35 Best Keto Thanksgiving Recipes That Will Keep You on Track and Impress Your Guests

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Sticking to your meal plan on Thanksgiving? Props to you. Luckily, sticking to keto doesn’t have to feel like a downer come Turkey Day. From cauliflower au gratin (sorry, potatoes) and bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts to sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie (yup, both low-carb), these dishes make it totally possible to stick to your routine and enjoy the feast. Presenting 35 decidedly un-diety keto Thanksgiving recipes to try this holiday, from apps to classic sides to desserts.

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1. Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls

Meet the cutest appetizer you (and your guests) have ever laid eyes on. The roasted pumpkin seeds make a great seasonal finishing touch.

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2. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

Have you ever seen a more gorgeous salad? This beauty doubles as a centerpiece, so you can relocate the Thanksgiving decor and fake gourds to the living room.

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3. Brussels Sprout Sliders

Brussels sprouts are pretty much a Thanksgiving must. While everyone's waiting for the big feast, casually bring these guys out. (And you might want to make a double batch. Don't say we didn't warn you.)

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4. Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Pumpkin

It doesn't take much to pull off this elegant appetizer. The fluffy, nutty kabocha squash does most of the leg work.

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5. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange

It's the most wonderful time of the year: Baked brie season. Pile a wheel high with figs, pistachios, orange zest and honey and thank us later.

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6. Baked Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Thyme

Grain-free stuffing? Sign us up. Pomegranate seeds add a satisfying crunch, and the fragrant combo of rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley take it over the top.

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7. Gluten-Free Cheese ‘Breadsticks'

The problem: Bread is amazing, but it isn't keto. The solution: These totally ketogenic cheesy cauliflower breadsticks, with only 9g of carbs per serving.

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8. Avocado Deviled Eggs

Whip a little avocado into your yolks for a new twist on a classic appetizer. Your Aunt Belinda will be begging for the recipe.

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9. Buffalo Pecan Pimiento Cheese

OK, this is probably a new addition to your holiday feast, but it's about to become a family tradition. We like to add a few extra shakes of hot sauce.

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10. Baked Pumpkins with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cheese

Pro tip: Basically *anything* served in a fall gourd instantly becomes Instaworthy. Just ditch the cubed baguette to keep it keto.

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11. Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Tell Grandma to leave her casserole at home this year. Dried cranberries add natural sweetness, so she’ll never even miss the marshmallows. (And don’t worry, there’s still a drizzle of maple syrup.)

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12. Low-Carb Butternut Squash Soup

This soup has it all. It's keto, Paleo and Whole-30 friendly, plus it's dairy-free. (For bonus points, serve it inside a hollowed-out butternut squash.)

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13. Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Don't look now, but your aunt's famous pigs in a blanket are about to be dethroned for good at this year's cocktail hour.

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14. Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Your favorite pasta dish might not be keto. But this veggie-fied take covered in Parmesan and black pepper will definitely satisfy your craving in the meantime.

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15. Collard Greens

Trust us, no one's passing on a Southern classic with this much bacon. Even your veggie-hating kids.

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16. Paleo Almond Flour Biscuits

For scooping up all those leftover bits of gravy and cranberry sauce on your plate. You're welcome.

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17. Baked Cauliflower Au Gratin

We love you, traditional au gratin, but trust us: You’re gonna wanna bookmark this one for future Thanksgivings. (And maybe, like, every day of the year.)

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18. Easy Green Beans with Browned Butter Almondine

We love this genius swap for the old-school casserole. Heidi Larsen's new spin cooks in just one skillet, and includes a squeeze of lemon juice for extra zip.

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19. Cauliflower Mash With Sour Cream

All the classic ingredients—minus the carby potatoes. Sorry, spuds.

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20. Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Wait. Are you still serving canned cranberry sauce? This homemade version is sugar-free, low-carb, has only four ingredients and tastes way better.

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21. Herb Butter Rotisserie Turkey

Cook this baby on the grill and save all that oven space for dessert (but more about that later). Your guests will be so impressed. Thanks for the tip, Heidi Larsen.

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22. Cauliflower Rice And Sausage Stuffing

Ground sausage and sage give this lightened-up version traditional flavor and an earthy, seasonal touch.

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23. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Sausage

Cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Muenster cheese in one glorious side dish? It’s a Thanksgiving miracle.

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24. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Sick of waiting what feels like years for your sprouts to turn crispy in the pan? Fatty bacon and a roast in the oven can fix that.

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25. Low-Carb Sweet Potato Casserole

OK, brace yourself. The only way to make a low-carb sweet potato casserole is...with no sweet potatoes at all. Mashed pumpkin, riced cauliflower and monk fruit sweetener come together to make an uncanny keto substitute.

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26. Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

If Brussels sprouts aren't your style, this gooey side uses cauliflower florets instead. Did we mention it only takes five ingredients and five minutes to whip up?

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27. Low-Carb Cornbread

Wanna know a secret? All its corn flavor comes from sweet corn extract instead of carb-rich corn. Almond flour and monk fruit allulose make it possible.

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28. Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

Made with coconut aminos, aka a savory sauce made from the fermented sap of coconut palm. Think of it as a lower-sodium soy sauce alternative.

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29. Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions

Well, whattya know? Comfort food is keto-friendly after all. And these crispy beauties in Gruyère sauce are basically the veggie equivalent of macaroni and cheese.

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30. Keto Stuffing

We know what you're thinking: Stuffing is made of bread, so how the heck do you cut the carbs? Two words: Keto. Croutons.

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31. Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

The side dish only calls for five basic ingredients, but bouillon powder gives the veggies a ton of savory, salty flavor.

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32. Keto Green Bean Casserole

A lot can happen in 15 minutes when you're using an Instant Pot. Take this creamy, garlicky gem complete with sliced almonds and fried onions, for example.

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33. Keto Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Oh, don't you worry. We’d never forget dessert. The crust, which is made with pecans instead of flour, keeps things deliciously low-carb.

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34. Low-Carb, Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie

The secret to this incredibly decadent dessert? Monk fruit. It’s the healthy sugar alternative you need in your life, pronto.

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35. Keto Pecan Pie

We know, it sounds impossible. But you'd be surprised how much you can create with almond butter, coconut milk and monk fruit in your pantry. Don't forget the fresh whipped cream.

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