Healthy Ham, Cheese & Zucchini Muffins

Our zucchini muffins with ham and cheese are a delicious savoury snack or lunch box treat… plus they’re 100% kid-approved and super easy to make!

Savoury muffins made with zucchini, ham and cheese.

When it comes to savoury muffins, it doesn’t get any better than these classic ham, cheese and zucchini muffins! Whether they’re filling up hungry kids lunch boxes, being dipped into a bowl of healthy soup, or simply being served as a yummy savoury snack… these are the muffins you need in your life!

A pile of savoury muffins.

Basic Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Zucchini muffins make the perfect lunchbox alternative to a sandwich, a yummy side to a bowl of soup or an easy savoury afternoon snack.

The ingredients for savoury muffins made with zucchini, ham and cheese.

Our zucchini muffins are made from basic budget-friendly ingredients:

* Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for ingredient quantities. 

 

One Bowl Zucchini Muffins

You’re going to LOVE our easy zucchini muffins… and here’s why:

  • you don’t need any fancy equipment – just a bowl and whisk will do!
  • it costs just a couple of dollars to make a whole batch of 12 large muffins
  • in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a batch of muffins ready!

…. but most of all, they’re just SO easy to make in just 3 simple steps (scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the detailed method):

Whisk

Whisk the buttermilk, oil and eggs together.

Eggs, oil and buttermilk in a bowl.

Fold

Fold through the self-raising flour, zucchini, ham, cheese, salt and pepper.

Cheese, ham and zucchini in a bowl.

Chunks of ham and zucchini in a bowl of muffin mixture.

Bake

Bake the muffins for 15 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through.

Savoury muffin mixture in a muffin tray.

Tips For Making Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini muffins are so easy to make… but I’ve got a few cheeky tips for getting them just right!

MY NUMBER ONE TIP

  • Squeeze ALL of the liquid from the grated zucchini – this is my absolute number 1 tip and if you don’t follow it, your muffins will be too liquidy, moist and squishy! We want light and fluffy… not wet! To drain the liquid, place the grated zucchini into a fine strainer and press down firmly with paper towel. Continue to do so until virtually all of the liquid has been soaked up. 

OTHER HANDY TIPS

  • Use buttermilk – if you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by mixing 1 tbs white vinegar or lemon juice through room temperature full fat milk. The milk will almost immediately start to curdle when stirred which is when it’s ready to use. Alternatively you can use plain full fat milk in place of buttermilk.
  • Use room temperature ingredients – for the best muffins, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before using.
  • Don’t over-mix the ingredients – over-mixed muffins will be dense and tough. Once you’ve added the dry ingredients, it’s important just to very gently fold the mixture through.
  • Add rice to the bottom of the muffin tin holes – this stops the paper cases from getting greasy.
  • Ham alternatives – you can replace the deli ham with cooked bacon pieces. Alternatively, you can completely omit the ham for a vegetarian option.

A savoury muffin on a white cake plate with more muffins in the background.

How To Store/Freeze Savoury Muffins

Zucchini muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before consuming.

A savoury muffin being opened from a muffin case.

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Ham & Zucchini Muffins

Our zucchini muffins with ham and cheese are a delicious savoury snack or lunch box treat... plus they're 100% kid-approved and super easy to make!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: lunch box snacks
Cuisine: Muffins
Keyword: zucchini muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 203kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (300g) self raising flour see notes
  • 1 cup (80g) grated cheese
  • 2 medium (400g) zucchinis grated and excess liquid drained
  • 125 g chopped ham or bacon
  • ¾ cup (185g) buttermilk see notes
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (65g) vegetable oil
  • sea salt and pepper to season

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Grease and line a standard 12 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (160 degrees if using fan forced).
  • Whisk together the buttermilk, oil and eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  • Sift the self raising flour into a large bowl. Add the grated cheese, ham, grated zucchini, sea salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture over the top of the flour mix and gently fold through.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases (filling to 2/3 full).
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until cooked through (when tested with a skewer there should be just a few moist crumbs).
  • Leave the muffins in the pan to cool for 5 minutes, before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Thermomix Method

  • Grease and line a standard 12 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (160 degrees celsius if using fan forced).
  • Grate the cheese on Speed 6 for 10 seconds. Set aside.
  • Grate the zucchini on Speed 6 for 5 seconds (or until finely grated) - remove and squeeze out all of the excess liquid. Place back into the Thermomix.
  • Add all remaining ingredients (including the cheese) and mix for 20 seconds, Speed 3, Reverse. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for a further 20 seconds on Speed 3, Reverse.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases (filling to 2/3 full).
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until cooked through (when tested with a skewer there should be just a few moist crumbs).
  • Leave the muffins in the pan to cool for 5 minutes, before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Self-raising flour – or make your own using 2 teaspoons baking powder sifted through every 1 cup of plain flour
Cheese – grated tasty or cheddar cheese is fine
Zucchini – I recommend using 2 medium-sized zucchinis which are approximately 200g each
Ham – any sliced or shaved ham from the deli can be used. Alternatively you can use cooked bacon pieces
Buttermilk – I highly recommend using buttermilk for savoury muffins as they keep them deliciously moist and fluffy. If you don’t have any buttermilk, you can make your own by mixing 1 tbs white vinegar or lemon juice through room temperature full fat milk. The milk will almost immediately start to curdle when stirred which is when it’s ready to use. Alternatively you can use plain full fat milk in place of buttermilk.
Squeeze ALL of the liquid from the grated zucchini – this is my absolute number 1 tip and if you don’t follow it, your muffins will be too liquidy, moist and squishy! We want light and fluffy… not wet! To drain the liquid, place the grated zucchini into a fine strainer and press down firmly with paper towel. Continue to do so until virtually all of the liquid has been soaked up. 
Use room temperature ingredients – for the best muffins, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before using.
Don’t over-mix the ingredients – over-mixed muffins will be dense and tough. Once you’ve added the dry ingredients, it’s important just to very gently fold the mixture through.
Add rice to the bottom of the muffin tin holes – this stops the paper cases from getting greasy.
Storing & freezing - zucchini muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before consuming.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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48 Comments
  1. Em says:

    Can i freeze these? They look so yummy and they would be great if i could take them out of the freezer the night before i need them.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Definitely!!

    2. Renda Schreve says:

      Is oven 180’CELSIUS?

  2. Tamara says:

    5 stars
    Have made these 4 times in the last month and they’re amazing. I added goat cheese and used prosciutto and it’s magical. Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Lucy says:

      Thank you SO much!!

  3. Ange says:

    Hi
    Lovely taste but i had to cook for double the time and they have turned out too dense? Any ideas what went wrong?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Ange, the two main reasons for denseness in these muffins is over-mixing (the mixture only needs to be folded together until just combined), and excess liquid from the zucchini. Try squeezing the liquid out with paper towel until there’s none left before adding to the mixture. xx

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