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These flavour-packed, savoury muffins will banish hunger.

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IngredientsServes: 16

  • 100 g (3½ oz) squash or sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 100 g (3½ oz) courgettes, grated
  • 250 g (9 oz) onions, grated
  • 100 g (3½ oz) red pepper, finely diced
  • 100 g (3½ oz) spinach, shredded, or broccoli, finely chopped
  • 100 g (3½ oz) canned sweetcorn, drained
  • 75 ml (2½ fl oz) vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 225 g (8 oz) reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 225 g (8 oz) self-raising white flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:40min ›Ready in:1hr10min

  1. Steam the squash or sweet potatoes for 10-15 minutes until tender. Mash and set aside. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4) and lightly grease 16 muffin tins.
  2. Place the courgettes, onions, red pepper, spinach or broccoli and sweetcorn in a mixing bowl with the oil, grate the cheese in and season to taste. Fold the flour in, then the mashed squash or sweet potatoes.
  3. Whisk the eggs until frothy, then fold them into the vegetable mixture and spoon it into the muffin tins. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes until slightly risen and browned.
  4. Let the muffins cool thoroughly before removing them from the tins.

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Reviews in English (4)

I'm not one to write reviews but this recipe is fab. Thanks for taking the time to post it! I substituted sweetcorn for a bit more broccoli, used full fat cheddar; and olive oil instead of veg oil. Took 30 mins to cook in cupcake tin, which gave better rise results than the silicone cases on a baking sheet in the same batch. Super tasty. Super easy. My 11 month old loves them too.-30 May 2012

Delicious. Both my 10 month old and very fussy 3 year old enjoyed them. They freeze well too. I'll be making these again and again. Thanks for sharing.-01 May 2014

This receipe is awesome and the taste is Devine. So simple but yet so so tasty. Replaced sweet pit at with carrots-24 Apr 2015

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5. Sugar-Free Apple and Banana Muffins

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  • 1 (18-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained)


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F.

Step 2: Using an electric mixer, prepare 1 (18-ounce) box yellow cake mix following package directions. Add 1 teaspoon coconut extract, 1 teaspoon rum extract, 1 cup shredded coconut, 1 cup chopped walnuts and 1 cup drained crushed pineapple. Stir, just to combine, being careful not to overmix batter.

Step 3: Grease muffin pans or line with paper cups. Fill each cup 3/4 full.

Step 4: Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out dry. Top with icing, powdered sugar, cream cheese, or just enjoy as is.

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In the strawberry muffin recipe below, you’ll notice we added a few extra spices to the batter — cinnamon and finely ground black pepper. It’s not often you see black pepper in sweet baked goods, but trust us, it’s so good. You don’t specifically taste the pepper, but it sort of lifts the flavor of everything in the muffin. Try it, we really love it.

Try to use strawberries that are sweet and flavorful for these muffins. If you can’t find them, try other berries — blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or cherries would be amazing.

Just before baking, we add a sugary top to the muffins. It’s completely optional, but we love the tiny bit of crunch it adds once they’ve baked.

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Using a ruler and a roll of parchment paper, trace and cut out a dozen 6-inch (15-cm) squares. Working with 1 square at a time, place it on your work surface, position the bottom of a drinking glass on top, and fold the edges of the square up around the glass. Then place the paper cup in the muffin tin. Easy peasy!

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These tender, moist banana muffins are packed with three different kinds of goodies: toasted walnuts, cinnamon chips, and chocolate chips. Chocolate and banana? Think banana split, you'll get the picture.

After initially posting this recipe and then reading your comments, we've cut back on the sugar a bit. The muffins are even tastier than before, as less sweetness allows the flavors of the other ingredients to shine through.


  • 8 tablespoons (113g) butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (131g) sugar
  • 1 cup (227g) mashed banana, about 2 medium or 1 1/2 large bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon butter rum or coconut flavor, optional
  • 1/3 cup (74g) milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
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  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
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In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar till smooth.

Beat in the mashed banana, then the egg, flavorings, and milk.

Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flours, stirring till smooth if the mixture has a lot of lumps, beat at a higher speed until they've nearly disappeared.

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Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and cinnamon chips.

Heap the thick batter into the prepared muffin cups, mounding them quite full a muffin scoop works well here. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 20 to 23 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of one of the middle muffins in the pan comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven, and tilt them in the pan to cool a bit this will prevent their bottoms from becoming soggy. As soon as you can safely handle them, transfer the muffins to a rack to cool completely.

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Want to temper the sweetness of these muffins by reducing their sugar? See how in our blog article, How to reduce sugar in muffins.

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Ingredients US Metric

  • Nonstick spray or paper muffin cups
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (whole or low-fat but not nonfat)
  • 1/3 cup mild vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


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Fill the prepared tins about 3/4 full. Reserve any leftover batter for a second batch. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until the muffins have firm, rounded tops, and a toothpick inserted into the center of one muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

Gently rock each muffin back and forth to release it. Remove the muffins from the pan and let them cool on the rack for 5 minutes.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I had a chocolate craving and found this cocoa muffins recipe and I will definitely be making them again. They’re moist, chocolatey, and delicious. And they’re not overly sweet.

I’d never have thought to put a pat of butter on a warm chocolate muffin, but I did as the recipe suggested and it was delicious. I also like that these freeze well. Freezing them is great for portion control, especially since my hubby and son aren’t big chocolate eaters and I don’t feel I have to eat up a whole bunch before they go bad. I can eat one, save one for the next day, and freeze the rest for later.

This is a great recipe for little ones to help make because the muffins mix together in no time. I like them because they’re not very sweet.

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This is recipe for delectable delicate eggless savoury vegetable muffins which are fantastic as breakfast or snacks. It is created of all healthful elements like complete wheat flour , chickpea flour ( besan ) and tons of veggies. It is a 100% vegetarian savoury muffin recipe as it is designed without having eggs. The muffins turn out absoultely tasty and it is so straightforward & swift to make. Perfect dish to give in kids’ lunch box as perfectly.
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  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Mix the flaxseed with 3 tbsp water then put in a food processor with the bananas, vanilla extract, oil, almond milk, vinegar and maple syrup, then blitz until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a stick blender or mash well by hand, although this will give a slightly less smooth finish.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in another bowl, reserving ½ tbsp oats and 1 tsp sugar for the topping. Pour the blitzed banana mixture into the bowl and quickly mix using a large metal spoon until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix or the muffins may become tough.
  3. Divide the mixture between the cases (they will be quite full) and sprinkle over the reserved oats and sugar. Bake for 25 mins, until risen and golden.

Tip: Flaxseed may seem like an unusual ingredient, but when mixed with water it acts as a binding agent in place of the eggs that are usually used in baking.

Freezing guidelines:

Allow to cool completely. Wrap well in clingfilm and foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 3 months. Loosen the foil and clingfilm but leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for several hours before serving. If you wish to serve the baked goods warm, place them on a baking sheet for 10 minutes in a moderate oven.

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