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Quick Pesto Mug Muffin

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These mug muffins taste great and are ready in just a few minutes. The idea of adding pesto was rather accidental. I was making some Quick Keto McMuffins for breakfast and had a jar of pesto that I made a few days before. So I added a couple of tablespoons of pesto and the result was totally worth it!

If you really miss bread, you have to try my keto buns or their nut-free version - those are the best bread recipes I've made. In fact, they became viral over the social media!

Tips & Substitutions

If you need to make this recipe nut-free, use more flaxmeal (same amount) or coconut flour (half the amount).

When using ingredients, always go by their weight, especially in case of baked goods. Measures such as cups may vary depending on the brand.

If you don't have a microwave, I suggest you make 4-8 servings at once. Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted), or 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional) and cook for about 15 minutes or until cooked in the centre.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 muffin

Allergy information for Quick Pesto Mug Muffin

✔  Gluten free
✔  Pork free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 muffin)

Net carbs4.5 grams
Protein16.4 grams
Fat46.2 grams
Calories511 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 13%, fat 83%
Total carbs13.9 gramsFiber9.4 gramsSugars2.4 gramsSaturated fat12.7 gramsSodium622 mg(27% RDA)Magnesium137 mg(34% RDA)Potassium634 mg(32% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/2 medium avocado, sliced (75 g/ 2.6 oz)
  • 4 slices crisped up Pancetta or bacon (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • Optional: sliced tomatoes or crispy greens to serve with


  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and combine well. Quick Pesto Mug Muffin
  2. Add the egg, cream, and mix well using a fork. Add a dash of water if it's too thick. Quick Pesto Mug Muffin
  3. Add the pesto. Combine well and place in two single-serving ramekins. Quick Pesto Mug Muffin
  4. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds. Let the ramekins cool before filling. Cut the muffins in half. Spread cream cheese on both halves and top with sliced avocado and crisped up bacon slices. Enjoy!
    Quick Pesto Mug Muffin

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 muffin)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
1.1 g2.7 g6.6 g74 kcal
Flaxmeal (flax meal), ground flaxseed
0.3 g3.4 g7.9 g100 kcal
Baking soda, raising agent (bicarbonate of soda)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0.2 g3.1 g2.4 g36 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.4 g0.3 g5.7 g55 kcal
Macadamia Cashew Red Pesto, homemade (KetoDiet blog)
1.3 g1 g6.4 g66 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.5 g1.1 g4.2 g37 kcal
Avocado, fresh
0.7 g0.8 g5.5 g60 kcal
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g4.1 g7.5 g84 kcal
Total per serving, 1 muffin
4.5 g16.4 g46.2 g511 kcal

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Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (18)

Do you have the nutritional value of just the muffin? I want to use it with other recipes and still track my macros. Thanks!

Hi Brandie, there is a detailed nutritional table in all of my recipes 😉

Does the nutritional information include the filling? I do not eat pancetta, bacon or dairy, but I am trying to change my eating habits.  I would like to use this just as a bread as another commenter mentioned, so wanted to make sure I had an accurate count of carbs.

Hi Mandi, yes, all of it is included 😊

Omg! Since I found this recipe I rarely buy bread. I don't add pesto i just use all the other ingredients and it tastes like whole wheat bread. I love it!

I'm glad you like it! Here are some other options you may like: Bread Recipes

Hi Martina.
Is the filling part on this recipe for 1 serving or the 2 servings.
This is one of my favourite breakfast recipe but I’m always wondering about the filling.

Thank you Nini! The filling is per "2 servings" so one serving would be 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1/4 avocado and 2 slices of Pancetta.

What is pesto?

Hi Patty, there is a link in the ingredients list that will take you to my pesto recipe.

Do you think it will work if I just use some sun-dried tomato paste?

Yes, that should work too but it may be higher in carbs so I'd only use half (1 tablespoon per 2 muffins).

How much water at #2? 😊

Hi Greg, water only if needed (if the dough is too thick) - it's optional (1-2 tablespoons).

These are so tasty! I used green pesto and loooved the flavor!

Thank you Melissa!

I used green pesto too, toasted the muffins and added a slice of tomato  so ooooooooo good. Can't wait to try the red pesto

Thank you Natasha, glad you liked it! 😊