Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it's time to start planning for the big feast. But if you're following the keto diet, you may be wondering how to stay on track and enjoy all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. After all, most of them are loaded with carbs and sugar. The good news is that there are plenty of delicious keto Thanksgiving recipes that will allow you to enjoy the holiday feast without sabotaging your diet.
From appetizers to desserts, there are plenty of keto-friendly options that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the best keto Thanksgiving recipes that you can try this holiday season.
Whether you're hosting a big family gathering or just a small group of friends - or even planning on just cooking a simple dinner for one! - these recipes are sure to impress.
Let's get started.
This recipe swaps the carb-heavy pasta with cauliflower and adds cheese, heavy cream, and cream cheese to create an indulgent and creamy dish. The secret to a dish that really knocks your socks off? Lots of spices and herbs for endless flavor.
It's a great side dish that everyone, including non-keto folks, will enjoy.
Step aside, turkey! This side dish will be the real star of the show.
This easy-to-make dish features roasted Brussel sprouts, bacon bits, and oodles of cheese. The dish can be baked or just mixed together and it's mouth-wateringly tasty! This dish takes just minutes to cook, and can be easily switched up as per your taste preferences. For instance, choose blue cheese or even herbed cheese for a different, yet equally delicious flavor.
Who said you can't enjoy dessert on a keto diet plan? This recipe can satisfy your sweet tooth without abandoning your good habits.
This recipe contains an almond flour crust and uses cold butter to help keep it flaky and tender. That's the key - make sure the butter is nice and cold.
Follow the tips in this recipe, and you'll find that this dish is a perfect replacement for any classic pecan pie recipe.
Making the most of the autumn harvest, this naturally gluten-free casserole is a great festive dish that’s low on carbs thanks to squash and almond flour.
With cheesy goodness and slightly crunchy edges, it's a comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of year, and not just for Thanksgiving.
This classic Thanksgiving side dish usually contains flour or copious amounts of cheese sauce that can add to the carb count.
Our keto creamed spinach recipe uses heavy cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, and nutmeg, making it a perfect fit for those on the keto diet.
Another bonus? Spinach is high in nutrients and low in carbs, making it a healthy addition to your Thanksgiving meal.
Brussels sprouts are a mainstay at Thanksgiving dinners. That's why we've included more than one recipe for them on this round-up!
This next keto version involves wrapping the brussels sprouts in bacon, which adds a smoky flavor and makes them absolutely irresistible (and, duh, you can't go wrong with bacon!)
Plus, bacon is high in protein and low in carbs, making it a perfect fit for the keto diet.
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without pumpkin pie. Our keto-friendly crustless pumpkin pie recipe uses pumpkin puree, heavy cream, monk fruit sweetener, and a variety of spices. The individual portions are made in muffin liners, making them easy to portion control.
Pumpkin is high in fiber and low in carbs, making it a healthy dessert option for those on the keto diet.
With flavors that taste more like summer, you might not think of adding avocado, cucumber, or even shrimp to your THanksgiving Day table. However, you really should!
These shrimp appetizers are an easy and tasty keto-friendly appetizer for the Thanksgiving meal. Plump juicy Cajun shrimp is placed over creamy avocado and served on a crisp slice of cucumber. They are not only delicious mouthfuls but also only have 49 calories per bite!
Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving classic, and this keto-friendly recipe has all the flavors of the traditional dish but without the unhealthy carbs.
Pork rinds are used as a substitute for the crunchy topping (the French's fried onions), and lots of cheese is added to make it even more delicious while still sticking to the principles of the ketogenic diet.
This dessert recipe will make sure you get your pumpkin fix this Thanksgiving!
Layers of cheesecake and pumpkin pie with the use of powdered swerve as the sweetener will keep you satisfied. You can substitute other types of powdered sugar substitutes if you like, and this dessert will still remain full of flavor.
If you're a fan of traditional sweet potato casserole, this recipe is a great alternative. Made with butternut squash and cauliflower, this low-carb version is surprisingly delicious and will satisfy your taste buds without sabotaging your progress.
Everything comes together to make a dish that will check the box off on every single craving. Make double so you have plenty leftover the next day!
These roasted mushrooms are decadent and full of flavor, thanks to the brown butter, garlic, and thyme sauce.
They're bursting at the seams with flavor despite how simple the ingredients list is. They make a perfect keto side dish for your Thanksgiving feast and are sure to impress everyone at the table.
If you're looking for a hearty, low-calorie, and low-carb meal, these stuffed portobello mushrooms are a great option. Made with cheese, bacon, scallions, and garlic, they're flavorful and easy to make.
Plus, they make an excellent appetizer or main dish for Thanksgiving.
For a sweet treat, try this delicious keto peach cobbler recipe.
It's easy to make and perfect for dessert, snack, or even breakfast. You won't even realize it's low-carb because it's so tasty and satisfying. While peaches are generally thought of as summertime fruits, keep a few on hand for your Thanksgiving Day prep - you won't regret it once you have a bite of this decadent recipe.
Next up is an easy and delicious recipe that will make your taste buds dance - oven-roasted asparagus. This flavorful veggie is roasted with garlic, lemon, and parmesan, making it a great addition to your Thanksgiving table.
Asparagus is also high in fiber and packed with vitamins, making it a healthy and keto-friendly choice.
This recipe is a perfect Autumn salad, bursting with colors and flavors. It is packed with vegetables, including roasted Brussels sprouts, maple butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries. This gluten-free recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve alike!
The primary advantage of this recipe is that it is super healthy and delicious. You don't have to worry about overindulging in high-carb side dishes, as this recipe fits perfectly into your keto lifestyle.
If you are looking for a crowd pleasing Thanksgiving appetizer that people talk about for years, this recipe is perfect for you. These baked jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese are easy to make ahead and are perfect for any holiday party.
They're delicious and super healthy, containing healthy fats and protein that will keep you feeling full and satisfied all night long. The best part is that you can control the spice level to suit your taste buds - these don't have to be overly fiery.
Craving something sweet this festive season? These Keto Pecan Pie Bars are the perfect low-carb dessert to enjoy. They're easy to make, and the almond flour crust guarantees that they are keto-friendly.
These dessert bars are delicious, satisfying, and rich in healthy fats. The best part is that they contain no sugar, making them a much healthier alternative to traditional pecan pie.
Cranberry sauce is a must-have on any Thanksgiving table. Made from fresh cranberries, water, powdered monk fruit sweetener, orange zest, and cinnamon, this sauce is the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
What's great about this recipe is that you won't even miss the traditional sugar-loaded cranberry sauce, and you'll stay in ketosis without sacrificing flavor.
This is a low-carb and keto-friendly alternative to traditional macaroni and cheese. Made with spaghetti squash, heavy cream, butter, garlic, onion, and plenty of cheese, this dish has a healthy and flavorful side that everyone at the table will love.
The texture of the spaghetti squash perfectly mimics pasta, making it an excellent substitution for those on the keto diet.
21. Keto Stuffing
This is a classic dish made with a keto twist. Instead of using regular bread cubes, this recipe uses keto bread, along with eggs, chicken broth, sage, leeks, garlic, celery, and butter. The end result is a savory and hearty stuffing that is bursting with flavor and perfect for those who want to stick to their keto diet.
This recipe is a great example of how you can make small changes in traditional Thanksgiving dishes to make them keto-friendly without compromising on taste.
This is a delicious alternative to the classic green bean casserole that is heavy on carb-rich ingredients.
Made with almond flour, avocado oil, cream cheese, and onions instead of French's fried onions, this keto version tastes just as good without ruining your keto diet. Plus, green beans are a great source of fiber and are low in calories, making this dish both healthy and tasty.
This is a flavorful side dish made with a blend of herbs and spices that will have your taste buds dancing.
With only 4 net carbs, this recipe is perfect for keto enthusiasts who want to enjoy a classic Thanksgiving dish without overloading on carbs. Plus, the sausage adds a protein punch that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
For those with a sweet tooth, I recommend trying the Keto Pumpkin Bars. Made with five eggs, monk fruit sweetener, almond flour, and pumpkin puree, these bars are super moist and have a delicious frosting made with cream cheese.
Not only are they a great dessert option for those on the keto diet, but they're also packed with essential nutrients like vitamin A and fiber. Plus, the use of monk fruit sweetener means you won't have to worry about spiking your blood sugar levels.
25. Pumpkin Bread
Last but not least, we have Pumpkin Bread made with coconut flour, powdered monk fruit, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and other keto-friendly ingredients. The use of coconut flour and powdered monk fruit instead of regular flour and sugar cuts down on carbs without sacrificing flavor.
Plus, it's an easy recipe to follow, and you can make it ahead of time - so you have one less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving day. Who doesn't love that kind of simplicity?
The Best Keto Thanksgiving Recipes to Make Your Holiday Special
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small egg
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup light mayo
- 2 tablespoon mustard
- In a bowl, season the chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the egg and half of the almond flour to the bowl with the seasoned chicken. Mix everything until the chicken pieces are well coated and moistened.
- Preheat your Air Fryer to 200 °C/392F for 5 minutes. Prepare a tray or plate with the remaining almond flour. Take each breaded chicken piece and place it in the almond flour, making sure to cover it completely. Gently press the almond flour onto the chicken to make it adhere well. Once you have breaded all the chicken pieces, place the nuggets in the Air Fryer basket in a single layer, without overcrowding them. If necessary, cook the Nuggets in batches.
- Cook the nuggets in the Air Fryer for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden and crispy. Remember to flip them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
- While the nuggets are cooking, mix the mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl to make the dipping sauce. (optional)
- Once the nuggets are cooked, remove them from the Air Fryer and serve them hot along with the mayo and mustard sauce. Enjoy your delicious Keto Chicken Nuggets! You can serve them with a salad or steamed vegetables to complete your meal.
- Makes 4 Servings
- 4 WW points per serving or 8 points per serving if you use the dipping sauce