As if the mad rush of the holidays were not enough, anyone on a Keto Diet knows that this time of the year you need more than just willpower and determination to not succumb to the seemingly unlimited supply of carbs at office parties or holiday events. Most Keto-followers are already aware that for (most) every festive food or dish served during this special time, there is an equivalent—and even superior—Keto-friendly alternative to your holiday favorites.
However, your challenge might be convincing your loved ones just how delicious these low-carb alternatives can be. But given how many low-carb options there are available these days that taste just as good as the “originals”, it’s only a matter of time before these options become your family’s new holiday favorites. This list is by all means just a small sampling of the endless choices available for anyone on a low carb eating style.
21 Low Carb Holiday Swaps
Make your own low carb biscuits with almond flour or coconut flour instead of regular flour. Try one of our favorite biscuit recipes with less than 3g of net carbs per biscuit:
There are plenty of natural sugar-free sweeteners that can be swapped for regular sugar in cheesecake and other baked treats, which help take a large “bite” out of the carb count. Substituting nut flour for regular flour in the crust also makes it that much easier to enjoy your cheesecake without the guilt and without sacrificing flavor. If it’s recipes you’re searching for, we have an assortment of cheesecake recipes to choose from:
Use a sugar-free sweetener and a no-carb thickening agent such as xanthan gum, guar gum, acacia gum, or agar agar. See our simple recipe for Quick Keto Corn Syrup which offers endless possibilities for great tasting desserts!
In addition to a growing number of tasty low-carb crackers you can find in your grocery store, you can also make your own using either nut-based flours, seeds, or a combination of the two. Check out a couple of our favorite cracker recipes:
Use a sugar-free powdered or confectioner’s sweetener and either unsweetened chocolate or sugar-free chocolate bar/chips (i.e. Lily’s) and you’re well on your way to a great tasting – and easy – fudge sauce. Check out our own 5-Minute Keto Chocolate Fudge Sauce recipe.
Use a natural sugar-free sweetener instead of sugar to eliminate most of the carbs in traditional holiday eggnog. The rest of the ingredients are naturally low-carb: whole eggs or egg yolks, cream, your choice of spices and a dash of rum. Here’s our own low-carb version of homemade holiday eggnog: Sugar-Free Rum Egg Nog.
Make your own gingerbread cookies using nut flour (e.g. almond and/or coconut flour) instead of regular flour, and a sugar-free brown/golden sweetener (e.g Golden Monk Fruit sweetener) instead of brown sugar.
We’d love for you to try our own version of Gingerbread Cookies decorated with a sugar-free powdered sweetener.
Make your own low-carb version of this popular dessert staple, using only a handful of ingredients that include sugar-free powdered/confectioner’s sweetener, heavy cream, butter, and xanthan gum. Try our simple recipe for Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk and you’ll be convinced how much it tastes like the real thing!
Using a hand or electric mixer, make your own super simple sugar-free whipped topping by blending heavy whipping cream, granulated low carb sweetener and vanilla extract (or your own favorite flavor extract).
As with the tried-and-true swap for mashed potatoes, you won’t miss carb-heavy rice when you make this traditional dish with riced cauliflower (make your own or use either fresh or frozen prepared versions). Check out one of our favorite holiday side dishes made with cauliflower rice: Creamy Cauliflower & Mushroom Risotto.
You’ll be more likely to ditch carb-loaded mashed potatoes after trying the online versions of mashed cauliflowerrecipes, including our ownCreamyCauliflower Mash. Use fresh or frozen bags of riced cauliflower or cauliflower florets for added convenience and time savings!