Trust Us: These 10 Keto Muffin Recipes Are Just as Good as the Real Deal
A diet is the first step to effective and long-term healthy changes. But not all bodies—and by extension, not all diets—are the same. Not to mention, everyone’s taste buds vary. When the prescribed food is bland and unsatisfying, it takes a strong conviction not to quit. Most diets fail because the meals are simply unsustainable.
We typically think about throttling fat and calories when trying to lose a few pounds, but a keto diet instructs the opposite. To reach what’s called ketosis—a process when the body burns stored fat—carbohydrates should be limited, with protein eaten in moderation. Sugars from sweets, fruits, and bread are all considered forbidden in order to kick-start the body’s metabolism. When there are no more short-term sugars to digest, the stored fats become the body’s energy source. The diet can elicit significant results.
But back up: We have to give up bread? Not necessarily! There are plenty of (actually good) substitutions you can use in recipes for bread-like treats. It was a happy day in the kitchen when we discovered that keto muffin recipes handle the changes incredibly well, meaning that we won’t have to abandon our favourite easy breakfast or after-school snack. Our list of recipes below offers clever workarounds and sage advice on how to make your muffins fit your keto diet.
Courtesy of Food Faith Fitness
Blueberries are technically a fruit, which is considered a forbidden food on the keto diet, but they’re small—or at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. The sugar content is negligible anyway in these blueberry muffins from Food Faith Fitness, with applesauce used for texture and almond flour used to make it gluten-free.
Courtesy of The Big Man's World
Arman of The Big Man’s World declares pumpkin purée as the best starch on a keto diet hands down. He even gives a helpful tip that could improve on all of your other bread-like creations if you are looking to avoid carbs in favor of fats: Pumpkin purée is an adequate replacement for applesauce, overripe banana, or mashed sweet potato, wherever recipes call for it.
Courtesy of Chelsea's Messy Apron
With a heap of Greek yogurt instead of your typical dairy, these lemon poppyseed muffins are low-carb and still delicious. Chelsea's Messy Apron recommends incorporating lemon-flavored ingredients where possible (lemon-flavored Greek yogurt, extract, and zest) to really give them a kick.
Courtesy of The Butter Half
Before you dismiss this muffin recipe from The Butter Half due to the Nutella, we’d like to point out that it is possible to make a low-carb alternative. As far as four-ingredient recipes go, adding one extra step for your own homemade hazelnut paste only makes the experience in the kitchen more complete.