A Healthy Breakfast Muffin

Some days are busy and some days are lazy. While the busy days start with ginger tea and cereal poured from a box in a bowl of cold milk, a lazy day begins late with a plateful of our desired breakfast. From something egg-y to sooji halwa, from bread pakoda to roasted tomatoes with buttermilk biscuits; we prepare anything we feel like eating that morning. Weekend is a day of indulgence for us and we like to slow it down and cherish the two precious days of the week.

 

These muffins were baked in my kitchen on a fine Sunday morning. However, if you don’t have lazy bones like mine, you can easily whip this up on any weekday. Like most breakfast muffins, the batter can be prepared the night before and baked the next morning while you get ready to hit the road.

 

It’s always a wonderful feeling to start the day with something freshly baked.

 

 

Few weeks’ back, a lovely lady approached me from Mooney Farm to try their sun-dried tomatoes. I was thrilled seeing the different variety they have and ideas started popping in my mind on how to use them. Rich with a blend of spices, all these have a very distinct flavor of it’s own and that makes it interesting to add in a variety of dishes.

 

 

 

For these muffins, I chose to use the Italian herb sun-dried tomatoes, which when mixed with the spicy jalapeño and salty parmesan created a perfect depth of flavor. As it bakes, the kitchen starts smelling like a bakery store and the sizzling sounds truly tests your patience. Get busy with some other work and ignore the kitchen for a while!

 

Sometimes, the easiest recipe is the trickiest one. I learnt it the hard way that over mixing a muffin batter will make it tough and all the effort you invested will be a waste. Go slow and mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula just until everything is combined.

 

A Healthy Breakfast Muffin

A Healthy Breakfast Muffin

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onion
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon milk
  • some freshly cracked black peppers

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F and grease the muffin pan with some oil. You can use the liners too.
  2. Whisk the egg along with sugar and salt.
  3. Mix flour with baking powder and then add jalapeño, tomatoes, spring onion, chili flakes and give it a light mix.
  4. Pour eggs to the dry ingredient’s bowl. Add oil, milk and using a wooden spoon or a spatula, mix all the ingredients until they combine properly. Do not whisk or over mix it!
  5. Add black pepper, half of the grated cheese and give one last mix.
  6. Pour the batter in the muffin pan and fill it half way.
  7. Sprinkle the left over grated cheese on top and let it bake for 20 mins.
  8. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready

 

If you have a savory tooth like me, go ahead and give this recipe a try. Spread some salted butter on it, enjoy it plain along with a cup of tea or and save some to enjoy with your soup for dinner.

 

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  • Anamika
    September 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Muffins look so perfect and sound so healthy Kankana!

  • pavithra
    September 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Beautiful one Kankana.. healthy muffin to start the day.. Love with your pictures as always. Yumm yumm 🙂

  • [email protected]
    September 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Wow, that can be a perfect breakfast and tiffin item for the little one! You are awesome friend. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • indugetscooking
    September 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Looks like a great snack and breakfast. That the batter can be prepared earlier makes it so convenient. Beautiful pics, as always!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    September 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Gorgeous muffins, I love that you went the savory direction with those lovely sundried tomatoes!

  • Rosa
    September 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Lovely savory muffins! Perfect at any time of the day.

    Gorgeous pics, as always!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Nandita
    September 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Fantastic looking muffins. Loved the recipe and the photography!! Slurp 😉

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    September 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I love savory muffins and with sun dried tomatoes and jalapeño peppers it can’t go wrong!

  • nisha
    September 14, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    i keep wanting to make all sorts of muffins for breakfast but the laziness sure overtakes and i chuck the idea. i like everything you have added in that muffin…yummm

  • Joanne
    September 14, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    Savory muffins! Now that is something else. They sound super delicious and perfect for lazy mornings!

  • mjskit
    September 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I bet your kitchen did smell good! These look delicious! I love a good savory muffin!

  • indu Srinivasan
    September 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    yummy and spongy muffins.U have a lovely blog.U can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  • Vijitha
    September 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I am sure the muffins are super tasty. I love to start my day with a savoury dish. Something like this is sure to keep me happy. Have you tried making it with whole wheat flour? Let me try with that 🙂

    • Kankana
      September 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      I haven’t tried with whole wheat. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    September 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Love!!
    I am madly in love with sun dried tomatoes… This muffins will be so good with some fried eggs or soup as you said!!
    loving the 2nd pic Kankana!!!

  • wokandspoon
    September 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I love those little saucers with the blue flowers. Some very beautiful photos.

  • Debjani
    September 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I am a prop gawker so I gotta admit I’m loving the wooden platter from the second picture. Secondly, savory muffins are totally my kind of muffins. Thanks for the inspiration. I just need a bit of bacon in everything…I know, I’m bad!

  • Richa
    September 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    i love savory breakfast anyday. the muffins fit right in. and i love the pictures.. i wait for your posts to see how you will set up the shot:)

  • Sandra's Easy Cookin
    September 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Tasty and beautiful, Kankana! What a great way to start a day and I must say that I am also leaning to savory rather than a sweet breakfast! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day!

  • Wizzy
    September 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Oooooh, I just love a savoury breakfast muffin

  • helene dsouza
    September 15, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Just yesterday night me and my husband we were musing about muffin recipe ideas. Kankana, I love that it took u only little time to whip them up and they looks perfect for a Sunday morning. I hope I wont be lazy this Sunday so I can try out your recipe. =)

    • Kankana
      September 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks dear! Let me know how it comes out 🙂

  • Arch
    September 15, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    These look beautiful…I just made some breakfast muffins with corn and cheese…

  • Aunt Clara
    September 15, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Beautiful muffins. I definitely prefer savory foods for breakfast. It may be a cultural thing, but I can’t stand sugary things in the morning. This is a great choice for people like me.

    • Kankana
      September 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Same here! I need savory bites only 🙂

  • Manju
    September 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Hi Kankana,
    There’s a yummy award waiting for you at my space 🙂 Do collect it. Congrats!!
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    Regards,
    Manju

  • rebecca
    September 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    these look great some on over and bake me muffins he he 🙂 not sure how many mums do this 🙂

  • foodwanderings
    September 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Ooh delish looking muffins.Love that they are savory, not sweet. I should not browse through food blogs this late at night. I am absolutely famished! 🙂

  • thyme (Sarah)
    September 16, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    These are beautiful savory muffins. I love sun dried tomatoes added to foods and breads make for a perfect partnering. I learned the hard way with stirring muffin batter too much too…especially when I use whole grains. Such gorgeous photo shots of these little beauties.

  • Divya
    September 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Oohh..lovely lovely! I would love the wake up to the smell of these muffins. I love how to styled them as well. Your styling rocks!

  • [email protected]
    September 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I want to be at that table for breakfast!! GORGEOUS! As always!

  • KiranTarun
    September 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I love a healthy savory breakfast muffins!! Yum 🙂

  • nipponnin
    September 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    The muffin sounds little bit spicy to me but it could be great companion to mellow flavor dish or green salad. Amazing photos! You’re so talented.

  • Deepa
    September 17, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Savory muffins are looking absolute healthy treat ! Beautiful props and as usual beautiful photos…

  • Lisa H.
    September 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Gorgeous photos… I prefer savoury than sweet muffin… ‘Favourite’-ing this 😀

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Sun-dried tomatoes are my favorite, yet I never had muffins that have them! Hmmm these are really nice breakfast, Kankana! And I love your butter knife… how beautiful!!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    September 18, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    your title should have been healthy and delicious breakfast muffin! WOW, love the color of them. perfectly cooked with a touch of golden brown. I bet the sun-dried tomatoes are just amazing in the muffins!

  • dassana
    September 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    i loved your pics. i agree it is always a wonderful feeling to start the day with something freshly baked.

  • Soma
    September 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    How beautiful! The relaxed mood just shows in the photos. and I could easily make a lunch out of these.