Low Carb Breakfast Muffins: Cranberry Orange

Low Carb Breakfast Muffins: Cranberry Orange

What’s better on a crisp winter morning than a warm cranberry orange muffin with butter melting into it? Cranberry and orange are two flavors that signify winter and Christmas in particular for me. Make these low carb breakfast muffins, drizzle a little cream cheese frosting over the top, and you’ve won my heart.

I love muffins. What’s easier in the morning when you’re in a hurry than a grab and go keto breakfast muffin? Some days you just don’t feel like cooking up a storm in the kitchen for every meal or don’t want to smell the house up with bacon and eggs. Muffins are the perfect answer when I have to quickly run out the door in the morning, and cranberry orange is a great option for this time of year!

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Need a quick and easy low carb breakfast? Cranberry orange low carb breakfast muffins are perfect for grab and go or to linger over with your coffee. #lowcarbmuffins #ketomuffins

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How to make cranberry orange low carb breakfast muffins

If you’ve read my other muffin recipes you’ll know I like to make a big batch of low carb breakfast muffins on Sunday and freeze the whole thing to have one every day for breakfast as long as they last. The easy grab and go is great for my schedule, and there’s something rather fabulous about a fresh cranberry orange muffin with butter melting into it along with a steaming cup of coffee to start your day.

To begin, pull out a regular muffin tin and line it with 12 silicone baking cups or other liners. Silicone liners are fabulous because you can use them over and over again, and they make the muffins super-easy to get out once they’re baked. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, here’s where there are a couple of ways to do things. Because it’s the one I use all the time and the simplest for me, I’m going to start with my preferred method. To begin, take out your blender. I use a high-speed Vitamix, but most any would most likely work for this.

Blender Muffin Method

Next, assemble all your ingredients together. Then, place the eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, sweetener, orange zest, and orange oil in the blender and blend on a high speed for 30-40 seconds or until it’s all well combined without any white bits of cream cheese noticeable. I like this way because it’s quick and easy, and I can get impatient when I forget to set out the cream cheese and eggs to warm up to room temperature. Because of this, I love the fact the high-speed blender doesn’t care if the ingredients are cold or warm and whips them into shape, and combines them perfectly together without any little cold bits.

Mixer Muffin Method

If you don’t have a blender or prefer a mixer, you can also combine these ingredients together in a standing or hand mixer. When you use the mixer, all the ingredients need to be room temperature or even a little warmer to combine properly. But not to worry, it can be done easily if you plan and get your ingredients ready beforehand.

How to prepare the batter

Take out a large bowl and whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Then, pour the blended wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir to combine them completely with no lumps. For the last ingredient, stir in the cranberries evenly with a spoon or spatula, and boom! Your batter is ready.

In order to get your muffins about the same size, I like to use an ice cream scoop to place the batter in the muffin cups. Fill the muffin cups about two-thirds of the way full and bake them in a 325-degree oven (Fahrenheit) for 25 to 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and pull them out when they start to brown and the center bounces back up when tapped.

Take the muffins out of the oven and let them cool completely.

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Cream Cheese Drizzle Frosting

Cream Cheese Drizzle Frosting is awesome on this low carb breakfast muffin recipe, especially if you get the orange flavoring in it with essential oils or orange zest. It’s also super-simple to make, which is always nice.

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, almond milk, sweetener, and orange oil or zest. Use a small whisk or fork completely bring the frosting together. If it seems too thick to drizzle, add a bit more almond milk.

Drizzle the frosting over the cooled (or mostly cooled) muffins, and serve!

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Low Carb Breakfast Muffins Printable Recipe

Low Carb Cranberry Orange Breakfast Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

There's just something about the flavors of cranberry and orange combined together in perfect low carb breakfast muffins! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or all winter long!

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: low carb breakfast muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 115 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs large
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 4-5 drops orange essential oil
  • 1/2 cup sweetener Swerve or other equivalent
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cranberries fresh or unsweetened dried
Orange Frosting
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 3 drops orange essential oil (use 1 tsp orange zest if not using essential oil)
  • 1 tbsp powdered sweetener Swerve
Instructions
  1. Place eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, sweetener, orange zest, and orange oil in a blender and blend well.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

  3. Pour the blended wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir to combine completely.

  4. Mix in the cranberries evenly.

  5. Turn on oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a regular sized muffin pan with silicone or other liners.

  6. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, evenly fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full and place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes.

  7. To prepare the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, almond milk, and orange essential oil or zest.

  8. Add more almond milk to thin if necessary or drizzle over cooled muffins.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 115
 
Total Fat 9 g  
Saturated Fat 4 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 76 mg  
Sodium 204 mg  
Potassium 49 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 1 g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For the most accurate facts, you may figure your own with the specific ingredients you choose.

What’s your favorite low carb breakfast?

Are you a muffin person or a donut person? Or maybe more of a Danish fan? There are so many ways to make delicious low carb, sugar-free, gluten-free versions of my favorite baked goods, I no longer even miss the carbs. What’s your favorite grab and go breakfast? Or maybe, what do you miss that you would like to see in a low carb form?

I hope you enjoy the cranberry orange low carb breakfast muffins. If you make them I’d love to see a picture if you tag me on Instagram!

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Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup

Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup

Warm and creamy with Italian sausage spice, you’re going to love this creamy keto Italian sausage soup on a cold snowy night!

What do you imagine when you hear the words creamy keto Italian sausage soup? First, I like to picture myself by a roaring fire at an antique wooden family dinner table with snow falling lightly through the picturesque window. The kids are smiling at each other as they enjoy their soup, and the husband is laughing about a story he just told. Then, I smile contentedly and look around as I warm my hands on the sides of my bowl.

Let’s keep that pretty picture in our heads! The winter season is nearly upon us, sooner here in Northern Colorado than I’d necessarily like. However, the cold and snow make me crave the comfort of a warm bowl of soup. And, to be perfectly honest, it’s fabulous to have a big pot in the fridge prepared over the weekend you can just pull out, warm up, and call everyone to dinner. It’s especially convenient when you have all those fun after-school activities like volleyball, basketball, karate, piano, and so on preventing you from kitchen time on weeknights.

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What to make for dinner on cold days

Yesterday morning we had to get up early to head down to Denver for an appointment. It’s the middle of October right now, and when we left the house at 6:30 am it was 11 degrees Fahrenheit with a blanket of white snow covering the neighborhood. Yes, you read that right 11 degrees. True, this is Colorado, but that’s not a normal temp for mid-October when the average low is about 37!

So, we exclaimed about the weather, discussed it with everyone we saw, and posted about it on social media, my daughter and I decided it was definitely soup weather. If you ask my girl what kind of meat she likes she will immediately say sausage, meatballs, or pork chops. In short, she’s a meat lover and so this creamy keto Italian sausage soup is always popular on the menu.

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Simmering soup on a cold day was like filling a house with cotton batting. The comforting scent of it plumped and muffled and cuddled.

Sarah Addison Allen

Author, First Frost

Tips for the perfect creamy keto Italian sausage soup

I really like to add cream cheese to soups to give it an easy low carb creamy goodness. I’ve tried many ways to add cream cheese to soups, smoothies, and desserts. Far and away, the best way I’ve come up with to evenly distribute the cream cheese in soup or even a muffin batter is to blend the cream cheese up with wet ingredients before adding it to the main mixture.

In this creamy keto Italian sausage soup recipe, I use a cup of broth and the cream cheese and blend them together before adding them to the soup. Why do I do this? It’s the easiest and most practical way to not have cream cheese lumps floating about your soup!

Now, if you don’t have a blender you can take room temperature or slightly warm cream cheese and whisk it into your simmering soup. It is possible. I’ve done it before. However, it is more difficult to get all the lumps out and mix it in completely without making a mess.

Also, I tend to forget to get the cream cheese out early so blending it up is a fabulous way to make up for my lack of planning skills.

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Only the pure of heart can make a good soup.

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How to make creamy keto Italian sausage soup

First of all, to make this creamy keto Italian sausage soup, melt the butter in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Second, you’re going to scrape in the chopped onion and minced garlic from the cutting board and mix those around with the butter. Then, the Italian sausage goes in to cook for about 4-5 minutes or until onion is soft and meat is browned and filling the kitchen with good smells.

Once the meat is browned, pour in three cups of the bone broth and add the zucchini. I like to use zucchini in soups as sort of a pasta replacement and another texture. Generally, I peel the zucchini and take out any large seeds simply because the children are more likely to eat it that way. They are less likely to attempt to pick it out if they don’t see the green. At least that’s my kids!

I also like to julienne it sort of in more of a noodle shape, but you can chop it as you like!

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Now for the good stuff!

Okay, next add the herbs, basil, oregano, a bay leaf and then the red pepper. Stir that up a bit then add the diced tomatoes. After that, bring the pot to a boil then lower the heat to simmer.

While the soup is simmering, place the remaining cup of bone broth and cream cheese in a blender and blend it up until it’s smooth with no lumps. Then, pour it into the rest of the soup and stir.

Next, chop up about 2 cups of spinach and mix it in the soup to wilt. You can serve it almost right away or allow it to simmer for another half hour or so for the flavors to combine. It does taste better if you simmer it a bit longer or make it the day before and heat it for a quick weeknight meal.

Last but not least, don’t forget the cheese! Serve the bowls of soup topped with shredded parmesan cheese. I like to shred my own if there’s time because often the pre-grated, shredded cheeses contain potato starch or other things to make them not stick together. That’s not something I want to eat so tend to buy block cheese and prepare it myself.

Eat and enjoy!

There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.

Hubert Selby Jr.

Author, Requiem For A Dream

What are your favorite soups?

What are your favorite soups? Do you create your own with whatever’s in the fridge or stick to recipes? I do a little of both as it’s a great way to get rid of leftovers! What tastes do you like that might work well in soup or stew form? Philly cheesesteak? Cheeseburger? Chicken enchilada? Yes, I like to think of some of my favorite meals and winterize them so to speak in easy peasy stew form. Now, I hope you try this creamy keto Italian sausage soup, find a fireplace and a book and enjoy!

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Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup Printable Recipe

Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup

Warm and creamy with Italian sausage spice, you're going to love this low carb soup on a cold snowy night!

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian, Keto
Keyword: Keto Italian Sausage Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (mild or hot)
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini (small) chopped
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the onion, garlic, and Italian sausage to cook for 4-5 minutes or until onion is soft and meat browned.

  2. Pour in three cups of the bone broth then add the zucchini, basil, oregano, bay leaf, red pepper, and diced tomatoes.

  3. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer.

  4. Place the remaining cup of bone broth and cream cheese in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the rest of the soup and stir.

  5. Mix in the chopped spinach and once wilted serve the soup or allow to simmer for another half hour or more for the flavors to combine.

  6. Serve topped with shredded parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

 
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 312
 
Total Fat 22 g  
Saturated Fat 11 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 75 mg  
Sodium 656 mg  
Potassium 423 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 4 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 3 g  
Protein 20 g  
   
   
   
   

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Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies

Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies

Delicious low carb cinnamon pecan cookies, perfect for a gluten-free, sugar-free, keto tea time snack!

You know that smell. You’re walking around the Renaissance Festival, past the turkey legs, past the corn on a cob, past the blacksmith, and it hits you. That amazing smell of cinnamon, toasted nut goodness. All the better it’s a little cool, or it’s just rained and there’s a woman playing Celtic harp just down the lane. Your nose turns toward the scent, and you walk as though in a trance. Magically, there’s a girl in a fairy costume passing out free samples. Nine times out of ten I get the free sample and then a bag for the road. I want to keep the glorious smell and picture with me as long as I can.

These low carb cinnamon pecan cookies transport me back to that moment in time. The cinnamon nuttiness, the crunch of the nut in the soft cookie, is the perfect fall snack to pair alongside your coffee or tea.

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Orange wakes you up, but cinnamon makes you remember.

Judith Fertig

Author, The Cake Therapist

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Her freckles looked as if someone had blown cinnamon across her nose and high cheekbones.

Jo Ann Brown

Author, An Amish Match

How to make low carb cinnamon pecan cookies

I love these cookies! To begin with, they are so super simple to make. Quick and easy goes a long way in this house and these cookies certainly fit into that category.

First, get out all your ingredients and melt the four tablespoons of butter. Get out a large mixing bowl and place the butter in it. To the butter add all the other ingredients except for the pecans and almond flour. Then, stir in the almond flour until everything’s well-combined. Now, form one tablespoon sized balls out of the dough and place them on a baking pan covered with a silicone baking mat (or ungreased pan).

Next, it’s time for decoration! Flatten the cookies by placing a pecan half on each or kris-crossing with a fork if not using pecans. If the edges crack slightly, you can shape those back into a circle. Last but not least, bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until done.

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The cinnamon stick was light, curled around itself like a brittle roll of papyrus. Not a stick at all, Lillian remembered as she looked closer, but bark, the meeting place between inside and out. It crackled as she broke it, releasing a spiciness, part heat, part sweet, that pricked her eyes and nose, and made her tongue tingle without even tasting it.

Erica Bauermeister

Author, The School of Essential Ingredients

What are your favorite low carb snacks?

I definitely have my go-tos for a quick afternoon keto snack. Do you rely on the same thing most days to stay consistent or do you like to mix things up? I admit, it definitely depends on how much time I have to prepare for the week and what I have on hand. Planning and preparation are key for me in sticking to the keto lifestyle and feeling my best. Truly, I think organization skills go a long way with anything in life, and I’m constantly trying to get better in that area! Also, the seasons help with motivation in my recipe planning, and cinnamon and spice are great comforts to me in fall.

These low carb cinnamon pecan cookies are so quick and easy you could be enjoying one in half an hour. Yum!

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Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies: Printable Recipe

Low Carb Cinnamon Pecan Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Delicious gluten-free cinnamon pecan cookies, perfect for a low carb, keto tea!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low carb cookies
Servings: 18
Calories: 83 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/3 cup sweetener Swerve confectioner's or other
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups almond flour finely ground
  • 1/3 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pecan halves (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, place the melted butter in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add all the other ingredients except for the pecans, stirring the almond flour in last.

  3. Next, form one tablespoon sized balls out of the dough and place them on a baking pan covered with a baking sheet (or ungreased pan).

  4. Flatten them by placing a pecan half on each or kris-crossing with a fork if not using pecans.

  5. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until done.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 18.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 10 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 7 mg 2 %
Sodium 37 mg 2 %
Potassium 30 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 2 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 1 g 3 %
Vitamin A 22 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 2 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

*Nutrition facts calculated by Myfitnesspal.com.

 

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie

Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie

This creamy, low carb, keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie is the perfect seasonal break your fast meal.

Wondrous woodlands, changing colors, chilly crisp mornings, come to me! Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love the cooler weather, the golden aspens, red maples, school starting, and of course all things pumpkin spice!

In the US we usually call this brilliant season fall unless we’re in a particularly poetic mood, then we speak of autumn. Did you know that even before that it was simply called harvest? The fall harvest moon lights up the sky when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. In addition, in times before electricity, that light was key in allowing farmers the time to bring in the crops and prepare for the coming winter.

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Need a quick and easy fall low carb breakfast? This is the BEST keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie recipe. #glutenfree #lowcarb #ketobreakfast #explorermomma

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot

I delight in this time of year when I bring out haunting Celtic music, take the kids on misty walks in the woods, and huddle in scarves and sweaters reading new books. Of course, the change in season also brings out the traditional fall flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and mmmm so much more! I love to start my day with a chill in the air and my keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie. You know, I really could call it a shake it’s that creamy and good. I hope you try it.

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Kitchen items you’ll need for your keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie:

This is super simple folks! Awesome possum!

Tips for the perfect keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie

To make the best-tasting and healthiest keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie you want to get quality ingredients. When I make anything this time of year with pumpkin, if humanly possible I use pumpkin purée made out of a home-grown organic pumpkin. Mmmmmm, yum! The flavor’s so much better than what you get in a can, and you get that fabulous sense of fall harvest accomplishment!

If, sadly, you don’t have any pumpkin from your garden, buy a good pumpkin from the store and prepare your purée. Ideally, you can keep the home-grown or home-made store pumpkin purée in the freezer for that inevitable last minute fall pumpkin purée emergency! However, if completely pressed for time and you are forced to buy a can, be sure to select the best quality you can. Sigh. Don’t worry, it will still be fabulous!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie, straw close-up

How to make your own pumpkin purée

I grew up in a household that only ever used our own garden pumpkin for the holiday pumpkin pies, breads, and all traditional things pumpkin spice. If you grow your own pumpkin or get a good one from the grocery store it’s actually pretty easy to make your own pumpkin purée.

First, cut your pumpkin in half and remove the inside glop and seeds. Second, place the two halves upside down on a baking sheet. Third, bake the pumpkin at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. The pumpkin halves are placed on the baking sheet so that the air is trapped in between the flesh of the pumpkin and the baking sheet, and the skin on the outside seals it in. This means the moisture from the pumpkin is also trapped in while it bakes.

Then, be sure to check the pumpkin, depending on the size at around forty minutes. I press the outside skin down with my finger (or a spoon if you don’t want to burn yourself!), and if it feels soft like a well-baked potato, it’s about ready. For a regular pie sized baking pumpkin, an hour is my usual timing. Next, pull it out of the oven to cool slightly, and flip the halves over so you can see the lovely baked orange pumpkin inside. When it’s not too hot, spoon it into a blender. It should literally almost fall from the pumpkin skin. Blend it up, and it’s ready to use or put in 2 cup freezer bags for future pumpkin purée needs!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie overhead close-up

Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.

Marilyn Monroe

How to make a keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie

How do you make it? This recipe is fabulously easy, perfect for that rushed morning on the way to work or school. Are you ready? Put all the ingredients together in a blender. Next, blend on high for 30-40 seconds or until everything’s combined and the ice is in tiny blended pieces.

I’ve been using Collagen Fuel in the coconut vanilla flavor from Primal Kitchen as a protein powder in my smoothies lately. It’s been great, and I’m loving it, but you can also get the unflavored collagen peptides from Primal Kitchen (I order through Amazon) or any other brand that works for you! Collagen is a great protein that is said to support healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints. They say it even promotes muscle repair, and who doesn’t want support in those areas?

Also, you can double this awesome keto pumpkin spice smoothie recipe easily for multiple family members, and I love to throw it in an insulated travel coffee mug for on the go!

Keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie

The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.

Enya

What are your favorite fall flavors?

What are your favorite fall keto pumpkin spice recipes? Or even non-keto pumpkin spice recipes? My daughter is a huge fan of pumpkin pies and breads so we enjoy coming up with amazing keto recipes for these classics.

I hope you have an inspirational rust-colored fall with pumpkin-spice flavors, laughter, and leaf-throwing family fun! Visit your local pumpkin farm or apple orchard and just breathe in those wondrous sights and smells of this perfect season.

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Thanks all! Joyous fall!

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Printable keto pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie recipe:

Keto Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Embrace the leaf-strewn autumnal mornings with your own healthy dose of pumpkin spice! This creamy, low carb, keto pumpkin spice smoothie is the perfect seasonal break your fast meal.

Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto pumpkin spice
Servings: 1
Calories: 322 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp powdered sweetener Swerve confectioners or other
  • 1 scoop Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel, Vanilla Coconut (or one serving other collagen peptides)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3-4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds or until mixed well and ice is in tiny pieces.

  2. Pour into a glass or insulated drink container and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29 g 44 %
Saturated Fat 22 g 111 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 32 mg 11 %
Sodium 311 mg 13 %
Potassium 248 mg 7 %
Total Carbohydrate 4 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 14 g 27 %
Vitamin A 24 %
Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 40 %
Iron 11 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

*Nutrition facts calculated per myfitnesspal.com.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins

Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins

Bite through a cinnamon and buttery crunch to the fluffy melt in your mouth muffin perfection. What’s not to love about low carb coffee cake muffins?

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to make everyone for breakfast on Saturday morning was a coffee cake. Now, when I mean a coffee cake, I mean pulling out the box of Bisquick and following the recipe on the box with lots of cinnamon and brown sugar and a fluffy cake middle. I thought it’s a coffee cake, but it’s breakfast so it’s pretty good for you, right? Always eat breakfast and all that?

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Fast forward to high school and college, and I became a little obsessed with the traditional coffee house cinnamon coffee cake. There were many variations, some with just the cinnamon and butter topping, others had blueberries, nuts, what have you. One thing was certain, I LOVED them all! And it showed. 😉 I loved my sugar and carbs a little too much!

I’m trying to decide which is the most sinful: the muffin, the brownie, or the cake. How would you rank them?

Olivia Fox Cabane

Writer

What’s in a classic coffee cake?

Did you know the Classic Coffee Cake at Starbucks has 57 carbs and 31 grams of sugar?! I just looked it up on their website, and you can see it for yourself here. Of course, it’s truly an amazing coffee cake, and I loved it. But then I was addicted to carbs and sugar.

Now that I eat primarily low carb and keto, I’d determined to re-create a healthier sugar-free version. In addition, it had to taste as good as those memories of years past! Do you know what? Yes, I believe I’ve succeeded in making these muffins even better. But that’s just my opinion, you’ll have to try them for yourself!

Keto, gluten-free, sugar free breakfast muffins. Low carb coffee cake muffins. Perfect for fall breakfasts. #sugarfreebreakfast #muffins #cinnamon #ketorecipes #explorermomma

If you understand everything you must be misinformed.

Japanese Proverb

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To make these low carb coffee cake muffins you’ll need:

  • a regular muffin tin
  • silicone muffin cups or other liners
  • oven
  • spatula
  • blender or hand mixer
  • whisk
  • pastry blender or fork – I admit I love having my pastry blender around for dispersing butter throughout a mixture without making it melt, but a fork can do the job nearly as well too.
  • ice cream scoop (optional) – I like to use an ice cream scoop when making muffins to put the batter in the pan. It’s so much easier to judge and be sure the batter’s divided evenly.

Low carb coffee cake muffins overhead

The best thing about being a writer is that ‘work’ is always something you love, plus usually accompanied by tea, coffee and cakes of some sort.

Jamie L. Harding

Writer

How to make low carb coffee cake muffins

I love to make a batch of these muffins on Sunday and freeze the whole batch to have one every day for breakfast as long as they last. There’s something rather wonderful about a cinnamon muffin with butter melting into it along with a steaming coffee to make your day seem brighter. Now, imagine that slow motion first bite…let’s get started!

First, take out a regular muffin tin and place in it 12 silicone baking cups or other liners. Silicone liners are fabulous because you can use them over and over again and they make the muffing super-easy to get out once it’s baked. Second, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, here’s where there’s a couple of ways to do things. Due to the fact it’s the one I use all the time and the simplest for me, I’m going to start with my preferred method. To begin, take out your blender. I use a high-speed Vitamix, but most any would probably work for this.

Low carb coffee cake muffins, side stack

Blender Method

Then, assemble all your ingredients together. In addition, place the cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in the blender and blend on a high speed for 30-40 seconds or until it’s all well combined without any white bits of cream cheese noticeable. I like this way because of the fact well, I can be forgetful or lazy or both and forget to set out the cream cheese and eggs to warm up to room temperature. For this reason, I love the fact the high-speed blender doesn’t care and whips those together without any little cold bits.

Mixer Method

Alternatively, you can also mix these ingredients together in a standing or hand mixer. In contrast to the blender, I’ve found when I use the mixer all the ingredients need to be room temperature or even a little warmer to combine properly. But not to worry, it can be done easily if you get your ingredients ready.

Prep the low carb coffee cake muffins to bake

After that, pull out a large bowl and measure in it the almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, sweetener, and cinnamon. Then whisk it all together evenly.

Next, go back to your blender or other bowl and pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix them together with a spatula or mixer. Because I normally use a blender for these low carb coffee cake muffins, I generally just use a spatula to mix all the other ingredients together. It works fairly easily.

Once those are combined, slowly add in the almond milk, and fold it into the muffin batter until the batter is similar to that of a thick cake. The amount of almond milk will depend on the type of almond flour used because they can vary so much! I use Barney’s almond flour because we have another nut allergy in the house and at last check, Barney’s only produces almond products in their facility in California. However, if you have a severe nut allergy or someone in your family does please double check on the processing because companies can change. In any event, so far we’ve had great luck with Barney’s.

Low carb coffee cake muffins, overhead stack

How to make the low carb coffee cake muffin topping

I say topping but it really also the filling too! Nothing like one mixture doing double duty! To make the topping, measure out the cubed butter, almond flour, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener in a medium bowl. As far as sweetener goes, I use Swerve in most of my recipes. I don’t know if you saw it, but Swerve just came out with a new Brown Swerve that’s awesome for this recipe! It’s not available everywhere, but I got mine on Amazon here if you’d like to try it. You can also use Swerve confectioners or another similar powdered sweetener.

Now’s where I like my handy dandy gadgets, but a fork can work almost as well for this next job. I use a pastry blender (or fork) to mix together the topping so everything’s combined. But here’s a tip! The butter should still be cold and in chunks. Certainly, do not melt it with your hands or completely whip in with the other ingredients. That’s why we use the pastry blender or fork. Then the butter’s in delightfully small pea-sized packages to melt in the oven.

Bake the muffins

Once the muffin batter and topping are prepared, in the lined muffin tin, spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into the bottom of each muffin cup.

Then, sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of the topping/filling on each one. Next, I like to use an ice cream scoop to evenly divide the rest of the batter on the muffins. Last but not least, top each one with the remaining topping/filling.

Lastly, bake in a 325 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Bonus! Consequently, your house will smell amazing. If you like butter and cinnamon that is.

Open low carb coffee cake muffin with butter, closeup

Soup to the rescue!

When the weather starts to chill I always love a good keto soup. This one’s a hit around our house!

Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins Printable Recipe:

5 from 2 votes
Low Carb Coffee Cake Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Bite through a cinnamon and buttery crunch to the fluffy melt in your mouth muffin perfection.

Course: Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: low carb coffee cake muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
Muffin batter
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sweetener Swerve or other
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Topping (filling)
  • 3 tbsp butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sweetener Regular or brown Swerve (or other of choice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts optional
Instructions
  1. First, line a muffin tin with 12 silicone baking cups or other liners and preheat the oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Second, place cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in a blender and blend on a high speed for 30-40 seconds or until well combined. OR mix together in a standing mixer. 

  3. Third, in a large bowl, place the almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, sweetener, and cinnamon and whisk together evenly.

  4. Then, pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula or mixer.

  5. Next, add in the almond milk slowly combining with the muffin batter until batter is similar to a thick cake batter. The amount of almond milk will depend on the type of almond flour used.

Topping / Filling
  1. Place the butter, almond flour, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener in a medium bowl.

  2. Use a pastry blender or fork to mix together the topping so everything's combined, and the butter's in small pea-sized pieces.

Bake
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter in the bottom of each muffin cup.
  1. Sprinkle a heaping teaspoon of the topping/filling on each one.

  2. Evenly disperse the rest of the batter on the muffins then top each one with the remaining topping/filling.

  3. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings 12.0
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 130
  • % Daily Value
  • *Total Fat 11 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 5 g
  • Sugars 1 g 
  • Protein 4 g

*Nutrition facts based on a calculation using myfitnesspal.com

Muffins for breakfast

There’s something so simple and easy in being able to grab a low carb muffin for breakfast. You don’t have to heat the oven up or make the house smell like bacon, although that can be a good thing too! Most of all, it’s a ready item you can grab quickly and not succumb to the coffee house coffee cake later in the day when you can’t find anything to eat. Although I don’t know about you, I’ve found all those treats are not even all that tempting to me anymore, and this low carb and keto way of life is a pretty spectacular choice for my health and known temptations.

I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! Please tag me in your recipe pics on Instagram @explorermomma if you do end up making it. I’d love to see how it worked for you!

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Autumn almond flour cinnamon muffins. What's better than buttery low carb coffee cake muffins? Gluten-free, guilt-free, healthy goodness. #glutenfree #glutenfreemuffins #sugarfree #glutenfreebreakfast #cinnamonmuffins #lowcarbbreakfast #explorermomma   

 

Nutrition Disclaimer

First of all, please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Therefore, please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. Of course, this is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. Also, I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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