These portable make ahead veggie filled Savory Spinach & Parmesan Muffins are so good with a nice warm bowl of soup or cup of chili. Or, have them for breakfast or brunch and start your day with some good for you veggies.
These vegetarian spinach and cheese muffins are moist and light, with a delicate texture, and a wonderful cheesy flavor. And they’re a great way to work healthy veggies into your family’s brunch. They’d be fantastic for a special holiday brunch like Mother’s Day or Easter!
Savoury spinach muffins are perfect for back to school lunchboxes, a light lunch,after-school snack, or an afternoon snack for adults.
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How to serve these Spinach Parmesan Muffins
They taste so good warm from the oven, all hot and fresh. But they’re also delicious cold from the fridge.
Served ‘em with a nice Salmon Caesar salad or a bowl of vegetarian chili for a nice healthy, packed with nutrition, lunch. Or, serve these for breakfast with some scrambled eggs.
Under the weather
I first made these in 2015 when I was feeling a bit under the weather.
I had shared my cold with my husband, so he wasn’t feeling the best either, and I was craving easy to make comfort foods.
He requested soup for dinner. So, I went through my Pinterest Soups Board and choose this Red Pepper Corn Soup with Gnocchi. And, since I always make bread to go with soup, these vegetable muffins totally fit the bill.
Fork & Forage
These yummy Spinach & Feta Muffins from Fork & Forage (unfortunately, Linda’s website is down now, but she remains a friend of mine) were so much fun to try and to play around with.
I baked up a batch and was very impressed. We ate them with the soup and we both thought they were great.
Thanks, Linda for providing me with the recipe! I really appreciate it! She gave me permission to share her recipe as her website is down now.
This is a great basic savory muffin recipe that you can make all kinds of changes to.
The first time I made these I used ½ cup of chopped jarred roasted red peppers instead of the tomatoes and olives. I also used mozzarella in place of feta (I was too lazy to buy any feta and had string cheese sticks in the fridge that I chopped into small pieces.)
So, you can change what kind of cheese you use in these cheese muffins. Try Queso Fresco, mozzarella, smoked Gouda, or cheddar instead of the feta.
Don’t care for tomatoes? Try using roasted jarred red peppers like I did. Or, fresh red peppers.
Try green olives instead of black olives.
I think chopped kale would work well instead of the spinach for a kale muffin as well.
Muffin tin liners
Oh, and as you can see, I used cupcake liners (er, or is that a muffin liner?) for my muffins.
My muffin tins are old and everything sticks to them, so I always use liners.
Besides, it looks fun and festive, don’t ya think?
Always grease or spray the inside of the liners with butter or oil just like you would the pan, to keep the muffins from sticking to the liners.
How to make savory muffins
These little muffins of savory goodness are easy to make. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a second bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
If you don’t have a scale to weigh the spinach, I chopped mine roughly and packed it into this 2 cup glass measuring cup. You can see that it comes just to the top. You can eyeball this if you need to. A little less would be fine too.
Mix the veggies into the wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients, and the cheese.
Fill the muffin cups, top with shredded Parmesan, and bake. So good and so easy to make!
Can these be made ahead?
Absolutely! These are great make ahead breakfast muffins for a tasty breakfast all week long! Just reach in the fridge, grab one and head out for the day! And, these muffins really satisfy so you won’t be hungry right away. This is a make ahead recipe that will help you get through the busy days.
How to store these Savory Spinach Muffins?
I like to store these muffins in an air-tight container in the fridge for about a week.
Can I freeze these muffins?
Yes, these muffins freeze well, so you could even double the recipe. Just use the servings slider or the calculator on the recipe card to easily change the ingredient amounts.
Allow the muffins to cool completely, then store them in an air tight container in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, pop them in the fridge overnight. Or, defrost them in the microwave.
Can these spinach and Parmesan filled muffins be gluten free?
These can easily be gluten free by using a gluten free baking mix instead of the all-purpose flour.
Can these be vegan?
Yes, with a few swaps, these are a great vegan treat.
Use a plant-based milk. I suggest a neutral flavored one like unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, or soy milk. Skip the sweetened vanilla ones here.
Use vegan cheese (both Parmesan and feta).
And, use a vegan egg swap. Here are a few ways to swap the eggs and make this vegan: There are several store-bought version of vegan eggs. Use ½ cup of unsweetened apple sauce to replace the two eggs. Tapioca starch can be used as a binding agent; use 2 tablespoons of tapioca starch, blended with 6 teaspoons of water, to replace the two eggs. Combine 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water, stir to combine, and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.
I’m out of Italian seasoning, help!
I’ve been there. If you find your cupboard is bare of Italian seasoning, simply use the flowing spices instead. 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon onion powder.
Other savory spinach recipes
I love spinach; it’s so nice and healthy and delicious! Try some of my favorite savory spinach recipes: Spinach Mushroom Gratin, Spinach Artichoke Dip (crock pot or oven cooking), and Mushroom Spinach Risotto.
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Savory Spinach & Parmesan Muffins Recipe
Savory Spinach & Parmesan Muffins
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded or grated (plus extra for sprinkling on top)
- ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning or your favorite herb blend
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 3.5 oz fresh spinach chopped
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in half or roasted red peppers
- 2.25 oz black olives sliced
- black pepper to taste
- 3.5 oz Feta cheese crumbles
- Preheat oven to 350° F / 180° C
- Liberally grease muffin pan with oil or butter, or line the muffin tin with paper muffin cups, and spray the inside of those with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, add and mix together the dry ingredients – flour, salt, baking powder, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning.
- In a separate medium bowl whisk together beaten eggs, milk, olive oil, and hot sauce until thoroughly combined. Add the spinach, tomatoes (or roasted red peppers), olives, and pepper, then mix well. Mix the dry ingredients (flour mixture) in with the wet (egg mixture), to form a batter. Fold in the crumbled Feta.
- Spoon the batter evenly into the greased muffin pan compartments, pressing the batter down into the tins. Sprinkle some pepper and the extra Parmesan on top of each portion of batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the muffins have slightly risen and are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing them from the muffin pan onto a wire rack.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
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awww! yes these muffins are def. comfort food! I love parmesan + spinach so I had to make them right away. you’re right – so yum! Thanks for the suggestions on how to change them. i’ll play with them.
I hope you both get over this horrible bug soon. These muffins are delicious, I printed the recipe to make again and again.
I hope you husband feeling better soon Debi. These muffins are so savory good and easy to make too!
Debi, I’m so flattered that you tried my recipe and love that you put a different spin on it! I must try them with the roasted red peppers as that sounds delicious. Thrilled that you both enjoyed them and thank you for sharing my details. You’re the best!!
Hoping you both get out from under the weather soon. x
This is perfect for a weekend brunch! I made them yesterday and can’t stop eating them.
These muffins are out of this world delicious! I love a good savory muffin 🙂 Thanks!
I added these to my Mother’s Day Brunch menu! They were a hit! Made them with tomatoes and feta. Yum!
This recipe made beautiful Muffins and the addition of spinach and parmesan is perfect! Thanks for sharing! Everyone loved them.
Oh yeah, these are awesome! Loved Linda’s version, and yours, too! Perfect mini meal!
Dear Debi, I hope you can shake this cold off soon. We had a similar bug going around in my house a couple of weeks ago…I guess there is just something going on.
These muffins you have prepared are the best for a cold – and with a bowl of soup, I could not imagine anything more comforting. xo, Catherine
Winter had hit the midwest again, these were just what we needed with a bowl of chili tonight!!
I love the idea of savory muffins! So much flavor and so easy to make! It was great to have a boost of vegetables in the morning too!
These are so amazing! I love the flavors of the spinach and parmesan cheese. These are a def keeper!
OH WOW! These muffins are obsession-worthy! We rarely have savory muffins here, but we had these this week and everyone was in love. The combination of parmesan, spinach, tomato and herb is perfection.
I try to make healthy muffins every week to have on hand for snacking. I substituted half of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour, and these were a great change of pace from my usual sweet-ish fare.