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Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans are a delicious option when you want a zucchini muffin without much sugar! Check out Zucchini Recipes for more ideas of what to do with zucchini!

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In Utah we’re getting close to the time of year when giant zucchini start to appear overnight in the garden, and even a dedicated zucchini-lover like myself is searching for ways to use them. Last summer I posted Ten Delicious Zucchini Recipes to help those who are zucchini-challenged, but this year I got fixated on the idea of finding a version of zucchini bread or muffins that didn’t use white flour or sugar.

I tried a few recipes that were close, but the winner was this recipe, adapted from the Zucchini Muffins posted by my good friend Elise at Simply Recipes. Elise’s recipe made a lot of muffins, so I cut it in half to make 12 small muffins, which I’ve been enjoying for breakfast the last few days. Even if you think you don’t like zucchini bread, give these muffins a try and I bet they’ll be a hit at your house.

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans found on KalynsKitchen.com

You can grate the zucchini by hand easily enough, but if you’re getting the food processor out to grate zucchini, why not do a bunch of it, and freeze the grated zucchini so you can make these muffins again? Start by mixing a beaten egg, vanilla, sweetener, and Agave nectar. (You can replace the sweetener and Agave nectar with sugar if you prefer.) Next mix the grated zucchini, and then oil, into the wet ingredients. Sprinkle the baking powder and salt over this and mix in. Next combine the white whole wheat flour, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg and mix to combine. (I used whole nutmeg and grated it fresh, which smelled heavenly.)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans found on KalynsKitchen.com

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined, then gently fold in the chopped pecans. (Don’t overmix the batter.) Spray muffin pan or these cute silicone muffin cups with non-stick spray or vegetable oil, then fill with the muffin batter, dividing equally to make 12 small muffins. Bake at 350F/175C for 25-30 minutes.

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans found on KalynsKitchen.com

Of course these were delicious warm with a little butter, and I reheated the leftovers for a few seconds in the microwave!

More Ideas for Zucchini Bread or Muffins:

Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans
Savory Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Feta and Parmesan
<Savory Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Green Chiles and Cheese
Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) and Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Blueberries and Pecans

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans

When you want a zucchini muffin without much sugar give this Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans a try.


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 cup Agave nectar (you can also use 2/3 cup sugar to replace the sweetener and Agave nectar)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (squeezed, then packed into measuring cup)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (can also use melted butter)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (can also use all-purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I used a generous rounded teaspoon of cinnamon)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or use walnuts or almonds if you prefer)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F – 175C.
  2. Grate zucchini by hand or using a food processor, then gently squeeze grated zucchini to remove some of the water.
  3. Measure 1 1/2 cups (packed) zucchini for this recipe, and if you have extra, freeze it for another time.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg, then add vanilla, Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener, and Agave nectar  and mix to combine.
  5. Stir in the grated zucchini, then the oil.
  6. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the top of this and mix in.
  7. In a smaller bowl, combine white whole wheat flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  8. Stir dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture, then fold in chopped pecans.
  9. Spray muffin pan or individual muffin cups with non-stick spray or vegetable oil, then divide batter evenly among cups to make 12 small muffins.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (I baked mine exactly 30 minutes to get the nicely browned color in the photo.)
  11. Let muffins cool a few minutes in the muffin tin or cups, then remove and cool a few minutes more.
  12. Muffins can be eaten warm or cold, but I like them best warm, and I’ve been microwaving them for about a minute to reheat.


This recipe adapted from Zucchini Muffins at Simply Recipes.


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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you make these Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans with white whole wheat flour, an approved sweetener, and agave, and using canola oil, this recipe is suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. It’s probably suitable for most low-glycemic diet plans, but this would be too high in carbs for a low-carb diet; try my Low-Carb and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans for low-carb!

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68 comments on “Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Pecans”

  1. You’re clearly super creative when it comes to zucchinis! Very tasty – thanks for the recipe!

  2. Hi Kalyn,

    Since I bake for my parrots as well I always modify the recipes slightly. I just made a variation of these WW muffins with the Wheat Free ones with the almond flour. I did half wheat and half almond flower. I reduced the sweetener dramatically and only added about 3 Tbs of Agave. I added Orange zest to make up for the sweetener. They just came out of the oven and they are amazing. And the birds Love'em too which is good because they have the most discerning pallet of all !!!

  3. Teresa, a few years ago I started using granulated Stevia (in the Raw brand) and I think it would work great in these muffins.

  4. have you ever used stevia instead of slpenda?

  5. I found agave nectar at Giant in the syrup aisle. Hope that helps!

  6. Thanks Andie; glad it worked out with your variations.

  7. I just tried this last night. I did it with whole wheat flour (because that's all i had) and it worked okay, but they cooked in about 20-25 minutes and were a darker, denser colour.

    in addition to that, i decided to use a little applesauce (i had a bit too little zucchini) so i reduced the oil a bit. AND i mixeed in a finely diced apple, skin and all, at the end. The apple was a big hit!

    Thanks again for all the recipes, you are my go-to site for SB friendly, yummy, food.!

  8. Sheila, not at all, Thank You for chiming in. Good idea to mix the white whole wheat with white flour (although that makes it less suitable for South Beach if that is an issue.) I should have thought about whole wheat pastry flour (which is finer than regular whole wheat flour.)

    Believe me, I can use all the baking advice I can get! Speak up any time.

  9. Maria – I would sub some of the whole wheat flour with regular white flour instead of using all just whole wheat flour to keep it from getting too dense. You could do half and half or some ratio like that.

    I have used whole wheat pastry flour and had good success with that in this recipe instead of the whole wheat white flour.

    Just my two cents. 🙂 (Hope I didn't overstep!)

  10. Whole wheat flour is denser and won't give exactly the same results as white whole wheat flour (which acts more like white flour in baking.) I wish I knew more about baking to advise you how to adapt the recipe for regular whole wheat, but I don't. You can try it; would love to know how it turns out with regular whole wheat.

  11. So Kalyn, can I use Whole Wheat Flour in this recipe since I don't have any white wheat flour?

  12. I put this link about white whole wheat flour in the recipe, because that post explains what white whole wheat flour is.

  13. Kalyn, what is the difference between white whole wheat flour and whole wheat flour?

  14. Cherie, thanks for that sweet topping recipe, sounds interesting. I appreciate you leave it here for others to try.

  15. Yummmmm – for a change, I made the muffins without the added pecans and added a sweet topping, turning them into cupcakes. The low carb ssweet topping is so easy – mix a 250gm container of lowfat cottage cheese with a packet of diabetic jelly powder (strawberry is great) in your food processor until blended and smooth. It seems really unlikely, but it turns out the consistency of butter cream icing and makes a bright and sweet addition – and will keep well in your fridge until the use by date of the cottage cheese.

  16. Aleese, I do have a recipe for low sugar and flourless zucchini muffins, but even if you used all Splenda and almond flour in that recipe, it would not be phase one, since nuts are so limited in portion size for phase one. (Since I posted that recipe, a reader helped me find where it says that ALL flours are prohibited for phase one, even nut flours.)

  17. Kalyn,

    Can you substitue the ww flour with almond flour or anything that would be good for phase 1 on SB?


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