Holiday Recipe Challenge: Paula Schmitt's Orange Cranberry Almond Holiday Morning Muffins
Local fresh cranberries and almond slices make these orange muffins stand out as a holiday family favorite. Even the non-keto kids were scarfing these down!
- Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare a 12-cupcake pan by greasing or lining with cupcake liners.
- Combine dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, Keto Chow, xanthan gum, salt, and baking powder) in a bowl. Use a whisk to mix well. Set aside.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, cream butter with allulose. Add in sour cream, almond extract, orange extract, orange zest, and whipping cream. Mix until uniform.
- Add 1 egg to the wet ingredient bowl, mixing in slightly, then add in 1/2 of the dry ingredient mix, and mix again. Then add 1 more egg and mix. Add the last of the dry ingredients, and finally, add the last egg. Mix until incorporated.
- Stir in the chopped cranberries and almonds.
- Divide the dough between the 12 cupcake liners. This dough is stiff and keeps its shape when baking. I wet my hands and formed 12 even balls and put them in the liners. They will seem very full, but it doesn't overflow the liners when baked.
- Bake at 325F for 29-32 minutes on the center rack. Mix glaze while muffins bake.
- For the glaze, in a small bowl, mix powdered swerve, heavy whipping cream and almond extract until smooth. (I transferred this to a plastic sandwich bag, then snip the tip of the bag corner to use as a mini icing bag to make decorating easier.)
- Remove muffins from the oven when a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. After muffins have cooled for about 5-10 minutes, drizzle the glaze over top. Garnish with the sliced almonds
- Enjoy! Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Best when warmed up in the microwave before eating.
The lower baking temperature is to account for the excessive browning that comes from the coconut flour and allulose.Don't like almonds? You can easily substitute walnuts for the chopped sliced almonds and omit the almond extract. The almond flour needs to stay, though!
Photos by Sarah DeYoung Photography