Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Recipes

It’s pumpkin spice season! Pumpkin spice lattes and Oreos and Cheerios and all kinds of things I am not supposed to eat. Pumpkin spice for the keto diet is not impossible, though — there are lots of low-carb pumpkin recipes out there, and I have two cans of pureed pumpkin in the cupboard and a refill of Swerve sweetener that just arrived in the mail.

There are a few things to ensure when you’re doing pumpkin spice for the keto diet. First, use pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. Second, make sure your pumpkin pie spice has no sugar in it, and remember that spices have a bit of carbs! With that done… enjoy. 🙂

Like my keto Thanksgiving recipe post, I’ve rounded up a few of the pumpkin spice keto recipes that look the most delicious to me. There are also lots of savoury options out there, from soups to casseroles, but fall isn’t fall without ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin, so I’m sticking with the sweets for now.

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Low Carb and Keto Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet: Lattes and Drinks

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIY Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet: Baked Treats

Keto Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

High Protein Pumpkin Muffins

Flourless Pumpkin Bread (swap the sugar for Swerve)

Keto Pumpkin Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake (use Swerve for sweetener)

Pumpkin Spice for the Keto Diet: Fat Bombs and Bites

Pumpkin Spice Fat Bombs

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

Pumpkin Pie Fat Bombs


And now the word ‘pumpkin’ doesn’t really look like a word to me anymore! My stomach is growling looking at these — off to make muffins! I hope you find something delicious in this recipe round up, and if you know of any more excellent low carb/keto pumpkin spice recipes, please feel free to share in the comments.

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

When you think about traditional Thanksgiving recipes a lot of high carb food might come to mind: creamy potatoes, sweet pies and desserts, thick gravy, roasted root veggies… it all sounds delicious but it doesn’t fit in with a keto/low carb way of eating. My family isn’t big into the usual turkey and trimmings for Thanksgiving anyway, but it’s still nice to have that holiday vibe without compromising our lifestyle. That being said, here’s a Pinterest-sourced roundup of low carb Thanksgiving recipes!

(All images in this post are credited to the recipe pages linked below.)

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Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes – Main Courses

You can’t really go wrong with a nice cut of meat! This is one part of your Thanksgiving meal that probably will not need to be adjusted. You can cook a ham (so long as it isn’t drenched in honey or maple syrup), a turkey or chicken, or prime rib and as long as it isn’t glazed, stuffed, or garnished with anything high carb you’ll be fine. We even cooked a large salmon filet for Thanksgiving one year!

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes – Side Dishes

Gravy: Check out this brown butter cream sauce from Low Carb High Fat Recipes, or for something fancier, the ultimate keto gravy from the Keto Diet app.

Veggies: These creamy garlic Parmesan mushrooms from The Recipe Critic look phenomenal. Add in cauliflower rice stuffing from The Healthy Maven, supreme green bean casserole from The Low Carb Maven, and cauliflower roasted garlic and ricotta mash from Little Broken, and you have a delicious spread.

Rolls: Keto bread? Yep. We’ve had Dream Bread bagels and love them; they make dinner rolls too!

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts

Perhaps the holy grail of low carb Thanksgiving ideas — because what’s a holiday meal without dessert?

Pumpkin cheesecake mousse from Sugar Free Mama looks super easy to make (and you can use liquid stevia and Sukrin brown sugar substitute in lots of other dessert recipes! This keto chocolate silk pie from Ruled.me is absolutely drool inducing — we use Swerve as our erythritol/stevia blend, and buy bulk almond flour from Yupik. And last but not least, keto pecan pie from Keto Connect (this is the coconut flour we use!).


With these recipes and ingredients, you can put together a fantastic Thanksgiving spread without having to fall off the low carb wagon. This food would work equally well for a Christmas dinner, or any other holiday feast, too!

Baklava French Toast

Did you say baklava french toast?! Yes, yes I did. Matt loves baklava and eats it any time he sees it — I don’t think it’s a controllable impulse at this point. I kept promising to make him breakfast, and finally, one morning, I got up before him and gave it a shot.

Baklava French Toast

I used this recipe, but I have a few recommendations if you’re going to try it.

First of all, it seemed a bit too clove-y too me, so I might tone down the amount of that particular spice.

Second, I ended up taking my ‘sandwiches’ apart, then individually cooked each side until they were nearly done, after which I put the filling back on, sandwiched it, and let it cook a bit longer. When I tried cooking it from a raw sandwich, the inside was eggy and dry.

Even with the huge amount of cloves it was still pretty good! And it looks (and sounds) really impressive.

What’s your favourite breakfast food? Are you a baklava fiend?

Hootenanny – An Easy Oven Pancake

Have you heard of hootenanny? I never, ever make a big cooked breakfast, but this oven pancake idea looked really easy. And it was. This is the kind of thing you can throw together with basic pantry ingredients, and it looks like you’re a super fancy chef when you’re not. Here’s how to make an oven pancake.

Easy Oven Pancake

Making an Oven Pancake

All you have to do is put a half-cup of butter in a big pan, let it melt in the oven, then whisk together six eggs, a cup of milk, a few sweet spices, and a cup of flour. Pour it over the butter, and let it cook for twenty-five minutes (the exact instructions are linked above). Mine puffed up like crazy in the oven!

Matt likened it to a sweet Yorkshire Pudding, and I think the ingredients are the exact same, less the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. It was so simple to make, and really tasty with syrup and whipped cream. You could always top it with berries, chocolate chips, any kind of syrup or sauce… the possibilities are endless, and delicious!

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100 Foods to Eat Before You Die

100 Foods to Try Before You Die

There’s this list going around Facebook — it’s a list of the 100 foods to try before you die. When I took the quiz it told me the average user could cross off 40 items from the list, but I only had 26! Granted, I didn’t even try Caesar salad ’till I was 17, so no wonder.

So what have I eaten? In alphabetical order…

Alligator

My sister and I went down to New Orleans in August 2009. On our second day there we ducked into Pat O’Briens to get out of a torrential downpour. Unfortunately, several Hurricanes and two plates of jambalaya and muffaletta later, it was still raining. Kay decided we had to order more food to be able to stick around, and she convinced me to try Alligator Bites — according to the menu, that’s Louisiana alligator tenderloin coated with spicy corn flour, deep-fried, and served with Honey Creole Mustard sauce.

It tasted like chicken. I’m not joking. But bear in mind that we had been enjoying all the libations NOLA has to offer, so your experience might vary from mine.

Baklava

I didn’t know what baklava was until I moved to BC and discovered that the best Greek restaurant ever is in a tiny town in the Kootenays. I ate my weight in gyros and donairs from Tony’s, but ignored the baklava until a friend told me what it was and I realized what I’d been missing. The last time I had it was in a random restaurant in Jasper while Matt and I were calling our parents to let them know we were engaged.

BBQ Ribs

Are there people out there who haven’t had BBQ ribs?

Bellini

I counted myself as having tried a bellini, though I’ve only tried the chain restaurant versions. I don’t know if that’s authentic enough!

Biscuits and Gravy

Matt started making this earlier in the year when I woke up one day with a craving for it. He uses biscuit mix but it’s still phenomenal — and he banned himself from making it any more than once every two months or so because it’s a (delicious) heart attack on a plate. I’ve also tried it in the South!

Borscht

My last name ends in -ski. Enough said, I think.

Churros

My parents took my sister and I to Mexico when I was 18. We stayed at a resort so the food was, for the most part, standard resort fare (i.e. what you didn’t eat in the dinner buffet became breakfast and lunch, free hot dogs for all!). One night they had a traditional Mexican meal, however — the band played right beside our table and the dinner food seemed bland but man those churros were good!

Eggs Benedict

I’m pretty sure my first eggs Benny experience was also in BC — if you tell me I get anything I want off the menu for my staff breakfast meal, why wouldn’t I pick the most expensive thing? Eventually the kitchen staff started putting fruit on my plate instead of hashbrowns out of concern for my health and then management came down with an order that staff could only have one poached egg with Hollandaise, not two. I like to think I had a hand in that.

I’ve made it twice now myself, from scratch, and I’m still working on getting the Hollandaise right. It’s another thing we aren’t allowed to eat terribly often so I don’t get a lot of practice!

Fried Catfish

The first time I remember trying this was in Nashville, or on the way there, off of my sister’s plate and my father’s insistence. The second time I sort-of remember eating catfish was in New Orleans, on the same day as the alligator experience, except at that point I had drank more than a few daiquiris to go. It also tasted like chicken…

Fried Plantain

I tried this courtesy of eleventh-grade Spanish class. My teacher was really into plantains at the beginning of the year and I remember chopping and chopping and chopping and chopping so we could serve them to our parents during open house night. I keep meaning to try making these again but I’m pretty sure plantains would cost roughly a million dollars up here.

Funnel Cake

Disneyworld, just before dark, still kind of damp from good ol’ Florida downpours. Overpriced, and damn tasty.

Haggis

I never ever thought I’d willingly try haggis, but every summer during a music and culture festival here in town, there’s a sort of mini food festival that runs alongside it, with local people from all different backgrounds bringing in different foods that you can buy for a minimal price. Matt and I went up to get pizza or something boring like that and I wavered when one of the people working the stand asked me if I wanted to try the haggis a lovely Scottish lady had brought. She ended up handing over her own serving of haggis and let me try a bit — it tasted like Thanksgiving stuffing.

Key Lime Pie

My mom started making this when we vacationed in the Keys about ten years ago. The real thing is so much better than that neon crap they sell in grocery stores! I make a dairy-free version (recipe here) that is simple and good, but nothing beats a legit key lime pie.

Lassi

I actually tried this one in northern Ontario, believe it or not! There’s a fantastic Indian restaurant nearby and their food is hot. Knowing that, and knowing dairy is good for cutting heat, I ordered a mango lassi on our second visit there and now I won’t hit the buffet without one.

Lobster

I think I’m probably the only person in the world who is underwhelmed by lobster. I tried it for the first time when I was 19 or 20, just a bite off of someone else’s plate, and I think it had been so hyped up to me at that point that it would have had to be seriously amazing to have an impact. Even dipped in the butter stuff, it was anticlimactic. I’d rather order something else and save my money (I know! I’m lame!).

Pho

This one is a stretch — I’ve tried pretty much a spoonful of someone else’s pho, and it was the mild, chicken-soupy kind, not the type with all the tripe and stuff in it. My dad loves pho so I’m sure I will get the chance to walk on the wild side again.

Pocky

My sister went through an anime phase in high school, and my dad shopped at a grocery store in the city that had a well-stocked global food section.

Raw Oysters

Speaking of my sister, she and her husband had an oyster bar at their wedding. I managed to avoid it because we were having photos taken during the appetizers, but post-reception, at the after party, I found myself surrounded by chefs (because my brother-in-law is a chef) who insisted I try one. I had consumed enough hard cider that it seemed like a good idea, which quickly became a bad idea when it got stuck halfway down my throat, putting me dangerously close to throw-up territory — I had one chef yelling at me to just swallow it and everything would be okay, and another yelling at me to savour it. I managed to gag it down, and when asked if I’d do it again, smiled and said, “Sure, why not?”

I blame that oyster for how bad I felt the next day — not the cider.

Root Beer Float

I practically grew up on floats, of all kinds. My grandma always kept her freezer stocked with ice cream and her back room stocked with pop, and my cousins and I would mix all different combinations together. Still, root beer is a classic for a reason!

S’mores

I was a Brownie, and then a Girl Guide — I kinda had to try s’mores. My sister and I also went through a phase of making them in the microwave. They seem to have made a resurgence lately, and I really want to try making one with a peanut butter cup, because I’m a straight-up glutton.

Sauerkraut

Remember how I’m Polish? Yeah. This was one of those forced-taste things and even as a grown-up I can’t get over the smell of it.

Spaetzle

I tried this in Kimberly, BC, which has this kind of bizarre Bavarian tourist-oriented portion of town filled with restaurants and stores. It was really freaking good and I’ve been trying to find a place to eat spaetzle ever since.

Spam

Because my dad got to decide what we ate when we were kids. Yuck. There is a can of Klik, which is pretty much the same thing, that has been sitting in our cupboard for awhile, and Matt won’t let me donate it to the food bank.

Sweet Potato Fries

Mmmm. Especially with a good cajun mayo. My favourite sweet potato fries were actually a random treat from a Peterborough restaurant, Fat Belly Mama’s, where I ate with Matt and his mom two Christmases ago. I wish I could make them as good at home!

Venison

My dad hunts, my mom used to hunt, and a heck of a lot of my aunts/uncles/cousins/friends hunt. While I don’t think I’ve eaten a venison steak (that I know of, at least recently) I have eaten too many venison pepperettes to count.

That’s my list! What, on this list, have you eaten? What sounds the most appetizing and what sounds the least?