Keto Muffins

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These keto muffins are super moist and fluffy and bake in just 15 minutes! They make a fabulous low carb dessert.

Want more keto desserts? Try my keto donuts, keto chocolate chip cookies, and keto pound cake.

keto muffins.

Craving muffins but watching your carbs? My keto muffin recipe ticks all the boxes.

I was inspired by my keto cinnamon rolls and transformed their flavor and texture into ultra-fluffy, delicious muffins!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make keto muffins
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More keto muffin recipes
  7. Keto Muffins (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Just one bowl. So clean up is a breeze.
  • Quick and easy. The bake time for these muffins is less than 15 minutes.
  • 100% sugar-free and dairy-free. These also happen to be egg-free, too!
  • 6 ingredients. Count them yourself.

Ingredients needed

  • Almond flour. Always use superfine or blanched almond flour, not almond meal. The latter tends to yield a more earthy and drier texture.
  • Vanilla protein powder. I like to use a flavored protein powder as it adds sweetness to the muffins. If you use unflavored protein powder, you’ll need to add some allulose, monk fruit sweetener, or some keto maple syrup.
  • Baking powder. Helps the muffins rise.
  • Cinnamon. Adds some lovely flavor.
  • Almond butter. Smooth and drippy almond butter with no added sugar. You can swap this out for another nut or seed butter, like tahini or peanut butter.
  • Unsweetened applesauce. Adds moisture to the muffins with very few calories. Pumpkin puree and mashed banana can be substituted (although the latter will add extra carbs).
  • Coconut oil. Measured in its melted state. If you don’t want any coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil.
  • Glaze. A combination of keto powdered sugar and water or milk.

How to make keto muffins

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the muffin batter. Whisk together the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the wet ingredients and mix until a smooth batter remains.

Step 2- Bake the muffins. Distribute the muffin batter amongst a 12-count muffin tin and bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 3- Add the glaze. Once the muffins cool completely, drizzle the glaze over the top.

low carb muffins.

Protein powder tips

Choosing the right protein powder is imperative for these low carb muffins, as using a non-specified one can really alter the taste. Protein powder muffins can really be hit or miss, so be sure to use the ones below for the perfect recipe.

  • Brown rice protein powder (vegan and gluten-free)- Brown rice protein powder provides a fantastic texture, similar to flour. It doesn’t try out the muffins, either. 
  • Casein protein powder (keto and gluten-free)- This is my favorite protein powder to use any baking recipe. It is super thick and creamy and requires more liquid than other protein powders. 
  • Paleo protein powder– This is the best protein powder to use for those following a strict paleo or keto diet. 

Please note I don’t really like the texture without protein powder, but some readers have made my other protein muffin recipes without it with success. I cannot vouch for the outcome myself. 

Recipe tips and variations

  • Do not over-bake. These muffins continue baking as they cool down, so remove them from the oven once a toothpick comes out ‘just’ clean.
  • Glaze once cooled. Adding the glaze to still-warm muffins will see the muffins sink in the center. Only glaze the muffins once they are completely cool.
  • Add mix-ins. Chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and fresh berries are all fabulous options to add to the batter.

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover muffins will keep well at room temperature in a sealed container for up to two days. For the best flavor and texture, the muffins will keep well for up to five days.

To freeze: Place the muffins in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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More keto muffin recipes

keto muffins recipe.

Keto Muffins

4.98 from 341 votes
These keto muffins need just 6 ingredients to make and yield fluffy and moist muffins. Ready in just 15 minutes. Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

For the glaze

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a 12-count muffin tin with muffin liners and set aside. This can also be made using a mini muffin tin. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and mix well. Add your wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Evenly distribute the cinnamon roll muffin batter evenly amongst the muffin liners. Bake for 10-15 minutes, checking around the 10 minute mark by inserting a skewer in the center and seeing if it comes out clean. If it does, muffins are done. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Once cooled, prepare your cinnamon roll glaze by combining all ingredients and mixing until combined. Drizzle over the muffin tops and allow to firm up. 

Notes

TO STORE. Leftover muffins will keep well at room temperature in a sealed container for up to two days. For the best flavor and texture, the muffins will keep well for up to five days.
TO FREEZE. Place the muffins in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 5gFat: 9gPotassium: 3mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.2mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published February 2018, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 4 stars
    So light and fluffy! Just love them, really do. I use this recipe a lot when expecting
    visitors.

  2. 5 stars
    Baking for someone who is allergic to coconut and dairy. Is there something I could substitute for the coconut oil? The only oil she is allowed is olive oil. Thanks!

  3. Nailed it!😂 They are completely flat and a bit gritty. Not sure what happened. I added two raspberries per muffin but didn’t think would impact rising. Bummer.

  4. What is the equivalent of “scoop” for the protein powder? My bag does not have a scoop? Also, the brown rice protein powder I have says Protein 17g per 3 tbsp, will this be ok? (Organic sprouted raw brown rice protein powder by North Coast Naturals)

  5. 5 stars
    We love those muffins! We have been baking them now regularly.
    They hold well together, don’t fall apart . But I have a question for you: they rise while baking but when I cool them down the middle of the muffin sinks in. What do I do wrong?

    1. Hi! It sounds like it’s the protein powder brand that is causing that but there is a way to rectify it!

      Next time you bake it, turn up the oven heat to close to 400F for the first 5 minutes for the muffins to rise, then quickly drop it back to normal temperature.

  6. JUSt made these- they were perfect. Everyone who is saying they have issues with it must not be using the right protein powder- that is key!

  7. I successfully substituted 3 TBS of Coconut Flour and 1 TBS psyllium husk powder for the protein powder. I also opted for the applesauce. Also, I don’t use any form of granulated sugar, so for the glaze I used 3 TBS of milk and 1 TBS of applesauce along with coconut butter. Huzzah! A great recipe– and that glaze tastes just like a cream cheese frosting. I want to put it on everything!

  8. Hello! I just made these last night and i used Casein powder. And they sunk, and weren’t like the picture. Would you say it’s the brand of Casein powder that was the issue? I used a different brand than you suggested. Could that be the problem, you think?

    1. Hi Angela- It does sound like that. Different brands of casein yield different textures, and this one tends to be a favourite one 🙂

  9. how much is 2 scoops of protein powder? I bought mine from bulk store so I’m not sure how much to add?

  10. We have four in our family so I usually double recipes. I made the recipe as it states except I added a teaspoon of cloves and since it was doubled and looked more like crumbles I added 5 eggs. They are wonderful family thinks they were the best cake so far. Thank you for the recipe. I think in the future I will continue to add the eggs the consistency and texture were excellent and nice spice. I also used peanut butter next time I will try almond butter

  11. Is the btter supposed to be like cookie dough consistency or like thick muffin batter? Mine was more like a slightly wet cookie dough batter.

      1. LOVED IT! I know I did alter a bit but it worked out great. I doubled the recipe and added 1 teaspoon of cloves and then 5 eggs. My batter was crumby so I thought the eggs would help. I also had some candid pecans that I used swerve and butter to make. I crushed those up with 2 tablespoons of quick oats…( know they are not keto) 1/4 cup of almond flour and butter made a paste put on top of the muffins WOW they were yummy I hate when people change recipe but the fact that the batter was so crumbly not sticking together I felt I had no choice. I will try your recipe as it instructs. Thank you for all your recipes…

  12. I’m sorry but I didn’t not have luck making these. They fell apart completely and were the farthest thing from a muffin. I followed the recipe exactly and well… everyone in my family agreed they could not be salvaged in any way as they tasted so strongly of protein powder and were so dry, I had to throw them out. Such a waste! BTW I used Vega protein powder – this could have been the issue so heads up to anyone do not use this kind!

  13. Just made these and they are delicious! I plan on having them for breakfast. I made them using the mini cups since I did not have the regular size cups on hand and it came out to 33 cupcakes.

  14. Made these last night and halfway through I realized we were out of baking powder, whoops! They were slightly dense but it didn’t bother us at all. Also added pumpkin pie spice from Trader Joe’s and omg – so good.

    For reference, I’m a low-carb vegan and my boyfriend is a full-on carnivore and he LOVED these! Great recipe 🙂

  15. Awesome flavour ! So nice to have a Keto breakfast that tastes good. Great idea using protein powder, for a flour like texture. Eggy almond flour muffins are yuck and too common online. I used brown rice protein and melted my coconut oil , mine did not rise at all. Would less oil / more baking powder or half an egg help ? I’m guessing my almond butter was pretty high oil / the oil amounts I think are fighting the baking powder. Still going to make this again ! Yum !

  16. These turned out quite dry, couldn’t get small amount of pumpkin purée so I used unsweetened applesauce; also, I used a beater to beat the wet ingredients together and to incorporate the dry. I will say they were very tasty, so I’ll try them with pumpkin next time.

  17. I tried the recipe and they taste pretty good, but do not look any where near the photos on this page. Were the muffins in these photos made by using this recipe?

  18. I used Ancient Nutrition unflavored bone broth. It was terrible. The meaty, bony flavor overpowered everything even though I sliced generously. 10 more to get down… what a bummer.

    1. Mine were not fluffy, I did not forget the baking powder. What does fully incorporate mean? Use a beater? it was really hard to mix in the solid coconut oil but I just used a spatula .

  19. It was tasty, but I would stick with the pumpkin puree instead of trying other substitutes. I tried mine with a smashed banana. It was too dry and it ended up being very crumbly, not a muffin consistency.

  20. The flavor was amazing, but mine were also incredibly soft/crumbly and didn’t hold together at all. I just piled it on a plate and told my kids it was cake. Haha. I’ll have to keep experimenting.

    1. Hi! It really depends on the protein powder 🙂 Try casein or brown rice protein powder! 🙂

  21. My daughter followed the recipe carefully. They were delicious, but they just crumbled. What can we add to help them have a muffin consistency.

  22. I feel like these were missing eggs or something to hold them together. Mine just crumbled apart like cereal. Could it have been the protein powder I used?

      1. Do you think I could use regular grass fed butter in place of the coconut oil?

  23. Hey, Armani! I love your blog! Everything looks so delicious and healthy. Thank you for sharing these awesome recipes!