Keto Thanksgiving: Side Dishes
Candied “Yams” with Marshmallows
Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones and enjoying a delicious meal together. For those following a keto or low-carb lifestyle, it can be a challenge to find Thanksgiving recipes that fit within their dietary restrictions. But fear not, because we have a delightful keto-friendly twist on a classic Thanksgiving side dish – Candied Yams with Marshmallows. This recipe combines the comforting flavors of sweet yams with the indulgent sweetness of low-carb marshmallows. It’s a must-try for your Thanksgiving table!
Makes: 4 Servings
Serving size: 1 portion
- ⅓ batch of low-carb marshmallows (recipe below)
- ⅓ large pumpkin (or sweet potato for a slightly higher carb option), diced
- ⅓ cup grass-fed, unsalted butter (60g / 2.1 oz)
- Optional: sweetener of choice (2 tbsp Erythritol or 5-10 drops liquid Stevia or any other healthy low-carb sweetener)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Peel, deseed, and dice the pumpkin into small cubes.
- Place the diced pumpkin in a pot filled with hot water and boil for about 10 minutes.
- Drain the boiled pumpkin and transfer it to a baking dish. Top it with the grass-fed butter and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the pumpkin from the oven and set it aside.
- Meanwhile, prepare the low-carb marshmallow cream using the recipe provided below.
- To make 4 servings of candied “yams,” you’ll need to use 1/3 of the marshmallow cream.
- Switch the oven to the grill setting.
- Top the baked pumpkin with the marshmallow cream and spread it evenly.
- Place the baking dish in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until the marshmallows are lightly browned and gooey. The exact time may vary depending on your oven.
- Once done, remove the candied “yams” from the oven and serve either warm or cold. You can also reheat it later if needed.
Healthy Low-Carb Marshmallows
- 3 large egg whites (free-range or organic)
- 4 tbsp gelatin (28g / 1 oz)
- 1 tsp cream of tartar or 1 tsp apple cider vinegar(to stabilize the egg whites)
- ½ cup powdered Erythritol, Swerve, or other healthy low-carb sweetener) (80g / 2.8 oz)
- 15-20 drops liquid Stevia extract (Clear / Vanilla)
- 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp unsweetened vanilla extract
- ¼ cup cold water + ¾ cup boiling water
- 1 heaping tbsp coconut flour to coat the outsides of the marshmallows (12g / 0.4 oz)
- A pinch of salt (e.g., pink Himalayan)
- Line a pan with parchment paper and sprinkle it with a layer of coconut flour or your preferred coating.
- Place the gelatin in a pot and add ¼ cup of cold water, ensuring the water covers the gelatin. It will firm up in a couple of minutes.
- Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
- Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds out.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and slowly add the cream of tartar, powdered Erythritol, vanilla seeds, and salt. Beat until soft peaks form.
- In a separate pot, add the remaining boiling water to the gelatin and stir until dissolved. If lumps remain, briefly boil over low heat and stir until they disappear.
- Add the liquid Stevia to the gelatin mixture and combine well.
- With the mixer on medium speed, pour a steady stream of gelatin into the egg whites. Then, switch to high speed and continue beating until the mixture becomes thick and creamy (usually 3-5 minutes).
- Transfer the marshmallow cream into the prepared pan, spread it evenly, and sprinkle more coating (coconut flour) on top if needed.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight until the marshmallow cream sets.
- Once set, remove the marshmallow slab from the pan and cut it into cubes to create 36 marshmallows.
Net Carbs: 5.1g
This Keto Low Carb Thanksgiving dish is a delicious and healthy twist on a classic favorite. By combining the natural sweetness of pumpkin or sweet potato with homemade low-carb marshmallows, you can enjoy a delightful side dish without straying from your low-carb lifestyle. Serve these Candied Yams with Marshmallows at your Thanksgiving table and share the joy of a keto-friendly holiday feast with your loved ones. Enjoy!