In my opinion, they are constantly stereotyped as unhealthy, sweet desserts or breakfast foods. They get a bad rap for being too caloric or fattening for their size, covered in crumbly streusel toppings and glazes intended to conceal the boring, flavorless bottom half. It’s a travesty.
I’m here to tell you that, when it comes to muffins, it’s time to think outside of the tin – er, box.
These Cheddar Squash Muffins are a perfect starting recipe to prove that muffins don’t always need to be sweet, or unhealthy, or only for dessert or breakfast.
In fact, these muffins are very good for you, packed with vitamin and nutrient-rich roasted squash, rolled oats and whole-wheat flour (and gasp! No butter or sugar!). They’re perfect for lunch or dinner alongside a salad or hearty soup. And instead of tasting sweet, they’re very savory, with tangy cheddar cheese and sharp scallions mixed into the batter.
I’ll admit I was a bit of a skeptic myself when I decided to undertake this project. But I believed in the conquest of creating a savory muffin. And with butternut squash (one of my favorite vegetables) in season, I knew it could be possible. And it was.
It is possible for muffins to break free from their sugary, unhealthy, oppressive state (though sweet muffins can be quite tasty, too)!
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