I am new to the ketogenic diet so I’m having a lot of fun reading on it and experimenting with new ways to bake. Oh my goodness! Cream cheese is in so many recipes – it is becoming a staple.
The ketogenic diet is designed to help you burn fat instead of carbohydrates. Our bodies will burn carbs before they burn fat but fat is what we want to burn! When you eat carbohydrates, it triggers your pancreas to produce insulin in order to allow for glucose metabolism. When too much insulin is triggered, the body resists the insulin and insulin is then stored as fat while the carbs spill over into the urine and the bloodstream, not entering your cells to provide any nutrition. Fat does not trigger the pancreas so there is no insulin secreted; therefore the insulin cannot be stored as fat, and fat is used as the primary fuel source.
This is virtually a guilt-free plan and I can eat these cupcakes for lunch!
This recipe was tweaked just slightly to suit my taste and it came out delicious!
1 ¼ cup almond flour
¾ cup sugar substitute ( I used a stevia/erythritol blend)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
3 ½ ounces cream cheese
1 tbsp creamy almond butter (no sugar added)
1 tbsp maple syrup grade B
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl beat on high the butter and stevia or other sweetener until well blended.
Add cream cheese, vanilla and maple syrup and mix well. Then add the eggs. It is best to add one egg at a time then mix after each addition to make sure they are incorporated well.
Add the dry ingredients until well blended.
I used muffin cups but if you don’t have muffin cups be sure to grease your muffin pan well. Fill muffin cups almost to the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Pop out of the muffin pan when cooled – OR – if you used muffin cups – pop out of the pan and place in refrigerator to cool. These are best when cooled.
After 30 minutes take out of refrigerator and add a spoon of cream cheese to the top. (or use your favorite topping – whipped cream, preserves, yogurt and fruit, crushed walnuts, etc.) You can even substitute the vanilla for almond extract and add crushed nuts to the top instead of cream cheese.