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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Fall Pumpkin Spice

It doesn’t really matter that it’s still warm out in Southern California through October. Once Labor Day hits the Pumpkin Spice comes out with a vengeance. It’s no different for us here in Santa Monica with my Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins.

When my kids were little and we were headed into school in the Fall we would stop at Starbucks occasionally to grab breakfast on the way into school. Pumpkin stuff was always a favorite, yet little did I know I was jacking them up on sugar.

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Starbucks Copycat

I had no idea that little muffin from Starbucks would hold a whopping 71g carbs, but I am not surprised. So I came up with these copycat and keto friendly Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. These guys only have 5g net carbs and fit right into my Keto And Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Making the swirl

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are made using one large bowl. First I dump all the dry ingredients into a sieve over that bowl. I want to make sure that there are no lumps in the dry ingredients before I pour in my wet ingredients.

Once I have lump-free dry ingredients I can add all the wet ingredients all at once. Some recipes call for one egg at a time, but it’s not necessary. I just dump it all into the bowl and give it a blend.

I line my muffin pan with paper liners as keto breads and cupcakes tend to stick to the pan. The last thing you want is for your Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins sticking to the pan. Evenly divide the batter for your muffins between a dozen lined cups...then set aside.

The Cream Cheese Swirl

In a small bowl I mix together the softened cream cheese, sour cream and sweetener until fully smooth. Once you have a creamy mix then you take a generous spoonful of your sweet cream cheese on to each muffin cup.

Now here’s the swirl…take a butter knife or a chopstick and drag the cream cheese in a circle through the pumpkin batter. You can go back and forth or swirl all in one direction to get the desired effect.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until your Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are fully baked.

My Starbucks copycat Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin is only 5g net carbs.
Keto Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

So Many Pumpkin Things

Staying on track

I do not eat the sweet keto friendly all the time, but having these items as a crutch help me stay on track. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are just one of those things that is a treat so have once in a while.

Keto Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Just one Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin is 71g carbs! Can you believe that? These ones only 6g net carbs…I’ll take it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast, keto dessert
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Keyword: Keto Breakfast, keto dessert, pumpkin
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 264kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a dozen muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
  • Muffins
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sweetener together until fully mixed together.
  • Add the eggs and mix well to combine.
  • Then add the pumpkin puree and extract and mix until fully combined.
  • Sift in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice and salt and stir to combine. Divide the batter into the paper muffin cups. Set aside for a minute while you prepare the cheesecake filling

Cream Cheese Swirl

  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese, sour cream and 1 tbsp of sweetener.
  • Add a generous spoonful of sweetened soft cream cheese mixture to each muffin top. Using the tip of a butter knife or a toothpick to swirl the pumpkin batter with the cream cheese together. Be creative and give it a swirl.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2959IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg
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MEDICAL AND NUTRITION DISCLAIMER…Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nutritional break downs are done using a commercial nutrition calculator. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctorbefore starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers, this should never be construed as medical advice.

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  1. Cathy R September 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Are the carbs Total or Net?

    1. KELLIE LOGSDON September 10, 2019 at 12:03 am

      Hi there, All the nutrition calculations are located at the bottom. Total carbs less the fiber will give you the net carbs. Each muffin is 5g net carbs.