10 Delicious Keto-Friendly Thanksgiving Desserts

By Tiffany Ayuda

From turkey to mashed potatoes to mac and cheese, there’s a lot to love about Thanksgiving—aside from spending time with close family and friends, of course. But if we’re being completely honest, we’re most looking forward to the delicious pies and other decadent desserts. And if you or any of your guests are following the keto diet or another low-carb eating plan, you can have your slice and then some.

Related: 9 Simple Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts Everyone Will Enjoy

These mouthwatering, low-carb desserts are made of satisfying high-fat and high-fiber ingredients so you stay full for hours and keep your blood sugar levels stabilized. Think: full-fat coconut milk, almond flour, canned pumpkin and avocado. Plus, they’re easily accessible, so you don’t have to go hunting in advance.

Best of all, you can share them with the entire table. That’s right—you don’t have to make different sets of holiday desserts to please a crowd. These delicious, keto-friendly treats will bring everyone together. Now, that’s the holiday spirit.

Related: 5 Healthy Baked Goods That Make Great Holiday Gifts

10 Delicious Thanksgiving Keto Desserts

1. Pumpkin Souffle

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a pumpkin treat, and this crustless dessert checks all of the keto boxes. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla lend the heartwarming flavors of fall, while canned pumpkin offers hunger-curbing fiber and antioxidants. Although this dessert calls for half a cup of raw cane sugar, you can easily substitute it with monk fruit, or another keto-friendly sweetener.


2. Low-Carb Yellow Squash Pie

Although apples serve up boatloads of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and disease-fighting phytochemicals, they are high in carbs, so they aren’t recommended on the keto diet. For a low-carb alternative, this recipe subs in yellow squash, which supplies vitamins A and C and folate. Almond flour, cream cheese and egg come together to make a keto-approved and gluten-free buttery crust. The ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice infuse the pie filling with robust flavor.


3. Pumpkin Pie With Streusel Topping

Your gluten-free and low-carb guests will love the scrumptious crumble on top of this pie so much that they won’t even miss the crust. Almond flour, coconut flour, chopped pecans, a little brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon give the pumpkin puree filling a delicious texture. Serve the slices a la mode with a scoop of keto-approved vanilla ice cream.


4. Coconut Panna Cotta

Dairy-free and low-carb, panna cotta is an Italian dessert that’s made of gelatin and sweetened cream. It also happens to make the ultimate keto dessert that will bring everyone around the dessert table. This recipe uses five simple ingredients, including full-fat coconut milk and stevia to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you full. Plus, it can be made two to three days in advance, so when it’s time to serve, you just pull it out of the fridge.


5. Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate lovers will appreciate this rich and decadent vegan pudding. Avocado offers filling, good-for-you fats and cacao powder provides health-boosting flavonoids. Serve in separate sundae glasses and top with grated dark chocolate, coconut whipped cream, and ground cinnamon for a festive finishing touch.


6. New York Cheesecake

Dense and creamy, this New York-style cheesecake has a smooth texture that just melts in your mouth. Each bite is so satisfyingly rich you won’t miss the crust. Enjoy a slice with some low-carb fruits, such as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.


7. Gingerbread Cake

Your guests will never want to leave your kitchen, thanks to the heavenly smell of ginger, cinnamon and cocoa wafting from this festive cake. It’s not only made with simple pantry ingredients, but it takes just 20 minutes to bake in the oven. One cake is good for nine servings, so you can easily make two and have more than enough for seconds to go around. You can also bake it in advance and store it in the fridge in a container for up to five days.


8. Sugar-Free Pecan Pie

Next to pumpkin pie, pecan is a Thanksgiving favorite. This pecan pie recipe has an almond flour crust and the ooey gooey caramel filling you crave. But instead of using granulated sugar like traditional caramel recipes do, powdered monk fruit subs in to make it keto-friendly.


9. Grain-Free Banana Avocado Brownies

These rich and fudgy brownies are sure to take the spotlight on your dessert table from adults and kids alike. Avocado and sunflower seed butter make the brownies extra rich and creamy, while banana flour and flaxseed keep it low-glycemic and fiber-rich. Made to serve 16, we’re betting that your guests will come back for more so make a double batch.


10. Almond Flour Biscotti

End your Thanksgiving feast on a sweet note by serving these delicious almond biscotti with a cup of coffee or tea. It’s made of finely chopped almonds, almond flour, psyllium husk, and erythritol, which all get the keto stamp of approval. Dip the biscotti in some melted dark chocolate and top with some unsweetened shredded coconut.

(Images: Shutterstock)


About Tiffany Ayuda
Tiffany Ayuda is a Brooklyn-based editor and writer who specializes in fitness, nutrition, health, and wellness. She has held previous editorial roles at Prevention, Eat This, Not That, Daily Burn, and Everyday Health.

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