Gluten free spinach and caramelised onion muffins

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I’ve been a bit aloof of late. I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth or decided that I no longer want to blog. Rather, I have started a new job, which I’m really excited about and I’ll be investing a lot of time in. So what does that mean for Wine and Olives? Naturally, it means that my blogging schedule will need to change. My usual three posts per week will likely change to two, maybe even one if I’m finding it tough to fit everything in. The way I see it is that I’d rather do a couple of really good quality posts each week than crowbar in an extra rushed one just for the sake of it.

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So with that, I eluded to today’s post in my Mother’s Day gift guide. I made these gluten free spinach and caramelised onion muffins for a light lunch, served with a side salad of green leaves, red and white quinoa, walnuts and baby plum tomatoes, which worked really well. If you would like to make these muffins, you will need:

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 100g of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 320g of gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 160ml of milk
  • 120ml of olive oil, plus an extra glug to cook the onions
  • 75g of grated parmesan cheese
  • Add a glug of olive to a large pan and saute the onions until they caramelise. This will take 20-25 minutes. Now add in the chopped spinach, until it wilts. Remove the mixture from the heat and leave to cool.
  • Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Now add the eggs, milk and oil to the mixture and combine until you have a smooth batter.
  • Fold in the cooled spinach mixture. Spoon the batter into a muffin tray and a little grated parmesan to each muffin. Bake at 190c (fan) for around 18 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are golden and a knife, when inserted into the muffin, comes away clean.

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These muffins are seriously moreish. My mum is coeliac, which is why I used gluten free flour, but these work just as well using ordinary flour.

Have you ever made savoury muffins before? This was my first experiment with them and I think I’m now a convert. Although you wouldn’t catch me saying no to a sweet blueberry one.

I hope you are all doing well and I look forward to catching up with all of your blogs soon!



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  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    Mmm I love the idea of savory muffins! I think that I need more of them in my life.

    I’ve also fallen off a bit with blogging lately – life just gets busy, it happens. It doesn’t mean I love it any less, but it’s always a process of learning how to balance it. I hope you’re loving your new job and I’m wishing you the best of luck with it!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Kathryn! I know what you mean about balancing blogging and you’re right, it’s just learning how to get the scales tipping in the right direction. Oh and on the savoury muffins, they were a bit of a revelation for me too :-)

  • http://northernambitions.com ursula @ Nothern Ambitions

    Congrats on a new job! That’s always exciting and of course, super busy. I’m with you on choose quality posts over quantity. Speaking of which, these muffins look so good. I’ve been trying to cut back on gluten and be a little more creative in the kitchen. Can’t wait to try these :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Ursula! I’m with you on the gluten front, I’m trying to cut it out where I can. It just means that when I do have a big steaming hot bowl of proper pasta, I enjoy it all the more :-). If you try the muffins I hope you like them x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Congratulations on the new job! That’s great news. I love both sweet and savoury muffins, and these ones sound divine! I bet your mum loved them. xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Miranda! They did seem to go down well, so I’ll need to experiment with some more savoury recipes x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’ve never made savory muffins, but I have eaten them. I’m definitely a fan. Yours sound great! I especially love “a glug” as a unit of measurement XD

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Gianni! I’m totally going to try and get glug commissioned as an official unit of measurement ;-)

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    This looks so good! I’ve always wanted to make savory muffins…definitely going to try this! Thank you for sharing!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Valerie! If you make them I hope you like them x