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Keto pumpkin roll recipe: Easy Pumpkin Crescents

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Autumn is knocking on our doors, and you know what that means? Pumpkin season! Every year, I eagerly await this time to immerse myself in all things pumpkin-spiced. This year, I'm thrilled to share with you a twist on the classic pumpkin roll recipe – but with a keto twist! Yes, you heard right! I've crafted a delicious keto pumpkin roll recipe that's going to blow your taste buds away. Let's dive right in, shall we?

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The Magic of Almond Flour and Xanthan Gum

When we talk about keto, the first challenge is finding the right substitute for traditional flour. Enter: almond flour. It's a staple in my kitchen for all my keto diet needs. But there's another ingredient that often flies under the radar but is equally essential – xanthan gum. This tiny powerhouse helps provide that authentic texture, making your treats as delightful as their carb-filled counterparts.

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Keto Mini Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crescents

Ingredients You'll Need for Keto pumpkin roll recipe

keto pumpkin roll recipe ingredients

For the crescents:

  • 1 ½ C. Almond flour
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • 2 C. Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ tsp. Xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

For the filling:

  • ⅓ C. Pumpkin puree
  • 3 oz. Cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tbsp. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute

Steps for Keto pumpkin roll recipe:

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Start by placing the cream cheese and mozzarella cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second intervals until completely melted.

mixing all pumpkin roll ingredients in bowl

Transfer the melty goodness to a large mixing bowl and blend in the remaining crescent ingredients. Trust me, a hand mixer will save you some time here!

Place the dough in the freezer for a quick 30-minute chill.

ingredient in bowl
adding sugar to bowl
adding pumpkin to bowl

For the filling, just combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth.

rolled out pumpkin roll dough

Roll out the chilled dough between two pieces of parchment paper, aiming for about ⅛ of an inch in thickness.

cut dough into triangles

Cut your dough into small triangles – the base should be around 2 inches long.

add keto pumpkin pie roll ingredients on crescent.

Layer on that luscious filling on each triangle and roll starting from the thickest end.

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Place your crescents on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 13-15 minutes. You're looking for a light brown finish.

keto pumpkin roll recipe baked

Key Takeaways from This Recipe

  • Almond Flour Magic: It's a fantastic keto-friendly substitute for regular all-purpose flour. Plus, its nutty flavor is just impeccable!
  • Xanthan Gum: A keto baker's secret weapon. It provides the perfect texture without the carbs.
  • Vanilla Extract: Elevates the overall flavor profile of the crescents.
  • Chilling the Dough: This ensures your crescents don't fall apart during the rolling process.
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Keto pumpkin roll recipe FAQs

1. Can I substitute almond flour with coconut flour?

Absolutely, however, substituting almond flour with coconut flour can be a bit tricky because of their different absorbency rates. Generally, coconut flour is more absorbent and tends to be a bit drier, requiring more liquid ingredients to maintain a moist consistency. This substitution might also alter the net carbs value slightly, so you might want to recalculate the nutritional information to stay on track with your keto diet. When trying new recipes like this, it's essential to experiment until you find the perfect balance for a delectable gluten-free pumpkin roll.

2. How can I store leftover crescents?

To keep the freshness intact, place the leftover crescents in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They'll stay fresh for about 3-4 days. You can even wrap them individually in plastic wrap before placing them in the container to retain their moisture. If you'd like to enjoy them warm, just place the cake in a preheated oven for a few minutes to regain that freshly-baked goodness.

3. Is Swerve the only sugar substitute I can use?

No, not at all! There are numerous options available when it comes to sugar substitutes. You might also consider monk fruit sweetener, powdered sweetener, or other sugar alcohols that align with a low-carb diet. Be sure to check the sweetness levels, as they can vary between products, and adjust the quantity in your recipe accordingly. It's all about finding what fits best with your palate and dietary preferences.

4. Why is my dough too sticky?

A sticky dough can sometimes result from the moisture in the cream cheese mixture. If you find your dough a bit too tacky to handle, don't fret. Just add a little more almond flour to the mix and combine well using an electric mixer in a large bowl. It helps achieve a smoother consistency, ready to be rolled out on a piece of parchment paper. Remember, achieving the best results sometimes involves a bit of trial and error, especially when you are crafting keto pumpkin recipes for the first time.

5. Can I add other spices to the filling?

Absolutely, feel free to get creative with the filling ingredients. Experimenting with different spices can bring a new dimension to the pumpkin flavor present in the cream cheese filling. Some people enjoy a hint of nutmeg, or even a splash of maple extract for a slightly different flavor profile. You can even try adding a dollop of sour cream or heavy cream to the mixture for a richer taste. The goal is to create the perfect fall dessert that caters to your taste buds.

keto pumpkin roll recipe

Wrap-Up: Keto pumpkin roll recipe

There you have it, my lovely readers! This keto pumpkin roll recipe is the perfect dessert to usher in the fall season. It's not just a treat for your taste buds, but also aligns perfectly with the ketogenic diet, ensuring you don't miss out on the festive fun.

Remember, baking is as much about passion as it is about precision. So, follow the steps, trust the process, and you'll have a pumpkin treat that's not only delightful but also keto-compliant.

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Keto pumpkin roll recipe

keto pumpkin rolls on a plate

Embrace the spirit of the fall season with these delightful Keto Mini Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crescents. Imagine biting into a delicate crescent that combines the comforting flavors of pumpkin and spice, all wrapped up in a tender, almond flour embrace.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ C. Almond flour
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • 2 C. Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ tsp. Xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
  • For the filling:
  • ⅓ C. Pumpkin puree
  • 3 oz. Cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tbsp. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute

Instructions

    Place the 3 oz cream cheese and mozzarella cheese into a microwave safe bowl or container, and heat for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted.
    Add the mixture to a mixing bowl along with the remaining crescent ingredients. Knead the mixture well until well combined.
    Chill the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.
    Blend together the filling ingredients until smooth.
    Roll the chilled dough out between two pieces of parchment paper until about ⅛ of an inch thick.
    Cut the dough into small triangles, where the base is about 2 inches long.
    Spread some filling on each triangle of dough, and roll the dough closed over it, starting with the thickest part of the triangle.
    Place the mini crescents on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.

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