Foolproof your keto holiday baking with these essential baking tips. Create consistent delicious treats that even people who are not doing a keto diet will enjoy.
Whether you are holiday keto baking for your family, church potluck, or your child’s classroom, there are key tips to keep in mind to ensure your baking success.
I think it’s safe to say that when the fall and winter holidays roll around a lot of baking takes place, more so than any time of the year. The following tips will help you create the best-baked recipes and make it through the season stress-free.
Keto Holiday Baking Tips
During the holidays it’s prime season for home bakers. They tend to kick things into high gear, and this is no different for people who are wanting to create keto baked goods.
Whether it’s wanting to bring to the table a keto pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving, or a tray of keto cookies for Christmas, there is a lot of baking going on. That’s not even mentioning all the recipes for keto bread and keto cakes plus so much more!
When your kitchen is in full recipe production mode, you need all the tips to make your job easier so that you get the results you want.
The first piece of advice I would give you is to make sure you’re organized.
I suggest you start by making a list of the recipes your family has come to expect every year and then finalize which keto recipes your will be baking.
The organizational process is vital and should begin with making a list of all the recipes you want to bake, plus a list of needed ingredients.
After all, the last thing you want when you start baking for the holidays is to have to run to the store to pick up an ingredient you forgot.
I encourage you to start by cleaning and checking your pantry to make sure you have everything you need. Use this time to also toss any stale spices and baking ingredients that are past their prime.
Checking for expired ingredients before baking always makes sense, but this is especially important when baking ketogenic recipes. Why? Because the use of all-natural ingredients makes them more prone to faster spoilage.
Once you’ve taken the time to clean and organize your pantry. It’s time to take inventory of your refrigerator and freezer. This will not only help you determine what ingredients you need but also help make room for storing the baked goods once they are created.
Choosing Your Holiday Recipes
Part of the process of low carb holiday baking is making sure to choose your recipes carefully. My advice is to aim to bake keto recipes you have had time to test prior to the holidays.
This will reduce your stress and give you the confidence you need, especially if you are replacing holiday favorites with healthy keto ones.
To determine which recipes to include in your holiday baking spree, I suggest you read the recipe carefully and keep in mind not only the ingredients needed but the oven temperature it calls for.
This step will help determine the order you should bake your recipes. For example, most of my keto cookie recipes call for 350 degrees preheated oven.
I like making a list of all that I will be baking and the order in which they will be made to make things easier on baking day. By taking these extra measures you can avoid common mistakes and save yourself a lot of headaches.
Keto Baking Day Preparedness
Once you’ve determined the day or days you will be baking it’s just a matter of collecting all your tools, ingredients, and preparing your pans according to the recipes.
Be sure to give enough time for all your ingredients that need to be at room temperature to do so. This means taking out your eggs, butter, cream cheese at least an hour before so that they will combine well when mixing.
Although this may seem like a tedious step, it’s an important one since it will make all the difference in the final baked item.
Baking Keto With Family And Friends
After you’ve taken the time to prepare it’s time to have some fun in the kitchen. During the holidays’ many people invite their loved ones into the kitchen to help with all the necessary baking.
In fact, it’s probably a tradition in your home to do so, like it is in mine. You may be wondering if now that you are doing keto if this is a tradition you’ll have to pass up.
However, I believe it’s the perfect time to share with friends and family some of your favorite keto baking recipes.
Who knows it may be a segue into teaching them your keto lifestyle and maybe even inspire them to be more carb-conscious.
Plus, they get to taste firsthand that keto-baked goods when done properly can be equally delicious to their high carb counterpart.
Low Carb Holiday Baking Tips
Unlike traditional baking, keto baking can be quite intimidating. Even as an experienced baker you may find it challenging to produce great results in the beginning.
I am sure you would agree that everyone wants to create baked goods that are delicious every single time, and during the busy holiday season, low carb baking needs to be mastered to ensure great results consistently.
What makes things tricky is the fact that you will be working with flour alternatives that lack gluten. The lack of gluten in keto-friendly baked goods means that the texture will certainly be different from gluten-based recipes.
It will be a bit more challenging to achieve a chewy or crispy texture. This will require you to cleverly use certain ingredients and techniques to come as close as possible to their conventional counterparts.
Holiday keto baked goods also tend to be a bit denser in texture, and it’s why they normally call for more leavening agents.
You may also be surprised by the larger amounts of eggs in many keto recipes, but this is necessary for both leavening and moister. I also tend to use cream cheese in a number of my recipes, since it helps maintain the structure in baked goods beautifully.
The good news is that I am confident that after you’ve had a chance to try some of our recipes you’ll begin to feel empowered in the kitchen to recreate healthy low carb recipes.
I have written an extensive article that details everything you need to know about ketogenic baking, including a breakdown of every ingredient and important tips you’ll need to know in order to create delicious low carb baked goods consistently.
Understanding Sugar Substitutes In Keto Holiday Baking
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I have several recommendations when it comes to which sweetener you can use in keto baking. Currently, my personal favorite is Lakanto Monk Fruit This because the texture is close to sugar and it barely has an aftertaste.
I’m also partial to Swerve an erythritol/oligosaccharides blend. Although it does have a cooling aftertaste that some people dislike.
You could also use stevia and erythritol-based brand called Pyure. I find that stevia alone sweeteners tend to be quite bitter but that may not be the case for you.
However, if you are a fan of stevia, by all means, use it. If you use a stevia/erythritol blend you will need to use half the amount of sweetener listed since it is doubly sweet.
A sugar-free confectioner’s sugar substitute is especially important during the holidays when icing seems to be part of many recipes.
Be sure to check out our round-up of keto sweet recipes, for easy access to our keto holiday desserts.
Essential Kitchen Baking Tools
When it comes to baking keto or traditional baking for that matter, you need a few basic tools to ensure you get great results every time. The following is a list of some of my favorite baking tools:
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Stainless Steel Measuring Bowls
- Baking Sheets
- Cake Pans
- Springform Pans
- Loaf Pans
- Silicone Baking Mats
- Rolling Pin
- Cooling Rack
- Cookie Scoops
- Parchment paper
- Hand Mixer
- Stand-up Mixer (nice but not required)
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I have included below a list of our tried and tested keto baking recipes to make choosing which recipe to make much easier.