Broccoli Cheese Muffins – #MuffinMonday

by Kate on January 21, 2013

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Ok, so remember not too long ago discussing resolutions? Yep, about three weeks ago. You do remember! Well, I think we all tend to start out with the best of intentions and then those intentions peter out shortly thereafter sometimes. I’m SO disappointed in myself! I seriously need to get my act together and get my rear in gear. We are a mere three weeks into this grand new year and I am blowing it big time. First of all, I said one ofΒ my resolutionsΒ this year would be to stay on track with my fitness goals and complete Tough Mudder. I am so very far off track it isn’t even funny. If I’m being honest, I haven’t even set foot in the gym in almost a month. Craziness I tell ya! And so unlike me.

I don’t know what my deal is but I can give you every excuse in the book, some of them legitimate while others truly are just trying to justify my lack of motivation. The girls have been sick off and on since a few days before Christmas so I can’t take them with me to the day care. (True) I was sick for 4 days. (True but … I really could have sucked it up for 3 of the 4 days. I was really only dying for one day.) I’ve been working a lot. (True but I’ve always made time before my shift so this is a copout.) See what I mean? I need to stop, regroup and get back on track before the second part of that resolution (the Tough Mudder part) becomes a failure due to my laziness. I need to keep that goal in sight.

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My other partial resolution was to slow down. I am also failing miserably at that. Here it is, Sunday night and I’m writing this post at 9:15pm. This is because I spent all day baking. Yep, I made three different things today. My kitchen look like it threw up on itself. It should be declared a disaster zone. Seriously. None of this is slowing down. You know, normally I would be organized and this post would have been done Thursday or Friday. Writing the night before isn’t the way I roll.

This seems to be happening a lot lately though and I can’t say I like it. I don’t feel relaxed or like I’m slowing down. I feel stressed and overwhelmed, like I’m always playing catch up. It’s sucking the fun out of this a bit. Sounds like I need to heed my own advice. Slow down. Oh, and I better start planning better too. I’ve always been pretty organized which has helped me get a lot done in a stress-free fashion and helped Food Babbles to run like a well-oiled machine. Time to get back to that as well.

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So in tune with getting back on track with my fitness goals, I have a savory little muffin for you this fine Muffin Monday morning. It’s not totally terrible for you either which is good for any of you who might be working towards your own fitness goals as well. There’s broccoli in these tender buttermilk biscuits and bunches of it in every bite. Throw in a handful of mozzarella for a bit of cheesy goodness. I even used reduced-fat mozzarella. A dose of ground mustard and a dash of cayenne bring this muffin to a level of perfection that will have you wanting more than one.



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PS… I just realized after a lifetime of yeast anxiety and fear, I’ve been successfully baking homemade bread for a full year!! Be sure to check out that Peasant Boule. That was my first ever successful loaf of bread, one year ago. Woot!

Broccoli Cheese Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12-14 muffins

Broccoli Cheese Muffins

Savory buttermilk muffins with tender broccoli, melty cheese and a hint of cayenne in every bite.


  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese , grated


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12Β­-cup muffin tin with paper liners sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cooled butter, eggs and buttermilk. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, mustard powder, and cayenne.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Gently fold in the cheese and broccoli. Be sure not to overmix.
  5. Evenly divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. They should be nearly full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the tops are golden.
  7. Enjoy!


Adapted from BBC Good Food

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne January 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

I am so with you on this, I try not to make resolutions simply because I fail miserably at keeping them but honestly I desperately want to get myself in gear and make some changes in 2013. Your muffins are beautiful and sound delicious. I love a savory muffin, I bet they would be great with a bowl of chili, I can see these on the table for Super Bowl Sunday! Very nice and best of luck with the resolutions.


Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thanks so much, Suzanne! I love the idea of these muffins with chili. Sounds like a good idea to me. One I may implement πŸ˜‰ Best of luck with your changes in 2013!


Kristina January 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

something in the air? on Saturday I was feeling overwhelmed by this upcoming week! I have an “excuse” for my lack of working out (ankle sprain) but for the rest? I just need to re-organize as well…

I will find time to make these muffins, though – I love broccoli in a muffin and haven’t had one in far too long.


Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Thankfully muffins are quick! πŸ˜‰ It is so easy to get out of the routine, to make excuses but I figure as long as we eventually find our way back to organization or our commitment, it’s all good. Right?


Kristina January 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I made these muffins and… Oh My Gosh it’s my new favorite muffin! SO GOOD, thanks for this great recipe!


Kate January 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

I’m SO glad you liked them Kristina! I loved that you put a whole broccoli floret in the middle of yours. I’ll be doing that with my next batch for sure. Too cute!


Barb | Creative Culinary January 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

I honestly think we put extraordinary pressure on ourselves Kate and you are far from lazy…you have a LOT you manage in your life. I sometimes think this blogging business easily slides into ‘have to’ when we started it because we ‘want to.’ I’ve been turning down a lot of ‘opportunities’ because I’m feeling totally overwhelmed. Like in getting ready to put my house up for sale and I need to stop looking for one more thing to fix or paint before that sign goes up perfectionist. It’s seem the nicks that need painting in the woodwork and windowsills are growing daily!! πŸ™‚

I will give you the same advice I have been trying to take. Just breathe. Do what you can. And mostly? Give yourself a break. You deserve it.


Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I cannot even imagine trying to keep up with a blog while packing and moving. Yikes! I’d be reaching out for guest posters for sure πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the support, Barb. I will heed your advice and just breathe. I don’t know about a break because believe it or not, despite my best intentions of slowing down I just took on a new project! But I know that with that, I’ll need to take a step back from other things. Now, I just need to figure out where. There in lies the problem.


Maria January 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

These sound delicious! I love savory muffins, and love anything broccoli cheese! Sounds perfect!


Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Thank you Maria! They truly were wonderful savory little muffins.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Yum! I bet my little guy would love these! And I wish I could get ahead of the game enough to not be writing posts the night before, but I just can’t seem to do that! Ugh!


Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I used to be so well organized. My posts were done and schedules weeks in advance sometimes only to be updated a bit with current things that may have been going on in my life. These days, the posts are as current as you can get since they are being scheduled sometimes at midnight the night before πŸ˜‰


Stacy January 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Don’t be so hard on yourself, Kate! That is one lovely muffin! Broccoli and cheese is one of my favorite all time combinations for soup, for quiche, for baked potato topping and now, for muffins. Can’t wait to try this!


Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

That’s where the inspiration came from. I love broccoli and cheese together in all sorts of combinations but I’d never tried it in a muffin. So happy I did! Thanks Stacy!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I keep waiting for the things to slow down but more keeps coming. Meh, hopefully soon. πŸ™‚ These muffins sound great! I love it’s savory type. So I should probably run to the kitchen and make these? πŸ™‚


Kate January 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Yes! Immediately… run! πŸ˜‰ So glad you like these. This was one of my favorite savory muffins to date. As for life, well I guess it never truly slows down, right? Despite our best efforts.


Hannah January 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I adore broccoli and cheese together – these savory muffins are inspired, Kate! I can’t wait to bake a batch. I was nodding my head as I read your post…you are not alone. We do take on more that we should at times – so important to slow down and find quiet moments. In this spirit, my New Year’s resolution is to drink more champagne! I figure if I’m drinking a glass of bubbly then I’m chatting with a friend, sitting by the fire with a book or dancing in the kitchen to music while stirring a pot…all things I want to do more of. Be kind to yourself.


Kate January 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I love your new year’s resolution! I like the way you think and agree that taking that time to chat with a friend, read a book or listen to music, and all those slower things are so important. And I’m so happy you like these muffins. Thank you!


Kathie January 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!



Kate January 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Thanks so much! I’ll definitely be over to check it out πŸ™‚


Amanda February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

These look so yummy-they are going on my next menu rotation. Thanks for posting!


Kate February 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thanks Amanda! They really are an addictive little muffin.


Anne February 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

What is mozzarella cheddar cheese? Or are they bought separately and mixed together after grating each? Many thanks! Anne


Kate February 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I apologize Anne! That was a typo on my part. Perhaps my brain was telling me both mozzarella and cheddar would be good in these muffins πŸ˜‰ However, I only used mozzarella in these muffins. Thanks for alerting me to the error. Hope you enjoy these!


Barbara Montoya February 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I’m not trying to second guess your expertise, but when I saw the amount of butter suggested in this muffin recipe, I was concerned. I checked the original recipe at the BBC site which said 150ml
of oil. That equates much closer to 1/2 cup than to a whole cup of butter. It could be just a typo, but one that could throw the recipe off. Is my calculation wrong?


Kate February 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thank you so much for picking up on that Barbara! That was indeed a typo. 1 cup of butter could definitely throw this recipe off!! Yikes! The correct measurement is 1/2 a cup of butter. Thanks for alerting me to the error.


Kate@Diethood February 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

I always think that things will slow down, and they don’t. I just roll with it. One day we’ll be old and grey and have nothing to do… Until then, let’s just keep on truckin’. πŸ˜‰ And eating a dozen of these delicious muffins! It’s my favorite soup in muffin form!! πŸ™‚


Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Keep on truckin’ … Love it! And you’re absolutely right πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy these muffins if you end up making them!


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