7 Keto Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes for Your Low-Carb Diet

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The “thanks” part of Thanksgiving is sort of ironic if you’re on the controversial ketogenic diet.

That’s because if you’re on “keto” you need to keep your body in a state of ketosis, a process by which your body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. Although it sounds counterintuitive, you help induce ketosis by eating more fat and less carbohydrates and protein. And, because this process can take about three days to set in, ketosis is hard to enter and maintain.

If you look beyond the turkey at Thanksgiving, the holiday is celebrated (like all good American holidays are) with carbohydrates. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, candied yams, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, cornbread, cranberry sauce, gravy, green bean casserole, corn casserole, rice—these are all carbs.

And that’s not even dessert. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin roll, pecan pie, cobblers, bread pudding, cheesecakes, and every kind of cookie—these, too, are carbs.

So when it comes to remaining in ketosis on Thanksgiving, you have three options.

  1. Forget about ketosis. It’s Thanksgiving.
  2. Calculate how much turkey meat and turkey fat you need to consume in order to maintain ketosis and then break out your scale and portion out those amounts and hope (pray?) that you’ll be able to resist temptation.
  3. Make the effort to purchase the ingredients for and create the time to cook a keto-friendly dessert.

If the last option sound like the most “you,” then please consider these 7 keto-approved Thanksgiving desserts.

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Flourless Pumpkin Mug Cake

Each cake has 16 grams of net carbs, which isn’t the lowest-carb Thanksgiving dessert, but you could split it if you want. Or skip the sauce. You’ll find the recipe here.

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Keto Pumpkin PIe

If you’d prefer a more traditionally shaped pie, this version has 11 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of protein. Here’s the recipe.

3

Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Per serving, these small-but-mighty cups of good deliver the following nutritional numbers: 222 calories, 6 grams protein, 9 grams carbs (4.6 grams net carbs). You’ll find the recipe here.

4

Keto Cookies

You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. Especially these, which are high-fat due to peanut butter, and low-carb due to sugar replacements. Check out the recipe.

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Low Carb Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake

A slice has just 4.2 grams of net carbs and 23 grams of fat. You’ll find 6.5 grams of protein too. Plus heart healthy fats from nuts! The recipe.

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Suuuper Fudgy Paleo & Keto Brownies

These brownies have 102 calories a pop and 1 gram of net carbs. Erythritol keeps the sugar (and carbs) so low. Check out the recipe here.

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Make-Ahead Cookies

Look, not everyone has the time. And if you are one of those people, just pick up some mix, bake it up, and call it a day. There’s turkey to eat. Click here to buy some.

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