Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins

Posted on January 20, 2013. Filed under: Breakfasts, Desserts, Muffins & Cupcakes | Tags: , , , , |

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Last summer I promised you that at some point I’ll publish my extremely versatile basic muffin recipe. Well, now is the point :) This variation is spotted with yummy blueberries. If you like, you can replace them with vanilla extract or something fancier, depending on the contents of your pantry or freezer, or simply what you happen to fancy at the moment. A dairy-free variation is also easy to make.




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Tips for making the muffins

These muffins are so quick and easy to make, that there is no reason not to make them! Just mix all the wet ingredients quickly together, add the coconut flour and mix again quickly. Add the frozen blueberries and mix again. It’s that simple! You don’t necessarily need any electric mixer for mixing, a whisk will do.

You can sift the coconut flour, but according to my experiments this is not absolutely necessary. I’m simply too busy to sift anything… And my muffins have turned out well, without any lumps of coconut flour.

You can let the batter sit for a few minutes before adding the frozen blueberries. The batter will thicken and it helps that the blueberries won’t sink to the bottom.

The muffin cups can be filled until they are almost full. Even the muffins rise in the oven, they usually don’t spill over.

The yield is 6 medium size muffins. You can double the amount of the ingredients if you would need more. You can also bake mini muffins in a mini muffin pan.

For my oven, the optimum baking time was 28 minutes for 6 medium size muffins. When I baked mini muffins, the baking time was 15–20 minutes. The yield was 16 or 17 mini muffins.


Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins | Low-Carb, So Simple!






Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins


3 extra large organic eggs

1/4 cup = 60 ml organic heavy cream

1/3 cup = 80 ml = 70 g erythritol crystals

5 tablespoons = 75 ml = 37 g organic coconut flour

1/2 cup = 120 ml frozen organic blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream and erythritol until well mixed.
  4. Add the coconut flour to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. Wait for 5 minutes until the batter is thick. Add the frozen blueberries and mix well.
  6. Immediately scoop the batter into each muffin cup.
  7. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a stick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out almost dry.
  8. Let cool and serve.



Nutrition information Protein Fat Net carbs kcal
The whole batch: 33.6 g 47.1 g 15.8 g 630 kcal
Per muffin if 6 muffins in a batch: 5.6 g 7.9 g 2.6 g 105 kcal
Per muffin if 16 muffins in a batch: 2.1 g 2.9 g 1.0 g 39 kcal




My experiments with this muffin recipe

So, I have developed this recipe quite a long time ago and I have baked so many variations that I cannot even remember. The basic recipe is anyway the same. I developed it by testing different ratios of coconut flour, eggs, heavy cream and sweetener.

At some point I tested also butter instead of heavy cream, but the resulting muffins were not nicely moist, they were hard. I thought butter might suit cookie dough making the cookies crunchy. Heavy cream ensures that the muffins turn out deliciously moist.

The biggest amazement for me was that the muffins rise nicely even without baking powder. Actually, the result is pretty much the same with or without baking powder. Weird. So, that’s why I have simply left the leavening agent out from this recipe. Why to add something which doesn’t have any effect to the end result?


Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins | Low-Carb, So Simple!


Tips for variation

Feel free to replace the blueberries with other berries. Blueberries are not the lowest in carbs, so if you like your low-carb muffins with even lower carbs, you can use frozen or fresh raspberries or cranberries.

When I bake these muffins for my toddler, I use dried organic cherries or cranberries which are sweetened with apple juice. If you use dried berries, I recommend to use 1/4 cup (60 ml) dried berries. You can also use freeze-dried berries.

These muffins are also great as chocolate chip muffins. Just replace the blueberries with 1/4 cup (60 ml) dark chocolate chips.

If you prefer dairy-free muffins, just simply substitute coconut cream or coconut milk for the heavy cream.

One great idea is to make these muffins whoopie pie style — baked in a whoopie pie pan and filled with whipped cream. You can season the cream with a couple drops of vanilla stevia if you like. The blueberries give quite much sweetness — at least to my taste — so I prefer my whipped cream unsweetened.

You can use lower oven temperature for the whoopies so that they don’t get too brown from the edges. 300 °F (150 °C) was ideal for me. The baking time was 15–20 minutes.

I noticed that it’s easiest to remove the whoopies from the pan right after removing them from the oven. Turn the whoopie pie pan upside down and carefully shake the whoopies from their wells onto a cooling rack or parchment paper. Be careful not to burn yourself, the pan and the whoopies are hot!

Let the whoopies cool completely and fill them with whipped cream. Serve immediately. Store the leftovers in the fridge and consume within a day.


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These were really yummy and the first low carb muffins I’ve made that taste remotely close to what a muffin should taste like! I used Splenda and added a teaspoon of vanilla and the zest of an orange. Really good with butter and coffee.

Hi Michelle, thanks for trying them, so great to hear that you liked them! I also love to add orange zest often to muffins, it gives elegant orange taste without too many carbs.

Hi Michelle, thanks for trying them out! I also love to add orange zest often to my baked stuff, it gives really nice orange flavor with practically no carbs.

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Hi, im in a low-carb diet and I can only eat up to 1g of carbs.. what can I do to make each cupcake worth just 1g of carbs?

Hi Emma, there are several ways to get lower-carb muffins modifying this recipe. If you would like to have blueberries in your muffins, basically the only way is to make mini muffins, i.e. smaller ones so that you don’t consume too many carbs at once. Like you see from the table, one mini muffin contains 1.0 gram effective (net) carbs. Since blueberries are relatively high in carbs, you can leave them out. If you use the otherwise the same ingredients, leave out blueberries and make 12 muffins, there are 0.9 grams net carbs per muffin. Replacing the heavy cream partly with water affects also slightly, but not that much that I would recommend it, since it will just sacrifice the flavor and the mouthfeel. This wasn’t the most clear explanation in the world but hope it helps!

I made these muffins last week according to the directions and they were perfect. Today, I omitted the blueberries and added 4 oz unsweetened organic applesauce and nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Made 7 muffins instead if six and only slightly changed the carb count. The applesauce was 12 carbs per 4 oz serving. Blueberries are 10.5 for half cup.
These turned out really good.

Hi Joy, your variation sounds really delicious and a great fall time treat! Thanks for sharing it!

These were great! Made them for my family this morning in a doughnut pan (made 6; baked 19-20 mins) and everyone loved them. I used fresh blueberries and added a little bit of vanilla extract and they tasted just like normal blueberry muffins. Yum!

Susannah, thanks for your comment! Great to hear that your whole family liked the muffins!

can i use anything else besides the heavy cream and erythritol crystals? thank you

Hi Angela, xylitol or other bulk sweetener should work equally well. Pure stevia might make the muffins too dense. Coconut milk should work instead of heavy cream, I have used it many times for dairy-free muffins instead of heavy cream.

I just made these…ok..I added more blueberries then the recipe called for…I think next time I will add what I was told to but boy are they AWESOME!!!!

Hi Nancy and thanks for your comment! So great that you liked them!

I made these today, and they did not look the same, and they were not moist at all…. I’m wondering what I did wrong? The muffins stayed in the same shape as when I put them into the liners too… they didn’t flatten out and look all pretty like yours. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Becka, I’m sorry that the muffins were not as expected. To me it sounds that there was too much coconut flour. Are you familiar with coconut flour and baking with it? The measuring has to be very exact, since even a teaspoon more than what advised can make the end result dry. Did you use 15 ml measuring spoon? The coconut flour shouldn’t be packed but just loosely measured. The spoonfuls shouldn’t be heaping but leveled. Or did you use scale for measuring the coconut flour? These were the first thoughts which came into my mind. What do you think?

I don’t think I leveled the spoons. I will try again and see what happens! Thanks so much! I hope to report better results :)

Great, happy baking! Waiting for your report :)

So, I made them again (I’m off work today with nothing else to do lol) and I used different coconut flour too. They turned out much better. Definitely like the picture. But still had a slight gritty-ness to them. Would that just be the flour?

Great to hear that the result was now much better! The grittiness is usually caused by gritty and “flaky” flour, just like you suspect. It might be quite difficult to find high-quality coconut flour, and even in those the quality varies from batch to batch… challenging!

can fresh berries be used rather than frozen as i do not buy any frozen fruit,,,,,looking forward to your answer,,,,, thanks

Hi Edna, I noticed your question in the Facebook group and answered there as well :) Here my reply, I hope it reaches you: Sure, however I would recommend adding the fresh berries to the batter immediately after combining all ingredients and not wait for 5 minutes before adding them, as they might get mashed if you add fresh berries to thick batter. My family picks wild blueberries from forest and we freeze those for winter. Hope you like the muffins if you try them out!

Made these today yum yum! Substituted: used light coconut milk instead of heavy cream, used a stevia/erythritol mix as sweetner. Also added about 3 Tbsp of water as I found the mix a bit dense for my liking. These are so good and so healthy! I used coconut oil to grease the pans for extra coconutness :) husband also loved them.. Cant wait to play with this recipe with different ingredients!

Hi Jackie! Great that you and your husband liked the muffins! Sounds also great with those alterations. Anyway, the recipe is easy to vary; happy playing! :)

I think i love you!!! Thank you sooo much for all you`r fantastic recepies.

Takk, Helle!! Great that you like my recipes!

I just made these and they were delicious! I didn’t add any berries but a Tbsp of cocoa powder (trying to do as low carb as possible) and used stevia instead. I even topped them with homemade whipped cream. YUMM!!

Hi Sandi, great that you liked them! Your variation sounds really good and low in carbs!

How much stevia did u use?

I think I used 40 drops NuNaturals Clear Stevia.

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Yum! Just made these. They turned out fantastic! Thank you, Elviira, for sharing the fruits of your labor. You have a great talent.

Hi Amber, perfect! The best reward is that you like my fruits of labor! :)

How many calories per muffin are the blueberry muffins? They are amazing!

Hi Lisa, if you bake the batter as 6 medium-sized muffins there are 105 kcal per muffin, if you bake 16 mini muffins there are 39 kcal per mini muffin. (More nutrition info is in the table right under the recipe.) Hope this helps!

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This is simple and yummy. I had to make slight changes based on what I had. I used 6 teaspoons of granulated splenda and 2 tablespoons of sugar free vanilla syrup. I had fresh blueberries and used them instead. This is my go to muffin recipe and will be changing out ingredients.

Kelly, thanks for trying out my recipe. Great that you like it! It’s good to know that the recipe works also with Splenda and vanilla syrup.

These are so good I found myself scraping off the bits stuck to the muffin liner!

Rachael, thanks for your comment! Great to hear that you like the muffins :)

I plan on making these tomorrow for my kids! I have lots of experimenting to do! I have some coconut sugar I am going try try, then date sugar…oh the possibilities are endless!!!


Brittany, thanks for your comment! Yes, the possibilities are endless, just choose the sweetener which is the best for you and feel free to make your own variations. Hope you and your kids like the muffins!

Just wanted to know what can you substitute the Erythritol Crystals for if you do not have this? Thanks

Angie, xylitol or Splenda would do, but they increase the carb count. I don’t know if stevia would work, or if the texture will be different.

Your a Genius! .. Love it that I stumbled across Your Site.. Im going to try these out right away..
Also, What can I use instead of Cream?.. I was thinking coconut milk, or almond Milk?..
and can I add some baking powder if I want them a Lil raised?..

Xx thankyou!

Hi, thanks for stumbling across my site! I’m not genius, I just like to do things :)

Coconut milk works well instead of cream. You can also add 1 teaspoon baking powder for ensuring better rising, although in my experiments it had hardly any effect. Maybe it works better for you. Happy baking!

Ok thank you very much that sounds really good! I was looking through all the recipes and the cinnamon cake caught my eye so even better! I recently started the gluten and sugar free diet and have been trying to find yummy recipes and am so glad I found your blog! Thank you :)

You’re welcome :) I hope you like the cake/muffins!

Hi I was wondering if you can substitute almond flour for the coconut flour?

Hi Amanda, unfortunately almond flour won’t work here because it reacts so in a different way. Coconut flour absorbs huge amounts of fluid (cream and eggs) compared to almond flour. You might want to try my other recipe: http://www.lowcarbsosimple.com/low-carb-cinnamon-bundt-cake/. Just omit the cinnamon and add 1/2 cup (120 ml) blueberries in the end and bake the batter in muffin cups. How does that sound?

I love how incredibly tender these muffins look, and all of those bright blue blueberries in them are gorgeous!
I also love the looks of those whoopie pies… what a creative twist on the recipe!

Thanks, Alexandra, for your nice comment!

Mmmmm. I made these this morning. I think they are *delicious*. And I have already eaten three of them. Oops. Thanks for the recipe! I’m sure I’ll make these regularly in the future!

Hi Tara, thanks for giving them a try :) I’m glad you liked them!

I cannot wait to do these!!! (dairy free version)
also I think I own the same muffin liners!

Megan, hope you like them :) If you try them, please let me know how they turned out!

Would you sub 1/3 cup granulated Splenda? Has anyone tried liquid sweetener? Do you think it would work??

Becki, I think 1/3 cup Splenda makes the muffins too sweet. As far as I have understood the sweetness is 1:1 with sugar. Erythritol is 60–70% as sweet as sugar. I guess 1/4 cup Splenda would be enough.

I have tried to sweeten the muffins with liquid stevia (20 drops unflavored + 20 drops vanilla stevia). The muffins turned out fine, however the texture was a bit spongy. I guess baking powder might help improve the texture.

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