasion. This easy recipe and keeps well overnight in the fridge. If you like chocolate covered strawberries but don't want all of the carbs that come with them, than these are a perfect addition to your Low Carb dessert recipe arsenal. Great for date night too!
Looking for Christmas candy but turned off by the price and weird ingredients of the store bought brands?
This is easier than you think to make…promise.
Easy Keto Almond Bark
Keto Almond bark is the bomb! It's low carb, high in fat and fiber. This Keto friendly chocolate treat is easy to make and you can customize the toppings. It stores well (if you can keep it around that long). It's also much more budget friendly than the store bought low-carb Keto Bark. Make it for yourself or for a gift!
Luscious Keto Chocolate Cheesecake ~ No Bake Recipe
If you love chocolate and cheesecake this delectable confection is for you. The indulgent chocolaty crust is amazing. And, it freezes well so that you can have a slice ready when uou NEED chocolate dessert on the fly. With only 20 minutes of active time, you can be ready for cravings and stay on track with weight loss.
These have the same taste of the french toast of my childhood, eggy goodness and all.
Keto French Toast Muffins Recipe
If you miss French Toast, the Keto French Toast Muffins will be just the craving killer that you have been waiting for. Your whole family will love them. and as a special bonus they are really easy to make.
Break out that chaffle maker that’s collecting dust and whip these up for a fantastic holiday breakfast.
Keto Oat Fiber Waffles
Oh man are you going to be happy today! These oat fiber waffles are a fantastic low carb way to start your day (or have dinner for breakfast). This recipe makes crispy and fluffy waffles just like the ones that you loved Pre-Keto. Even the Non-Keto Kids will love them! You can feel good about sharing these healthy waffles too!