These delish savoury muffins from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge work equally well as a morning or afternoon tea and could even be served as a light lunch with salad.
Packed full of nutrients from diced pumpkin (or butternut squash), baby leaf spinach and with a generous helping of protein and calcium from the two different types of cheese used, these little guys will keep your metabolism burning long after you’ve finished eating.
While we’ve used spinach and pumpkin with goat’s cheese and parmesan, you can alternate the ingredients to suit what you like eating or have handy. If you can, stick to using a stronger flavoured cheese. The rich flavours of goat’s cheese and parmesan means you end up using less product which cuts down on calories.
Pumpkin, goat’s cheese and parmesan savoury muffins
Ingredients (makes 12 muffins)
- 2 cups wholemeal flour (we used spelt flour) (24o grams)
- 3 tsp baking powder (7.5 grams)
- 1 cup diced pumpkin or butternut squash (120 grams)
- 1 cup baby leaf spinach leaves, shredded (30 grams)
- 200 grams goat’s cheese
- 100 grams parmesan cheese
- 1 free range egg, lightly beaten (50 grams)
- 1 cup low fat milk (250 mls)
- 1.5 tbsp Dijon mustard (24 grams)
- 2 tbsp olive oil for drizzling and greasing muffin tins (30 mls)
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4
Place pumpkin on a baking tray and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil
Pop in the oven to roast for 30-40 minutes or until soft
While pumpkin is cooking, combine eggs and milk in a large bowl and mix well
Sift in flour and baking powder and stir to combine
Add cheeses, mustard, spinach and when cooked, pumpkin
Gently stir (you want a thick, lumpy texture and don’t want the pumpkin to become pureed)
Grease a 12 capacity muffin tin with remaining olive oil or cooking spray
Spoon mixture into muffin tins and place in the oven
Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the tops of muffins become golden brown and mixture is cooked through.
Recipe makes 12 muffins at 110 calories per muffin
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