Sticking to the keto diet or any diet for that matter-during the holidays can be a major struggle. And explaining to your Great Aunt Linda why you can’t eat her famous homemade dressing is always a blast. My first Thanksgiving experience on the keto diet was a
little tough HUGE DISASTER and consisted of me picking through carb-filled casseroles and eating nothing but turkey as I watched my family feast on all my favorite foods. It took all the willpower I had not to cheat, and by that, I mean dive face first into the green bean casserole! I was miserable, and I was starving. I figured out if I was ever going to enjoy Thanksgiving or any holiday meal again, I’d have to take matters into my own hands-literally-and learn to cook the Thanksgiving classics keto style.
Finding the best recipes and ingredients to duplicate my favorites took some time, but now that I’ve got a little over four years of experience I’ve built up a mighty collection of low carb resources. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes with you in case you’re planning your turkey day menu.
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Now, about these recipes…We’ve got plenty of variety to cover all the bases. There’s a few different keto Thanksgiving recipes for cranberry sauce, several appetizers to choose from, a bunch of keto Thanksgiving recipes for sides from cauliflower to asparagus to brussels sprouts, keto bread recipes, a couple of main course ideas (don’t you dare miss the bacon wrapped turkey), and finally, dessert!
This healthy low carb cranberry sauce is sugar-free, gluten-free, and requires only 4 ingredients. Find all of the details here on Wholesome Yum
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Appetizers
Sausage balls are a must-have around here during the holidays, but as you know, the traditional recipe is not low carb. Enter Keto Size Me & their Keto Sausage Balls made with almond flour. They’re fabulous! As in, hide them from yourself because you’ll eat too many fab! And if almond flour isn’t your thing? No problem. They’ve got a recipe using coconut flour as a sub!
Go ahead and put this one from Maya at the top of your keto Thanksgiving recipes list! Everyone loves these bacon wrapped asparagus appetizers and they are easy to put together & baked in the oven-no grilling required. Ready to serve in 30 minutes!
Any appetizer with a hint of brie goes fast at our holiday parties so when I saw this version by Taryn of Joy Filled Eats that combined our favorite with cranberry and almonds I knew it would be a hit!
Keto-friendly cajun shrimp over creamy avocado settled nicely on top of crisp cucumber slices. Yum. This delightful appetizer will no doubt be one of your favorite keto Thanksgiving recipes thanks to Natasha’s Kitchen
If you are looking for an epic appetizer for your Thanksgiving grazing table, but you don’t want to spend too much time cooking-here ya go. All you need is 4 ingredients to get these Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts together! These apps are so divine they can convert a sprout hater with one bite! Trust me on this-Savory Tooth’s got it going on with one of the most popular keto Thanksgiving recipes!
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Breads
Put this one from Carol of Ditch the Wheat at the top of your must try keto Thanksgiving recipes! Hop over to find out how to prepare these fine low carb biscuits and get a super helpful & entertaining lesson in baking with coconut flour.
A most delightful keto Thanksgiving recipe from Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food that you’ll need later on to make the Thanksgiving stuffing! But make no mistake this Cheesy Keto Skillet Bread holds its own-this is as close as you’ll get to cornbread on keto. And it’s fabulous!
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Sides
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t have green bean casserole! I think I’ve enjoyed this southern staple every year of my life, so I was thrilled to find this healthy spin on my Thanksgiving favorite from Kyndra at Peace, Love and Low Carb!
Ready to serve in 40 minutes! This is one of my favorite quick and easy keto Thanksgiving recipes and it’s always a hit! You can bake it the day before & reheat it in the microwave on Thanksgiving day which is a huge bonus! Find out more on Joy Filled Eats
This keto Thanksgiving recipe from Low Carb Maven makes an easy and elegant side dish. Save time & energy by making the delicious Hollandaise Sauce in the blender! Get the full scoop on Low Carb Maven
Who’s going to miss potatoes when they have this keto Thanksgiving recipe served? You certainly won’t! This low carb Cauliflower Gratin recipe from Sandy (AKA Reluctant Entertainer) is easy, cheesy, and keto-friendly! Oh, and I almost forgot-it calls for BACON!!! Boom!
These are not just every day Brussels Sprouts! This special keto Thanksgiving recipe from Peace, Love and Low Carb includes delicious bacon and is topped with a garlic parmesan cream sauce.
This butternut squash casserole tastes like your holiday sweet potato casserole, but has none of the guilt attached! Try one of the most shared keto Thanksgiving recipes this year-all the details can be found on Wholesome Yum
A very healthy & easy side for your Thanksgiving meal! Find the full recipe on Tastaholics
The stuffing can make or break the entire meal if you ask me. Pre-keto diet I made my dressing with two skillets of buttermilk cornbread. Obviously, that recipe has been retired. Thankfully, I found this keto Thanksgiving recipe from Carolyn-it has all the bases covered & is pretty darn close to real thing as far as taste with only 2 carbs per serving!!!!
If you want to go a bread-free route Maya of Wholesome Yum has you covered with this tasty cauilflower stuffing that’s full of flavor thanks to caramelized onions and toasted pecans.
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Main Course
If you don’t want to wait around all day on your turkey use the power of your instant pot & this recipe from The Cookie Rookie!
This tenderloin recipe from Melissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry is perfect for entertaining a crowd & easy to put together. Oh, and of course it tastes divine!
If you’re looking for a non turkey keto Thanksgiving recipe that will turn a few heads consider this one from Craig at Ruled.Me. His bacon wrapped stuffed pork tenderloin is a delicious pork on pork recipe filled with cream cheese, spinach, onion, and garlic!
Honestly, if you serve this bacon-wrapped turkey that Kacey (AKA The Cookie Writer) created it really won’t matter what else you cook on Thanksgiving. This will steal the show-because-hello, it’s a bacon wrapped turkey! Now, I will tell you this isn’t a traditional keto recipe-Kacey includes potatoes & a little flour (for gravy)-so you’ll need to leave those out to keep it keto-friendly! The good news is that you don’t need them to keep it fabulous!
Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts
This easy keto pumpkin pie from Wholesome Yum has a delicious almond flour crust and is surprisingly simple to prepare! Perfect for the holidays!
These could possibly be the cutest keto Thanksgiving recipe ever created! Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes from Keto Connect are the perfect dessert for any holiday gathering or just any time you feel like being festive-with a net carb count of 3.5 grams you can treat yourself anytime without feeling guilty!
I hope you have a fabulous & safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I’d like to take a moment and thank you for reading my words on this website. I’m very grateful to be able to write & share and without you I would not have this opportunity. So, Thank You!
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