Crafting low carb thanksgiving recipes is a fantastic way to enjoy all the seasonal dishes and stay on track with your nutritional goals.
Just because you live on low carb dinners and healthy recipes doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in awesome holiday flavors…
Using low carb recipes for these seasonal dishes allows you to not skip a beat over the holidays! Serve them to your guests and they’ll have NO IDEA they’re low carb! (Trust me, it’s my favorite game…). Not to mention, the leftovers for incredible healthy dinner ideas!
Here are some of my best low carb Thanksgiving recipes… let’s get cookin’!
Much of America celebrates Thanksgiving by preparing an amazing bounty to share with friends and family, and us low carb-ers shouldn’t have to miss out on all that fun!
Pull out this low carb Thanksgiving recipe list, and show your friends and family how delicious this lifestyle truly is!!
Here are the 16 best Low Carb Thanksgiving recipes:
1. Low Carb Pumpkin Bread
Baking low carb pumpkin bread gives you a quick and easy snack or dessert that’s ready when you are.
This delicious bread bakes up moist and fluffy in just a few minutes. It has a warm sweet pumpkin flavor that just gets better with a cold glass of milk or a piping hot cup of coffee.
2. Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without low carb green bean casserole! This hearty side dish is reminiscent of the traditional dish and it’s a super tasty low carb Thanksgiving recipe.
There are plenty of nutritious green beans, a creamy sauce, and a crunchy topping to finish it off.
3. Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake
Eating low carb pumpkin cheesecake is a sweet indulgent way to finish off your Thanksgiving feast. The creamy cheesecake flavor tempered with warm pumpkin undertones is so darn good it almost indescribable!
This low carb Thanksgiving recipe will make you look like a superstar in the kitchen.
4. Low Carb Pumpkin Pie
Making low carb pumpkin pie is like opening the doors to the delicious Thanksgiving kingdom!
It’s warm, sweet and decadent with just the right amount of holiday spice. That heavenly pumpkin custard just calls to me and I can’t help but answer the call…
5. Stuffed Chicken Breast With Stuffing
Serving stuffed chicken breast with stuffing is a fantastic way to enjoy the season.
Moist succulent chicken packed with a savory flavor-intense stuffing will bring people home for the holiday and put a smile on your face. Dress your table and tempt those taste buds at the same time.
Psst — This is one of my favorite meals to cook with Thanksgiving leftovers!
6. Healthy Pumpkin Bread
Making healthy pumpkin bread is so simple and it bakes up into a light fluffy treat. It makes a fantastic grab-n-go snack or a nutritious holiday breakfast.
Nothing warms you up when it’s cold and dreary outside like the warm sweet flavor of wholesome pumpkin bread!
7. Pumpkin Smoothie
Whipping up a cool creamy pumpkin smoothie is one of the best ways to stay on track during the holiday season.
With protein powder to fill you up and the flavor of sweet pumpkin cream, you’ll look forward to one of these. Have it as a dessert or a meal replacement on those crazy busy days! This is my favorite Thanksgiving breakfast!
8. Cauliflower Stuffing
Now this one isn’t common, but once you taste the amazing layers of flavor in this cauliflower stuffing you won’t want it prepared any other way!
This dish comes together quickly, and it steals the spotlight every time. If developing flavor is an art, then this dish is a masterpiece!
9. Low Carb Apple Pie
Oh yeah, I went there! Living a low carb lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to skip the apple pie at Thanksgiving…
You just need to make that sweet delicacy using my low carb apple pie recipe. Apple pie for dessert is the quintessential low carb Thanksgiving recipe and it just doesn’t get any better.
Serve it up with some low carb vanilla ice cream, and you’re good to go!
Psst – Have your friends and family try to guess what the filling is made of! (I haven’t had a single person figure it out!)
10. Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
Learning to make a sugar free pumpkin spice latte means you can drive right by that coffee shop without the frowny face!
This warm creamy blend of holiday spice will help you reset and regroup after a hectic day. It’s also ideal for closing out the holiday meal and slow sipping while you visit with the fam!
11. Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins
Moist fluffy low carb pumpkin muffins are so good you’ll forget they’re low carb. These little babies are absolutely fantastic and they’re perfect for baking with the kiddos too.
That sweet decadent flavor tempered with warm pumpkin spice makes it hard to eat just one.
12. Smashed Brussel Sprouts
Serving smashed brussel sprouts is the best way to deliver incredible texture and flavor in a single dish. Never mind that it’s crazy nutritious!
These delicious little veggies pack a flavorful punch with their slightly brown edges and sweet balance of complex flavor. Once you taste them you’ll wonder why you waited so long!
13. Pumpkin Soup
Making pumpkin soup is so easy you won’t believe how delicious it is!
I can’t think of a better way to enjoy that warm spiced flavor than in a big creamy bowl of hot soup. One bite of this dish will redefine your entire relationship with pumpkin soup — And trust me, it’ll get better!
14. Low Carb Pecan Pie
Enjoying low carb pecan pie with a sugar free pumpkin spice latte is literally the perfect way to wrap up Thanksgiving dinner.
Your taste buds will be so busy bathing in that super sweet flavor, the pecans on top are like the icing on the cake. Even those on a traditional diet plan will enjoy the rich decadence of this candy-coated confection!
15. Mashed Butternut Squash
Rich toasty complexity and a balance of slightly sweet mellow flavors give this dish a leg up on the competition! In the recipe, you’ll notice I shared two ways to make it — sweet and savory. Which one is better? I truly can’t decide, so I’ll leave it up to you!
This mashed butternut squash recipe is so delightfully yummy you’ll find reasons to make it long after the Thanksgiving holiday.
16. Mashed Cauliflower
Making mashed cauliflower may or may not be new for you, but it’s simply sensational!
Cauliflower is one of nature’s superfoods and it’s got the creamy buttery flavor to prove it. This lightly salted dish is often used in place of mashed potatoes, and I actually prefer it over a bowl of spuds!!
17. Butternut Squash Soup
Cooking up a batch of creamy butternut squash soup only takes a few minutes and you’ll be ohh so glad you did!
The smooth rich flavors make the perfect prelude to a holiday dinner but it’s solid enough to be a tasty lunch all by itself. You’ll sink further and further into your own delicious world with every velvety bite.
Increasing proteins and fats in your low carb Thanksgiving recipe is a fantastic way to offset some of the carbs in the dish.
A healthy mix of good fats can work with protein to help fill you up before you’re tempted into bad carb territory. All the dishes on this low carb Thanksgiving recipe list have a minimal-carb count so you can enjoy them without regret or remorse.
In each recipe, I’ll share variations and notes, but here’s a general overview:
Spices – Pumpkin pie spice is used in a LOT of these recipes (mainly dessert!). If you don’t have pumpkin spice to finish off a dish you can always opt for cinnamon or nutmeg.
Crunchy Topping – I know, you may not be as excited by these as I am (after trying them…). BUT! Pork rinds add the perfect crunchy topping to casseroles, and a lot of these dishes just wouldn’t be the same without them! Did I mention there are no carbs in them?!
Let’s make a deal… try them once and let me know what you think. If you aren’t sold, try roughly chopped nuts on top.
Thickening/Binding – My favorite low carb secret ingredient. Traditionally, casseroles use loads of flour to thicken them. Well, xanthan gum can thicken recipes up using a fraction of the amount. Plus, it doesn’t add that “floury” taste to the recipe!
This one is kind of a personal choice, my friend.
If I’m enjoying dessert, I typically start with half of a full serving. I do this because I have a massive sweet tooth and I know I’ll enjoy having a second dessert a little later on, so I trick myself into sticking to a single serving.
You may not need to go that far. I also love adding sugar free whipped cream and chocolate syrup to many of these sweet confections.
Crafting a low carb Thanksgiving is easier than you think. All it takes is a little planning and the right recipes and you can enjoy the flavors of the season for weeks to come!
Let me know your favorite of these recipes in the comments below. And Happy Thanksgiving!