Coffee Cake Muffins – Low Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free

Coffee Cake Muffins are a delicious breakfast dessert or afternoon snack. They pair perfectly with, you guessed it, a cup of coffee! But even if tea is more your thing these will tickle your taste buds with sweet cinnamon and buttery crumbs.


I have a bunch of crumb cake recipes here at Joy Filled Eats. An Almond Crumb Cake, a Blackberry Coffee Cake, and a Cranberry Cake with Walnut Crumb Topping. One thing that is always a must is that a Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping has a lot of crumb topping. That is the best part. They are all delicious but there is something special about individual Coffee Cake Muffins piled with buttery, cinnamon crumbs.

This past weekend I was blessed to be able to go on a women’s retreat. I go every fall and I love it. Gatherings like this are a perfect opportunity to share some of the baked goods that tend to take over my kitchen. Saturday morning I put my plastic storage container of these Coffee Cake Muffins on the breakfast table, simply labeled ‘Gluten Free Cinnamon Muffins’ and went to my seat. When I went to pick up my container later it was empty and I had a bunch of women come up to me asking for the recipe.

Sometimes I’m not sure if a recipe is good enough to share here so I love to have test testers outside of my own family. My women’s group frequently doubles as recipe guinea pigs. And they do give constructive criticism. I’ve been told cupcakes were too dry before. I was not offended and sent that recipe back to the kitchen for more testing before sharing it.


Anytime I make a coffee cake my kids are always in disbelief it doesn’t actually have coffee. My coffee loving 9-year-old is bummed and the rest of the kids are relieved. Coffee cake is a general term for a breakfast cake that goes well with coffee. Many are crumb topped but not all of them. Some are cinnamony bundt cakes with glaze or lemon and blueberry loaf cakes. You can group almost any morning sweet under the term ‘coffee cake’. But the most traditional is a yellow cake topped with buttery crumbs and powdered sugar.


Like most of my recipes, I strive to keep my coffee cake muffins easy. I make the batter in the food processor, put that into the muffin cups, and then make the crumbs in the same food processor without even washing it. As long as you scrape out the batter well with a rubber spatula you can skip the washing step. The ingredients to both the batter and crumb topping are similar enough that it doesn’t matter if it a little batter gets mixed into the crumb topping.


As I said I make my crumb topping in the food processor. By pulsing together butter, sweetener, almond flour, coconut flour, and cinnamon you get big, wet crumbs that are perfect to top these coffee cake muffins or any other coffee cake treat you can dream up.


It can be! I keep my coffee cake healthy by using almond flour and coconut flour instead of white flour and by replacing the sugar with a stevia blend sweetener. This reduces the sugar and carbs to almost nothing.
I sprinkled these with a little bit of powdered sweetener just to make them prettier but that is not mandatory. You could also add nuts into the topping or berries into the batter. Are you longing for a cream cheese filling? Put a little cube of cream cheese right into the center of the batter. All of these variations would be delicious.