These keto carrot cake muffins are incredibly moist with a flavorsome crumb filled with crunchy pieces of pecans. Bonus, each of these keto muffins only contains 4.5 grams of net carbs per serving, and they are dairy-free if you don’t add the cream cheese frosting.
No, a classic carrot cake recipe is not keto-approved, and it’s not because it contains carrots! But don’t worry these Carrot Cake Muffins are 100% Keto-friendly!
Surprisingly, 100 grams of raw carrots contain only 6.8g of net carbs – keep in mind that broccoli, a popular keto vegetable contains 4 grams of net carbs per 100 grams.
So the issue with a regular carrot cake recipe is the carbs from the wheat flour and sugar!
Luckily you can make keto-friendly carrot cake muffins using a combination of:
Of course, carrots are not the best keto vegetables to eat daily or in large quantities, because they contain 6.8g of net carbs/100 grams.
But we are not talking about eating 1 cup of carrots for a meal!
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On a keto diet, you limit your intake to roughly 25 grams of net carbs per day, so eating 100 grams of carrot will quickly add up to 6.8 grams of net carbs that are not fulfilling. But, using 1 cup (128 grams) of raw carrots to make 12 carrot cake keto muffins is totally fine!
In fact, each muffin will only get a small amount of carrot, resulting in only 3.9 grams of net carbs per serving.
These are gluten-free almond flour carrot cake muffins made with only a few dairy-free ingredients. No coconut flour needed!
There are quite a few simple ingredients involved in this recipe. First, measure each of them using small bowls, so you don’t forget any of them while making the recipe.
Start with shredding the peeled carrots in a food processor.
Then, measure the remaining ingredients into small individual bowls.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with sweetener, vanilla, almond milk, and coconut oil.
In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder.
Then, gradually add the flour mix into the wet ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.
Finally, stir in shredded carrots and chopped pecans and fill evenly a 12-muffin tin filled with a paper liner.
Bake the carrot cake muffins in the center rack of your oven for 25-35 minutes. You know they are ready when the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
Transfer the baked muffins into a cooling rack and wait few hours before frosting. The muffins get their best texture after 2 hours.
If you want to turn these carrot cake muffins with almond flour into cupcakes, add my cream cheese frosting on top! But first, make sure the muffins are cool, or the frosting will melt.
Pipe your frosting on top of each muffin using a piping bag.
For a different perspective on this recipe, watch my story: making the 1-bowl keto carrot cake muffins.
All you need to make a keto vanilla cream cheese frosting are:
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, add softened butter and cream along with vanilla and powdered sweetener. Using the whisk attachment, beat the ingredients together on medium/high speed until light and fluffy.
Pipe the frosting on top of each muffin.
Of course, you can’t add many sprinkles to keto cupcakes because they are made of sugar.
But there are many toppings that you can sprinkle on top of your keto cupcakes to add color, texture and make cute keto cupcakes. The best keto cupcakes toppings are:
These muffins store well for up to 4 days in a sealed box in the fridge. You can also freeze these muffins in an airtight container and thaw at room temperature the day before.
You can customize this keto carrot cupcake recipe by adding some lovely ingredients in the batter, like 1/2 cup of:
You can’t add crushed pineapple or sultanas to this recipe. These are not keto-approved fruits, and it would too much raise the sugar and carbs amount per muffin.
If you love baking keto muffins, I have plenty of other low-carb keto recipes for you to try. Below I listed my favorite keto muffins and cupcakes recipe for you:
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