These super EASY Keto Cranberry Pecan Tarts combine a classic pecan pie and add a twist by adding cranberries! Simple with an unexpected touch of tartness, thanks to the cranberries, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart—after one bite you’ll taste why it’s my favourite unique version of a classic pecan tart!
Keto Pecan Tarts
Keto pecan tarts are an easy recipe to make and work great for parties during the holiday season or any time of year. This tart recipe is a combination of both a keto cranberry tart as well as a keto pecan tart!
Making a keto cranberry pecan tart dessert during the holiday season allows your guest to enjoy a delicious sugar-free dessert while staying within their dietary restrictions.
Since pecan pie is such a classic dessert without which no Thanksgiving is complete, I decided to take this classic and add a nice twist. This recipe is especially great for all of you out there who love pecan pie but sometimes find it a little too sweet.
Why you will love this Sugar-Free Cranberry Pecan Pie recipe
By creating a sugar-free cranberry pecan pie, you can provide a dessert option that adheres to the principles of the ketogenic diet. Here are a few reasons why someone might choose to make a keto cranberry pecan tart dessert:
- Keto-Friendly: Traditional desserts are often high in sugar and carbohydrates, which are not allowed on a keto diet. A keto cranberry pecan tart can be made with low-carb sweeteners and almond flour crust, making it suitable for those following a ketogenic lifestyle.
- Health Benefits: Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and have various health benefits. Pecans are also nutrient-dense and provide healthy fats. By incorporating these ingredients into a keto dessert, you can create a treat that not only satisfies the taste buds but also offers some nutritional value.
- Special Occasions: During holidays or special occasions, desserts are a must! A keto cranberry pecan pie provides a way for all of you fellow keto dieters to enjoy dessert without going off your diet!
- Creative Cooking: For individuals who enjoy experimenting with recipes, this sugar-free cranberry pecan pie involves finding an innovative and unique twist to a traditional holiday dessert.
Keto Cranberry Pecan Tart Ingredients
Are you ready to make your new all-time favourite keto holiday pie recipe? Here is what you will need:
For the Keto Tart Crust
- Butter - These ingredients will bind the crust together and keep it moist while still allowing it to be crunchy. Use unsalted butter and leave it in the fridge until you are ready to make the crust
- Almond flour and flaxseed meal - These two ingredients replace regular all-purpose flour. Make sure that you are using flaxseed meal and not whole flaxseeds.
- Sweetener - I have used Swerve Confectioner, Lakanto Golden as well as WholeEarth mixed sweeteners for this recipe. I do not suggest using allulose as the crust will get too brown.
- Cinnamon and Cardamom - These two spices give the crust a little more of a festive take. Think graham cracker with a twist! If you do not have cardamom, feel free to eliminate it.
- Salt and Vanilla - These ingredients help to round out the flavours.
For the Filling:
- Egg - Not only will this help to bind the ingredients but it will also help create the custard tart filling
- Butter - This will create the gooey pecan pie filling we all love! You will use melted butter for this part of the recipe.
- Sweetener - I have used Swerve Confectioner, Lakanto Golden as well as WholeEarth mixed sweeteners for this recipe. I do not suggest using allulose as the tarts will brown too quickly. Feel free to adjust the quantity of sweetener to suit your taste.
- Cranberries - I used frozen cranberries that I allowed to thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour. You can also use fresh cranberries if you wish.
- Pecans - Use toasted or untoasted pecans and chop them into large chunks. If you do not cut your pecans down, it creates messier slices of this keto cranberry pecan tart.
- Vanilla and Salt - These come together to help to bring the flavour of both the pecan pie component as well as the cranberries to the forefront
Instruction for Making Keto Cranberry Tart
This keto cranberry pecan pie is probably going to be one of the easiest recipes you will ever make over the holidays!
In a small bowl, combine the crust ingredients. Divide the mixture evenly between 4 sprayed mini tart dishes, pressing the tart dough evenly on the bottom and up the edges. Set the crusts on a rimmed baking sheet.
Evenly divide the cranberries and the chopped pecans into each of the 4 mini tart shells, gently pressing the ingredients down slightly.
Using the same bowl that was used for making the crusts, whisk together the melted and cooled butter, egg, sweetener, vanilla, and salt.
Carefully pour the mixture, dividing it equally, over the cranberries and pecans in each tart shell.
Place the rimmed baking sheet with the mini tarts in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the center has just begun to set. Transfer the mini tarts to a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan, for about 1 ½ hours.
Hint: Feel free to adjust the quantity of pecans and cranberries to suit your taste. For a sweeter, less tart, dessert, replace some of the cranberries with more pecans. For a more tart dessert, add more cranberries.
Are Cranberries keto-friendly
Cranberries are keto-friendly as long as you eat fresh or frozen cranberries and NOT dried cranberries. One cup of cranberries has only 8.4 grams of net carbs.
Can I use a different type of nut?
Yes! You can use almonds, walnuts, or even pumpkin seeds instead of pecans.
Do I have to toast my pecans?
No. I often do not bother toasting my pecans as I like this recipe just as much without taking the extra step to toast the pecans. However, for a more forward nut flavour, toasting the pecans will give a more potent "nutty" taste.
How do you toast pecans?
To toast pecans, preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until they begin to brown and become aromatic, making sure to toss halfway through 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Can I use frozen cranberries?
Yes. Simply let your frozen cranberries come to room temperature by either leaving them on the counter for about 1 hour or in the fridge overnight.
What type of keto sweetener will work for these keto cranberry pies?
I have used erythritol as well as erythritol mixed with monk fruit. I do not suggest allulose as allulose causes baked goods to brown a little too quickly.
How do I store this keto cranberry pecan pie?
You can store these tarts at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the fridge for 7 days.
More Keto Cranberry Recipes
Looking for other keto cranberry recipes like this? Try these:
Keto Holiday Dinner Ideas
These are my favourite keto holiday dinner dishes to serve with this keto cranberry pecan tart:
For the crust:
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- 1-2 tablespoon sugar substitute (depending on how sweet you want your tart crust)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cardamom (optional)
- 4 tbsp butter, unsalted
- pinch of salt
- splash of vanilla
For the Filling:
- 1 large egg
- ¼ - ⅓ cup brown sugar substitute (depending on how sweet you like your tarts)
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- ½ cup thawed or fresh cranberries
- ⅔ cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
Prepare the Tart Crust:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spray 4 mini tart pans with cooking spray and set them into a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the crust ingredients. Using a fork, mash the ingredients together until they become like sand.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the mini tart pans, pressing the tart crust firmly to the bottom and sides of the tart pan.
Prepare the Pecan Cranberry Tarts:
- Divide the cranberries and chopped pecans evenly between the 4 tart shells, pressing the mixture down slightly.
- In the now empty bowl that the crust was mixed in, combine the melted and cooled butter, egg, sweetener, vanilla and salt and whisk until the sweetener has been dissolved.
- Carefully pour (I use a large glass pourable measuring cup) the filling evenly over the tops of the cranberries and pecans, trying to cover them as much as possible.
- Place the rimmed baking sheet with the tarts in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the filling has just set.
- Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely before removing them from their mini tart pans and serve.
- Feel free to serve with some additional powdered sweetener or some whipped cream if desired.
- These can easily be divided in half or even into quarters
- Net carbs are 8 grams for an entire tart
- If you want to decrease the number of carbs, cut back on the cranberries and add more pecans
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American, Fall, Holidays, Winter
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 1 entire tart
- Calories: 508
- Sugar: 3
- Fat: 38
- Carbohydrates: 13
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 7
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