Savory Zucchini Muffins

Savory Zucchini Muffins

Christine Boutwell Mita 136

"A nice change from the traditional sweet zucchini muffin, this recipe utilizes zucchini, onion, garlic, roasted red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes, resulting in a moist, savory muffin that's perfect at breakfast, lunch, or dinner time! You can sprinkle with a little shredded parmesan before baking, if you like."

Ingredients 1 h 10 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 181 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 181 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 292 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 16 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the onion and garlic in the hot oil until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and remove from heat; transfer to a food processor. Add the zucchini and roasted red pepper to the tomato mixture; pulse the mixture several times until finely chopped.
  3. Stir the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano together in a bowl.
  4. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy using an electric mixer; beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the sour cream, milk, hot pepper sauce, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Stir half the flour mixture into the butter mixture until almost incorporated; add the rest of the flour mixture and stir a few times just to mix. Stir in the zucchini mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups until nearly full. Sprinkle each muffin cup with about 1 teaspoon of shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  6. Bake the muffins in the preheated oven until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
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  1. 27 Ratings


Christine, I am SO excited to be the first reviewer of your recipe so that I can give it a good jump start by showering it with the praise it deserves! The recipe, granted, is very involved for a muffin and requires a lot of ingredients. Maybe this unfortunately makes people pass it by. But here is a perfect example of how the effort you put into something is SO worth the results! As the first reviewer I felt a responsibility to strictly stick to the recipe and other than using full fat sour cream and skipping the optional Parmesan topping, I did. As these were baking (mine only took 30 minutes) the aroma was so good it truly was making my mouth water - and I'm not being dramatic to stress a point! Healthy, flavorful ingredients and flecked with lovely colors, but the true test would be the taste test. You have outdone yourself! They are perfect! Moist, great texture, beautiful, and such a unique flavor! You have this recipe down pat, and I would strongly encourage others not only to try these, but to make them exactly as the recipe directs - that means no shortcuts, no changes, no substitutions or deletions. I can't imagine how this recipe could be improved upon the perfection it already is. Thank you for sharing your recipe!


This recipe produces a wonderfully delightful muffin! I must say, it is very time consuming, and took me way more than the 25 minute prep time indicated. But if you do have the time, these are well worth it. I made 1/2 a batch and now wished I made the whole thing. Mine came out perfectly beautiful after 32 minutes. I'll definitely make these again and might try making them in stages. I think I'd prep the zucchini mixture a day ahead, cover and refrigerate it. And the dry ingredients could easily be combined a day ahead. This is a wonderful recipe, so do give it a try. Just plan ahead!


Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Savory, flavorful, moist, and satisfying. Two of these make for a perfect snack/lunch on the go. I followed the recipe pretty exact with only a few modifications—added a handful of seeds (mix of flax, sunflower, and pumpkin), added an additional 1T of milk since my mixture seemed a tad on the dry side (maybe from the seed addition), and used herbs de Provence since I didn’t have dried basil and parsley. Unlike other reviewers mine were perfectly baked at 38 min. I will definitely make these again, and maybe try other vegetable/cheese combinations—spinach, tomato, feta sounds goods. Thanks for the recipe.