Low Carb Raspberry and Macadamia Muffins
Low Carb Raspberry and Macadamia Muffins
Low Carb Raspberry and Macadamia Muffins make a terrific healthy snack. They’re low in carbs and don’t have any added processed sugars. Make them and pop in the freezer so that you have a healthy treat on hand. I defrost them in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and they taste amazing. Take one to work for morning tea or put one in your handbag if you are out and about. Even though low carb products are becoming more popular, it can still be difficult to buy low carb treats when out.
It is amazing how much difference there can be in oven temperatures in different ovens. My recipes are tried and tested but you might use the recommended oven temperature and find that it’s too hot or not hot enough. Remember that I bake in a fan forced oven, so if using a conventional oven, you will need to increase the temperature to around 180 C /350 F. As a rule of thumb if using a conventional oven and the temperature specified is fan forced, reduce it by 10-20 C/50-70 F. More importantly though, you need to get to know your oven.
Leave out the macadamia’s in these if you wish but try the recipe first as they go really well with the raspberry and vanilla flavors. I like to use a vanilla low carb protein powder such as or Gold Standard’s French Vanilla or vanilla in these muffins. The flavor reminds me a little of raspberry and white chocolate muffins.
Tips on Using Sweeteners
My preferred natural sweetener is generally a stevia based one that is mixed with erythritol. Generally these blend mixes are very sweet which is why you use so little of it in recipes. Occasionally I also use pure Erythritol or even Xylitol. Both of these are sugar alcohols and the quantity used is similar to sugar, ie you generally use it as a 1:1 switch. This means the amount of sweetener added will be a larger amount.
Monk Fruit has worked well as a sweetener in this recipe as well but even this is mixed with erythritol as well. You will find that my recipes are always sweet in a subtle way. Before adding additional sweetener, make sure you taste the recipe/batter before adding any additional sweetener.
You will find that my recipes generally use only a very small amount of sweetener. Switch for an alternative sweetener if you wish to but I suggest that you keep it to a minimum. Make sure you are making adjustments for sweetness if using a different sweetener to the one specified.
Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the Recipe
Please don’t be afraid of using extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as you won’t taste the olive oil and it helps create a lovely moist muffin. Try to use a more subtle flavored oil such as Cobram Estate’s light flavored EVOO. Note that this isn’t ‘light extra virgin olive oil’, which generally means it has been processed and is to be avoided. The term light means it’s just a lighter flavored oil.
What can I use to Switch for Almond Milk
You will notice that I sometimes use ‘yogurt water’ in recipes. Yogurt water is made by simply adding some Greek yogurt to water. This is something I have developed to use in place of almond milk and coconut water in recipes. I try to avoid almond milk as many of my recipes use almond flour. This means I consume enough nuts as it is. I always have Greek yogurt at home so generally can make yogurt water when I need it. To make yogurt water, simply add 2-4 heaped tablespoons of Greek full fat yogurt to approximately one cup of water. Put the yogurt in first and add the water last if you are measuring the liquid for accuracy. The weight of the yogurt should be included in the amount of liquid you need for a recipe.
Use yogurt water in cake recipes and also to make smoothies, acai bowls etc. This term is one I have just made up so don’t try to google it- unless I’ve made the wiki pages with it. Note that if you are interested in making your own yogurt, have a look at this recipe for making Natural and Greek Yogurt. There are also instructions on how to make your own Labneh as well.
More Fabulous Cupcake Recipes
If you are looking for some other delicious low carb cup cake recipes, make sure you check these recipes out on this blog. For a decadent but healthy dark chocolate muffin, you may want to whip up a batch of these delicious Low Carb Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. For a lovely blueberry muffin, you simply cannot go past this delicious recipe for Sugar Free Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins.
If you’re looking for a fabulous plain vanilla cupcake, then you may want to try this recipe for The Best Keto Vaniila Cupcake or these fabulous Keto Chocolate Cupcakes. Make sure you checkout this wonderful recipe for Sugar Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins as well.
So many wonderful choices,all of them gluten free and ideal for keto and low carb.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It’s still up there as one of my favorites.
- 250 gms almond meal/almond flour
- 50 gms coconut flour
- 200 ml almond milk/coconut milk or yogurt water-see note below
- 140 gms raspberries fresh or frozen-smaller ones work best
- 3 large eggs
- 100 mls neutral flavored extra virgin olive oil EVOO
- 50 gms melted butter
- 50 gms Greek yogurt
- 50 gms macadamia nuts roughly chopped
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder low carb
- 1 tablespoon stevia blend
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 160 C/320 F fan forced.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl including the macadamias, ensuring it is well combined and the baking powder is well blended.
- Melt the butter and mix with the other wet ingredients. Stir into the dry ingredients until well incorporated. Fold raspberries gently through the batter.
- Spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin tray. You can also poke about 4 raspberries into each muffin once spooned into the tray. This will prevent staining and ensure even distribution of the muffins. Smooth the top of the muffins off with a knife.
- Bake for between 18-22 minutes or until the the centre of the muffins is cooked. Take care not to overcook them.
- Omit macadamia nuts if you wish (at your own risk as they taste so good.) Almonds can be used in their place.
- Add 1/4 cup desiccated coconut for coconut raspberry muffins.
- Increase amount of sweetener, omit sweetener or use alternate sweetener.