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The Grinch That Stole My Muffin Joy

Posted on 15 Apr 2011 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

It's been a muffin mania in my head the last two weeks. Getting rid of those crappy paper muffin liners and using baking paper to line my muffin tin instead, was one of the best decisions I've made! Those paper liners may seem convenient, but so far I've only encountered the kind that doesn't peel off, thus producing a paper-speckled muffin. Not cool! For a long time it was a reason not to make muffins. Then I cut my own paper muffin liners out of baking paper and tadaaa... perfectly baked, easily removable muffins were born.

I've been scouting the web for a good savory polenta muffin recipe, but most of the recipes I encountered used very little polenta (relative to the amount of other flours) and a lot of butter. So I had to roll with what my mind came up with. I watched the muffins huff 'n puff in the oven, all the while keeping my fingers crossed. I was thrilled that they turned out exactly as I had envisioned. Proudly, I presented E with a perfect muffin. He bit into it, scrunched up his face, and handed the muffin right back to me: 'I don't like it!'
My dream was smashed, my bubble burst. I felt like the Grinch had just stolen my muffin joy! Admittedly, there were olives in the muffin, and E loathes them. So now I'm stuck with an overkill of pizza muffins and no one to eat them :-( It's a good thing I'm going over to my parents tonight. I'm pretty sure they'll like these muffins. I mean, they like olives. I think. I hope!

Either way, clocking in at 145 calories and 8.5 grams of protein per muffin, these beauties make a perfect breakfast or healthy portable snack! Would taste great too with a bowl of soup, chili, or a salad.

Polenta Pizza Muffins (with olives ;-p) (makes 6 beautiful muffins)

Just a tips suggestions: if you have fresh basil, use it instead of the pesto sauce. Feel free to play around with the ingredients list! I bet sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, garlic, mushrooms, etc., would taste awesome too! Or leave out all the savory and go for sweet, adding in berries and such.

  • *DRY*
  • 85 g (1/2 c) polenta
  • 34 g (1/4 c) whole wheat flour
  • 56 g (1/2 c) grated cheese (reduced-fat)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste (~ 1/4 tsp)
  • *WET*
  • 100 g (1/2 c) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • 60 mL (1/4 c) water
  • 1 tsp green pesto sauce
  • *STIR-INS*
  • 1 heaping tbsp of chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 kalamata olives, finely chopped (omit if living with the olive Grinch)
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped


  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just incorporated.
  4. Stir in the thyme and olives.
  5. Divide mixture evenly between 6 paper lined muffin tins and bake in oven until firm (20-30 minutes)


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