If you're tired of sweet breakfast muffins or just looking for a savory breakfast, try these--you'll love the smoky flavor from the Canadian bacon and the fresh-tasting combination of red bell pepper and scallions. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

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  • Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper and salt in a large bowl.

  • Whisk eggs, buttermilk, oil and butter in a medium bowl. Fold in scallions, bacon, cheese and bell pepper. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until just moistened. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan (the cups will be very full).

  • Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges and turn the muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.

Tip Reheat & Run Bake muffins on weekends and enjoy the leftovers for grab-and-go weekday breakfasts. Wrap leftover muffins individually in plastic wrap, place in a plastic storage container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To thaw, remove plastic wrap, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; 9.3 g total fat; 3.2 g saturated fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 369 mg sodium. 212 mg potassium; 28.6 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 9.2 g protein; 442 IU vitamin a iu; 10 mg vitamin c; 15 mcg folate; 149 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 9 mg magnesium;

Reviews (47)

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47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2018
I like them.But I think next time I will add some fresh herbs for more flavor. I think these would be good service with over easy eggs to dunk into the yolk Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2016
I really like these. I added a bit more buttermilk and cheese. Thru are more like a biscuit than a muffin but I'm totally ok with that. Quick easy and filling for a morning on the go. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2015
After reading a good number of reviews and making a batch I had to agree the recipe seemed a bit bland. A second batch was in order with a few changes. I added a pinch more salt and an equal amount of natural sugar. Canadian bacon gave way to smoked bacon cooked till almost crisp the scallions were reduced to 1/2 cup and sauteed with 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion and the chopped red pepper. (This seems to bring out the flavor of the veggies.) The final change was using old cheddar - with the most flavor - and adding 2 teaspoons of Frank's Hot Sauce when adding the moist ingredients to the dry. The final result was an OMG moment; from bland to bold! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2015
We love these and we use them every time we fly to Norway. We have a stop over in Reykjavik and I pull these out of my bag with some Icelandic butter and coffee and they are the perfect travelling breakfast. They are great when we are traveling my car too. I love them at home but boy do they make a great travelling breakfast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2014
Title describes these muffins perfectly (and temptingly). I LOVE this recipe and make it over and over. I substitute fried bacon (crumbled) for the Canadian bacon and add green peppers when I have them but am true to the rest of the recipe. I may experiment with additional vegetables but NEVER the dry and basic wet ingredients (buttermilk/egg/olive oil; I do use 20/80 not 100% butter)! I like to keep back-up muffins in the freezer then microwave them and serve with just a bit of Farmers 20/80. My friends love them as well! Pros: Easy and quick to make; a meal in a muffin that tastes and is healthy! Cons: None. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2014
extremely UNsavory-NO flavor dry the recipe is really easy and it takes about 40 min from prep time to baking. I was really excited when they came out because it was really pretty but I took a bite and it is so gross. it is dry no flavor (needs more herbs salt and cheese). extremely disappointed as all the ingredients are expensive (now what do I do with a bag of whole wheat flour?!) Pros: looks pretty easy Cons: dry no flavor bland hard to eat Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2014
AMAZING! Lurv me some breakfast muffins I made these the other week and basically followed the recipe to the T (except added more cheese and used smoked bacon instead of Canadian bacon - because I couldn't get it). I love these muffins so yummy and filling and can have it on the go. Don't know how I survived without them!!! Pros: quick easy tasty and filling! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/20/2013
Very Dry I wasn't expecting sweet but I sure wasn't expecting it to taste like sawdust either. I won't try these again. Pros: None Cons: No flavor Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/07/2013
dry and not saVORY I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THE DRY TO WET INGREDIENTS WAS OFF..3 CUPS OF FLOUR WAS TOO MUCH WITH THE SMALL AMOUNT OF WET... ADD 2 CUPS OR MORE OF CHEESE...NO GET ANOTHER RECIPE!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/11/2013
I didn't mind them but everyone else did Very practical muffin but needed a bit more flavour either in spices or add more cheese. The fact that they are not sweet disappointed others but I was fine with it. I will make these again but with some changes. Pros: Complete breakfast in one muffin great for work! Cons: could use more flavour more cheese Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/05/2013
extremely dry muffins The worst muffins I have ever made so dry and bland. Tasted like eating paper. Pros: easy to make Cons: bland tasteless dry Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/21/2013
Just made these - as per the recipe - very dry and bland. Will try to twick them abit and see what happens. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2013
Yummy Made these muffins as looking at some healthy eating was very impressed first attempt and they tasted great with a little butter so not to dry. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2013
Our Favorite Muffin When I make these they are not dry and have plenty of flavor. I substitute 1 cup of almond meal for the cup of regular flour and I use white whole wheat flour for the rest. The texture is very light with a delicate crumb. Hot pepper jelly is delicious or even black bean dip on them. Or honey... Pros: Not sweet Cons: None Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/25/2012
DRY muffins I followed the recipe except changed the Canadian bacon to zesty sausage. Everything else the same and they came out soooooo dry. No one in my house will eat them so had to trash the entire batch. I don't recommend this recipe. Pros: Easy to assemble Cons: Very dry Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/13/2012
Good Idea Poor Execution These make a much better biscuit than muffins. When I split them and added a scrambled egg and cheese it was a filing breakfast. By themseves they are really lacking in flavor and I used regular bacon. Maybe double the add in ingredients? I even added jalapeno to the mix. Honestly they make better drop biscuits with some sort of filing like eggs and ham for a completely filling breakfast. Pros: Savory Cons: Lacks any real flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2012
Yum! Didn't have scallions so I used a combo of red onion and leeks and carmelized them first! I also added some fresh jalapenos for a little kick! Only thing I'll try next time is more cheese...it kind of got lost! Super easy nice alternative to sweet muffins Pros: Quick Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2012
Great Grab-N-Go Breakfast! Easy to make and they taste great! They are very hearty and relatively healthy so they will be a great Grab-N-Go breakfast for someone like me who doesn't like to wake up early enough to eat before running to work. It makes a decent sized batch too though I can't see them lasting long with kids in the house! Pros: Easy delicious Cons: buttermilk is not an ingredient I keep on hand so I can't make these on a whim without a grocery run Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/12/2011
dry The first time I made these the dough turned out very dry resulting in dry and not very good muffins. I'm trying them again with about 2/3-3/4 of the dry ingredients without changing the wet ingredients' measures. The dough looks better so we'll see how the muffins themselves turn out. Pros: easy Cons: not enough wet ingredients Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Found this recipe in a newspaper and I'm hooked! So much better than a "sweet" breakfast. Carla Vashon WA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
we used cooked bacon instead of canadian and substituted diced green chilis for the pepper. then we paired these with the mini quiches. we opened the muffins and put the quiches in the middle. great stuff. anonymous fairfield ca Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Well the muffin was disappointing. I like the texture the whole wheat flour was definitely a plus on that. It did seem bland - in fact my husband hated them. I didn't think they were too bad. Probably won't make again. jennifer KY Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Well if you leave out the bacon there will be less flavor! If omitting an ingredient try adding another. Mushrooms might work well here. These were a hit (as is) at the gathering we brought them to. MIke Lincoln NE Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I suspect they seem bland to some because of the low salt content. cindy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This were not good to plain and muffins are not healthy they spike your blood sugar. Michelle Sherman Oaks CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made these ahead of time to take on a bus trip--We loved them--The flavors melded and were actually better Day 2-- Carol Bethlehem PA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These were disappointing. After reading the reviews I used small chunks of extra sharp cheddar instead of grated--good change. I also intended to add some jalapenos and forgot. They would have added something for sure but not enough. They are very filling which is great but they're just "blah." Sarah Rhinelander WI Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These were Ok I left the bacon out added a little more cheese I also added some more veggies like shredded carrots & mushrooms and a little more seasoning. It turned out great and they were quite filling. sm Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I baked a batch to try for Sunday Brunch. I am not a vegetarian but my daughter is so I left out the bacon and added extra cheese and some diced walnuts. They turned out very good but need a little extra flavor. We decided next time to add a little garlic to the batter and since my husband is from New Mexico I will be adding chiles instead of (or in addition to) bell peppers! I also substituted the regular flour with soy flour which would lower the carbs somewhat. Somehow my batter made 18 muffins 6 more than the recipe said it would. Maybe I made them smaller but they turned out perfect. These muffins have real potential. Try them! Terri Las Vegas NV Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I was slightly disappointed by these. Don't get me wrong they weren't horrible or anything but I guess I was expecting them to taste better because the ingredients that went into them were so good. They just seemed a little bland like they were missing something. And I couldn't even taste the cheese so it seems like putting it in is just a waste of calories. I think next time I will add 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese in addition to the cheddar. Also I might try them with some jalapeno jelly. The texture was great however. Erin Oklahoma City OK Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The basic recipe is good. I just "tweaked" it a little for my family. I made the muffins a little spicier aby dding abour 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder and about 1 teaspoon of hot sauce. I also used 4 pieces of crumbled bacon rather than canadian bacon. I've also used both red and green peppers and substituted red onion or vidalia onion for the scallions. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We made this for Christmas brunch. They were great reheated (made them one day ahead). Wonderful with cream cheese! We will definitely make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made these substitutions because I didn't have all the ingredients: 1 cup each of rice plain & wholewheat flour regular bacon sweet marinated pepper strips (from a jar) leeks extra fresh pepper. It is a keeper! The hardest part was waiting the 5 minutes to cool them! cut up really really small for a better flavor infusion Sarah Schuylerville NY Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely loved them! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I think these have the potential to be Awesome! They were a little bland. However recipes can always be adjusted. I think next time I will saute my bacon onion and bell peppers in the olive oil and butter first. I will also add some fresh garlic and do half the cheese in pepper jack. I think this will make them even better!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I thought these were a little bland. I want to try them again but next time I will sub stone ground cornmeal for 1/2 the whole wheat and use canned green chiles (medium not mild) in place of the red pepper. I also think you need to use extra sharp cheddar to get any taste of cheese in them. I think it's worth playing with these because they make such a great quick breakfast especially paired with the mini quiches also in this issue. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
These "savoury scones" are very popular in New Zealand and are part of the staple down there. We eat them with butter and they are plain that's the way they are supposed to be. North American's are so used to sweet and over the top spice that I can understand how these would rate as needing some oomph! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
As is often the case with foreign recipes some explanation of ingredients would help. According to Wikipedia: Canadian bacon a US name for two different pork products - back bacon and a smoked ham (Also a comedy film and mountain in Washington) Which of the two products was used in this recipe? btw It's unfortunate that a rating is required to post a query. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Canadian Bacon is just back bacon and even being from Canada I never knew that's what people called it until recently... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Actually the "American" Canadian bacon is fully cooked and tastes like ham.. Canadian "Back Bacon" or "Pea Meal" Bacon is not; and it doesn't taste like ham. I remember the first time I found "Canadian Bacon" in the grocery store when I first moved to the US from Canada.. and how disappointed I was to discover the taste was not at all the same! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Loved this muffin. Truly savory and not just a "bald cupcake!" I filled my standard-sized muffin tins full but still need to use 18 muffin cups. I thought they were a nice sized serving that way anyway. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
When I took my first bite I said to myself "Where's the sweet?" I expected a muffin to be sweet. After eating one I decided to try part of another with a tablespoon of All Fruit Blueberry (30 Cal/tbs). That did the trick. These could have been made as a bread instead of muffins then sliced and toasted served w/apple butter or jam. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Queston Can I use just All purpose flour or Self-rising flour? Pros: They look Yummy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Needs more salt? I liked this because I'm not really into sweet for breakfast. I'm a vegetarian so I replaced the canadian bacon with gouda to try to get that smoky flavor. Totally didn't work- might try veggie bacon next time. I think the recipe could use more salt. Also since I didn't taste any of the cheese I put in I'm thinking about putting on top of the muffins before baking next time instead of mixing it in. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Tasty but.... For my "Canadian bacon" I used the type similar to ham. Since I don't like red peppers I used a can of diced chiles which worked well. Previous reviews had mentioned not tasting the cheese. I used a cup of shredded sharp cheddar and still did not taste it. If I were given one of these muffins and didn't know there was cheese in it- I never would have guessed it but still enjoyed them. They were slighty disappointing knowing that there was cheese- and you couldn't taste it. Perhaps I'll try diced extra sharp cheddar next time. Pros: hearty filling Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious with a few changes I added liquid smoke to get the smoky flavor (would work for the vegetarians). I also used what was on hand- a little bit of turkey bacon and some cold turkey slices. I sprinkled the cheese on top for the last 10 minutes or so. Absolutely delicious! A hit with the family and veggies in the morning for my toddler! Pros: to-go brkfst quick Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Not good This recipe is a puzzle. The ingredients sound great but somehow the combination turned out yuck! to me -- leaden and weird. (And no I did not overmix them.) I made a batch ate a fresh one... not too great... and froze the rest. I thought if I slathered them with butter and homemade preserves that might do the trick but no. I'm still on the search for a savory breakfast treat I can make the night or week before but this ain't it. Pros: Good ingredients Cons: Turned out bad Read More