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Cheesy Pumpkin Muffins

I miss cheese muffins. The ones at the local cafe topped with a crust of browned, bubbled cheese and overloaded with white flour. It was a no-brainer I had to healthify these delicious savoury morsels. My version also has no oil or flour, and with added veggies they are a much lighter way to enjoy! Pumpkin is low in calories and rich in dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. Serve a few with a side salad for a delicious lean lunch.





  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 1 grated zucchini
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 100g grated low-fat cheese
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tablespoon dried italian herbs
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame & pumpkin seeds, to garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 170º.
  2. In a bowl combine zucchini, cheese, almond meal, nutritional yeast (if using), herbs and spices. Mix well.
  3. In a blender, blend eggs and pumpkin until smooth, then pour into bowl and fold through until evenly combined.
  4. Spoon batter into 12 silicone muffin cases, top with seeds and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool before serving.


Delicious toasted with a thin spread of tahini.
Pour mixture into a loaf tin and slice once cooled, if you prefer.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. Thanks Sally. These were delicious – great on the go snack or served with salad for a meal. Thanks again :–)

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