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If you’re looking for a delicious, keto-friendly, and low-carb treat to get you through the fall and winter, then you need to try these Keto Pecan Pumpkin Muffins drizzled with MCT Cream Cheese Glaze.
Also gluten-free and made from whole foods like pumpkin puree and almond flour, these muffins are packed with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that will keep you feeling satiated and your body energized.
Plus this keto-friendly cream cheese glaze (which is delicious by the way) has MCT oil added to help provide a healthy dose of fats and ketone boosting medium-chain triglycerides.
Absolutely perfect with your morning coffee or for a satiating breakfast on the go, these muffins make for a great, late afternoon pick-me-up and are only 4 net carbs per serving.
Here are some health benefits of the ingredients in these muffins:
- Pumpkin is a type of winter squash that is antioxidant rich and packed with vitamins and minerals. A nutrient dense and low-calorie food, pumpkin is low in carbs with a good amount of fiber.
- Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A
- Pumpkin is high in vitamin C which is needed for development and repair of cells and is beneficial for immunity
- Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin E, as well as folate (B9) and iron which are needed for the healthy red blood cells and healthy immunity.
- Pumpkin is also one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, plant pigments called carotenoids found in the human eye and are believed to help protect eye tissues from sunlight damage. 
- Low in carbs, pecans have over 19 vitamins including B1 (thiamine), folic acid (B9), Vitamin A and vitamin E.
- Pecans are a good source of important minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. They’re also an excellent source of manganese and copper, which are important for metabolism.
- Pecans are antioxidant powerhouses with twice the amount of flavonoids than any other nut. Diets high in flavonoids have been connected with a lower risk of inflammatory diseases and better weight maintenance over time. 
- Pecans are full of heart healthy fats with 60% as monounsaturated and 30% as polyunsaturated fats which are believed to promote healthy cholesterol levels. [4, 5]
MCTs, which stand for ‘medium-chain triglycerides’, are the most efficient type of fats for the body to use. Found in the highest concentrations in coconut oil, MCTs are easily and quickly absorbed and are an amazing energy source for the body. Not digested like other fats, MCTs get sent straight to the liver to be converted to ketones, the body’s alternate source of energy that keto dieters rely on to burn fat.
A heart healthy source of dietary fat and quick energy that can help the body get into ketosis faster, MCT oil offers up some great benefits:
- It can help boost ketone production in the body 
- It’s a source of quick energy and doesn’t get stored as body fat
- It can help you feel fuller longer and reduce cravings. , 
- It can help provide a boost of energy and satiation while fasting without going out of ketosis.
- Studies have shown MCT oil can help with fat loss and reduce body weight in the long term  
- A great source of energy for the brain, some MCT fans report it helps them with focus and mental clarity
➡ New to the keto diet or confused about MCT oil? Check out: The Benefits of MCT Oil and How to Use It
Ingredients You’ll Need for the MCT Cream Cheese Glaze
MCT Oil: While MCT Oil is made from coconut oil, it’s not the same thing and its benefits are different. When using MCT Oil, high-quality C8, C10 MCT oil is the only way to go. Also be wary of any companies that sell MCT oil with added fillers, flavors or preservatives that cancel out its benefits.
For a super high-quality MCT oil that’s chemical free and filler free, we suggest using Flora Health Organic MCT Oil.
An amazing source of ketone boosting, beneficial C8 and C10 MCTs, each tablespoon serving provides:
- 14 g total of medium-chain triglycerides
- 7.5 g of caprylic acid
- 4.8 g of capric acid
- Made from 100% sustainably sourced non-GMO coconuts. Palm oil versions encourage deforestation and threaten wildlife.
- Certified organic
- Made without any chemicals or solvents like hexane
- Gluten-free + keto-friendly + vegan-friendly
MCT Oil Cooking Tip : Where coconut oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees, the smoke point of MCT oil is even lower at 320 degrees. So cooking with it at temperatures above 320 can cause the oil to start to degrade and lose its beneficial properties.
Cream Cheese: Use your favorite brand, but be sure to soften it.
Almond Milk: This helps thin the glaze and brings the MCT oil and cream cheese together. You may substitute heavy cream if you like.
Sweetener: We used powdered erythritol for this recipe. If you don’t have powdered, simply pop some in the blender and process it until fine.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla puts this glaze over the top.
Ingredients You’ll need for the Keto Pecan Pumpkin Muffins
Almond Flour: Low in carbs, almond flour is a delicious keto friendly flour. Be sure to use almond flour and not almond meal. Fine ground and blanched is best.
Coconut Flour: Coconut flour helps with the texture of this recipe.
Eggs: Make sure they’re brought to room temp.
Pumpkin Puree: Don’t use the presweetened stuff or pumpkin pie filling. You want pure pumpkin puree.
Melted Butter: You can sub coconut or avocado oil as well.
Sweetener: We used the brown Swerve, but white will do the trick too. Also any granulated, keto-friendly sweetener should work.
Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract is best. This is added to both the glaze and the muffin batter.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can just double the cinnamon in this recipe or mix up the spices below to make your own.
Quick Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Xanthan gum: This helps improve the texture of gluten-free baked goods. It’s relatively inexpensive and great to keep on hand if you’re doing a lot of keto, paleo or gluten-free baking recipes. If you don’t have it, just omit it.
Baking soda and baking powder: The leaveners in this recipe. Try to use fresh for best results.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This will activate the baking soda. Not to worry, the flavor doesn’t come through. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar use white instead.
Tips and Tricks For This Recipe
Double the Batch and Freeze: This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins. It may seem like a lot, but they freeze super well and believe me, they won’t last long. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat them all within a few days, just freeze what you want for up to 3 months.
Measuring Your Flour: Because of the addition of coconut flour, the batter for these muffins will be pretty thick. Don’t worry, that’s normal! When measuring your dry ingredients, just be sure to scoop them into the measuring cups and then level.
Whip the Glaze Smooth: The MCT glaze on these muffins is really delicious and will harden as it dries. But when you’re mixing it up you may notice the texture will be clumpy when the MCT oil hits the cream cheese. With the addition of the almond milk (you may need more to thin) it will be super smooth, creamy and come together beautifully. You may want to adjust the glaze for sweetness depending on your preference. Allow the muffins to cool completely before glazing.
Nut Free Version: If you’re nut free, skip the pecans and try chocolate chips instead. These are great as plain pumpkin spice muffins as well! Eliminating the nuts will change the macros slightly of course.
GET THE RECIPE!
Keto Pumpkin Pecan Muffins With MCT Cream Cheese Glaze
- MUFFIN BATTER WET INGREDIENTS
- 1 ½ cups super fine almond flour
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup butter melted
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- MUFFIN BATTER DRY INGREDIENTS
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsps coconut flour
- 2/3 cup erythritol we used Brown Swerve, may sub white or sweetener of choice
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice if omitting double cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon xanthan gum optional
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup pecans chopped plus more for sprinkling on top
- MCT GLAZE INGREDIENTS
- 3 ounces of cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons Flora Health Organic MCT Oil
- 2 tablespoons powdered erythritol
- 1-2 tablespoons almond milk may sub cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Fill a muffin pan with 12 paper or foil muffin liners. If you don’t have liners, simply grease the muffin pan well.
- Whisk dry in ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside
- Whisk together wet ingredients in another bowl. Allow the batter to rest for 2-3 minutes to thicken.
- Scoop or spoon the mixture into the muffin liners. Fill each cup to the top.
- Bake the muffins for about 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean. While the muffins are baking, prepare the glaze.
- Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool completely. Drizzle each muffin with glaze and a little crushed pecans before serving.
- Making the glaze: Whip the cream cheese and then add the other ingredients to combine. The cream cheese may get clumpy when it makes contact with the MCT oil but the almond milk will smooth it out. If it’s too thick, add more almond milk a teaspoon at a time until you reach a consistency you like. Adjust sweetness to taste.
MCT Cream Cheese Glaze Nutrition Facts *
Serving Size: 2 tsp Calories: 59 Total Fat: 6.8g (9%) Saturated Fat: 5.6g (28%) Cholesterol: 10mg (3%) Sodium: 28mg (1%)
Total Carbohydrates: 0.3g (0%) Dietary Fiber: 0g Total Sugars: 0.1g Protein: 0.7g Calcium: 8mg (1%) Keto Pumpkin Pecan Muffin Nutrition Facts *
Serving Size: 1 muffin Calories: 242 Total Fat: 21.7g (28%)
Saturated Fat: 6.7g (33%) Cholesterol: 75mg (25%) Sodium: 134mg 6% Total Carbohydrate: 8.2g (3%) Dietary Fiber: 4.2g (15%) Total Sugars: 1.5g Protein: 6.6g *NOTE: Nutrition facts are estimations and for informational purposes only.
Recipe Tips and Tricks These substitutions shouldn’t have too much of an effect on your end result, but switching out ingredients may alter the final macros.