Skinny Cheese Muffin Recipe

skinny cheese muffin

What are skinny cheese muffins?

Sounds too good to be true right? Well this Skinny cheese Muffin Recipe really doesn’t contain any added sugar. They’re sweetened by fruit and honey and are a low calorie clean option that can replace traditional cake in your household. I’ve replaced almost half of the flour in traditional cake recipes with rolled oats to get more nutrition in these muffins, as well as cut down the calorie content. I used white self raising flour but you can use any flour. Just add a little extra baking powder. whole wheat would be a healthier option.

Now, muffins have been around for ages, but the idea of creating a skinny cheese muffin has more to do with the modern pursuit of balancing flavour and health. We’re taking the classic blueberry muffin and giving it a nutritious makeover without skimping on the yum factor. It’s like a little culinary magic trick for your taste buds!

Are cheese muffins healthy?

Let’s talk about why these muffins are not just delicious but also a smart choice for your well-being. We’ve swapped out some traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives without sacrificing the essence of a moist, flavorful muffin.

  • Rolled Oats: Packed with fiber and complex carbs, oats add a wholesome element to keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Banana: This natural sweetener not only enhances the flavor but also brings potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber to the mix.
  • Greek Yogurt: Say hello to a protein boost! Greek yogurt not only keeps the muffins moist but also adds a dose of gut-friendly probiotics.

Do you have a diet restriction?

This skinny cheese muffin recipe is:

  • Vegetarian
  • Low Fat
  • Low Syn
  • Nut Free

Step 1: Dry Ingredients:

I’ve replaced almost half of the flour in traditional cake recipes with rolled oats to get more nutrition in this skinny cheese muffin recipe. It also cuts down the calorie content slightly.  I used white self raising flour but you can use any flour along with a little extra baking powder. If you wanted to make this even healthier try wholemeal flour. Mix your flour, oats, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl and set aside. *I’ve  temporarily borrowed the photo below from another recipe, this picture shows vanilla and more honey than is in the savoury versions of my muffins.

skinny cheese muffins

Step 2: Wet ingredients

To replace much of the wet ingredients and sugar in this recipe we will be using fat free natural yogurt. If your not worried about calorie content then feel free to use full fat yogurt. You can also use Greek yogurt if you don’t want to use natural, I cant tell the difference anyway! In another bowl, mash your banana along with your yogurt, egg and honey

Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix well. You may have noticed in my other cake recipes I go hard on the importance of flouring your fruit. This recipe does not have fruit and cheese does not need flouring. It will soon melt in the recipe anyway so don’t worry about this step. I used 50g of the cheese and kept the rest aside for sprinkling on top to get that melted cheese tan!

skinny cheese muffins

Step 3: Muffin case

Spoon your batter into cupcake cases. If your not oil free and you would like to, you can spray your cases with oil to prevent them sticking to the cakes. This is not something I do personally. This batter should make 12 muffins. Cheese doesn’t have as much volume as the fruit used in other muffin recipes so this recipe doesn’t stretch quite as far as others. They’re good risers though so you could try making 18 smaller muffins.

skinny cheese muffins

Step 4: Bake

Bake on 180 for 25-30 minutes until the outside is golden and they have risen to their full potential. Now, similar to brownies, the middle of these cakes doesn’t set properly until they’ve completely cooled down. If your wanting to try these whilst they’re still warm just be aware that the middle will be soft and you wont be able to get it out of the case in one piece (its so good though). After a couple of hours, once they’ve completely cooled down they should come out of the cupcake case without too much hassle and make the perfect snack for one the go. These also make great breakfasts, they’re healthy, and that makes it totally okay to have a muffin, or two, for breakfast! If you loved this muffin recipe why not try my Skinny Blueberry Muffins too?

skinny cheese muffins

These muffins should be eaten within 2 days or frozen and taken out as required. Due to the high content of fresh ingredients in this recipe they do not have a long shelf life.

Variations:

  1. Savory Spin with Herbs: Elevate the savory goodness by adding a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh herbs like chives, parsley, or thyme. The herbal infusion complements the cheesy notes, creating a delightful savory muffin.
  2. Nutty Crunch Extravaganza: Introduce a textural delight by folding in a handful of chopped nuts such as walnuts or almonds. The nutty crunch adds an extra layer of richness to these savory muffins.
  3. Veggie Fiesta: Take the savory route to the next level by incorporating finely diced veggies like bell peppers, onions, or spinach into the batter. This not only enhances the flavor but also contributes to the muffins’ nutritional profile.
  4. Spice it Up – Jalapeño Style: For those who crave a bit of heat, add a kick to your muffins by including finely chopped jalapeños. The combination of spicy and cheesy is a match made in flavor heaven.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use regular yogurt instead of Greek or natural yogurt?

A: Absolutely! While Greek or natural yogurt adds a thicker consistency, regular yogurt can be a suitable substitute, though the texture may vary slightly.

Q: Can I replace honey with another sweetener?

A: Certainly! Maple syrup or agave nectar can be excellent alternatives to honey, providing sweetness without compromising the overall taste.

Q: How can I store these muffins for freshness?

A: Store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For longer freshness, refrigerate or freeze and reheat as desired.

Q: Can I customize the cheese type in this recipe?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different types of low-fat cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella, or even a blend for a unique flavour profile.

Feel free to get creative and make these muffins your own! Share your baking photos on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me @HealthyHeartyWholesome to showcase your delicious creations! 📸✨

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skinny cheese muffin

Skinny Cheese Muffins

HealthyHeartyWholesome
Sounds too good to be true right? Well these muffins really don't contain any added sugar, they're sweetened by a slightly smaller amount of honey than my fruit muffins and also sans vanilla* and are a low calorie clean option that make a really good savoury snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Servings 12
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 75 g grated cheese low fat
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup greek or natural yogurt fat free

Instructions
 

  • Mix flour, oats, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl, Preheat oven to 180°C
  • In a separate bowl, mash your banana and combine all other wet ingredients, then add to the dry ingredients and mix well to form a batter.
  • Add the grated cheese in to the mix, leaving some to top the muffins.
  • Spoon the mixture into cup cake cases and bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes or until golden and risen.
  • Wait until the muffins have completely cooled before you try to de-case them. Share your baking photos on Instagram and tag me to show me all of your wonderful creations! @HealthyHeartyWholesome

Notes

Store in an airtight container.  Cake cases come off better once cakes have completely cooled down or better yet refrigerated.

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