Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans
These Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans are a low-glycemic pumpkin treat that’s still delicious with less sugar. Replace the small amount of brown sugar with more sweetener if you want a pumpkin muffin that’s even lower in sugar. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Once in a while I shine the spotlight on recipes that are a bit higher in carbs or more indulgent than my usual low-carb offerings; these treats are not always sweet, but they’re always something delicious that you might enjoy once in a while for a healthy treat! These Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans would make a perfect breakfast for Halloween or Thanksgiving morning. And just a bit of history here: although now I have my favorite pumpkin recipes, I think this is the very first pumpkin recipe ever posted on Kalyn’s Kitchen.
Back in 2010 I got an e-mail from a reader named Sommer asking if I had a South Beach Diet friendly recipe for pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins. I can’t always take recipe requests but Sommer’s timing was great, because I’d recently shared a huge collection of Pumpkin Recipes at BlogHer.com, and I’d been thinking about experimenting with pumpkin muffins or bread ever since.
For these delicious healthier pumpkin muffins I used all white whole wheat flour and Stevia in the Raw Granulated Sweetener with just a touch of brown sugar. The lowest-carb and most South Beach friendly version would be ones made with all Stevia granulated, but even with the small amount of brown sugar I used they’re lower in sugar and more healthful than most pumpkin muffin recipes you’ll find.
If you need something a bit less sweet to feed the little goblins on Halloween morning, Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins might be just the thing. (Use the sweeteners of your choice, and of course you can also make the muffins with a combination of sugar and brown sugar if you don’t care about making them lower in sugar.)
I used pecans, but I think walnuts or almonds would also be good in these muffins. Coarsely chop 2/3 cup nuts to go in the muffins and finely chop 3 T nuts for the topping. Mix the finely chopped nuts with 2 T Stevia Granulated (or sweetener of your choice) and 1 T brown sugar to make the topping. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together white whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt.
In another bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, Stevia Granulated (or sweetener of your choice), brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, egg, egg white, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. As you can see from this spoon standing up, the batter will be stiff! Then fold in the coarsely chopped nuts. Spray muffin tins or silicone muffin cups with nonstick spray, then fill cups with batter and top each with a heaping teaspoon of the topping mixture. The cookbook said 15 minutes baking time, which must have been a typo because I baked my muffins at 350F/175C and it took 27 minutes until the toothpick came out clean.
More Low-Sugar Muffins You Might Like:
Low-Sugar Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins with Lemon from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sugar-Free Colombian Cocoa Muffins from The Perfect Pantry
Low-Sugar and Flourless Zucchini Muffins with Pecans (Gluten Free) from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans
These Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans are a pumpkin treat that’s still delicious with less sugar.
- 2/3 cup + 3 T pecans (or use any nuts of your choice)
- 2 C white whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (see note below for substitute for this)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned, but you can make your own pumpkin puree)
- 10 T + 2 T Stevia in the Raw Granulated Sweetener (or use sweetener of your choice or regular white sugar if you don’t care about low-sugar)
- 2 T + 1 T brown sugar (or replace all the brown sugar with Stevia or other sweetener if you want to reduce the sugar even more)
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or coconut oil)
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg + 1 egg white
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F/175C and spray muffin tins or silicone muffin cups with nonstick spray.
- Coarsely chop the 2/3 cup of pecans and set aside.
- Finely chop the 3 T pecans, combine with the 2 T Stevia (or other sweetener) and 1 T brown sugar, and set topping mixture aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl combine the white whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice (or combined spices as described above), cinnamon, and salt.
- In another bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, 10 T Stevia in the Raw Granulated Sweetener (or other sweetener), 2 T brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, egg, egg white, and vanilla. (The mixture will be stiff.)
- Fold in the 2/3 cup chopped nuts.
- Fill muffin cups with batter mixture, sprinkling a heaping teaspoon of the topping mixture over each muffin.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. (I baked my muffins exactly 27 minutes.)
- These muffins were light and just slightly sweet, with a good flavor that reminded me of pumpkin pie. I put half my muffins in the freezer (to help with portion control) and I’ll reheat them for about a minute in the microwave when I want to eat one later.
NOTE: If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can use 1 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground Allspice, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves to equal 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
Low-Carb Diet / Low- Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Using white whole wheat flour, grapeseed or coconut oil, and mostly Stevia Granulated (or another approved sweetener) makes these Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins with Pecans a better choice for the South Beach Diet than most pumpkin muffin recipes, but definitely a version made with all sweetener would be best for South Beach if you’re actively trying to lose weight. Made with all sweetener, these muffins could be an occasional treat for phase 2 on South Beach, and if you used partly brown sugar like I did, they’re probably best saved for phase 3. Even if you used all sweetener, muffins made with flour are too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet plan.
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