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Your Keto-Friendly Muffins Can Now Be Moist, Shelf-Stable, and Nutritious!

Consumers increasingly prefer options that are healthier, incorporating whole grains, less sugar, and beneficial ingredients such as fiber and protein. Explore the array of solutions offered by DPO International, designed to create keto-friendly muffins. These muffins are characterized by their low carbohydrate, sugar, sodium, saturated fat, and trans-fat content, aligning perfectly with the dietary needs of those on a keto regimen.

Revolutionary Growth of the Keto Diet Market

According to an analysis by Report Linker, the keto diet food market is projected to grow from USD 11.59 billion in 2023 to USD 14.90 billion by 2028, achieving a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.16% during the forecast period of 2023-20283.

Known for plenty of benefits, the keto diet can help with weight loss, reducing migraines, improving heart health, reducing cholesterol, and many more. Due to all these benefits acknowledged by consumers, the market is expected to grow over the long term3.


What is the Keto Diet?

The ketogenic or keto diet is a very high-fat diet that is also very low in carbohydrates. The idea is for us to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. It involves cutting back most on easily digestible carbs, such as sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread.4.

Source: Arizona Gynecology, 20225

Consumers have been increasingly seeking healthier muffin options, driving the demand for muffins made with whole grains, reduced sugar, and added functional ingredients like fiber and protein. Gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly muffins have also gained popularity among health-conscious consumers.

Challenges Posed by Industrial Production

Despite the growing popularity of the keto diet, producing keto-friendly products poses unique challenges for industrial and commercial bakeries1,2.

Maintaining Taste and Texture

One of the biggest challenges in creating keto-friendly muffins is maintaining the taste and texture of the finished product. Ingredients used in keto recipes often differ in texture and flavor from traditional ones, potentially unappealing to some consumers. It can be difficult to achieve a taste and texture that resembles regular muffins while keeping the carb content low. Additionally, managing moisture content is a significant challenge commonly faced by bakers when making low-carb products.

Finding the Right Substitute in Formulation

Developing a recipe that replicates the desired taste and texture of a traditional muffin, while also meeting keto diet requirements (low in carbs, moderate in protein, high in healthy fats), presents a significant challenge. This process requires experimenting with alternative flours, sweeteners, and binding agents to find the right balance of consistency and nutritional value.

Preservation and Shelf Life

Keto muffins often lack the preservatives found in traditional baked goods, leading to a shorter shelf life. This factor makes consumers on a keto diet hesitant to purchase low-carb muffins, as they tend to be dry, lack traditional flavor, and spoil quickly. Identifying methods to preserve freshness and quality without relying on additives is a significant challenge.

Solutions for a Healthier and Tastier Keto Muffin




Xia Powder 435 WLM


·        Is a unique blend of both insoluble (45%) and soluble (11%) fibres necessary for gut health and immune support.

·        Great to bind ingredients and act as a texturizer and amazing marble dough formation

·        Increased moisture retention and soft crumbs for decadent texture of muffin.

·        Uniquely contributes to better shelf-life

·        Provide higher nutritional content, including protein, fiber, antioxidants, and better-for-you fats.

·        High in heart-healthy omega-3 (more than 5% ALA omega-3) and has more than 20% plant-based protein.

·        Rich in minerals potassium, phosphorus and calcium found naturally in chia.

Isomalt GS


·       Reduce calories (Half the calories of sugar)

·        Low GI and digestible carbohydrates

·       As a bulk sweetener, takes over the texturizing role of sugar

·       Sucrose-like natural sweetness without any aftertaste

·       Tends to mask the bitter aftertaste of some intense sweeteners

·        Enhancing fine and subtle flavours with pleasant sweetness

Vanilla and Chocolate Flavour


·        Boosts the flavour profile

·        Masking off flavour such as bitterness, fishy etc.

·        Balancing the bitter profile

Keto Chia Chocolate Muffin Recipe

A fluffy and enticing muffin, artfully crafted with premium almond flour, luscious dark chocolate, and wholesome chia – a low-carb masterpiece for the discerning palate. 





Capture the Keto Market

Ready to make a mark in the burgeoning keto market with a product that stands out?

The answer might just be a Keto Muffin in your product lineup. Our product concept is more than just a muffin; it’s a health revolution in a bite. Crafted with low-carb ingredients, it promises a guilt-free indulgence for those on a ketogenic diet. Its low sugar, sodium, and TFA content make it a nutritious choice, mirroring our commitment to healthy, yet delicious food.

As a full-suite market enabler for food businesses, DPO International works in tandem with specialized food ingredient producers such as Benexia, Beneo, and Scentium to help you transform the latest trends into innovative products.

Talk to us and find out how we can help you not only create a superior keto-friendly product but also effectively position it in the competitive health food market. We offer a turnkey solution for food manufacturers looking to expand their offerings or break into the lucrative keto product segment, providing a perfect blend of nutritional excellence and market appeal.


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  2. (2021). Benexia solves the dry texture, short shelf life and nutritional deficits associated with most low-carb baking flours. Retrieved from
  3. Report Linker. (2024). Ketogenic Diet Market: Analysis, Growth Trends and Forecasts 2023-2028. Industry Report. January 2024.
  4. Sheikh, Z. (2023). What’s a Ketogenic Diet? Retrieved from
  5. Source: Arizona Gynecology, 2022.