Low Carb Vegan Coffee Cake Muffins (gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free)

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Lately, I’ve been going through old recipes and trying to update them to have better pictures, better baking instructions and to simplify things where possible. This recipe was originally called “low carb doughnut muffins” because I thought they tasted EXACTLY like cider doughnuts, but when I made them again yesterday, I realized they’re more of a coffee-cake flavor than anything. So, these low carb vegan coffee cake muffins were (re)born. 

I’m always looking for a treat to make myself on Sunday morning. While I do get to eat way more dessert than I should (because it’s vegan and keto, so it’s healthy, right?), there are times when you just want something that feels homey and cozy. These vegan keto coffee cake muffins are exactly that. You can enjoy them on their own, or make the crumble mixture to stir in and put on top. Both the muffins and the crumble are made with this golden erythritol that is amazingly like brown sugar, which adds a really nice element.

Like all of my recipes, these low carb vegan muffins are gluten-free and keto-friendly. They’re also soy-free, nut-free, egg-free, sugar-free and dairy-free (and paleo!). So, unless you are allergic to coconut or flax, you should be a-ok to enjoy them! As far as muffins go, they’re pretty low in carbs and contain a full day of omega-3 fatty acids in each one. That’s not too bad for a breakfast treat!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. If you make them, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below (or tag me on Instagram!).

Low Carb Vegan Coffee Cake Muffins | MeatFreeKeto.com - These vegan keto coffee cake muffins are the perfect gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free breakfast for a relaxing Sunday morning.

Notes On Baking Low Carb Vegan Coffee Cake Muffins:

  • The crumble mixture on top is super easy to make – 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp golden granulated erythritol, 1 tbsp coconut flour and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Smush it all together with a fork and crumble to your heart’s content. You can even mix some into the batter before baking these. Be sure to take this into account when logging your food, though!
  • You could also make a glaze out of Swerve and paint that on the muffins once they come out of the oven, which would be a fun alternative to the crumble (or let’s be real – an addition).
  • So, the oven is at a little higher temperature than I normally set it to, but after making a million batches of these, the extra bump in degrees really made a difference.
  • These need to rest for at least 25 minutes before removing them from the pan! Otherwise, the erythritol, flax and coconut oil won’t have set up yet and you’re going to have a really delicious pile of crumbs. Trust me here.
  • I use these silicone muffin liners to make these. You can either use them inside a metal muffin tin or standalone on a cookie sheet. It sounds silly, but they were a total game changer for me. They’re nonstick, so you can just gently peel them away after the cupcakes cool and they won’t stick. I no longer suffer the heartbreak of having muffins get stuck in a pan, or stuck to liners.
Low Carb Doughnut Muffins (gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: breakfast

Cuisine: American

Yield: 4 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Calories per serving: 105

Fat per serving: 8g

Carbs per serving: 1.9g net

Protein per serving: 2.4g

Fiber per serving: 4.5g

Low Carb Doughnut Muffins (gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free)

This vegan keto coffee cake muffin is the perfect breakfast for a relaxing Sunday morning. It's gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, low-carb and super delicious, while boasting a full day's serving of omega-3 fatty acids, and loads of fiber.


    Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tbsp (150ml) unsweetened nondairy milk
  • ¼ cup (28g) ground flax
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla
    Dry Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and prepare 4 wells of a muffin tin (or use a silicon pan!).
  2. Whisk together wet ingredients, and let rest for about 10 minutes, until the flax thickens a little.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet, and mix together completely.
  5. Portion out the batter into the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing from the pan.


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10 thoughts on “Low Carb Vegan Coffee Cake Muffins (gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free)

  1. Hello! Is there a sub for the coconut milk? I did just get some coconut manna, but the only non dairy milk in my house is cashew. Thanks!

  2. I made these and entered them into MyFitnessPal and it came out to 8 net carbs each for 12 muffins. Why would yours be so much lower than mine?

    1. Hi Ashley, this is a great question! When recipes use sweeteners like Swerve that are erithrytol-based, MFP doesn’t account for the fact that you don’t really metabolize most (more than 90%) of the sweetener, and it leaves your body unchanged.

      Because of this, I only count the amount that your body actually processes while calculating the net carbs for these types of recipes. MFP accounts for the whole amount, though.

      I hope this was helpful, if not, I’d be happier to try and figure out what else could be going on! 🙂

    1. Hi Abby, that’s a good question! They don’t have to be kept in the fridge if it’s just for a few days, but if you think it’ll take you more than 3-4 days to eat them, you may want to keep them in a sealed container in the refrigerator, just in case!

    1. Hi there! I think a can of light coconut will work just fine! The macros won’t be the same, but it should still be delicious!

  3. Could a flax egg or chia egg work in place of actual eggs? i’m an ovo-vegetarian and don’t mind the egg, but my roommate is vegan and i’d like to make these for her 🙂

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