The holidays are approaching, and with that comes lots of fun cocktail parties, gatherings, and Thanksgiving dinner— all of which can derail your low-carb diet in just one sitting.
But with the right recipes up your sleeve, you can enjoy a drink or two and still stay on track through the entire holiday season.
This is a delicious cocktail recipe with the comforting warm and nutty flavors that go perfectly with Thanksgiving or any fall gathering.
Why You Should Skip Sugary Cocktails This Thanksgiving
Holidays are a time of celebration, which often means enjoying a drink… or several. Unfortunately, most cocktails are full of sugar and can put your blood glucose levels on a rollercoaster ride.
As much as you might try to compromise on “just one,” that sugary cocktail can easily be your undoing not just for Thanksgiving, but for weeks to come. Here’s why.
The first thing you’ll likely notice is the physical effects. That sudden blood sugar spike will inevitably come crashing back down, leaving you feeling lethargic, foggy-headed, and craving another hit of the sweet stuff.
That’s when the second side effect comes into play: Sugar cravings. That Thanksgiving treat can easily turn into two, then three, and before you know it, the sugar dragon is chasing you right through the new year.
Is that really how you want to end your year and start the next? Thankfully, this recipe provides a better alternative.
The Top Secret Ingredient in this Recipe
This recipe’s top ingredient is something you don’t see very often in cocktails: Nuts. More specifically, nut butter made from dry roasted macadamia nuts.
It’s what makes the cocktail both delicious and nutritious. That’s right. It’s a cocktail with health benefits. As if you needed an excuse to knock one back.
Macadamia nuts are a superfood. A great source of manganese (58% of your recommended daily intake in just one ounce of macadamias), magnesium (9% of your RDI), and copper (11% of your RDI), macadamias are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals.
Made up of 78% fat and with only 1g of net carbs (total carbohydrates minus fiber) per 100g serving, the macronutrients of macadamia nuts are what really make them stand out. 75% of the fats in macadamia nuts come from monounsaturated fats (the good fats), and contain a rare omega-7 fatty acid called palmitoleic acid.
3 Delicious Benefits of Macadamia Nuts
Here are just some of the benefits of macadamia nuts that will leave you enjoying this cocktail guilt-free:
1. They’re high in monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to have a variety of health effects that may contribute to heart health. For example, research shows that “diets enriched in monounsaturated fat has been related to a lower rate of coronary heart disease” [*].
2. The palmitoleic acid in macadamia nuts supports skin, hair, and nail health by protecting against oxidative damage and encouraging the development of new skin cells. Research has shown that palmitoleic acid may increase the synthesis of elastin and collagen, which are the proteins that keep your skin appearing young, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles [*].
3. Macadamias are a source of polyphenols [*]. Polyphenols are the compound found in berries, dark chocolate, and wines along with some nuts. They’re rich in antioxidants and may help to stabilize blood sugar levels by preventing or slowing the starch to sugar conversion in your digestive system and blood stream [*].
Plus, the fats help to create a creamy texture that’s utterly irresistible in this fall-inspired beverage— minus the dairy.
Yes, fats are satiating, but it’s going to be hard limiting yourself to just one of these cocktails!
Features of this Recipe
- Paleo: A dairy-free paleo cocktail recipe that is actually delicious? Yes, please.
- Lower in carbs: While higher than a typical low-carb recipe, this recipe is lower in carbs than traditional sugar-filled cocktails. And we added some satiating fats because you know we love fat!
- Creamy: You don’t need dairy to provide a creamy texture, and we prove it here.
- Satiating: This cocktail recipe is full of healthy fats from FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter so you won’t get the post-cocktail munchies as quickly.
The cocktail is really easy to make – simply pour the salted caramel vodka, almond milk, FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter, vanilla, and honey over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake it up or mix it well with a cocktail spoon until blended thoroughly. Then, dip the rim of your martini glass in water (or a tiny amount of honey) and then in coarse sea salt for garnish.
Pour the cocktail in a martini glass and serve. Cheers!
Salted Caramel Nutty Martini
- Yield: 1
- Serving size: 1 martini
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- 1 ounce salted caramel vodka
- 2 ounces almond milk
- 1 tablespoon FBOMB Macadamia Nut Butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey, plus extra for garnish
- Coarse sea salt, for garnish
- Pour the salted caramel vodka, almond milk, macadamia nut butter, vanilla extract, and honey over ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake it up or mix it well with a cocktail spoon until blended thoroughly.
- Dip the rim of your martini glass in water (or a tiny amount of honey) and then in coarse sea salt for garnish.
- Pour cocktail in a martini glass and serve.
- Makes 1 martini.
Nutritional Facts Per Serving:Calories: 230.5
- Fat: 11.5g
- Protein: <1g
- Total Carbohydrates: 26.5g
- Fiber: 1.5g
- Sugar Alcohols: 7g
- Net Carbs: 25g
- Fat: 44%
- Protein: 1%
- Carbohydrates: 55%