What do you get when you pair chocolate and orange in a single satisfying and low-carb dessert? These Keto chocolate orange muffins of course! Say no to sugar-filled story bought baked goods and make your own. These muffins are completely flourless, getting their body from almond butter, avocado, and eggs. A combination of orange zest and orange juice ensures that the orange flavor comes through in every bite and cacao powder rounds out the chocolate portion of this dessert. The ingredient list may seem long, but the process is as easy as blending and baking, so these muffins come together in under an hour. With muffins these easy and this tasty, you’ll find yourself baking every week!
Chocolate and Orange: Treasure of the Past
Did you know that neither chocolate nor oranges are native to the United States? Today, the US consumes almost 3 billion pounds annually and is the second highest producer of oranges in the world, but once upon a time, it had neither.
The first sweet oranges, as opposed to the bitter oranges commonly used in Cuban cuisine, were grown in China many hundreds of years ago. By the 15th century, they had made their way to the Mediterranean and eventually passed into northern Europe. However, since oranges could only grow in warm climates, they remained rare and expensive until the widespread boom of canning brought on by World War II. Even then, preserved oranges, canned and turned into marmalade remained the norm for many years.
Chocolate was also an expensive luxury, though it originated much closer to home in the Amazon Basin. Because chocolate requires so much intensive prep work to go from cacao pod to the chocolate we know and love, it took a long time for the chocolate to be accessible to the everyday citizen, even longer than oranges!
No one knows who was the first to put these two rare treats together, but it was a match made in heaven and the rest is history!
3 Pieces of Equipment to Make Muffin-Making a Breeze (and 3 Alternatives)
- Silicone Muffin Liners – If you make a lot of muffins and you’re getting sick of going through paper liners, why not invest in something reusable? Of course, if you don’t make muffins that often, paper muffin liners work perfectly well. In a pinch, you can even use pieces of parchment paper cut to fit.
- Ice Cream or Cookie Scoop – This ensures that all of your muffins are the same size. If you don’t have one, you can use a ¼ cup measure.
- Small Offset Metal Spatula – This can be really handy to get those steaming muffins out of the pan and onto the cooling rack. If you don’t own one, a butter knife or even a spoon should do the trick.
Keto Muffin Madness
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A satisfying chocolate dessert with a little citrus twist.
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Blend all the ingredients together well.
- Divide between 8 muffin pans.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 5 g
- Calories: 275
- Sugar: 3 g
- Fat: 23 g
- Carbohydrates: 12 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 10 g