Keto is one of those diets that’s crossed over into the lifestyle category. So, if you’re doing the Keto diet and looking to make sure you keep on this holiday season, I’ve got some Keto recipes for the holidays for you! If you’re new to Keto, or just looking to avoid the holiday weight gain, then you’re going to want to stick around as well. The great part about Keto is that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor in order to make a dish that follows the guidelines. So hang tight and get ready to put on those skinny jeans. I’m going to start things off with the main event: Pie. Because let’s face it, pie is really the reason for the season. 😉
Keto Recipes For The Holidays (That Won’t Make You Fat)
Keto Holiday Recipe 01: Pumpkin Pie
No holiday gathering is complete without pumpkin pie. It just doesn’t work! Luckily we’ve got you covered there. This Keto approved pumpkin pie is topped with coconut whipped cream and it’s dreamy-delicious. Grab a pie plate here and some keto-approved brown sugar here.
Keto Pumpkin Pie
- 1 ½ c. almond flour
- 3 tbsp. coconut flour
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 4 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
- 1 c. heavy cream
- ½ c. keto-friendly brown sugar (like Swerve)
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. ground cloves
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Begin by heating your oven to 350°F and lightly greasing a 9" pie plate. Then, in a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the crust together. Then add the melted butter and egg and continue mixing until a dough forms. Next, press the dough into the pie plate. Then use a fork to poke holes through the crust so that it will rise and bake evenly. Place the crust in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the filling ingredients until smooth. When the mixture is smooth and uniform, pour into the baked crust. Bake the pie until the filling is only slightly jiggly in the middle. This will take 45-50 minutes. When the crust is golden and the filling mostly set, turn off the oven and allow the pie to cool in the oven with the door open for an hour. Then place in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Serve with your choice of coconut whipped cream!
Keto Holiday Recipe 02: Mashed “Potatoes” (Turnips)
When you’re tired of all the cauliflower, it can seem super tempting to just give in and eat the mashed potatoes. But don’t! I’ve got the solution for you: mashed turnips. This root veggie has the consistency of potatoes without the carbs. Plus if you add a little bacon, it’s got some great flavor!
Mashed Turnips with Bacon and Chives
- 8 C. turnips peeled and diced
- bone broth or water for boiling
- ½ lb. bacon
- 2 Tbsp. bacon fat
- 2 Tbsp. butter melted
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. chives freshly chopped
- Start by placing the diced turnips in a large pot and fill it with water or bone broth until the turnips are covered. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer you simmer, the less bitter the turnips will be.
- While the turnips are doing their thing, cook the bacon (skillet or oven method both work). Make sure to keep 2 Tbsp of the bacon grease, then get rid of the rest. When the bacon is done, crumble it and set aside.
- When the turnips are done, drain well. Then add all the remaining ingredients except for the bacon and chives. Give them a good mash until you have your preferred consistency before folding in the bacon and topping with fresh chives. Serve and enjoy!
Keto Holiday Recipe 03: Baked Brie
This is a perfect appetizer! You can serve with keto-approved crackers or thin slices of apples.
- 9 oz. Brie cheese wheel
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary coarsely chopped
- 2 oz. pecans or walnuts coarsely chopped
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Start by heating your oven to 400°F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, place the cheese wheel on the baking sheet. Then, in a small bowl, combine the nuts, herb, and olive oil together and add salt and pepper to taste. Place this mixture on the top of the cheese and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is warm and the nuts are nicely toasted. Enjoy!
Keto Holiday Recipe 04: Baked Salmon with Lemon and Butter
It’s totally okay to ditch the turkey this holiday season and try something a little different. This salmon is elegant enough to be the main course at any dinner and also fully Keto approved.
Baked Salmon with Lemon and Butter
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 lbs. salmon
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- ground black pepper
- 7 oz. butter
- 1 lemon sliced thinly
- Start by heating your oven to 400°F and greasing a baking dish with olive oil. Then place the salmon, skin-side down, onto the dish before seasoning with salt and pepper. Next, place the thin slices of lemon on top of the salmon and cover with half of the butter (sliced into thin squares).
- Next, bake the salmon on the middle rack for 20-30 minutes or until the salmon is no longer transparent and flakes easily with a fork. Before serving, melt the remaining butter in a small saucepan until it begins to bubble. When it bubbles, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding a little lemon juice (about a tsp). Serve with the salmon and enjoy!
Hopefully, these recipes will help you finish the year strong, or at least keep you from gaining those holiday pounds. Have fun baking, cooking, and keeping it Keto. Happy Holidays!