When it comes to your Christmas meal, the sides and desserts can be a carb-heavy problem! We’ve shared a lot of holiday side dishes over the years, and you can use our Recipes tag at the bottom to browse through them or the search bar to look at them all. Next week, we will share seafood ideas that could star as your main course if you want to do something less traditional for a holiday feast for Christmas or New Year’s! That will also be our last blog of the year.
Today, we’re focusing on some delicious desserts. The holidays are a time many of us allow ourselves to indulge. But just because you might not be paying as much attention to the calorie count as usual doesn’t mean you want to go crazy with carbs. We understand wanting to enjoy all the best things without upsetting your blood sugar!
Call it a yule log, roulade or Swiss roll, this cake is stunning on a table, looks gorgeous when you cut into it and is so tasty! Yule logs are one of our favorite Christmas desserts. The soft cake filled with cream is so decadent that it just screams “holiday!” This one has a cheesecake cream filling. We love that because a whipped cream filling tends to be thinner and is harder to roll without it spilling out! But, an important tip is to make sure your cake is completely cool before rolling! That way, it won’t warm up your filling and make it melt out! But, be gentle, a cool cake is more delicate, don’t press too tightly or you might break your cake! And if the cake cracks, don’t get stressed; you can cover it with the glaze and sugar-free “powdered sugar.” A serving has 53 calories, two grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
This moist, soft cake is drenched in a toffee sauce, making it a phenomenal dessert for Christmas. It’s so indulgent you’ll have a hard time believing it’s low in carbs! It’s not a pudding in the American sense of the word but in the English sense, meaning it’s a cake cooked by steaming. You can make this one in an Instant Pot or in a water bath in the oven. It’s not hard to do: put your cake pan in a larger baking dish in your preheated oven and pour hot water halfway up the outside of your cake pan. A serving of the cake covered in toffee sauce has 351 calories, 6.2 grams of carbs and 2.4 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Gingerbread usually relies on molasses for depth of flavor. This cake uses a ton of spices, browned butter and maple extract to obtain a wonderful rich gingerbread taste without all the sugar! It’s moist, rich and tastes like Christmas! It’s easy to make, and everyone will enjoy it, whether or not they are on a low-carb diet! This cake is topped with a tasty cream cheese frosting that makes it even more decadent and special — it’s not just something to serve with coffee but a proper dessert. A serving has 230 calories, seven grams of carbs and 3.9 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This is another showstopper cake that will look gorgeous on Christmas day. While chocolate and peppermint might be a flavor combination that’s available year-round, it shines at Christmas. Peppermint has been associated with Christmas since the 1600s. We always think of candy canes on the tree, and we couldn’t have this list be complete without a peppermint dessert! This rich chocolate cake with a peppermint cream cheese frosting will be a hit at your holiday celebration! A serving has 404 calories, eight grams of carbs and four grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope that one of these desserts graces your Christmas table on the big day or at a Christmas party. They’re delicious, worthy of being featured at a celebration and won’t spike your blood sugar!