Keto Coffee Cake Muffins are a delicious breakfast dessert or afternoon snack. They pair perfectly with, you guessed it, a cup of coffee! But even if tea is more your thing these low carb coffee cake muffins will tickle your taste buds with sweet cinnamon and buttery crumbs. This easy low carb recipe is also gluten-free, grain-free, keto friendly, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
I have a bunch of crumb cake recipes here at Joy Filled Eats. An Almond Crumb Cake recipe, a Blackberry Coffee Cake recipe, and a Cranberry Cake with Walnut Crumb Topping. One thing that is always a must is that a cinnamon coffee cake has a lot of crumb topping. That is the best part. They are all delicious but there is something special about individual low carb muffins piled with buttery, cinnamon crumbs.
This past weekend I was blessed to be able to go on a women's retreat. I go every fall and I love it. Gatherings like this are a perfect opportunity to share some of the baked goods that tend to take over my kitchen. Saturday morning I put my plastic storage container of these on the breakfast table, simply labeled 'Gluten Free Cinnamon Muffins', and went to my seat. When I went to pick up my container of low carb keto coffee cake muffins later it was empty and I had a bunch of women come up to me asking for the recipe.
That makes me very happy.
Sometimes I'm not sure if a low carb diet recipe is good enough to share here so I love to have test testers outside of my own family. My women's group frequently doubles as recipe guinea pigs. And they do give constructive criticism. I've been told cupcakes were too dry before. I was not offended and sent that recipe back to the kitchen for more testing before sharing it.
How to Make Keto Coffee Cake Muffins
Like most of my recipes, I strive to keep my low carb coffee cake muffins easy. I make the batter in the food processor, put that into the muffin cups, and then make the crumbs in the same food processor without even washing it. As long as you scrape out the batter well with a rubber spatula you can skip the washing step. The ingredients to both the batter and crumb topping are similar enough that it doesn't matter if it a little batter gets mixed into the crumb topping.
First Step: Put the cake batter ingredients into a food processor and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides as needed. If you don't have a food processor you can mix the batter with a hand mixer. Divide the batter between the lined muffin tins.
Second Step: Pulse the crumb ingredients in the same food processor bowl. If you don't have a food processor you can use a pastry cutter for this step. By pulsing together butter, sweetener, almond flour, coconut flour, and cinnamon you get big, wet crumbs that are perfect to top these keto coffee cake muffins or any other coffee cake treat you can dream up.
Third Step: Divide the crumbs between the keto coffee cake muffins.
Expert Tip: Keep piling on the crumbs until you use them all! Just press down gently between layers.
Final Step: Bake the muffins. Sprinkle with some powdered sweetener. Eat! These are one of my favorite keto breakfast recipes but they also make a great low carb dessert with a cup of decaf in the evenings.
What is Coffee Cake?
Anytime I make a coffee cake my kids are always in disbelief it doesn't actually have coffee. My coffee-loving 9-year-old is bummed and the rest of the kids are relieved. Coffee cake is a general term for a breakfast cake that goes well with coffee. Many are crumb topped but not all of them. Some are cinnamony bundt cakes with glaze or lemon and blueberry loaf cakes. You can group almost any morning sweet under the term 'coffee cake'. But the most traditional is a yellow cake topped with buttery crumbs and powdered sugar.
Are Keto Coffee Cake Muffins Healthy
They can be! I keep my coffee cake healthy by using almond flour and coconut flour instead of white flour and by replacing the sugar with a stevia blend sweetener. This reduces the sugar and carbs to almost nothing.
I sprinkled these low carb coffee cake muffins with a little bit of powdered sweetener just to make them prettier but that is not mandatory. You could also add nuts into the topping or berries into the batter. Are you longing for a cream cheese filling? Put a little cube of cream cheese right into the center of the batter. All of these variations would be delicious
More Ideas and Substitutions:
Nut-Free - The best sub for almond flour is sunflower seed flour. It can be used 1:1 for almond flour in low carb recipes.
Dairy-Free - To make these keto coffee cake muffins dairy-free you can swap in coconut cream for the cream cheese and coconut oil for the butter.
Add-Ins - Feel free to add a few berries in between the cake and the crumb topping.
Spices - Pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice sub in nicely for the cinnamon in this classic coffee cake recipe.
Icing Drizzle - For a delicious cinnamon roll flavor skip the powdered sweetener on top and drizzle on a little keto cream cheese frosting! Just thin it with some almond milk until it is a good consistency to drizzle. That turns these into decadent low carb desserts.
More Keto Muffin Recipes:
Chai Pancake Muffins - these are delicious for breakfast, they have a syrupy topping that soaks into the muffin when you reheat them.
Keto Banana Muffins - yes, banana bread and muffins can be keto! See how in my recipe.
Coconut Flour Muffins - these are moist and delicious with toasted coconut
Keto Zucchini Muffins - a great choice to use up all the fresh zucchini of the summer.
Cranberry Orange Muffins - my favorite choice for fall. Great toasted with butter!
- 2 tbsp butter softened
- 2 oz cream cheese softened
- ⅓ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- ¼ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp molasses *** (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
- In a food processor combine all the batter ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Divide between the prepared muffin tin.
- Combine topping ingredients in the food processor and pulse until crumbs form. Sprinkle on top of the batter.
- Bake 20-25 min until golden. If the crumb topping starts to get too dark cover with foil for the last 5 minutes.