Delicious keto pumpkin muffins bring the spiced fall pumpkin breezes to your kitchen. The perfect low carb breakfast packed with cream cheese, pumpkin spice, and sugar-free chocolate chips.
Oh, the cool, breezy fall mornings! How I love colder weather coming in and the leaves floating to the ground. Really, it's about time. Summer, it's time to part ways.
Yesterday, my kids harvested our crop of jack-be-little decorative pumpkins. While we don't have a huge space for a garden, I think they counted up 25 decorative pumpkins. Also, we managed not to kill 5 pie pumpkins, score.
What this means is that we're in full pumpkin spice recipe joy mode!
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I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
– Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables
WHY MAKE PUMPKIN PURÉE
Do you make your own pumpkin purée for baking or use it out of a can? Growing up, my father would gasp in horror if you even mentioned canned pumpkin.
"It just has NO flavor," and we all would shake our heads feeling sorry for those unfortunates who had to use canned pumpkin.
Actually, to make your own purée is pretty easy and can be hugely rewarding.
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PURÉE
First, all you do is cut the pumpkin (we call them pie pumpkins) in half. If you have one from your own garden, all the better!
Remove the gooey insides. Also, don't forget to save the seeds and salt and toast them to snack on later!
Second, place each pumpkin half open-side down on a baking sheet. They’re placed this way so the air and moisture are trapped inside the pumpkin to steam as it bakes.
Then place the baking sheet with pumpkin halves in a 350 degree (Fahrenheit) preheated oven for about an hour.
To test the pumpkin, pull it out of the oven and lightly tap on the outside skin. The inside pumpkin flesh should be soft and start to fall away from the skin.
Next, turn the pumpkin halves over and spoon the soft pumpkin insides into a good blender or food processor.
Lastly, process the pumpkin for about 40 seconds until it becomes a smooth purée.
If you use a blender you may have to push the pumpkin down into the blades several times to completely process. Just be sure to turn off the blender to do this unless it has a special tamper for that purpose!
TO MAKE KETO PUMPKIN MUFFINS YOU’LL NEED:
- large to medium-sized bowls
- a spatula
- measuring cups
- blender (or –
- hand mixer or other
- muffin tin and silicone liners
HOW TO MAKE KETO PUMPKIN MUFFINS
Let's begin like we always do. Get out all ingredients and kitchen utensils so everything is close at hand.
Second, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature I find works best for baking gluten-free muffins and cakes.
Now crack the eggs into a large bowl. Then add in the pumpkin puree, vanilla, sweetener, and almond milk. Mix it together evenly using a hand-held or standing mixer.
Next, take out another bowl, and whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
Don't forget to take a moment to breathe in and enjoy that pumpkin pie spice!
How to make pumpkin pie spice
TIP: If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute two teaspoons of cinnamon, one teaspoon ground ginger, half a teaspoon nutmeg, and one-half of a teaspoon ground cloves.
Back to the keto pumpkin muffins
Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine them together well with a mixer or spatula.
Now it's time to measure in 1/2 cup of the sugar-free chocolate chips. Don't pour them all in! Save the rest to sprinkle on top to make the muffins pretty. Nothing says pretty like chocolate!
If you haven't already, now's the time to prepare a muffin tin with liners or grease with butter.
Then prepare the filling. It's super-quick and easy. Simply mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and powdered sweetener with a mixer for about 2 minutes. Boom, done!
Assemble the muffins to bake
To assemble the muffins to bake, first place 2 tablespoons of batter in the bottom of each muffin tin round.
Next, spoon a generously rounded teaspoon of cream cheese mixture on top of the batter in each muffin. Yum.
Then top each muffin evenly with the rest of the muffin batter, about two more tablespoons.
To finish it off, sprinkle the tops with the remaining sugar-free chocolate chips. Nice!
Finally, bake them off in the 325-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. I start checking the oven around 22 minutes.
There are many factors at play with bake time - the specific ingredients, your altitude, and even the oven. The best advice it to keep an eye on them.
Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes then remove the muffins to racks to cool completely. They'll keep in the refrigerator for about a week or up to a month in the freezer.
I like to freeze a batch to have them ready for a quick on the go breakfast!
Even easier keto pumpkin muffins
Are you not big on the perceived work involved with filling the muffins?
Personally, there are days when I think of a recipe and decide against it because in my head I say, "That's too much trouble for today!"
Actually, it happened with this recipe. I just wanted quick keto pumpkin muffins with no hassle. So what happened?
THIS: If you don't want to deal with the filling. First get out your blender. I love using my Vitamix blender for baking.
Instead of a bowl, place all the wet ingredients in the blender. Then simply blend the 4 ounces of cream cheese from the filling in with the wet ingredients.
Leave out the extra heavy cream and sweetener called for in the filling.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients and fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full to bake as instructed.
This makes delicious and moist pumpkin spice muffin, just without the filling!
Do you love fall pumpkin spice?
I love ALL things fall and am in heaven with these first few days of October in sweaters. Sweaters, scarves, yellow aspen leaves, and pumpkin spice. Bliss.
The heater even turned on this morning, which I promptly turned off.
The little pumpkin decorative pumpkin gourds from the garden are now spread throughout the house. Also, October means I'm free to go hog-wild with the baking!
You might have to tell me to rein it in a bit, but let me tell you something.
Enjoy it. Enjoy your baking and this magnificent season.
If you're following a keto diet, just watch your macros and figure out what works for you.
I'm all about fitting in what brings me joy, and baked goods with pumpkin spice definitely fall into that category!
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Keto Pumpkin Muffins
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup sweetener, such as Swerve 1/2 to 3/4 cup depending on how sweet you prefer
- 2 cups blanched almond flour, finely ground
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 2 tbsp powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla, sweetener, and almond milk in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly using a hand-held or standing mixer.
- In another bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine well with a mixer or spatula.
- Pour in 1/2 cup of the sugar-free chocolate chips. Save the rest to sprinkle on top.
- Prepare a muffin tin with liners or grease with butter. Place 2 tablespoons of batter in the bottom of each muffin tin round.
Cream Cheese Filling
- Mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and powdered sweetener with a mixer for about 2 minutes.
- Spoon a rounded teaspoon of cream cheese mixture on top of the batter in each muffin.
- Top each muffin evenly with the rest of the muffin batter. Then sprinkle the tops with the remaining sugar-free chocolate chips.
- Bake in the 325-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove the muffins to racks to cool completely.
|Amount Per Serving: 1 muffin|
|Total Fat 11 g|
|Saturated Fat 4 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 60 mg|
|Sodium 163 mg|
|Potassium 86 mg|
|Total Carbohydrate 7 g|
|Dietary Fiber 5 g|
|Sugars 1 g|
|Protein 4 g|
|Net Carbohydrate 2 g|