These Keto Mock Apple Muffins use my Mock Applesauce to give them lots flavor and keep them moist! They taste just like a slice of apple cake, but without all the carbs!
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When I first experimented with chayote squash as a Low Carb substitute for apples a couple of weeks ago, I made a mock applesauce. It turned out so well, that I immediately made another batch and wrote this recipe for muffins, using the mock applesauce as the base.
I was so pleasantly surprised with the results, a moist and very flavorful healthy muffin. This is probably one of the best gluten-free muffins I've ever had, seriously, they are absolutely delicious and the texture is spot on!
If you've never tried using chayote squash as an apple substitute, you really must try it! If you like apple crumble, you can also try this Keto Mock Apple Crumble, it's out of this world delicious! These sugar-free muffins are such a treat that comes with zero guilt and won't kick you out of Ketosis!
Ingredients in Keto Mock Apple Muffins
- Super fine almond flour
- Oat Fiber (see notes)
- Keto Mock Applesauce
- Sour cream
- Heavy cream
- Brown Swerve
- Swerve Confectioners
- Baking powder
- Apple Pie Spice
- Lemon zest
- Natural Apple Flavoring
- Vanilla extract
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make the Best Keto Mock Apple Muffins
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, oat fiber, salt, baking powder, apple pie spice and cinnamon, then whisk to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix using a hand mixer until well combined.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix, just until combined.
Using an ice cream scooper, scoop the batter into silicone muffin liners, or a muffin pan that's been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Alternatively, you could also make these into mini muffins if you'd like. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time down to around 12-15 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. These are also great served warm with some butter smeared over them!
Tips for Making Moist Keto Mock Apple Muffins
The sour cream, heavy cream and Keto Mock Applesauce in this batter is really the key to making these muffins so moist!
What Flavors Should You Use To Make Low Carb Mock Apple Muffins?
The Apple Pie Spice mix is pretty essential in these Low Carb muffins. If you don’t have all the ingredients needed to make it, and would rather just purchase a ready-made Apple Pie Spice, you certainly can. The measurements will remain the same.
Although the Natural Apple Flavoring is optional, it’s highly recommended! The recipe will still be great without it, but this really takes it to the next level. Alternatively, you can use a good apple extract. I’ve tried a few and really didn’t like the flavor, but the one I ended up with is really great! It’s actually used to flavor beer and wine, so I thought I’d give it a shot and it’s by far the best one I’ve ever used!
Brown Swerve is used to sweeten up the applesauce and also the muffins themselves. It has such a wonderful, almost molasses flavor to it that is just perfect in this recipe. It’s much easier to find now, than it once was, they even sell it at Walmart. There are so many recipes you can use it in as well!
If you can’t find Brown Swerve, you can use another Keto friendly brown sugar substitute instead. As a last resort, you could use Swerve Confectioners, but it won’t have that same brown sugar-like flavor.
Fresh lemon zest adds a really nice tartness, much like a granny smith apple has. Don’t skip the zest, it’s important!
How to Make Keto Muffins with Great Texture
Using a mix of both Almond Flour and Oat Fiber will give you that authentic muffin texture that you’re looking for. Super fine almond flour works best in any kind of Low Carb or Gluten-Free desserts that don’t use all purpose flour in.
If you don’t have a super fine almond flour, you can certainly use what you have, just be sure to whisk the dry ingredients to break up any lumps.
What is Oat Fiber? Is Oat Fiber Keto?
Oat Fiber is made from grinding the outer husks of oats. How healthy is oat fiber? It's pure insoluble fiber, which doesn't dissolve in water and isn't broken down in the digestive tract, so it has zero net carbs and is perfect for a Keto Diet. It helps give a more traditional texture and that's why I use it so often. Check out all the Keto Oat Fiber Recipes you can make!
What is a Substitute for Oat Fiber?
To get the best results, it's best to use oat fiber if you can. If you're unable to find it, try a combination of psyllium husk powder and coconut flour. Since both are very absorbent, you might have to add more liquid.
IS CHAYOTE SQUASH OK FOR KETO?
As I mentioned earlier, it makes one of the best (if not THE best) substitutes for apples and because it’s low in carbs, it’s perfect for Keto! Chayote squash also has some impressive health benefits, you can read more about them in this article!
HOW MANY CARBS IN CHAYOTE SQUASH?
1 chayote squash is used in the Keto Mock Applesauce recipe in these muffins only has 4 net carbs, split amongst the entire 10 muffins. So the impact is so minimal!
More Keto Dessert Recipes
- Keto Mock Apple Crumble
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- Cranberry Sauce & Walnut Muffins
- No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Tart
- Creme Brûlée
- Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
If you'd like to know more about baking on Keto, this article, Keto Baking Made Easy, is loaded with tips and info that you'll find helpful. You might also check out my Keto Sweet Treats eBook that has 50 amazing Keto dessert recipes, all with color pics, macros and more! I'm offering it at 50% off when you subscribe to my free weekly emails here.
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Keto Mock Apple Muffins (Gluten-Free)
- 1 ¾ cups super fine almond flour
- ¼ cup Oat Fiber, see notes
- ½ cup Keto Mock Applesauce
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup Brown Swerve
- ⅓ cup Swerve Confectioners
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon Natural Apple Flavoring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, oat fiber, salt, baking powder, apple pie spice and cinnamon, then whisk to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix, just until combined.
- Using an ice cream scooper, scoop the batter into silicone muffin liners, or a muffin pan that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. These are also great served warm with some butter smeared over them!
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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I made - added 2/3 cups nuts. They are delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe
Keto Cooking Christian
Sounds delicious with the nuts!
Could I add nuts and how much would you recommend?
Keto Cooking Christian
Absolutely! I'd add maybe 1/2-3/4 cup, depending on how many you'd like.