Since Christmas is a time where many of us get together and share food with friends (and family), that inevitably means there will be a fair amount of temptation to overcome. Parties with shared platters, carb-loaded treats, alcoholic drinks and desserts are firm favorites around the holidays, so if you’re trying to follow a low-carb or ketogenic diet then it’s safe to say that Christmas can be tough.
But it doesn’t have to be!
You can always make keto-friendly choices, or even better – you can create your own keto-friendly Christmas foods whenever possible. To show you just how easy it is to have a low-carb Christmas, we’ve rounded up some of the best low-carb and keto-friendly Christmas recipes from around the web. Enjoy!
Low Carb Eggnog
As Trisha from Intoxicated On Life says; there are some things in life that are just better low-carb, and eggnog is one of them. This recipe uses heavy cream, eggs, sweeteners and spices – but if you want to add a dash of alcohol to your eggnog, then be sure to pick a spirit that has zero sugar. Check out this post abut the best alcoholic drinks for a low-carb diet if you need a little more info.
Cheesy Sweet Pepper Poppers
Check out this fun and festive appetizer recipe from Sugar Free Mom. These are perfect for sharing, and pack a delicious punch, stuffed to the brim with no less than three different types of cheese and a dose of herbs and spices. They look so delicious that they’re sure to be a hit with your non-keto friends too!
Low Carb Cranberry Glazed Ham
This cranberry-glazed ham from All Day I Dream About Food is another low-carb Christmas recipe that’s sure to go down a treat with people who aren’t even following a ketogenic or low-carb diet. The recipe calls for half a cup of red wine as part of the glaze, but red a dash of red wine vinegar might make a good non-alcoholic substitute if you’re really watching those carbs this Christmas.
Low Carb Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Fudge
This low-carb cream cheese and peanut butter fudge from Low Carb Yum looks absolutely delicious – and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without having to dose up on sugar during the festive period. The recipe calls for unflavored protein powder, but you could opt for a high-quality vanilla protein powder if you like.
Low Carb Gingerbread Cookies
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a good old fashioned gingerbread cookie. But rather than opting for the sugar laden, store bought varieties, you can follow this recipe from Meat Free Keto and make your own low-carb gingerbread cookies from scratch. Perfect served up with an ice cold glass of almond milk, or to dip in your morning cup of bulletproof coffee.
Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
Another festive Christmas drink recipe that’s light on the carbs but heavy on the flavor. This delicious copycat Bailey’s irish cream recipe from Low Carb Yum looks perfect for satisfying your festive sweet tooth (not to mention it has a nice little dash of alcohol in it too). The recipe calls for cream, espresso powder, cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla and almond extract – with a dash of whiskey! You could leave out the whiskey of course, but where’s the fun in that? 😉
Bulletproof Hot Chocolate
You’ve probably already heard about the benefits of Bulletproof Coffee and the ketogenic diet, but what about hot cocoa instead? Granted, cocoa doesn’t have the same metabolism-boosting effects as high-quality coffee, but if you use high-quality cocoa powder you’re sure to get a delicious, energy-boosting kick. Check out the full recipe from Makan With Cherry and add this festive drink to your keto Christmas menu.
Crispy Halloumi Fries
While fried cheese is off the menu for most diets – it’s most certainly on the menu if you’re following a low-carb, high fat diet! These crispy halloumi fries from Scrummy Lane are the ultimate keto indulgence – and can be made using almond flour instead of wheat flour in order to really cut out the carbs. Serve them up at a Christmas party with a side of Walden Farms Amazin’ Mayo, or Guy’s Sugar Free Spicy BBQ Sauce. Delicious!
Keto Scotch Eggs
If you’re looking for easy Christmas party food ideas then look no further than this easy keto scotch eggs recipe, right here on Ketoship. The recipe simply calls for minced pork and eggs, but you could go a little further and wrap the whole thing in bacon to amp up the flavour – and serve with the low-carb cranberry sauce from this recipe post. It is Christmas, after all!
Layered Christmas Jello Salad
This layered Christmas jello salad from Real Life Dinner (originally from The Mother Huddle) is a great recipe to make with the kids during the holiday season. The end result looks beautiful, and you can make the whole thing keto-friendly by opting for sugar-free jello instead of regular jello, and leaving out some of the extras (such as the marshmallow), using heavy cream instead.
So there we have it! Ten keto-friendly Christmas recipes from around the web, proving that you can eat well and still stay low-carb throughout the holidays. If you have a keto Christmas dish you’d like to share with us, please feel free to post it in the comments section below, post a link to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Instagram or Twitter!
Happy Keto-Christmas 🙂