Apple Fritter Muffins (Low Carb and GF)

Low carb and gluten free apple fritter muffins that have just 2 net carbs each? Inconceivable! These yummy muffins are made with zucchini in place of the apples but you’d never know it from the flavor. Easy to make, they freeze well for a delicious breakfast treat anytime.

For this recipe you’ll need: butter, zucchini, cinnamon, cloves, granulated sugar free sweetener,salt, sugar free cinnamon vanilla coffee syrup, apple cider vinegar, eggs, rum, almond flour, cake batter whey protein powder, coconut flour, hemp seeds, baking powder, baking soda, cashew milk, heavy cream, cream cheese, ground pecans or other nuts if desired for topping.

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When I was growing up my parents used to take me to a restaurant that put hot apple fritters on the table instead of the usual bread basket. I loved those things! The tangy apple, sweet and spicy sugar, and crisp fritter batter was totally addictive.

These muffins remind me of those fritters. I based the recipe off an Apple Fritter Bread recipe that I had posted on my other blog but made all of the changes I needed to to ensure that it was as low carb as I could get it. I made this recipe into muffins instead of bread because of the individual size. In my house I am the only one that low-carbs. Having a big loaf of low carb bread is harder to manage than having muffins I can just toss in the freezer. If you’d like to make a loaf of quick bread then you can follow the same instructions and make it in a bread pan. You’ll probably need to cook it at 350F for 45 minutes to an hour.

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I let the batter sit for about 15 minutes because it helps the coconut flour to soften up and keeps them from having that weird dry texture that so many things with coconut flour have. It always reminds me of sawdust. Give these a try and let me know what you think. I loved them… probably a little too much.

I totally didn’t eat three of them. Must have been the dog.

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Erythritol is the main sugar free granulated sweetener that I use. Other ingredients used in this recipe are:

Almond flour

Coconut flour

Sugar Free Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup

Low Carb Apple Fritter Muffins Recipe

Here’s that apple fritter muffins recipe! Give it a try. 🙂

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Apple Fritter Muffins (Low Carb and GF)

Low carb apple fritter muffins are so good with coffee! Made with zucchini but you'd never know it. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 239kcal
Author Lowcarbology Editorial


Apple Filling


  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar free sweetener like Swerve
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cake batter whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream



  • 1/3 cup Ground pecans walnuts, or nuts of choice



  • Melt the butter in a heavy frying pan.
  • Add the zucchini and saute until soft and tender.
  • Stir in the cinnamon, cloves, sweetener, and salt.
  • Add the sugar free syrup and apple cider vinegar.
  • Simmer until the liquid evaporates, stirring often and watching carefully so it doesn't scorch.
  • Set aside.


  • Beat the sweetener and the butter until well mixed and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs and rum until smooth.
  • With mixer on low add the almond flour, whey protein powder, coconut flour, hemp seed, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Pour in the cashew milk and heavy cream.
  • Beat until well blended.
  • Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
  • add a layer of batter in each muffin cup.
  • Add a layer of the zucchini mixture.
  • Add another layer of batter and top with a layer of zucchini mixture.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and done.


  • Warm the cream cheese and butter in the microwave until very soft.
  • Stir to blend.
  • Stir in the syrup.
  • Use to top the muffins while they are still hot.
  • Sprinkle with ground nuts if desired. (not figured into nutritional info)


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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Last Updated 10/26/2020

19 Responses to “Apple Fritter Muffins (Low Carb and GF)”

  1. Question – are these regular muffin size or mini muffin size? I can’t tell from the pictures. I’m hoping they’re regular muffin size, of course!

    • They are regular sized. 🙂

  2. I have just started looking into eating low-carb, and these muffins sound like a great project to get me started

    • It’s definitely a shift.These are yummy tho!

  3. These look great Marye. I am amazed that the zucchini replaces the apple, what a great idea. I love apple fritters too my friend. (too much!)

    • Thanks Allie!

  4. What a great low carb breakfast! These look so delicious!

    • Thanks Taylor!

  5. Wow! So much flavor and low-carb and gluten free too!! Do you deliver?

    • Ha… maybe if you live in Hawaii.

  6. These look absolutely delicious and would go great with the cup of tea I’m having right now.

    • 🙂 thanks Megan!

  7. Hi, these look really good. Question, what is cake batter whey protein? I have several flavors of good whey protein isolate, but not one that is “cake batter”. Can I use a vanilla or unflavored?

    • Several companies put cake batter flavor whey protein out. I use Gold Standard Whey Cake Batter Flavor.

  8. These looks so delicious. I’m going to try and make them this weekend. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    • Awww… thanks Kristina! Thank you for reading!

  9. Can i use unflavored whey p9wfer? Ive never seen cake batter flavor and cant afford it right now anyway. Should i add more vanilla with 5he plain?

    • yes or vanilla.

  10. Hi Marye, this looks great!

    Is there a way to substitute for the cinnamon vanilla syrup? I’m sure your recipe is delicious, but I’m trying not to order products to use only a small amount.

    I’m guessing I could add some cinnamon and some vanilla, but I don’t know how much. And I don’t know how to compensate for the liquid.

    Thank you very much!


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