Flourless Zucchini Muffins
I’ve updated this recipe for low-carb and gluten-free Flourless Zucchini Muffins so it now makes six larger muffins that are perfect for breakfast! You can double the recipe to make 12 large muffins if you have lots of zucchini to be used!
I first made these Flourless Zucchini Muffins more than ten years ago, and then I kind of forgot about the recipe even though people would comment on it now and then. And then earlier this summer I made a batch of the original recipe for these muffins with Kara and truthfully, we decided they could be improved! (For anyone who was a fan of the original version, just follow that link to get it.)
The original muffin recipe made six muffins, but when we tried them in the size of silicone baking cup I use for my muffin recipes now, the muffins were small and too flat. And although the flavor was definitely not bad, we thought it could be better.
We made a new version that doubled most of the original ingredients for a larger muffin, used a bit more sweetener (although these muffins are still not super sweet), slightly increased the amount of cinnamon, and omitted the small amount of oil which wasn’t needed for a muffin made with almond flour. And Kara and I are both not great at baking (although she’s better than I am), so we had to make them over and over to get the version we’re sharing with you here. All the not-quite-the-one versions were still gobbled up by the kids, but when we tested this final version and both Kara and I said, “These are really good” we knew we had a winner.
As you can see I like to cut my breakfast zucchini muffin in half, heat for about 30 seconds in the microwave, and enjoy with a pat of butter! And after I ate a muffin this morning I picked one yellow summer squash and three large zucchini from my tiny garden patch, so I know there must be other people looking for ideas to use zucchini; enjoy! And you can check out Low-Carb and Keto Grab-and-Go Breakfasts for more grab-and-go breakfast ideas.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- grated raw zucchini
- chopped pecans
- blanched Almond Flour (affiliate link)
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- egg whites
- Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), or other sweetener of your choice
- T buttermilk
Why are they called flourless muffins?
The word flourless in the title for these Flourless Zucchini Muffins means the recipe doesn’t contain wheat flour. They use almond flour which is made from finely ground almonds.
What size Silicone Baking Cups did I use?
I have three sizes of silicone baking cups. But my middle size (that the manufacturer calls Jumbo) is 3.5 x 2.25 x 1.6 inches and holds 2/3 cup, and that’s the size I use for almost all my Low-Carb Muffins and Breakfast Muffins. That’s the baking cups I used to make six large muffins with the updated version of this recipe. However you can definitely make these flourless zucchini muffins with different sized baking cups and adjust the cooking time to be a little more or less, so don’t be afraid to try that.
How to make this recipe:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Preheat oven to 350F/175C. If Almond Flour (affiliate link) has been in freezer, let it come to room temperature.
- Wash and dry outside of zucchini and grate with large side of a hand grater or with a Food Processor (affiliate link). Grated zucchini keeps well in the fridge, so do extra if you have a lot of zucchini.
- Put the grated zucchini inside cheesecloth or a kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess water.
- Measure out 1 1/2 cups of grated zucchini. Coarsely chop pecans, or any nuts of your choice.
- Put 2 eggs and 2 egg whites into small bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until the mixture has tripled in size, about 2 minutes.
- Add Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice and buttermilk to the beaten eggs.
- Measure 2 cups almond flour into bowl, add salt, baking soda, and cinnamon, and combine.
- Stir liquid mixture into the almond flour mixture. Stir just enough to barely combine.
- Gently fold the zucchini and pecans into the batter, again stirring only enough to barely combine.
- Spray muffin cups with non-stick spray. Divide the batter into 6 baking 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, but I really did bake them for 45 minutes.)
- Try to be patient and let them cool on a rack for at least 20 minutes or a bit longer before you eat them.
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Weekend Food Prep:
Flourless Zucchini Muffins have been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Almond Flour (affiliate link) is widely available, and if you shop at Costco you can probably find it there! I used Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link); use any sweetener you prefer. You can probably use milk or cream instead of buttermilk, although I haven't tried that. Recipe originally inspired by Zucchini Bread from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elena Amsterdam; new version adapted and tested many times by Kalyn and Kara. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
Almond Flour (affiliate link) is widely available, and if you shop at Costco you can probably find it there! I used Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link); use any sweetener you prefer. You can probably use milk or cream instead of buttermilk, although I haven't tried that.
Recipe originally inspired by Zucchini Bread from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elena Amsterdam; new version adapted and tested many times by Kalyn and Kara.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
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, and with the Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) I used they’re low in carbs. Flourless Zucchini Muffins aralso a good choice for the original 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 of South Beach.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in September 2009. The recipe was updated and improved in July 2020, and was last updated in 2021.