Fresh strawberries in moist delicious cupcakes with a secret ingredient that gives the frosting incredible strawberry flavor!
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Looking for a great dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, but won't kick you out of Ketosis? These strawberry cupcakes are just the ticket!
I absolutely love making cupcakes and the texture in these strawberry cupcakes is incredible, thanks to the oat fiber that I use. Oat fiber, not to be confused with oat flour, is pure insoluble fiber, so it's Keto friendly!
So the texture is great, but what about the flavor? Amazing! I used fresh strawberries that I purée in the food processor, which also makes the cupcakes really moist. After all, no one likes a dry cupcake!
But the secret ingredient that I use, which gives these cupcakes and frosting intense strawberry flavor is... freeze-dried strawberries! I grind them in my mini chopper, to a fine powder and they add strong strawberry flavor without adding to much moisture.
They also add great color to the frosting, without having to use food coloring, which is nice! So you might say they are dual purpose!
Freeze-dried strawberries are typically available at most grocery stores, but if you cannot find then, don't sweat it, just omit them. There's a photo below of the ones I used, which I purchased at Kroger. I listed them as an optional ingredient, but if you can find them, I HIGHLY recommend using them!
What's in Keto Strawberry Cupcakes
- Super fine almond flour
- Oat Fiber
- Swerve Confectioners
- Fresh strawberries
- Cream Cheese
- Grass Fed Butter
- Sour cream
- Heavy cream
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Optional: 2 tablespoons finely ground freeze dried strawberries (see notes)
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Keto Strawberry Cupcakes
To Make the Gluten Free Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a separate bowl, add in the eggs, sour cream, heavy cream, Swerve, strawberries and vanilla, then mix to combine. Add in the dry ingredients and mix, just until combined.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Mine took exactly 19 minutes.
Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.
To Make the Sugar Free Frosting
If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a plastic food storage bag. If you don’t have a decorating tip, you can cut a hole at the tip of the bag and swirl the frosting over the top.
Tips for the Best Keto Cupcakes
What sweetener is best to Keto Cupcakes? For anytime type of sweet treat on Keto, you'll want a sugar substitute that bakes nicely. I used Swerve Confectioners in this recipe because it taste so much like sugar. There are other sugar substitutes that will work but be sure and check the ingredients and sugar ratio conversion chart for the amount you should use.
What's the Best Flour to Us for Gluten Free Cupcakes? Using traditional flour has way too many carbs for those following Keto. Thankfully almond flour works really well in its place. Though it is a great product, I found that mixing in a little oat fiber really helps the texture seem more like traditional cupcakes.
How to Keep my Almond Flour Cupcakes From Crumbling: Just a little patience will ensure your Keto cupcakes stay together. You'll have to allow them to cool completely before moving them around too much. It's best to allow them to cool for at least 1 minutes in the pan before transferring them to a rack to finish cooling.
Do Keto Cupcakes Have to be Refrigerated? Because the frosting on these cupcakes are made with dairy, you will need to keep these cupcakes in the fridge to keep them fresh.
Are Strawberries Keto? What are the Carbs in Strawberries?
All fruit have carbs, so there are some carbs in strawberries. However, there are a lot less carbs in strawberries than some other fruit. For instance, one cup of sliced bananas has a whopping 28 grams of carbs!
There are 12 grams of carbs in strawberries per entire cup, but because of they contain approximately 3 grams of fiber, that makes the net carbs in strawberries 9 grams per cup.
There are many health benefits associated with eating strawberries. They're a wonderful source of antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium! If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of eating strawberries, this Healthline article is a great resource.
Freeze dried strawberries are available at most grocery stores. I used them in the frosting to add a more intense strawberry flavor and color, without having to use food coloring or add extra moisture. I would also recommend adding the same amount to the cupcake batter to increase the strawberry flavor as well. If you cannot find freeze dried strawberries, you can simply omit them all together.
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.
More Keto Cupcakes Recipes
- Coconut Lime Cupcakes
- Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
- Lemon Cupcakes
- Chocolate Mocha Mini Cupcakes
- Coconut Cupcakes
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 Strawberry Cupcakes (Gluten Free)
For the Cupcakes
For the Frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ cup puréed fresh strawberries
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup Swerve confectioners
- Optional: 2 tablespoons finely ground freeze dried strawberries, see notes
To Make the Cupcakes
- In a separate bowl, add in the eggs, sour cream, heavy cream, Swerve, strawberries and vanilla, then mix using a hand mixer to combine. Add in the dry ingredients and mix, just until combined.
To Make the Frosting
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Mix using a hand mixer, until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice. If you don't have a piping bag, you can use a plastic food storage bag. If you don't have a decorating tip, you can cut a hole at the tip of the bag and swirl the frosting over the top.
*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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