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Keep Carbs Under Control This Thanksgiving!
Written By: Dr. Anderson ~ 11/16/2023

People often think the holidays are the most difficult time if they are trying to eat a low carb diet for weight loss or glucose control. You don’t have to resign yourself to getting off track from Thanksgiving through Christmas and think you’ll get back to a healthy lifestyle after the New Year. Remember that Thanksgiving is one day and Christmas is one day.

Plan now for your lower carb options…especially the pie! If you’re hosting you’re in control. Make little changes to your favorite dishes to keep the carbs low. If you’re the guest, volunteer to bring the pumpkin pie, that way you are assured that you’ll have a dessert you can enjoy along with everyone else. Below is as a keno-friendly pumpkin pie recipe I’ll be making this year as well as some additional tips to keep the carbs under control!

Keto Pumpkin Pie with Almond Flour Crust Recipe:



For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 tablespoon erythritol (or your preferred low-carb sweetener such as a monk fruit blend)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Filling:
- 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup erythritol or monk fruit blend
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Prepare the Crust:
    In a bowl, combine almond flour, melted butter, erythritol, and cinnamon. Press the mixture into a pie pan, forming an even crust along the bottom and sides.

  3. Pre-bake the Crust:
    Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes or until it starts to turn golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.

  4. Prepare the Filling:
    In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, heavy cream, sweetener, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, and salt until well combined.

  5. Assemble and Bake:
    Pour the filling into the pre-baked crust. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is set. Allow the pie to cool completely before serving or refrigerate for a few hours for a firmer texture.

  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    Slice and serve your keno pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of sugar-free vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgent treat.

Tips for Staying on Track:

  1. Plan Ahead.
    Start by planning your Thanksgiving menu in advance if you are hosting. Identify low-carb alternatives for traditional high-carb dishes, ensuring you have plenty of options that align with your dietary goals. This might include opting for cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes or choosing a keno stuffing recipe.

  2. Bring a Dish:
    Consider preparing a low-carb dish to share with the group. This not only ensures you have a safe option but also introduces others to the delicious possibilities of low-carb cooking. A flavorful cauliflower gratin or a spinach and artichoke dip with vegetable dippers are excellent choices.

  3. Focus on Protein:
    While it's tempting to load up your plate with all the traditional Thanksgiving fare, focus on the turkey or other protein sources, then add your veggies. If you made a low carb side such a cauliflower mash or keno stuffing, you should be set for dinner. Remember to save room for the keno pumpkin pie!

  4. Stay Hydrated:
    Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help control hunger and prevent mindless snacking. Consider infusing your water with fresh herbs or slices of citrus for a refreshing twist. 


With a bit of strategic planning, navigating Thanksgiving on a low-carb diet can be a satisfying and enjoyable experience. By incorporating delicious alternatives like the keno pumpkin pie with an almond flour crust into your holiday menu, you can celebrate without compromising your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Cheers!