Low Carb Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins Recipe
Baking pumpkin recipes is a must for me during the Autumn months. I’m a huge pumpkin spice fan so these keto pumpkin cream cheese muffins are always first on my baking list of Fall recipes. The sugar-free cream cheese frosting on top of these low carb pumpkin muffins is a sweet surprise and nice compliment to the muffin.
The combination of flavors from the keto pumpkin muffin and cream cheese remind me of the classic pumpkin roll – except these are way easier to make and portable, so you can take one of these delicious muffins with you on the go for a quick breakfast or pack in your kids’ lunch box for a quick and healthy snack.
Is Pumpkin Keto?
Pumpkin is keto approved! Yes, it’s a squash and contains higher carbs compared to other keto approved vegetables. But there are 7 net carbs for 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. This recipe contains 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree, so that amounts to 1.4 net carbs per keto pumpkin cream cheese muffin. To me, it’s worth it to sacrifice 1.4 gram carbs to be able to enjoy pumpkin flavor during the Fall months.
Keto Maple Syrup
Much of the sweetener in the keto pumpkin muffin comes from the sugar-free maple syrup. In this recipe, I used a keto approved maple pecan syrup by ChocZero. Their line of low carb syrups are sugar-free and sugar alcohol free. I use them often in my keto baking.
There are other sugar-free syrups available commercially, so feel free to use your favorite in this recipe. I do recommend using the sugar-free maple syrup because it adds moisture and a hint of maple flavor to this recipe. It’s a secret ingredient that other keto pumpkin cream cheese muffin recipes don’t have and it really amplifies the Fall flavor! So don’t skip it!
Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting
The second part of these delicious keto pumpkin muffins is the sugar free cream cheese frosting. It’s easy to prepare and you have a couple of options when it comes to application.
You can simply frost the top of the muffin by piping some on top using a pretty star tip or which ever piping tip you want to use. Or you can poke a hole in the center of the muffin and pipe in the keto cream cheese frosting into the center of the muffin. Then continue to pipe frosting on the outside to cover the hole.
Macros Without the Cream Cheese Frosting
If you want to make these keto pumpkin muffins without the cream cheese frosting on top, the macros will be slightly different. I’m providing those because I have had a few people ask this question.
For one muffin,
Fat: 12.7 g
Net Carbs: 4.3
Protein: 4.1 g
Keto Muffin Storage
It’s best to store these pumpkin muffins in an air tight container so they don’t dry out. When you bake with keto sweeteners, they tend to dry out the baked good faster than regular sugar because they don’t hold on to moisture as well as regular sugar does.