Think fast: When the holidays roll around, what's the first flavor of pie that comes to mind?
Chances are, you thought of either pumpkin or pecan pie. That's because pecan pie and the holidays...well, they go together. The color, the texture, the satisfying taste—all perfect for cold weather and wrapping up another year.
Unfortunately, you'll be hard-pressed to find a diet that lists pie on their holiday-approved foods list. That's because most pie recipes are made with sugar, flour, and other unhealthy ingredients.
But not this recipe. Nuts are a staple of a low-carb diet. And as delicious as these keto pecan pie bites are, they are pretty nutritious, too.
If you make this recipe, be sure to post a photo on Instagram and tag @ketologic!
Why Try These Keto Pecan Pie Bites?
Here are four reasons these pecan pie bites are a can't-miss recipe this holiday season.
1. Perfectly Portioned
As most of us can attest to, the holiday season can be a tough time to stick to your diet. One especially difficult thing is portion control—it's just too easy to overdo it on the sweets, or the main course for that matter. That's one reason this recipe shines. Each bite is individually portioned, so you know exactly how much you're eating.
This keto pie has only 4g net carbs per serving!
At first glance, you might see one serving has 21 grams of carbs. That's a little high for a ketogenic diet, which advises most people to eat about 50 grams per day . But when you factor in sweeteners and fiber, which reduces the impact of carbs, slows digestion, and reduces the blood sugar spike, it's not as bad as it seems .
In fact, 4g net carbs is incredibly low. This is a treat you can feel good about.
3. Packed with Healthy Nuts
The recipe calls for two types of nuts in the form of pecans and almond butter.
Nuts are a nutrient-dense food source, full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein . They are high in calories, too, but since the ketogenic diet isn't one where you have to obsessively keep track of how much you eat to lose weight, you're good to go.
Five grams of fiber per serving is an impressive amount!
Whether you're trying to lose weight or just be healthy, eating fiber can help .
Fiber keeps your digestive system healthy by giving the bacteria in your gut something to feed off of. And because fiber takes a while to digest, it's especially helpful for shedding excess weight.
You'll feel full longer when you eat fiber-dense foods, making it easier to stick to your diet .
Finally, let's make a case for why it's so important to have options during the holidays.
Why Keto-Friendly Dessert Alternatives Are The Way To Go
So you've been following the ketogenic diet for a while. The holidays roll around and try as you might, you find yourself eating lots of carbs and bigger portions. Next thing you know, it's been three weeks and you've fallen completely off the wagon.
What went wrong?
Nothing, per se. The holidays are a season meant to be spent with loved ones, and indulgence now and then isn't a big deal.
(Science confirms this: sustainability of any diet is a key to lasting results .)
You probably shouldn't let things go completely during the holidays, but a few cheat meals here and there aren't the end of the world.
But to answer the question, one of the things that "went wrong" is that you didn't give yourself any options. You showed up to that party or arrived at your relative's house with no plan.
And any human, not just you, is likely to fall off the wagon in that situation.
That's one reason having an array of keto-friendly desserts to choose from is important. It gives you options, and allows you to stick to your diet while still treating yourself if you want to.
So instead of feeling bad because you didn't stick to your promises, you have a choice. If you make the choice to indulge in something with more carbs in it, fine. But being able to make choices is empowering, and one all of us can feel good about during the holiday season.
And honestly, once you try these, we're pretty sure you won't feel like you're missing anything.
Now, here's that keto pecan pie bites recipe. Enjoy!
- Crust: ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup KetoLogic erythritol
- Filling: 1 cup almond butter
- ½ cup KetoLogic erythritol
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine the almond flour, butter, and erythritol for the crust. The mixture should be crumbly and well incorporated.
- In a cupcake baking tray, add in one heaping scoop of the mixture. Use a flat bottom handle to pack the crust in so it doesn’t come apart. It should be a thin layer.
- Place in the oven to bake for 8 minutes.
- In the meantime, combine the almond butter, erythritol, vanilla, and butter in a medium bowl.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time.
- Add in the pecans and stir until they are evenly coated.
- Remove the cupcake tray from the oven. The crust should be slightly golden and crunchy.
- Evenly distribute the batter in each compartment. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 10