Can you believe it’s almost the holiday season again? This year has been a rather challenging one for those with fitness goals, to say the least. And the holidays are a time of gathering, celebration, and indulgence with the ones you most care about.
How the current global pandemic situation will impact the holidays, it’s still unclear. But it is possible to celebrate this time of the year virtually, or within small groups of those you trust to be safe. And the holidays just wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t tempt yourself with a few sweet treats.
Low-Carb Treats For Fitness And Weightloss
With all these obstacles in place, you can enjoy the holiday feasts and festivities safely and still stay on track with your nutritional and fitness goals. Low-carb diets are a great way to burn body fat and build muscle combined with your fitness routine.
Even if you want to limit your carb and sugar intake, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with a few creative culinary innovations. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite low-carb treat and dessert recipes to try out for the holidays!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe comes courtesy of Heather Burnett at the WTYM blog.
Peanut butter is an ideal low-carb sweet ingredient. It is high in protein, unsaturated fats, and low in sugars. According to a 2012 health study by the University of Cambridge, peanut butter can help control your blood glucose levels and help curb food cravings. Not to mention it is just plain tasty!
This recipe goes the next step and cuts out the need to bake. It’s a total no-brainer here. WTYM recommends using peanut butter that has no additional sugars added.
Here’s what you will need for 12 delicious peanut butter keto cookies:
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1-2 cups peanut butter
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- ½ tsp brown sugar substitute or erythritol sweetener (optional)
Step 1: Mix coconut, peanut butter, and cocoa powder in a large bowl.
Step 2: Add vanilla extract and sweetener to mixture.
Step 3: Portion out 12 cookies with a scoop or spoon, place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Step 4: Pop in the freezer for 25-30 minutes, and boom you’re done!
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
Every time the weather starts to turn chilly, visions of delicious pumpkin treats come to life in our minds. Pumpkins are a symbol of autumn and an important staple for thoroughly enjoying Halloween and Thanksgiving. Whether you like it in our latte, pies, or cakes, no holiday treat spread would be complete without a little pumpkin representation.
This one is brought to us by Karly Campbell at That Low Carb Life. This recipe takes what you love about pumpkin pie, and combines it with decadent cheesecake! What’s more, is they are made in individually sized muffin tins, so you can resist the urge to overeat and eliminate the extra carbs in the crust. All together a single serving is only 3 net grams of carbs!
Here’s what you will need:
- 16 oz of cream cheese, leave at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ sugar substitute or sweetener like erythritol
- 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp salt
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
Step 2: Combine eggs and cream cheese together in large bowl.
Step 3: Add pumpkin puree and dry ingredients together until smooth and firm, be careful not to overmix.
Step 4: Pour evenly into muffin tin.
Step 5: Bake in oven for 20 mins.
Step 6: Take out of oven and let them cool on the counter until room temp. Transfer to refrigerator to chill.
Cream Mint Brownies
The cool flavor of peppermint conjures holiday sensations like no other. These are perfect for you and for Santa (if he’s been good this year). And if you’re craving chocolate, this is your recipe! The best part is that this is also grain-free, gluten-free, and only 3 grams of carbs as well!
This comes from Stacy over at Beauty and the Foodie.
- For the brownie layer you will need:
- 3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- 6 tbsp butter (unsalted)
- ⅓ cups coconut flour
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ⅓ cups sugar substitute or erythritol
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- For the mint cheesecake layer you will need:
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 6 tbsp sugar substitute, coconut sugar, or erythritol
- ¼ cup whole ricotta cheese
- 1 tsp mint extract
- 2 drops food coloring (optional)
- For the chocolate ganache topping:
- 3 tbsp butter (unsalted)
- 2 tbs heavy cream
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp erythritol
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray.
Step 2: Double boil small saucepan with chocolate and butter over medium-low heat until completely melted and combined.
Step 3: Mix dry and wet ingredients in separate bowl then mix in melted butter and chocolate until smooth.
Step 4: Spread mixture evenly into baking pan.
Step 5: Bake for 12 minutes and set aside to cool completely.
Mint Cheesecake Layer:
Step 1: With electric mixer, mix all ingredients until smooth and fluffy.
Step 2: Spread over cooled, partially baked brownie mixture.
Step 3: Put back in oven to bake for another 25 to 30 mins or until cheesecake is firm.
Step 4: Remove from oven and allow it to cool at room temperature.
Chocolate Ganache Topping:
Step 1: Double boil butter over medium-low heat until melted.
Step 2: Add heavy cream, sweetener, and cocoa powder to melted butter, and stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
Step 3: Pour over cooled mint cheesecake brownies, and refrigerate until set (2 or more hours)
Indulge and Get Your Fitness On!
These sweet treats are low-carb and are sure to keep you in the holiday spirit. Now you can part take in any holiday celebration guilt-free! Of course, your local TruFit will be open (check our website for holiday hours) if you wanna sweat out any excess calories you might “accidentally” pick up (hey, tis the season to enjoy!). Be Tru, Be You, Be TruFit!