38 Keto Thanksgiving Recipes! Low Carb Food So Delicious You'll Never Miss the Carbs (2024)

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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 littletoughHUGE 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.

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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.

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!

Cranberry Sauce

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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

Chipotle Lime Cranberry Sauce

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce with Blueberries

Keto Thanksgiving Recipes – Appetizers

Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese & Bacon

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An easy pick up style appetizer: cream cheese stuffed mushrooms wrapped in bacon via Word To Your Mother Blog

Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are a must-have around here during the holidays, but as you know, the traditional recipe is not low carb. Enter this recipe made with almond flour and cream cheese.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Go ahead and put this one from Maya at the top of your keto Thanksgiving recipes list! Everyone loves these bacon wrapped asparagus appetizers that are ready to serve in 30 minutes!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Cranberry Baked Brie

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!

Avocado Cucumber Shrimp Appetizers

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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

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

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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! Trust me on this-Savory Tooth’s got it going on with one of the most popular keto Thanksgiving recipes!

Low Carb Breads

Grain Free Herbed Biscuits

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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.

Cheesy Skillet Bread

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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!

Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins

Ultimate Keto Buns

Cheesy Garlic Bread Muffins

Almond Flour Cheddar Biscuits

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Side Dishes

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole

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!

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

This loaded cauliflower casserole is the ultimate healthy comfort food swap for mashed potatoes. Loads of cream cheese, cheddar, butter, and bacon combined with cauliflower create an unbelievably delicious side dish that is ready to serve in 45 minutes – with 4.7 net carbs per serving.

Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese & Asiago

Ready to serve in 40 minutes! This is one of my favorite quick and easy sides, 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

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

This asparagus 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

Sweet & Spicy Brussels Sprouts

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Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese & Bacon

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash

Cauliflower Gratin

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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!

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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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.

Low Carb Sweet Potato Casserole

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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

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin with Bacon

Creamed Spinach

A very healthy & easy side for your Thanksgiving meal! Find the full recipe on Tastaholics

Spicy Cheddar & Sausage Stuffing

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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!!!!

Cauliflower Stuffing

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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.

The Main Event

Juicy Turkey Baked in a Cheesecloth

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Sage, Rosemary and butter soaked turkey with white wine – looks like the perfect Turkey Day bird from Serena Bakes

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

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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!

Prosciutto-Wrapped Roasted Beef Tenderloin

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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!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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If you’re looking for a main dish 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!

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

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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!

Low Carb Desserts

Shortbread Cookies

An easy, low carb, gluten-free cookie recipe that tastes like legit old school classic buttery shortbread with 2.3 net carbs.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Low Carb Pecan Pie

No Bake Chocolate Mousse Tart

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Keto Peanut Butter Balls

2-Ingredient Whipped Cream

Easy Pumpkin Pie

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This easy keto pumpkin pie from Wholesome Yum has a delicious almond flour crust and is surprisingly simple to prepare! Perfect for the holidays!

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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cupcakes

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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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FAQs

How do you survive Thanksgiving on keto? ›

Here are some easy tips and swaps to keep keto this Thanksgiving while still enjoying those traditional favorites:
  1. Consider time-restricted eating (TRE). ...
  2. Eat off a salad plate. ...
  3. Choose dark meat over white meat. ...
  4. Stuffing swap. ...
  5. Sugar-free cranberry sauce. ...
  6. Sweet potato casserole. ...
  7. Mashed potatoes and gravy.
Nov 22, 2021

What is lazy keto menu? ›

A lazy keto diet consists of low-carb foods like meat, fish, full-fat dairy and non-starchy vegetables, but limits high-carb foods such as bread, potatoes, sugary snacks and some fruits. If you've tried the keto before and found it too tedious, lazy keto could be a good compromise.

What is messy keto? ›

The dirty keto diet involves decreasing your carbs and increasing your fats intake, but without any considerations for the quality of food you consume. It allows processed and fast foods, as well as prepackeged snacks. The dirty keto diet is more flexible and less costly than the clean keto diet.

Should I break keto for Thanksgiving? ›

If you're unfamiliar with a keto diet, here's the quick explanation: It's extremely low in carbohydrates and high in fat. Meat, including turkey with skin, is fine to consume, but other Thanksgiving staples aren't. Mashed potatoes are off limits, along with bread stuffing, rolls, sugary cranberry sauce and desserts.

What happens if you quit carbs cold turkey? ›

Cutting carbs cold turkey means there's suddenly an overload of insulin in the blood. This can lead to physical changes, such as headaches and shakiness, and emotional changes, such as irritability and depression.

How do I stop starvation mode on keto? ›

Yes, you have to cut out most carbs to make this happen. But you also need to increase your nutrition. Keeping an abundance of nutrients in your diet tells your body that it's not starving.

Is peanut butter lazy keto? ›

Peanut butter is moderately low in carbs and contains both fiber and healthy fat. Its composition makes peanut butter a balanced food that can be added to keto diets, depending on how it's made.

What is the dirty keto food list? ›

Examples of Dirty Keto Foods
  • Fast food.
  • Deep fried food cooked in processed oils.
  • Packaged keto snacks.
  • Keto bread with wheat-based ingredients.
  • Sugar-free beverages like sports drinks, diet sodas or sugar free sodas, and juice.
  • Sugar-free jello.
  • Sugary condiments.
  • Artificial sweeteners.

Can you lose weight doing low carb but not keto? ›

However, a low carbohydrate diet can be beneficial for weight loss, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk, even if a person does not enter ketosis. By requiring people to limit carbohydrates to 10% or less, the lazy keto diet may help them avoid heavily refined foods and added sugars.

What is a whoosh in keto? ›

The “whoosh effect” is a term for the noticeable weight loss that some people report while following low carb diets such as a keto diet. Some people believe that the whoosh effect happens when fat cells lose fat and fill with water. Researchers have not scientifically proven the whoosh effect, however.

Can I eat popcorn on keto? ›

Net carbs are calculated by taking the total grams of carbohydrate in a food and subtracting the amount of fiber. In this case, popcorn contains 6 grams of carbs per 1 cup serving and 1.2 grams of fiber, bringing the net carbs per serving to 4.8 grams. Yes friends, popcorn is indeed a keto food.

What are big mistakes on keto? ›

Eating too much protein and not enough fats

Proteins as well can cause insulin spikes when over-consumed. The only macronutrient that doesn't spike insulin is pure fat. For this reason, you need to be adhering to very specific fat/carb/protein ratios when following a Keto Diet.

How do I get back into ketosis after Thanksgiving? ›

Here are a few tips to help you get back into ketosis:
  1. Try intermittent fasting. Combining intermittent fasting with the keto diet may help your body shift its fuel source from carbs to fat ( 9 ).
  2. Track your carb intake. ...
  3. Try a short-term fat fast. ...
  4. Exercise more. ...
  5. Try a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) supplement.
Jun 2, 2020

Can I break my diet for Thanksgiving? ›

The reality is, you're probably not consuming that many calories—and even if you did, “consuming more than the needed amount of calories in one day due to a holiday meal will not negatively impact your health in any way,” says Kage.

How do people survive on keto? ›

People following the keto diet should be eating foods like fatty fish, eggs, dairy, meat, butter, oils, nuts, seeds and low-carb vegetables. “Fat bombs” like unsweetened chocolate or coconut oil can help people reach their daily goals for fat intake. Keto-compliant foods like red meats and nuts can be costly.

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