These keto pumpkin cheesecake muffins are moist and incredibly easy to make. The sweet cream cheese swirl takes them to the next level! They are packed with fall flavors and are only 2.9 grams of net carbs per muffin.
In my opinion, pumpkin recipes are the best thing about autumn. Every year when October comes round, all I want is to fill my kitchen with the aroma of pumpkin spice. I just can't get enough of it!
I've already made sugar free pumpkin pie and a batch of keto pumpkin bars within the last seven days. And when my family was asking my for these keto pumpkin muffins, I decided to take them up a notch and topped them with a cream cheese swirl.
And so my keto pumpkin cream cheese muffins were born!
Why you'll love this recipe
- Moist yet fluffy crumb. The texture of these muffins is top notch.
- Full of flavor. Yes, a good pumpkin muffin need plenty of pumpkin pie spice!
- 2 recipes in one. Literally, it's a mix between a muffin and a cheesecake. Perfect if you can't decide which you'd rather have right now.
- Nut free and gluten-free. This is a coconut flour recipe, which means it's suitable for anyone allergic to tree nuts.
- Easy and quick. Suitable even for baking beginners, the muffins are ready in just 25 minutes.
- Keto friendly. Just 2.9g net carbs per serve.
- Pumpkin puree. I used a canned pumpkin puree. However, you could also make your own using this recipe.
- Eggs. Should be large and room temperature.
- Coconut flour. I love baking with coconut flour - it's packed with nutrients and fiber.
- Butter. Should be melted, then cooled.
- Granulated sweetener. I used an erythritol monk fruit blend, but xylitol, allulose or pure erythritol all work well. Just be sure you are choosing a 1:1 sugar substitute.
- Baking powder
- Pumpkin pie spice mix. See further down in the post how to make your own.
- Vanilla extract. Check that it is sugar free.
- Chopped walnuts. Options, but recommended.
CREAM CHEESE SWIRL
- Cream cheese. Should be full fat and room temperature. I like Philadelphia as it's super smooth and creamy.
- Heavy whipping cream. Makes the swirl even more silky and lush.
- Powdered Sweetener. Don't use a granulated sweetener here as the result would be gritty. You can make your own powdered sweetener by blending granulated in a food processor.
1.) Blend the eggs in a large mixing bowl until frothy and double in size. Then add the pumpkin puree and butter and mix to combine.
2.) Add the all other ingredients except the walnuts and blend until smooth. Option to add a pinch of salt as well.
3.) Fold in the walnuts.
4.) Scoop the mix into a muffin pan with paper liners.
5.) Stir together the cream cheese filling ingredients in a small bowl using a spoon.
6. ) Dollop the mix on top of the batter and swirl a little with a skewer or toothpick.
7.) Bake until lightly browned on top and you can insert and remove a toothpick without it being sticky.
Here are some tips to help you make perfect keto pumpkin cheesecake muffins.
Whisk the eggs until frothy. You want to get as much air into the egg and pumpkin mix as possible. This will make the muffins fluffier. Mix with an electric blender for at least 2 minutes.
Patience. Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes after blending so the coconut flour can absorb the moisture.
Paper cups. You'll need these or the muffins will stick to the pan. Otherwise, use silicone cups which you have greased well with butter.
Check for done-ness. Always check with a toothpick if your bakes are done on the inside. If your muffins aren't done yet but the cheesecake topping is browned enough, loosely place aluminium paper over the tops.
Below are suggestions how you can tailor the recipe to your dietary requirements and taste.
Almond flour. If you prefer baking with almond flour, use 1 1 /2 cups instead of the coconut flour.
Seed flour. In place of the coconut, you can also use seed flours. I recommend 1 cup sunflower seed flour mixed with ½ cup sesame seed flour. I grind these myself in a high speed blender, which is cheaper than buying them ready-made.
Dairy free. Swap out the butter for coconut oil when making the muffin batter. For the filling, use use coconut cream instead of dairy cream. There are dairy free cream cheeses by Daiya and Kite Hill which US based readers have recommended.
Fridge: Store an airtight container in the refrigerator for up for 5 days.
Freezer: Pumpkin cream cheese muffins are freezer-friendly! Freeze in ziplock bags for up to 3 months and defrost on the counter or in the fridge.
Absolutely! Pumpkin, or winter squash, is relatively low in carbs and in moderation perfect for a keto diet. Cooked puree from regular pumpkin (giant pumpkin / Halloween pumpkin) contains around 5 grams of net carbs per 100 grams. Note that butternut squash is much higher in carbs at 12 grams per 100 grams!
Pumpkin puree is readily available in the US. In the UK, you can get canned pumpkin at Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and on Amazon. It's also worth asking your greengrocer.
Mix together 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon each allspice and cloves. Makes 1 tablespoon.
Yes. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper. The oven time will increase to 60-65 minutes. Loosely place aluminium paper over the top once the cream cheese mixture is starting to brown and continue to bake until the inside is cooked fully.
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Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffinsfrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit electric or 160C / 320F fan. Line a muffin pan with paper cups.
- In a food processor or in a bowl with a hand-held electric blender, mix the eggs until frothy, pale and double in size - about 2 minutes.
- Add the butter, pumpkin puree and vanilla and blend until combined.
- Sir together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (leaving out the walnuts), then add them to the pumpkin mix and blend until smooth.
- Last, fold in the walnuts, keeping about 2 tablespoon aside for the top.
- Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes so the coconut flour can absorb the moisture.
- Then scoop into a muffin pan.
- Mix the filling (cream cheese, cream, vanilla extract and powdered sweetener) in a small bowl using a spoon. Dollop on top of the batter and swirl in with a skewer or toothpick. Option to press a little deep into the middle of the batter too if you prefer some in the middle. Top with a sprinkling of reserved chopped nuts.
- Bake around 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top and you can insert and remove a skewer without it being sticky.
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