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The Best Keto Holiday Recipes with Keto Chocolate

The Best Keto Holiday Recipes with Keto Chocolate

December is here, and the holiday season is in full swing. While high-carb food is front and center this holiday season, that doesn't mean you have to cave in. There are plenty of festive low-carb recipes out there to help you stay keto while you celebrate with the those closest to you. And to make these holidays the more memorable, we suggest trying out these keto chocolate holiday recipes – both savory and sweet.

Yes, you read that right! There are savory chocolate recipes that you can and should try out for your Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations. And as for the sweet part, you already know that chocolate is a foolproof favorite. Go ahead and see if any of these recipes suit your diet and tastes.


Savory Chocolate Recipes

Many traditional savory dishes call for chocolate as a central ingredient. That's because chocolate ads earthiness and even accentuates flavors. But for savory chocolate recipes to really work, you'll need to go for dark and, preferably, unsweetened chocolate. And for added keto benefits, you can choose a keto chocolate from our own collection. Our chocolate bars contain MCT oil to help you stay in ketosis.

Keep in mind that the recipes below all make for 4 servings. If you plan to host a bigger party, then double or triple the ingredients as needed. Also feel free to tweak the recipes to suit any special nutrition, diet, or preferences.

Chicken Mole

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Mole (read: mo-lay) sauce is a sweet and spicy, chocolate-based sauce traditionally used in Mexican cuisine. In this recipe, it adds flavor to tender chicken thighs and is pretty easy to make despite its long list of ingredients and steps.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium dried ancho chilies
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 5oz. almonds
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons Swerve
  • 4oz. Keto Dark Chocolate
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • To taste, salt and pepper
  • Boiling water, for the peppers

Instructions:

  1. Toast the ancho chilies in a skillet (dry) for 2-3 minutes or until soft.
  2. Transfer the chilies to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Char the bell pepper and tomatoes directly over an open gas flame. Place into a bowl and cover with cling foil. Allow to stand for 15 minutes, then peel the charred skin.
  4. Transfer the tomatoes, peppers, and soaked ancho chilies into a blender.
  5. Heat up a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, add sesame seeds, oregano, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves, and peppercorns. Toast and stir until fragrant and lightly golden. Remove from pot and transfer the seasoning to your blender.
  6. Add the almonds to the same skillet and toast until fragrant and deep golden. Remove from pot and also transfer to your blender.
  7. Heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil in Dutch oven and add minced garlic. Cook until very fragrant and transfer to your skillet.
  8. Add chipotle powder and blend until smooth, adding chicken broth as needed to thin out the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. eat up the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven and add in the chicken thighs. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cook until meat is fully seared on all sides.
  10. Pour the mole sauce into the Dutch oven and, once hot, add in the chocolate, 4 tablespoons of sweetener, and a bay leaf. Turn the heat down and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Make sure to taste to see if the sauce has a perfect balance of sweet-to-salty.
  11. Serve warm with cauliflower rice.
Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 649 kcal
Total fat 54.4g
Total Carbs 8.7g
Protein 40.1g

Chocolate Coffee Steak

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If you need a quick and easy meal for your Christmas dinner, then try out this coffee-rubbed steak with a chocolate twist. It takes only 10 minutes of prep time, 8 minutes of cooking time, and about an hour refrigerator time. The chocolate and coffee here really bring out the flavors in this decadent steak recipe.  

Preparation time: 10 minutes + inactive time

Cooking time: 8 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2lb. strip steak

For the rub:

  • 2oz. grated Keto Dark Chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Combine the rub ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Rub the steak with prepared mixture and tightly wrap with plastic foil.
  3. Refrigerate the steak for 1 hour.
  4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray.
  5. Sear the steak for 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Reduce heat and continue to cook the steak until desired doneness is reached. While cooking, the chocolate will melt. Collect any cooking liquid and drizzle the steak with the liquid before serving.
Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 543 kcal
Total fat 34.3g
Total Carbs 0.6g
Protein 54.3g

Sweet Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate desserts are comforting and festive. And we're sure that a plate of a chocolate-based sweet will bring a smile on everyone's faces. Make these a day or seven ahead, and make sure to keep them in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.

Chocolate Ganache Balls

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You can make these ganache balls (aka chocolate truffles) for your Christmas dinner, and they're also perfect for New Year's Eve celebration. But it's really not like you really need a reason to make these chocolatey desserts.

Preparation time: 10 minutes + inactive time

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves: 12 balls

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4oz. Keto Dark Chocolate
  • 2oz. Keto Almond chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon liquid Stevia
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder

Instructions:

  1. Bring the heavy cream almost to a simmer. But do NOT simmer or let it boil.
  2. Add in the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Add in the butter and sweetener and stir until combined.
  4. Turn off the heat and add salt. Allow the mixture to come to a room temperature.
  5. Transfer the mixture to your fridge. Refrigerate 1 hour or until just firm.
  6. Scoop the mixture into balls and arrange onto paper-lined plate. Refrigerate for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Gently smooth the balls between your palms.
  8. Roll the balls through cocoa powder and serve immediately.
  9. Optionally, sore in the fridge for up to a week.
Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 144 kcal
Total fat 49.9g
Total Carbs 0.6g
Protein 3g

Chocolate Mousse

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This keto chocolate mousse is not only incredibly delicious but healthy too. It's rich in protein from the cream cheese and contains valuable vitamins, minerals, and fiber from avocado. And what's best, it takes 10 minutes to make and you can serve it immediately.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 4oz. Keto Dark Chocolate, melted
  • ½ avocado, pitted, mashed
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, sugar-free
  • 3 tablespoons powdered Erythritol
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions:

  1. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until nice and fluffy.
  2. Melt the chocolate over simmering water until runny and smooth – set aside to cool.
  3. Fold in the melted chocolate into the cream cheese.
  4. Add in the mashed avocado, vanilla, and erythritol.
  5. Stir vigorously until smooth and homogenous.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form.
  7. Fold the whipped cream into the mousse mixture.
  8. Divide the mixture among four serving bowls.
  9. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 441 kcal
Total fat 45.9g
Total Carbs 3.6g
Protein 4.9g

Cookie Dough Bombs

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These cookie dough bombs can double as a pre or post-workout meal. The peanut bar adds both protein and ketogenic fats for better workouts. But since it is the holiday season, know that these keto bombs are delicious and that’s all that matters.

Preparation time: 10 minutes + inactive time

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serve: 12

Ingredients:

  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup powdered erythritol
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • 3oz. chopped Peanut Keto Bar
  • 25 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Cream the cheese and butter in a mixing bowl.
  2. Fold in almond flour, stevia, salt, and erythritol.
  3. Stir until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Scoop into 12 balls and serve.
Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 316 kcal
Total fat 34.4g
Total Carbs 0.8g
Protein 1.8g

Conclusion

The holidays tend to be stressful with so much going on and so many carbs everywhere you go. But if you bring your own chocolatey keto dish with you, you'll not only stay keto, but maybe even share the joys of eating low-carb with your friends and family.

The recipes listed here were chosen for their simplicity, exquisiteness, and because all have less than 9g total carbs per serving. And since everybody loves chocolate, we guarantee that hardly anyone will resist if you plan to make these meals for a big list of guests.

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