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Goat Cheese, Basil, and Sun-dried Tomato Muffins

Healthy with whole wheat flour and olive oil, these savory muffins are splendid cornerstones for cool weather meals. The perfect match for steaming hot soup and a crisp green salad, you’ll also be wanting these rustic almost biscuit-like muffins for breakfast, with eggs and coffee.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Component, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 muffins.


  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped (see note)
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese cut or crumbled in ½-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. (see note) Line 12 muffin cups with paper cupcake liners, or spray generously with cooking spray.
  • Sift or whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the buttermilk, olive oil and the egg until well blended. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the well and stir gently with a spatula. Mix only until there are no more streaks of flour.
  • Gently mix in the goat cheese, basil, and softened chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Lower the oven to 350°F and bake 12 to 15 minutes, until the muffin tops feel firm and a skewer inserted into the centers comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  • Cool about 10 minutes, and then remove from the pan. Serve warm.


  • To soften sun-dried tomatoes, put in a small bowl, cover with hot water and let sit about 10 minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
  • For the best rise: Preheat the oven 25 degrees hotter than the recipe requires. After placing the filled muffin tins in the oven to bake, lower to the baking temperature, in this case 375°F. to 350°F.