Butternut Muffins

Winter Must-Have’s
June 6, 2018
June 6, 2018
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Butternut Muffins


These are different, nutritious and easy savoury muffins. Perfect as a lunchtime snack for both adults and children.

Makes 12

170 g self-raising flour (310 ml)
140 g bran-rich self-raising flour (250 ml) 2.5 ml bicarbonate of soda
2.5 ml mustard powder
2.5 ml dried mixed herbs
30 ml parsley, chopped
3 large spring onions, chopped

30 ml chives, chopped 180 ml milk
30 ml cooking oil
1 extra-large egg, beaten 15 ml brown sugar

250 g butternut, cooked and mashed roughly Pumpkin seeds for topping

  1. Preheat oven to 200oC/180oC/Gas mark 6. Grease 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with greased brown paper squares.
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, bran-rich self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, mustard powder, dried mixed herbs and salt. Add the bran left over in the sieve.
  3. Add parsley, spring onions and chives.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg and brown sugar. Add mashed butternut. Combine well.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the butternut mixture.
  6. Mix with a fork until combined. Mixture will be lumpy.
  7. Spoon into muffin tin.
  8. Sprinkle generously with pumpkin seeds.
  9. Bake for approximately 15 – 18 minutes until risen and golden.
  10. Leave in the tin for a few minutes, before removing to cool on a wire rack.


  • Use low-fat or skimmed milk instead of buttermilk.
  • Use 125 g butternut and 125 g sweet potato for a different flavour.
  • Place sweet potato in acidic water once peeled, to prevent discolouring.
  • Use a variety of seeds instead of pumpkin seeds to top muffins.
  • Make a quick, frosted yoghurt icing with zest of l lemon and 1 orange, juice of 1⁄2 lemon, 125 ml thick Greek yoghurt or sour cream or crème fraiche and 500 ml icing sugar. Mix well and top muffins before serving. Garnish with lemon rind.
Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
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