10 Keto Christmas Desserts for Your Holiday Parties
Deck the halls with delicious flavors and trim the sugar from your holiday feasts! 'Tis the season for guilt-free, keto Christmas desserts that will sleigh your taste buds and keep your waistline in check.
But what are the top options out there? We've got the recipes you need. Read on for the top ideas for keto Christmas desserts.
1. Keto Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are one option for healthy desserts that the whole family will love this Christmas.
In a bowl, mix up almond flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well and set aside. Separately, cream together butter and granulated erythritol until the mixture is nice and smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla extract to your butter concoction and continue to mix. Start slowly adding the dry ingredients and wet ingredients until you have cookie dough. If the initial dough seems to be too sticky, you can refrigerate it for about 30 minutes to make it easier to handle.
Preheat your oven and prep your sheet. Roll your dough into small balls and place them on the sheet. Use one of your forks to slightly squish the balls and make a crisscross pattern.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until they start to turn golden at the edges.
If you want to add icing, mix powdered erythritol with almond milk and food coloring. For some extra flavor, you can add specialty cashew butter such as I Dream of Cookies & Cream. Distribute the icing on the cooled cookies and let it set.
2. Cashew Nut Butter Truffles
To truly impress your guests, throw together these truffles.
Start by melting a cup of Gluten-Free Just Plain Nutty Cashew Butter together with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Once properly melted together, add in 2 tablespoons powdered erythritol, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. You can add more sweetener if needed.
Next, place the mixture in the refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes or until it firms up enough to be scooped into truffle-sized portions.
Using a spoon or a small scoop, portion the mixture into small balls and roll them between your palms to form truffles. If the mixture is too soft, you can refrigerate it for a little longer to firm it up.
Roll the truffles in unsweetened cocoa powder, crushed cashew nuts, or a combination of both to coat them. You can get creative with the coatings if you want - you could even add sprinkles to make your truffles festive for the holiday season.
Place the coated truffles on a tray lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until set.
Once the truffles are firm, put them in a sealed container and store them until you're ready to serve.
3. Nut Butter Mousse
For more decadent low-carb dessert ideas, try out different nut butter mousses for your sit-down Christmas dinner.
Combine heavy cream, powdered sweetener, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Use a mixer to whip up the combination until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, warm the unsweetened nut butter slightly so it's easier to work with. You can use almond butter or cashew butter, depending on your health or flavor preference. You can do this in the microwave for a few seconds or on the stovetop over low heat.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the warmed nut butter until well combined. Be careful not to overmix; you want a mousse-like texture. Divide the nut butter mousse into serving glasses or dishes.
You can top the mousse with chopped nuts, dark chocolate shavings, or a dollop of whipped cream for extra flair. Refrigerate the mousse for at least 30 minutes.
Creating a Tiramisu-inspired dessert with nut butter that's keto-friendly for your Christmas parties is a delicious and creative idea. While traditional Tiramisu uses ladyfingers, you can replace them with a low-carb alternative or make a nut butter-based filling.
In a mixing bowl, combine nut butter, heavy cream, powdered sweetener, vanilla extract, and brewed espresso or coffee. Mix until you have a creamy, smooth filling. Adjust the sweetness to your personal taste by adding more sweetener.
In a separate bowl, mix brewed espresso or coffee with rum or rum extract if you choose to use it.
Dip each low-carb ladyfinger into the coffee mixture for a couple of seconds until they soak up some of the liquid, but don't let them become too soggy.
Start by placing a layer of soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of your serving dish or individual dessert cups. Spread a layer of the nut butter filling over the keto-friendly ladyfingers.
Repeat the process, creating alternating layers of soaked keto-friendly ladyfingers and filling until you've used up all your ingredients. Finish with a layer of nut butter filling on top.
Refrigerate the dessert overnight to allow the flavors to meld. Before serving, dust the very top with some cocoa powder using a fine sieve.
5. Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert that can be easily adapted into a keto-friendly Christmas dessert by incorporating Just Plain Nutty Almond Butter.
In a small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to bloom.
In a saucepan, heat heavy cream and powdered sweetener over low heat, stirring until the sweetener is completely dissolved.
Stir in your favorite almond butter and continue to heat, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Remove your butter mixture from the element and start adding in vanilla extract.
If you'd like to mix it up, try our Gluten-Free Cinnamon Toasties Almond Butter or Colie's Vanilla Crumb Cake Almond Butter.
Then, add your gelatin to the mixture and whisk until the gelatin dissolves. Divide the mixture evenly into serving glasses or ramekins.
Allow your dessert to cool at room temperature. Then, cover it up and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours or until set.
Once the panna cotta has set, serve it with a sugar-free berry sauce and fresh berries, if desired. Garnish with a drizzle of extra nut butter or a dash of whipped cream for added richness.
6. Peppermint Bark
Peppermint bark is a classic holiday treat you might remember from your own childhood, and you can easily make a keto-friendly version.
Line a small baking dish or tray with parchment paper. In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the sugar-free dark chocolate and nut butter until smooth. Stir well to combine.
Pour your chocolate mixture into your dish and spread it out evenly. Place it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
While that layer is setting, melt the sugar-free white chocolate in a separate bowl. Stir in the peppermint extract.
Remove the dark chocolate layer from the freezer and pour the white chocolate over it, spreading it out evenly.
Sprinkle crushed sugar-free peppermint candies or candy canes on top of the white chocolate layer.
Place the dish back in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until the entire bark is completely set.
Once set, break the bark into pieces or cut it into squares. Store your keto peppermint bark in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
7. Gingerbread Cookies
You can make keto-friendly Gingerbread Cookies using nut butter as a key ingredient. These cookies will capture the warm and spicy flavors of traditional gingerbread while keeping your holiday treats low-carb.
In a mixing bowl, combine nut butter, softened butter, powdered sweetener, and egg.
Add ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, baking powder, and a pinch of salt to the bowl. Mix that up until you can see the spices throughout the dough. Then, it's time to preheat your oven.
Cut your dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until they start to turn golden at the edges.
Take them out of the oven and let them cool down for a bit before moving them elsewhere to cool completely.
If you want to add icing, mix the powdered erythritol with almond milk and food coloring.
If you don't feel like cooking yourself, pick up some delicious pre-made holiday cookies like our Brown Sugar Pop Tart cookies.
8. Keto-Friendly Brownies
You can never go wrong with a good plate of brownies.
Start by preheating your oven and lining an 8x8-inch baking dish. Using a double boiler, melt some nut butter and butter together until smooth. Allow it to cool slightly.
Separately, whisk together powdered sweetener, eggs, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, and a tiny bit of salt. Pour the melted nut butter and butter mixture into the bowl with the other ingredients and stir until you have brownie batter.
If you're using add-ins like chopped sugar-free chocolate or nuts, fold them into the batter. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the brownies are just set in the center. Be careful not to overbake to keep them moist and fudgy.
Allow them to cool slightly, then use the parchment paper to lift them out of the dish. Let them cool completely on a wire rack. Once the brownies are cooled, cut them into squares.
9. Eggnog Cheesecake
Of course, no winter holiday is complete without some delicious eggnog. Why not enjoy it in cake form?
Start by preheating your oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, powdered sweetener, melted butter, and ground nutmeg for the crust. Mix until the ingredients are well combined.
Press your crust concoction into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan, creating an even layer. In a separate bowl, beat the softened cheese and sweetener until smooth and creamy.
Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat the mixture well every time you add one. Stir in the almond milk, eggnog, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and nut butter. Mix until the cheesecake filling is we
Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust. Bake the cheesecake until the edges are set, but the center is slightly jiggly.
Turn off the oven and crack the oven door slightly, allowing the cheesecake to cool slowly. This helps prevent cracking.
Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate it for at least 4 hours or overnight to set it completely.
10. Christmas Log
A Chocolate Yule Log, also known as a Buche de Noel, is a festive Christmas dessert that can be made keto-friendly by using nut butter and low-carb sweeteners. Begin the process by preheating your oven and prepping your sheet.
Beat the eggs until they're light and fluffy. Separately, combine almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered sweetener, vanilla extract, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
Gently fold the dry ingredient blend into the beaten eggs, being careful not to deflate the eggs. Pour the batter onto the sheet that you've prepped and spread it out into a nice, thin layer that covers the surface evenly.
Bake your mixture in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cake is set but still pliable. While that combination is baking, prepare a clean kitchen towel by laying it out on the counter and dusting it with cocoa powder.
When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and turn it out onto the prepared towel. Carefully peel off the paper and roll it up with the towel, starting from one end.
Let the rolled cake cool completely. In a bowl, combine the unsweetened nut butter, powdered sweetener, softened butter, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
Unroll the cake, and start spreading the nut butter filling evenly over the cake. Roll the cake back up.
Melt together sugar-free dark chocolate and heavy cream until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar substitute.
Spread the chocolate frosting over the rolled cake, creating a log-like appearance with a fork. You can also use a toothpick to create patterns on the frosting to mimic tree rings. Then refrigerate until it's time to serve.
Experiment With These Keto Christmas Desserts for Your Holiday Parties Today
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I love all these recipes such great ideas for holiday parties, mail carriers and teachers and the such.
I’m surprised I did t see a recipe for peanut butter l blossoms as their are so many twists to that classic recipe with your but butters; for example grandma’s fudge just for a bit of a tastier version, thick’s than a snick with fun size Snickers instead of a Hershey kiss, chipwrecked with a different version of kiss on top. The possibilities are endless
Can’t way to play wth this recipes
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