If you’re afraid your keto diet will put a damper on your holiday spirits, don’t!
These keto Christmas recipes are here to make your Christmas merry and bright, while still keeping the carbs and sugar at bay.
Fortunately, traditional Christmas dishes are mostly meaty and low-carb, so it’s not really that difficult to stay true to your keto diet this season.
Salivating over sweet ham? Or how about a giant hunk of turkey? This round-up has you covered.
Besides the savory entrees, there are lots of dessert recipes here for your sweet tooth, too!
Whether it’s a glass of rich and creamy eggnog, a decadent chocolate fudge, or a moist gingerbread cake, you’ll find everything you’re craving right here.
Cheers to a healthy and keto-friendly Christmas!
Festive, delicious, and nutritious: these are the three main things you want to look for in keto-friendly Christmas recipes.
Thankfully, that’s exactly what these cookies are.
Speckled with red and green candies (which are sugar-free, BTW), it only takes one look to know these cookies are perfect for the holidays.
You’ll also love how they’re crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle.
They’re also surprisingly sweet and buttery, while not containing sugar and butter at all.
This aptly-named snack is dangerously addictive.
It may have a simple saltine cracker base, but it’s wildly delicious.
The crackers are topped with layers of toffee and chocolate to give you that sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy dessert sensation.
It’s the kind of treat you can’t just have one serving of. Don’t be surprised if it disappears in minutes.
It’s festive on its own, but red and green sprinkles will make it look even more Christmas-y.
This winter salad is a light and refreshing side dish to your meaty main.
Whether it’s ham, turkey, pot roast, or grilled chicken, this salad pairs wonderfully with any Christmas entree.
While I’m not a huge fan of salads, in general, I’ll gladly serve and eat this one any day. Color, texture, and flavor are all at play to make this salad a huge hit.
Personally, I love how the goat cheese and hazelnuts add richness and crunch to the boring lettuce leaves!
‘Tis the season of sweet potato casserole, but you’ll want this one all year round.
I know what you’re thinking: sweet potato isn’t keto-friendly at all! Right you are.
That’s why for this recipe, you’ll use a mix of butternut squash and cauliflower.
Don’t count it out just yet, though! The ingredients may be different, but the flavors and textures are equally terrific.
It’s so good, in fact, that you might just fool everyone else into thinking it’s the real deal.
This is another faux-tato (get it?) casserole that’ll blow your tastebuds away!
There are no actual potatoes involved in this recipe, but it’s definitely spud-tacular.
Okay, enough with the puns.
This casserole uses rutabaga and cauliflower to keep your waistline in check.
Mixed with sour cream, almond milk, and butter, and topped with cheese and optional (but highly recommended) bacon, this side dish is delectable but secretly healthy.
Pot roast is near and dear to me, as it is one of my mom’s favorite dishes to cook for the family. The fact that it’s keto-friendly is just a plus.
I’ve cooked this keto slow-cooked pot roast for her twice and she loved it both times.
First of all, the meat is just fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Seasoned with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and thyme, the flavors are a perfect balance of rich, salty, and earthy.
Ham is a Christmas staple in my household. We usually just buy one, but every now and then, I like to surprise the family with home-cooked ham.
If you’re thinking about doing the same for your loved ones this year, this is exactly the recipe for you.
This glazed ham is a certified show-stopper! With its sweet and crunchy exterior and succulent interior, it’ll surely be the star of the dinner table.
If you’re more fond of roast turkey than ham, I also have you covered.
Given how mouthwatering this turkey is, cooking it twice a year is perfectly understandable.
This recipe rubs the bird with a blend of rosemary, garlic, paprika, and lemon. As simple as the marinade is, it also yields a fantastic flavor.
With crisp skin and ridiculously juicy meat, it’s the keto Christmas dish of your dreams.
9. Keto Trifle
Let’s take a quick break from the savories and say hello to this sweet and heavenly sweet.
Because of its cake layer, a trifle is typically loaded with carbs. Not this one!
Instead of the usual, flour-based sponge cake, you’ll use one that has almond flour at its base.
Besides being keto-friendly, the nutty flour also adds a rich and buttery flavor! That’s what I call a win-win.
With alternating layers of cake, cream, and fresh berries, this trifle is wildly decadent, but also guilt-free.
I usually served deviled eggs on Easter Sunday, but it’s also ideal for Christmas. I mean, look at how festive they are!
The egg filling is typically made creamy with mayo, but for this one, you’ll use avocados.
Besides making the appetizer 10 times healthier, it also gives it a lovely green tinge.
When garnished with red tomatoes, the eggs transform into a Christmas-worthy treat.
Fancy it up this year with this butter-basted beef tenderloin. The name of the dish alone is making my mouth water.
As tenderloin isn’t exactly the cheapest cut of beef, you’ll want a foolproof recipe to ensure success. Don’t worry, this recipe fits the bill.
With a wonderfully seared, crisp crust and pink, melt-in-your-mouth meat, this dish is the perfect centerpiece for an extra-special occasion.
This broccoli and cheese casserole will make the kids forget they’re eating vegetables!
Seriously, it’s so rich and creamy, they won’t mind that it’s loaded with broccoli.
When it comes to incorporating vegetables into the kids’ diets, cheese is a great trick, and it will never fail you. This casserole is proof.
Made with broccoli, cream cheese, heavy cream, and shredded cheddar cheese, it’s really more of a cheese dish with broccoli in it.
So, is it healthy? Not exactly. Will the kids love it? For sure.
13. Keto Eggnog
Christmas isn’t complete without eggnog, so here we go.
With the exception of almond milk, this recipe calls for the usual ingredients you’ll find in a regular eggnog recipe.
Eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon, nutmeg – this eggnog has all the things that make Christmas extra joyful.
More often than not, keto-friendly bread is either hard as a rock or not tasty at all. This pull-apart Christmas tree is neither.
Instead, it’s soft and fluffy with a sweet and buttery cinnamon-sugar filling.
The flavors and textures are reminiscent of real cinnamon rolls, and the aroma is divine, too.
The presentation is only a plus.
This recipe comes with an optional cream cheese glaze, which obviously ups the calories significantly. But it’s the holidays – live a little!
Starchy potatoes minus the carbs: this is the promise of this loaded cauliflower recipe, and it delivers.
This dish is complete with sour cream, butter, cheddar cheese, and bacon, so obviously, it’s wildly delicious!
But because you’ll use cauliflower florets instead of potatoes, it’s significantly much lower in carb content.
While I do not follow the keto diet, I’ll eat this dish any day.
It’s perfect for when you’ve had your fill of heavy and decadent meals, yet still crave something rich and creamy.
16. Sauteed Spinach
Spinach may be Popeye’s source of strength, but it’s not exactly the best tasting vegetable, especially when eaten straight out of the can!
The good news is, you can still get all the wonderful vitamins and nutrients in the leafy veggie while still having an enjoyable dish.
All it takes is to season and saute it with parmesan, garlic, and lemon.
Gone are the days where it’s impossible for bread lovers to go on a keto diet. This garlic bread is so good, it doesn’t even taste like diet food!
It’s so soft it’s like sinking your teeth into a pile of clouds. Loaded with garlic and cream cheese, its flavor doesn’t disappoint, either.
Made with low-carb ingredients, you can enjoy the second piece without the guilt.
If you can’t live without chocolate but want to lead a healthier lifestyle, the keto diet is perfect for you. Here, no one will tell you to give up chocolate.
In fact, chocolate (just the dark kind, though) is encouraged.
Sweet, creamy, and chocolatey with a bit of a crunch from nuts, it’s everything you can ask for in fudge.
Instead of the usual sweetened condensed milk, it calls for erythritol, which lowers it sugar content by a lot.
If you plan to serve roasted chicken for your centerpiece, here’s the only recipe you’ll need.
Crispy skin on the outside and tender and juicy meat on the inside – this is the definition of roasted chicken perfection.
Seasoned with sage, thyme rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter, your guests will be able to tell this chicken was cooked with nothing but love.
Not only is it keto-friendly, but Whole30 approved, too!
It’s the ultimate alternative for mashed potato lovers.
With this mashed cauliflower dish, your palate will be treated to all that’s great about mashed potatoes.
It’s still as creamy, cheesy, and garlicky as can be, only, the carb content is exactly how you’ll want it to be: almost non-existent.
The best part? Because cauliflower cooks much faster than potatoes, this dish comes together in just 5 minutes!
Green beans weren’t my favorite vegetable growing up, but as an adult, they’re hard to live without!
These roasted green beans are flavored with garlic and Parmesan, so expect them to be delectable.
This dish is ideal if you’re trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables. The combination of cheese and garlic masks that veggie flavor kids can’t stand.
Brussels sprouts are another misunderstood vegetable that many find unappealing.
But if you only learn how to cook them right, they’re actually pretty awesome, especially when bacon is in the picture.
It doesn’t take much to cook sprouts. Just coat them in a blend of olive oil, garlic, paprika, and salt and pop them in the oven to roast for a few minutes.
They’ll be beautifully charred on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside, and scrumptious in every bite.
Sausage and mushrooms are already delicious on their own, but if you put them together, you’ll create a wonderful explosion of flavors.
Between the smokiness of the sausage and the earthiness of the mushrooms, it’s hard to pick which component to like more.
Thankfully, you won’t have to choose here.
Cream cheese and mozzarella make this dish even better. This is one diet-friendly appetizer that’s impossible to say no to.
Can’t decide among strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries? Who says you need to pick? These berries taste amazing together in this keto cobbler.
These sweet, tart, and refreshing berries rest underneath a bed of crumbly biscuits. Serve this with keto ice cream, and you’re golden.
Since December isn’t exactly berry season, feel free to use frozen.
Let’s give this list a sweet ending, shall we? This gingerbread cake isn’t only sweet, but a little bit spiced, too.
Flavored with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and of course, ginger, this cake is in a class by itself.
With a perfect balance of sugar and spice, it’s definitely everything nice.
It’s also incredibly moist and tender, which is unexpected with a keto-friendly cake.
Delicious and guilt-free: this cake is the best of both worlds!
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