Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans (Video)
Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans are also low-glycemic and gluten-free! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
By the time you read this I’ll be in San Francisco hanging out for a few days with some of my food blogging friends before the BlogHer Food Blogging Conference gets started. (I’m actually staying in California nearly a week, and although I’m working on some recipes to auto-post while I’m gone, there might be a bit less action than usual around here for a few days.)
I made these Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans a few weeks ago and now the garden is winding down, but by the time I get home I’m guessing I’ll have at least a few monster zucchini begging to be made into something tasty like this.
I had quite a zucchini muffin baking spree around here, but this version of zucchini muffins is gluten-free, inspired by the Zucchini Bread recipe in Elana’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I used the Honeyville Almond Flour (from Utah!) I learned about from the book, but I wanted to use a low-carb sweetener and change the proportions to use more zucchini and less oil for a muffin that was not quite so calorie dense.
It took me a few tries to get it right, (and thank you to my friend Karina for the advice of adding an egg white for more rising in gluten-free baking) but I loved the way these Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins turned out. If you want the lowest carb muffin, just choose to use all sweetener and skip the one tablespoon of brown sugar!
If you keep your almond flour in the freezer, measure out 1 cup and let come to room temperature. When the flour is warmed, stir in salt, baking soda, and cinnamon, pressing out any lumps in the flour with a fork.I used a trick of beating the egg (plus 1 egg white) with the sweetener to help the muffins rise. I added 1 T brown sugar for better flavor, but you can use an extra tablespoon of sweetener if you prefer the lowest-carb muffin. Then stir in 1 T canola oil and 1 T buttermilk into the beaten egg mixture. (You can use any neutral flavored vegetable oil.) This liquid mixture is stirred into the almond flour mixture. Stir just enough to barely combine.
Then gently fold the zucchini and pecans into the batter, again stirring only enough to barely combine. I like to bake in my toaster oven, which only holds a cookie sheet big enough for six muffins at a time. (For me it’s a great way to enforce portion control with baked goods!) Don’t you think the muffins turned out beautifully? For these muffins it’s important to cool them a bit longer than muffins made with wheat flour, so try to be patient and let them cool on a rack for at least 20-30 minutes before you eat them.
More Low-Carb Recipes for Zucchini:
Top Ten Most Popular Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Zucchini Fries ~ Southern Plate
Low-Carb Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Blueberry Zucchini Cake ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Low-Carb Zucchini Bake with Feta and Thyme ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Zucchini ~ Sugar Free Mom
Weekend Food Prep:
Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins have been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans
(Makes 6 muffins but can easily be doubled, recipe inspired by Zucchini Bread from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elena Amsterdam.)
1 cup blanched almond flour (not the same as almond meal)
1/4 tsp. salt (I used fine grind sea salt)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (I used Cassia Cinnamon from The Spice House)
1 large egg
1 egg white
1/3 cup Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener or sweetener of your choice
1 T brown sugar (or use 1 T more sweetener if you prefer; that will make the muffins even lower in carbs)
1 T canola oil or grapeseed oil
1 T buttermilk (could probably use milk, but I haven’t tried it)
3/4 cup grated raw zucchini, wring out moisture slightly and loosely pack into measuring cup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Measure 1 cup almond flour into medium-sized bowl. (If flour has been stored in freezer, let it come to room temperature for 10-15 minutes.) Add salt, baking soda, and cinnamon to flour and use a fork to combine and press out any lumps.
Put 1 egg and 1 egg white into small bowl. Add sweetener of your choice and brown sugar (or more sweetener) and use a hand mixer to beat until the mixture has tripled in size, about 2-3 minutes. (You shouldn’t beat it until the eggs begin to form peaks like meringue.) Gently stir in canola oil and buttermilk.
Wash zucchini and grate with large side of a hand grater. Squeeze water out of zucchini if it seem wet, then loosely measure out 3/4 cup of grated zucchini. (Zucchini doesn’t have to be completely dry but shouldn’t be dripping water.) Measure 1/2 cup pecans, then chop coarsely with chef’s knife.
Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, only stirring enough to barely combine, then gently fold in the zucchini and pecans. Spray 6 muffin cups (or muffin tin) with non-stick spray or oil, then divide mixture evenly into cups.Bake muffins about 45 minutes, or until top is browned and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (I was surprised they took that long to bake, but the batter is quite moist and dense and I really did bake them for 45 minutes.)
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The almond flour used in these Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins also makes them gluten-free; use all sweetener If you want the lowest-carb muffins. Flourless Zucchini Muffins are a good choice for the South Beach Diet, since almonds contains “good fat” and are a healthful ingredient; however, nut flours are a limited food so these muffins would be too calorie-dense for phase one.
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