3/5/19

Coffee Cake Muffins - Sugar Free and Low Carb



Although I've posted this recipe previously, I thought I'd revisit it since I always tweak recipes depending on what I 'feel' like that day or what I have on hand, etc.  So the version I posted previously is so very, very similar to this one but right now we have some pretty good 'brown sugar' style sugar free sweeteners on the market to use in place of the molasses added, and I don't care for coconut flour so it's reduced to just a heaping tablespoon in this version and replaced with my favorite whey protein powder (zero carb and zero sugar too).  Lastly, I love the use of Oat Fiber in the topping instead of that dreaded coconut flour again, so although these are are simple changes that I normally wouldn't bother 'writing down' I thought I would today.

The photos with this recipe are the muffin I was going to eat... quickly snapped two photos on my iphone and within about 2 minutes of the photo above being taken, that muffin was long gone and reduced to mere crumbs on my plate!  Hot and fresh from the oven... I couldn't even wait for it to cool.  I love these too much!



 Low Carb and Sugar Free Coffee Cake Muffins

2 T real butter
2 oz. cream cheese
3 eggs
1/2 c sweetener of choice (I use a mixture of granulated sweeteners for the best flavor. Use 2 or 3 mixed.)
2 t vanilla
1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 c almond flour
1/3 c unflavored or vanilla flavored whey protein powder (I use Isopure Zero Carb Protein Powder exclusively)
1 1/2 tablespoons quality coconut flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

Topping:
1 c almond flour
1/4 c oat fiber
1/3 c sweetener of choice (granulated brown 'sugar' style)
3 T butter
1 t cinnamon

(If you can't find a good 'brown sugar' version of a natural sweetener, you can use a white granulated sweetener and 1/2 teaspoon molasses.  The Splenda and Truvia versions you see in the stores right now have real sugar in them so they are NOT sugar free if that's really important to you).  I've linked to the current 'brown' varieties available as of this posting, at the bottom of the recipe.

Mix your muffin batter ingredients all together either in an electric mixing bowl, blender or your food processor until blended smooth.  Divide into your muffin cups.  Now mix the topping ingredients in your blender, by hand or with a fork until it resembles pea like crumbs or just put it into your food processor and pulse it a couple times.

Cover your muffins with the crumb topping.  Bake at 350 about 20-25 minutes for regular sized muffins (12). After about 22 minutes, lightly press on the top of one of the middle muffins to see if they are set up and firm - not jiggly anymore.  You might want to add 2-3 minutes at a time until it's done.  Then let them cool completely out on a cookie rack. 


  Right before I gobbled it up...... hot and fresh from the oven.







Products related to this post available through Amazon;

For a 'brown sugar' style sweetener it's hit or miss whether anything is available on the market at the time.  There are products I loved in the past that the company stopped producing.  Then Splenda came out with a brown sugar blend to fill the gap; but note it's a BLEND.  It has real brown sugar in it too.  So if you are completely sugar free it's not a good option.  However if you are simply trying to reduce or cut out sugar but have no issues with a tiny amount in your recipes, then it's fine.  Swerve just recently released a brown style product so I'm excited about that as there have been few options on the market for quite a few years.  I'm excited to see some coming back.


    

Just Like Sugar 1 Lb Brown
Swerve Sweetener, Brown, 12 ounces
Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, 16 Ounce Bag (Pack of 4)


Coconut Flour - ah... it's a love hate relationship for me.  I love how adding just a bit to almond flour helps make a good substitute for wheat flour in many baked goods, but I really don't like the taste of coconut flour and yes... I'm one of those people that can taste it even in small amounts.  However I've found by trial and error the brand and quality makes a world of difference!  Unfortunately for me, the brand of coconut flour I found that I love... is no loner being made.  Drat.  Luckily, I did buy it in bulk before I knew they were going to stop making it, so I have more than enough for personal use for quite some time considering I don't use a lot of it.  Instead, I like to add whey protein powder to my almond flour and just a tablespoon or so of coconut flour.  But if you DO love coconut flour in your low carb baked goods, here are some highly recommended options based on all the reviews that do love coconut flour.  Unlike me.

Nutiva USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, Unrefined Granulated Coconut Sugar, 1-pound (Pack of 3)

Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 16 oz

  Organic Coconut Flour (4lb) by Anthony's, Verified Gluten-Free & Non-GMO



And finally... the almond flour!  Years ago I used to buy another brand but that company got quite popular for a bit (as not too many companies offered great quality almond flour) and boy did they jack their prices up!  At that time I started to use other brands and found that Bob's Red Mill seems to work just fine for pretty much everything I make.  I used to be able to find it at my local membership club - which was AWESOME but unfortunately they stopped carrying this brand and switched to a different one.  I know there was quite an outpouring of frustration online by people not happy with that decision so we'll see what happens on that topic, with time.  For now, you can of course find it in most of your local grocery stores as well as online.
Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Gluten Free Almond Flour, 3 Pound




As for the Isopure Whey Protein powder I linked to at Amazon above in the recipe, it's also available through Netrition:  Nature's Best IsoPure Protein Powder - which is where I buy mine from.  This along with the Oat fiber and a ton of other sugar free and low carb foods.  I've ordered through Netrition for years and absolutely love their company for quality, speedy delivery, price and packaging.


Oat Fiber 500
LifeSource Foods Oat Fiber 500



IsoPure Protein Powder
Nature's Best IsoPure Protein Powder







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