Low Carb Zucchini Nut Bread 💚 New Gluten Free Keto Recipe (Vegetarian Friendly)


A few months ago when I made those delicious Cinnamon Spice Keto Muffins I mentioned that I wanted to try my hand at a Low Carb Zucchini Bread Recipe next… and that’s exactly what I did this week. Successfully! 🙂

Low Carb Zucchini Nut Bread Recipe

Here’s the Cinnamon Spice Keto Muffins Recipe which was fabulous too, but just LOOK at this beautiful zucchini bread! 👀

It has a warm, cinnamon, nutty fall flavor that really hits the spot!

Keto Zucchini Bread Recipe - Keto Vegetarian Recipes

Per my usual this is a VERY simple recipe chock full of healthy goodness.

You can make this recipe as Zucchini Nut Muffins too, which are ideal for “meal prep” and making an easy grab-n-go healthy breakfast for the week.

Low Carb Zucchini Nut Muffins - Keto Meal Prep (Vegetarian Friendly)

Not only is it super low carb (only 1.5 net carbs per serving) it is also gluten free, ketogenic and vegetarian friendly.

It’s very moist just like a traditional zucchini bread recipe – not at all dense or grainy like most gluten free or low carb bread recipes.

The Secret Ingredient

The STAR ingredient of this recipe is the insanely nutrient dense Pumpkin Spice Pili Nut Butter with super clean ingredients – plus the health benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms (a brain-boosting, potential cancer-fighting “power food” with anti-aging properties, very popular in traditional Chinese medicine).

Tip: coupon code LOWCARBTRAVELER will get you a discount at their website AND they have a HUGE sale coming up soon. 😉

Pumpkin Spice Pili Nut Butter by Pili Hunters

I’ve been enjoying Pili Nuts and creating delicious keto meals with both their nuts and Pili Hunters Nut Butters for a few years now, and LOVE cooking with their products.

I’ll show you where you can find those fun, creative recipes in a minute!

They recently came out with a few new products and new recipes and sent me some to review, including the popular new Pumpkin Spice Pili Nut Butter.

Pumpkin Spice Pili Nut Butter Recipe

I have a working relationship with them as a taste-tester, affiliate, as a paid sponsor of recipe development posts like this one – and as fellow adventurers & friends. 🙂

That relationship allowed me to score you a discount too. Use code LOWCARBTRAVELER on any Pili Hunters products for our discount.

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The Pili Nut Butters are a newer addition to the product line, made from the wild-harvested pili nuts the company is known for.

What IS a Pili Nut?

It’s “a super-nut with a rich buttery taste, containing magnesium, manganese, and Vitamin B1, and the lowest carbohydrate content of any nut.”

~source: What is a Pili Nut?

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See: The Perfect LCHF Keto Nut: Pili Nuts With A Purpose (Beware Knock-Off Brands!)

Now that you know the main ingredients are power-packed with nutrients and health benefits, let’s get on to the actual recipe! 😉

Speaking of, you can get a GREAT deal on both the Pili Nuts and the Pili Nut Butter for this recipe by selecting the Pumpkin Spice Flavor on this Pili Hunters Combo Deal:

Pili Nuts Recipe Ingredients

Low Carb Breakfast Ideas - Keto Zucchini Bread

Low Carb Zucchini Bread Recipe

Note: this recipe makes a smaller loaf so you’ll want to double the recipe for a larger, more traditional sized loaf. There are photos & baking dish measurements below.

This smaller recipe made 10 servings at 1.5 net carbs each.

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* I recommend adding a dash of nutmeg too. 😉

Tip: the pili nuts / nut butter combo is the best deal. Plus use code LOWCARBTRAVELER for an additional discount

Low Carb Zucchini Nut Bread - Keto Recipe

You can use ANY kind of nut butter in this recipe. The Pumpkin Spice Pili Nut Butter has a nice “fall spice” flavor to it already though, so if you use a plain nut butter you’ll have to add your own flavoring and spices.


It helps if your eggs are not TOO cold, to prevent the melted butter or oil from clumping on you, and you definitely want your nut butter to be room temperature.

I whisk my eggs first and set them aside on the counter while preparing everything else.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Break up the Pili Nuts into smaller pieces.

Grate the zucchini into small pieces, and use paper towels to soak up any excess water. (I used Zoodles from the produce section and diced them up smaller.)

Stir together the first three ingredients (eggs, nut butter & melted butter or coconut oil) until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a hand mixer.

Save the chopped pili nuts and grated zucchini, and fold those in at the end.

Keto Zucchini Bread Recipe

Grease a glass rectangle baking dish liberally with coconut oil.

TIP: Definitely use coconut oil! I tried a well-buttered dish with my first batch and it wasn’t as easy to get out of the dish as the batch where I greased the baking dish with coconut oil. 😉

NOTE: This recipe makes a smaller batch, which is ideal if you’re the only one eating low carb or keto in your home. You can simply double the recipe for a traditional sized zucchini bread loaf.

For this smaller half-sized recipe I used a 6″ x 4″ glass dish that is 2″ deep. I kept enough batter out to also make 3 muffins.

Small Batch Recipe

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes – until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

(Muffins take a little less time, start checking those after 25 minutes.)

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread Recipe

IMPORTANT: Let the zucchini bread loaf cool completely before slicing, or attempting to remove from the baking dish.

I personally let mine cool to room temperature, then refrigerated it overnight. That made it easy to remove from the baking dish, using a rubber spatula to gently loosen it from the edges first.

Keto Zucchini Bread Recipe - Keto Vegetarian Recipes

While it’s very moist, and not at all grainy or dense, it still holds together very well – and has a nice crust on the outside with a soft nutty bread texture:

Keto Zucchini Bread - Gluten Free Low Carb Recipes

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It’s exceptionally good topped with real butter. 💚

Low Carb Recipes - Keto Zucchini Bread

The muffins will do best in a silicone muffin pan, or in a muffin tin well-greased with coconut oil.

If you use muffin papers – feel free to dive right into one as soon as it cools enough so you don’t burn your mouth. 🙂

Optional: mix a little cinnamon and sweetener of choice (I like Granular Swerve) together and sprinkle it over the hot muffins or loaf for a pretty & sweet topping:

Cinnamon Spice Low Carb Muffins

Using the exact recipe above, my Low Carb Zucchini Bread slices & muffins made 10 servings (7 slices and 3 muffins) and came out to only 1.5 net carbs each with perfect LCHF macros.

Creative Keto Recipes - Low Carb Zucchini Nut Bread

You can use the Free MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator to add in each of your ingredients, and the number of servings based on how you slice yours – or how many muffins you make.

This is 2 servings logged for breakfast:

Low Carb Zucchini Bread in MyFitnessPal

It came out nutty, super moist – and absolutely delicious!

Keto Zucchini Bread Recipe

Low Carb Zucchini Bread Recipe - Gluten Free and LCHF Keto

I have a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to use Pili Nuts and Pili Nut Butters in recipes and easy low carb dinner dishes. They are extremely nutrient rich and VERY low carb, making them a perfect addition to any keto kitchen.

Plus I love knowing the passion & purpose that goes into bringing these super foods to our kitchens. You should see: Why I Love Pili Hunters to get a REAL feel for the quality & value of these products.

I especially love baking with Pili Nut Butter. The original flavor makes great blueberry muffins, and also fabulous blueberry pancakes & waffles.

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Note: it is very rich in magnesium and a great source of potassium!

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They’re also available on Amazon but they do have some GREAT sales on their website right now AND we have a coupon code (above) that works on the site – but not on Amazon. 😉

I’m really pleased this Low Carb Zucchini Bread came out SO well.

I “messed up” the first batch by adding twice as much zucchini and pili nuts. It was still delicious (and I ate the entire pan, lol) but it didn’t rise as well as THIS recipe – or have the nice moist bread texture as it did with half as much of each.

This version was GREAT, and even better topped with the Pili Nut Butter. 😉

Pumpkin Spice Pili Nut Butter Muffin Recipe

Pili Hunters Recipes - Keto, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Low Carb

I worked hard on this one, tweaking the amounts to get it just right. I do think it would be even better if you add nutmeg, and of course feel free to experiment with the ingredients & amounts to suit your tastebuds…

I hope you enoy it! 🙂

You may want to order more than just a sampler pack because you’ll fall in love with Pili Nuts and Nut Butters in your kitchen. Or if you have some on hand already and you’re looking for creative ways to use them…

See my “pili recipes” in this Keto Muffins Recipe post (there are additional recipes/ideas at the end!)

If you make this recipe, let me know how it turns out.

If you have ideas for improving the recipe, leave a comment and share those with us! I always enjoy your feedback & help- especially in the kitchen. 😉

Warning: after eating both batches of this delicious but super low carb zucchini pili nut bread… my ketone levels spiked (improved dramatically) and my weight started dropping. That’s Pili-Power for you! *cheers*

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Both the Pili Nuts and the Original Pili Nut Butter pair VERY well with dark chocolate too, by the way. MY favorite is to mix the original Pili Nut Butter with dark chocolate, then add chopped Pili Nuts – for a nutty, delicious, healthy fat bomb. ♥

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10 Responses to Low Carb Zucchini Nut Bread 💚 New Gluten Free Keto Recipe (Vegetarian Friendly)

  1. Cindi says:

    Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering! This looks delicious and sounds very easy to make. I haven’t tried the Pili products yet, but maybe now is the time. Thanks for the delicious-sounding recipe, discount code, and great links, Lynn.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      It really was delicious, Cindi. 🙂 I ate both batches I baked! The Pili Hunters products are exceptional – high quality, whole food, great ingredients.

      Interestingly it spiked my ketone levels and caused a nice 2 pound weight loss. I attribute that to the great ingredients (no junk / nothing artificial), the perfect LCHF macros, and possibly the specific nutrients – lion’s mane mushroom, magnesium, potassium, natural oils, etc. I’m not sure, but it happens every time I make Pili recipes!

      They have some good sales and some great bundle prices for combining products – like the two I used in this recipe. And they’ll have a good Black Friday sale too. 😉

      If you decide to make this recipe, let me know how yours turns out – and any modifications you try!

  2. Emily says:

    Thanks. I tried to find this recipe but couldn’t. Then by magic it appears in my inbox. I have homemade almond butter. Do you think I might need to make any changed?

  3. Valerie Cooper says:

    Is there any way you could baked this zucchini bread/muffins to sell, or is a low carb bakery sells these

  4. Wenchypoo says:

    Did you use the 1/4c. batter like you mentioned in a previous artivle, or some other measure for the muffins?

    ~The Pili Nut Recipe Hunter

  5. Sue says:

    That looks so good. I don’t think we can get the Pili nut butter here in NZ… Feeling a bit deprived right now between the low carb wine I just saw and this… 🙁

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