Celebs, doctors, and yes, even Well+Good’s own editors extol the mind and body benefits of the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet. But what does eating keto look like during the holidays, when carb-y comfort foods (traditionally) reign supreme? Incredibly delicious, if ketogenic food bloggers have anything to say about it.
You don’t have to miss out on any of the holiday cheer at the dinner (or dessert!) table—even if that means passing on the mashed potatoes this year.
Keep reading for 11 keto-friendly recipes that will make your holiday meals merry and bright.
This take on “noatmeal” swaps keto-unfriendly oats for a concoction of chia seeds, flax seed meal, and riced cauliflower. Plus, warming spices like vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon make this breakfast taste like hygge in a bowl.
Not only is the carrot and thyme combo delish, but eggs, olive oil, and flax seeds keep these loaves chock-full of healthy fats and proteins. Sounds like the perfect make-ahead breakfast for super-busy mornings.
Almonds, coconut, pepitas, and chia seeds are just handful of the ingredients that make this take on granola absolutely delish. Plus, cinnamon and vanilla extract help to warm up those frosty mornings. Pass the almond milk, please!
Candied pecans just scream holiday treat, IMO. This recipe swaps run of the mill brown sugar for xylitol (a sugar alcohol) and blackstrap molasses. Serve these during cocktail hour at your next dinner party and watch them disappear before you can teach your guests to say “ketogenic” (with a long “e” sound).
Another easy appetizer—or snack, TBH—these lightly fried butternut squash chips will make you forget all about potato crisps. Fair warning: Once you’ve had one, you won’t want to share.
A warm, hearty stew is arguably one of wintertime’s better aspects. (Call me crazy, but I don’t much care for sub-freezing temps and 4 p.m. sunsets.) This one is loaded with keto-friendly veggies and a savory mix of herbs and spices like garlic, rosemary, and thyme.
If your palate is suffering from pumpkin-spice fatigue, break out of your rut with this vegan lentil soup. The ginger, curry, cumin, and red ball chilis are sure to warm you up a little extra.
Finding a festive take on such a traditional main course can be challenging, but this recipe delivers by combining bloat-fighting ginger, orange zest, and cloves to create an aromatic spice rub.
A truly decadent dessert, this cinnamon orange soufflé is the stuff chocoholics’ dreams are made of. Cocoa powder, orange zest, maple, and allspice make this rich dessert festive yet sophisticated.
Looking for more motivation to keep keto this holiday season? This is how trainer Kirsty Godso eats ketogenic all day, every day. Follow her lead and reach for one of these keto-friendly bars the next time you’re on the prowl for a quick snack.