Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (2024)

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It is quickly coming around to that time of the year again. To be honest, I can’t believe it is Christmas time again. This will be our 4th Christmas whilst living a ketogenic lifestyle. So we have become pretty experienced now at coming up with Australian Keto Christmas recipes.

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Australian Keto Christmas

In 2016, we had a family member pass away so our Christmas was a bit all over the place but we managed to keep it keto, even with the stress of losing a loved one.

Christmas 2017, was spent with my family. Erika made up a delicious grazing platter for everyone and the main meal was easy as we had ham, pork and turkey with salads. For dessert, Mum had whipped up some cream so we just had fruit and whipped cream for dessert.

In 2018, We had Erika’s family come and stay with us in Melbourne. So we were in charge of the menu and we had an amazing keto Christmas lunch. So again we did a grazing platter as we know how popular they are. Then for the main meal we made keto glazed ham, turkey and sugar free cranberry sauce, pork, cauliflower bake and casear salad. For dessert we served our delicious keto custard tart.

In order to help you plan your Australian keto Christmas, we decided to compile a list of our favourite recipes and keto friendly options to make Christmas a breeze for any Australian living a keto lifestyle.

The key to success at Christmas is going in prepared. While it sounds great to say you will just eat the meat and salad on offer, the reality can be much harder once you are there. So we like to go in Christmas day being fully prepared to eat and enjoy ourselves. To do this, we take lots of snacks and often offer to make a keto dessert.

Snacks and Grazing options

Whenever we go to family get togethers for Christmas the food starts from the moment you walk in the door. While most of this food is not keto friendly, like chips, lollies and chocolate, it can be really hard to avoid. So, we like to take some of our favourite snacks to make sure we aren’t tempted by the high carb options that are likely to be everywhere.

Keto Ranch Dip

This keto ranch dip recipe is quick and easy to whip up with ingredients you usually have on hand. Add it to any meal to make it delicious and satisfying.

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Keto Guacamole Recipe

Have you ever wondered is guacamole keto friendly? Can I have guacamole on keto? Well, this keto guacamole recipe is going to be perfect for you.

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Keto Basil Pesto

Keto pesto is so quick and easy to make at home, you won’t bother with the store bought option again. Great to toss through zoodles for a low carb meal.

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Keto Pimento Cheese

Keto pimento cheese is an excellent option to take to family BBQ & potluck get togethers. It’s a keto option that will be popular with all your family & friends.

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How to Make Salami Crisps

Salami crisps are an excellent keto cracker option. How to make Salami crisps is part of the Have Butter will travel ‘How to’ series.

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How to make cheese crisps

Cheese crackers are a great cracker option when living the keto lifestyle. How to make cheese crisps part of the Have Butter will travel ‘How to’ series.

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Everything But the Bagel Keto Cheese Crisps

These keto cheese crisps are prefect to have with keto dip or to add to a grazing platter. If you are missing the crunch of a good crisp these give crunch


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Keto Chocolate Salami

Looking for something moreish to take along to a Xmas party? Look no further as this keto chocolate salami is a hit with everyone and easy to make ahead.

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Keto Chocolate Truffles

These keto chocolate truffles are quick and easy to make and will satisfy your sweet tooth this Christmas. Warning: these are super addictive.

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Main dishes

Most meats and proteins that are going to be served at Christmas lunches are going to be pretty low carb, depending on how they are cooked. A glazed ham is likely to be full of sugar, so you may want to offer to bring a keto glazed ham, if you know you will want the ham. I know I would. Avoid the stuffing and choose the fattier cuts of the roast pork to help keep you full.

Keto Ham – Maple Glazed

Ham is a tradition at Christmas and Easter meals. This keto ham is delicious. It is maple glazed and perfect for Christmas and Easter Lunch or dinner.

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Roast turkey with Cherry Sauce

Looking for the perfect centrepiece to serve this Christmas or Thanksgiving? This keto turkey roast will have wow factor for both Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Marinated BBQ Prawns

In summer the BBQ is a great cooking option and these keto shrimp are perfect for it. This meal is super delicious and super low carb, so it is a win win.

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How to Roast Chicken

Learning how to roast chicken and getting a really crispy skin with moist breast meat will impress your family and friends.

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Roast Leg of Lamb

A roast leg of lamb is an excellent choice to serve up with your Australian Keto Christmas lunch. This roast lamb is a classic Australian meal and will be a big hit at any Christmas lunch.

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This porchetta recipe is from Paleo leap and is a wonderful addition to your keto Christmas lunch. Rather than buying a pre made porchetta, why not have a go at making your own.

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Crispy Slow Cooker Pork Belly

Do you have trouble cooking the perfect tender pork belly in the oven? You have to try this slow cooker pork belly and get perfect pork belly every time.

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Keto Prawn co*cktail

This prawn co*cktail is the perfect crowd pleaser for Christmas or dinner parties. It is quick and easy to make and is the perfect keto & low carb appetiser.

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Whole baked fish

Whole baked snapper with lemon salt and aioli by Donna Hay is a wonderful keto friendly recipe. It’s a perfect choice to add to your lunch selection. We love Donna Hay’s recipes for the ease and Christmas recipes are all about easy for us. The less stress the better.

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Sometimes the sides at Christmas lunch can be very carb heavy. I know at my family Christmas the sides are going to be potato salad, pasta salad, Chinese salad (The dressing is full of sugar) and a garden salad. This really only leaves us the garden salad as our side. We would recommend taking a side or two to give yourself more choice. Others will definitely enjoy these sides just as much as you will. My tip, don’t be last up at the serving table as you might miss out on your sides.

Keto Roasted Capsicum and Zucchini Salad

This salad is a summery change from plain zucchini noodles. Keto zucchini salad is an excellent option to take to a BBQ or family get together.


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Keto Jalapeño Poppers

These keto jalapeño poppers are one of Dan’s favourites. We love to have them with chicken wings and this meal feels like a real treat.

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Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Creamy cauliflower mash is the perfect keto & low carb side dish. It’s quick and really easy to make. A delicious side dish to add to any meal.

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Cauliflower, Leek and Bacon Bake

Keto Cauliflower Casserole is a delicious low carb meal. It's really easy to make and rich and decadent. Make sure you give it a try for Dinner.

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Whole Roasted Loaded Cauliflower

Loaded cauliflower is the perfect low carb substitute for a loaded potato. This cauliflower is roasted whole & topped with cheese sauce, bacon and chives.

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Big Fat Keto Salad

Salads are an excellent keto option for lunch or dinner. They are really quick and easy to put together and this keto salad is great served as a platter.

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Keto Stuffed Mushrooms

This keto stuffed mushroom recipe is the perfect side dish to pair with your favourite protein. It's so easy to make and delicious.

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Devilled Eggs

This devilled egg recipe from Downshiftology is a classic version of devilled eggs. We love devilled eggs here at Have Butter will Travel and this is one side we often take to Christmas lunch and any family BBQ.

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Now, dessert is definitely the course we struggle with at Christmas lunch. We need to skip the traditional Pavlova, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding. Erika always offers to bring a keto dessert. The best thing about Christmas desserts are there are now so many wonderful keto options available to us. We have taken cheesecakes before and last year, we made a delicious keto custard tart.

Keto White Christmas

Keto white Christmas is the perfect replacement for the traditional white Christmas. Serve to your family and friends this Christmas.

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Sugar Free Black Forest Trifle

Are you looking for that perfect keto dessert for a celebration? This black forest trifle is perfect for Christmas lunch or any celebration.

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Keto Trifle – Raspberries & Cream

Trifle is a must have on many dessert tables on Christmas Day and your family and friends will absolutely love this keto trifle filled with raspberries

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Tropical Low Carb Trifle

This tropical low carb trifle would be perfect for Christmas parties you may be attending. Offer to bring dessert and you will be everyone’s favourite.

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Keto Cheesecake Bites

These keto cheesecake bites are perfect to have in the fridge for when you are wanting something sweet. At 1 gram of carb each they are pretty much perfect!

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Fruit Mince Scrolls

Do you feel like you have been missing out on fruit mince pies since starting keto? These fruit mince scrolls will change your keto Christmas forever.

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Keto Gingerbread Cheesecake

This keto gingerbread cheesecake is the perfect dessert for any occasion. Bringing the flavours of Christmas, this will be a big hit on Christmas day.

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Keto Custard – Vanilla Flavour

You can’t beat homemade custard. Check out our keto custard recipe. The main ingredients in Custard are eggs and cream, so it is like a keto fat bomb.

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Keto baked Custard

Love Custard? You need to try this delicious keto baked custard. It combines chocolate and orange flavours for a easy dessert, everyone will love.

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Sugar Free Berry Tart

This blueberry tart is a keto custard tart topped with a blueberry sauce. If you are looking for the perfect low carb and sugar free dessert, this is it.

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Low Carb Christmas Pudding

This low carb Christmas pudding is the perfect dessert to serve for the holidays. The flavours of walnut & cranberries are the perfect holiday combination.

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Keto Lemon Cake

This keto lemon cake recipe is the perfect keto cake to serve your family and friends for morning or afternoon tea. Excellent with a cup of tea.

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Keto Rocky Road

Rocky road is a delicious Australian classic. If you have been missing rocky road since beginning keto, try this tasty keto rocky road.

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Keto Rum Balls

Keto rum balls are the perfect treat to take to any Christmas celebration. They are a crowd pleaser and super simple to make.

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Keto Tiramisu

Keto tiramisu is the perfect low carb dessert to end a special dinner. Combining a keto coffee mug cake with a smooth and sliky mascarpone filling.

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Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Looking for the perfect keto Christmas cookie? These keto gingerbread cookies are quick & easy. You won't miss the non keto version once you try these.

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More Holidays and Celebrations

  • Mediterranean charcuterie board
  • Christmas Charcuterie Board
  • Biscoff Rocky Road
  • Baked feta with olives

Reader Interactions


  1. Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (48)Susan Hanmore says

    What a fabulous collection! HBWT has done it again! Thank you!


    • Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (49)havebutterwilltravel says

      Thank you so much Susan


  2. Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (50)Hayley says

    As Iris said ‘Wow’!
    I can’t tell you how happy I am to have stumbled upon your YouTube channel today and subsequently your blog, new subscriber here!
    I’ve been toying with Keto and Carnivore for the past 6 mths and have been looking for Aussies and you two were here all the time. Thank’s so much for your time and efforts to make life easier for us Aussies.
    To be honest, I was a little deflated at the lead up to Christmas as I love trifle, rocky road and tuna mornay (I know not necessarily Christmas, but just another thing that warmed my heart). I usually make the trifle and rocky road for our family gatherings (they’re what I get asked for every year). I’m no where near the stage of looking at how to adjust my recipes for Keto yet so your recipes will now bridge that gap for this year.
    I am so excited to have a keto Christmas, thanks to you both for giving me the best Christmas present of 2019!
    Have a joyful Christmas and a wonderful 2020, I look forward to following along with you from here!


    • Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (51)havebutterwilltravel says

      Wow, what a wonderful message. Thank you so much. So glad we can make Christmas seem more achievable. Have a fabulous Christmas.


  3. Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (52)Iris says

    Wow you’ve certainly pulled out all the stops to get Christmas sorted. I will be using a lot of the recipes from here.
    Thank you for making my first Keto Christmas worry free and less fraught.


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Australian Keto Christmas Recipes (2024)


What is the name of Australia's most common Christmas dessert? ›

In Australia, the uncontested king of Christmas dessert is the Pavlova, or, as it is fondly known: the 'pav'.

What is a traditional Christmas lunch in Australia? ›

While turkey is a much loved Christmas classic, roast chicken, lamb and beef are all part of Australian Christmas traditions. And for an absolute show-stopper, you can't go past a glazed ham, studded with cloves and doused in honey for the ultimate Christmas treat.

What is the most popular Christmas dinner in Australia? ›

A Christmas feast

Most Aussies choose to swap the traditional roast turkey for a Christmas ham, and fresh seafood (specifically prawns) takes pride of place on many festive banquets. It makes sense that Australians opt for a light and refreshing dessert option to end their Christmas feast.

What do Australians call Santa? ›

In Australia, people often call Santa by the names "Santa Claus" or "Father Christmas."

What do Aussies have for Christmas dinner? ›

Ham and turkey...but cold.

In most Australia homes, Christmas ham is prepared a few days in advance and served cold, and the same applies to turkey. Everyone eats their fill, with your Uncle Brian usually fitting in thirds or fourths.

What is eaten on Christmas Day in Australia? ›

Instead, a traditional Christmas meal with a whole roasted turkey is sometimes left to the winter festivities, and cold meats are favored over Christmas in its place. Glazed Christmas ham for one is a popular main for Christmas dinners, preferably cooked ahead of time and served cold on the day.

What is the most famous dessert in Australia? ›

Pavlova. The quintessential Aussie dessert is the Pavlova. A soft marshmallow encased in a crisp but delicate meringue shell topped with whipped cream and your favourite assortment of fresh fruit. The pavlova was named after a Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926.

What is the most common dessert in Australia? ›

Pavlova. The first and most iconic Australian dessert recipe is without a doubt – Pavlova. With a delicate meringue crust on the outside made with egg whites, soft marshmallow inside and topped with whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruit, Pavlova is always present at parties and celebrations, or a casual backyard BBQ.

What is a common Australian dessert? ›

From Iced VoVo tarts to Tim Tam cakes, fairy bread lamingtons and pavlovas topped with mango and passionfruit, here are our best desserts, cakes and slices with a super Aussie twist – perfect for a patriotic celebration.


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