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Zucchini and Ham Muffins

by Adrianne

Zucchini and Ham muffins fresh from the oven with all of their cheesy deliciousness. For savory zucchini muffins that will be DEVOURED you need to get this batter in your muffin pat STAT!
Zucchini and Ham muffins with mustard yoghurt in a small white bowl

Like our Zucchini Parmesan Muffins these moist ham and cheese muffins are the talk of the breakfast table! You could also make them as mini muffins for quick on the go snacks! Or if you would like to try an egg based recipe without flour, then try our Zucchini Slice Muffins.

How do hot savoury muffins, fresh from the oven smeared with mustard yoghurt sound to you? They sound goooooood right!!

Zucchini and ham muffins for a savory breakfast recipe that is simply delicious

This is THE BEST recipe for making savoury zucchini muffins that you can find!

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Zucchini and Ham Muffins

Zucchini muffins are such a great recipe to make! They provide a tasty savoury option for breakfast, brunch or lunch and are versatile with easy ingredients. For muffins without flour check out our Zucchini Slice Muffins. Or for snacks have a look at our Zucchini Mini Muffins.

These zucchini and ham muffins are easy to make and can be done in less than an hour. 

The main difference between these and our Zucchini Parmesan Muffins is that they are vegetarian and these zucchini and ham muffins are not. There is also a few minor changes to the recipe as there is parmesan cheese in that recipe but not in this one.

For this recipe, we are after a fluffy and tasty muffin that has flavoursome seasoned zucchini.

Getting the garlic, onion, salt and pepper into our zucchini plus adding the ham and cheese makes these muffins ultra cheesy and delicious! (Yum, right).

Mustard yoghurt is perfect to serve these with as it is like butter and has a thick creamy texture.

I like to use thinly sliced zucchini, however, you can also used shredded (grated zucchini).

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Ingredients for Zucchini and Ham Muffins

The essential ingredients for these muffins is zucchini and ham. They are the winning combination, the stars of the show.

There is no sugar in the recipe and we use basic, easy to obtain ingredients.

Choose medium zucchini not large ones, for they hold less water and are guaranteed to fit in the food processor.

The ingredients for these savory muffins are:

  • zucchini
  • ham
  • self-raising flour
  • cheese
  • butter
  • eggs
  • milk
  • garlic powder
  • dried onion
  • salt
  • pepper

You can see exactly what you need in the photo of the ingredients in the photo below.

Purchasing diced ham will save you some time as it is ready to go with no prep work involved!

Zucchini and Ham muffin ingredients with text overlay

How do you make Zucchini Ham Muffins?

To make Zucchini and Ham Muffins, we need to follow some easy steps.

Choose between 6 large muffins using the texas muffin pan or 12 regular muffins

There is essentially 16 steps from start to finish for this recipe. I have taken photos of these below, so you can follow easily.

We season our zucchini and add our ham to it to get things rolling.Then we need to make our muffin batter and mix these together.

This is the breakdown of steps:

  1. add salt, pepper, garlic, onion and ham to sliced zucchini (shown in photos 1-5)
  2. stir to combine (shown in photo 6)
  3. melt butter in heat proof jug (shown in photo 7)
  4. add milk (shown in photo 8 )
  5. crack eggs and add 1 by 1 using fork to whisk as you go (shown in photo 9)
  6. add flour and egg mix to a mixing bowl (shown in photo 10)
  7. add cheese and stir to combine (shown in photos 11 and 12)
  8. pour seasoned zucchini and ham into flour batter (shown in photo 13) 
  9. stir to combine (shown in photo 14)
  10. spoon batter into muffin tin (shown in photo 15)
  11. press remaining zucchini and ham mix onto tops of muffins (shown in photo 16)

Zucchini and Ham Muffin steps with text overlay

You need to thoroughly mix the zucchini and ham mix into your batter so that each bite of your muffins will have a combination of textures.

Reserve a little of the seasoned zucchini and ham mix to top your muffins with.

There are 3 essential steps highlighted in the process shots above. These are the steps that we need to focus on to ensure our muffins turn out cheesy and delicious.

These steps are shown in the photo below. Seasoning, stirring and topping our muffins can be seen here.

3 essential steps to make Zucchini and Ham Muffins

Zucchini and Ham muffin essential steps with text overlay

These steps ensure that we have well seasoned, tasty zucchini muffins. The savoury muffins will tick the taste box, the texture box and the cheesy delicious box.

How to serve Zucchini and Ham muffins

The best way to serve Zucchini and Ham muffins is to use a thick spread.

The mustard yoghurt is one which we have used a couple of times on the blog. It pairs well with both our Zucchini Frittata and our Zucchini Parmesan Bread.

It will keep for a few days in the fridge, which is perfect for serving when you are in a hurry.  You can see the spread in the photo below, I top it with cracked pepper which works well. 

Zucchini muffin on a small pink plate cut in half with yellow mustard yoghurt spread on each side

Can I freeze Zucchini and Ham muffins

You can absolutely freeze these muffins!

They do well when being defrosted and reheated.

All you need to do is wait for them to cool once you have removed them from the oven, then separate them out and wrap in cling wrap.

Then you can grab and go quickly when you are in a hurry or when you need to fill the lunch boxes!

If making these for little ones, use the Dijon mustard as it has a less intense flavour than the hot English mustard.

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Close up of zucchini and ham on top of savory muffin

Zucchini muffin tips for success:

  • lay the zucchini and ham pieces in a flat layer on top as to allow them to cook
  • push the ham pieces into the top of the muffins, they will burn easily
  • use either Hot English Mustard, Dijon mustard or American mustard

If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a mandolin for the same effect when slicing your zucchini.

FAQs to cook your zucchini and ham muffins

  1. this recipe will make 6 large muffins
  2. use a regular muffin pan for 12 smaller ones
  3. these muffins freeze and reheat well
  4. use a skewer to test muffins before removing from oven

Zucchini and Ham Muffins quick info:

About the recipe:

  • this is a savory recipe
  • the zucchini is well seasoned to begin with
  • there is no sugar in the recipe
  • the mustard yoghurt (hot) is thick and cream like

Your quick questions answered:

  1. preheat you oven to save time 
  2. you can use bacon instead of ham
  3. I used pre diced ham
  4. the Hot English Mustard is stronger than djion mustard
  5. This is an EASY recipe

Troubleshooting savory muffin tips:

These are things that I have found when making savoury muffins that I have learnt from:

  • the ham can burn if the oven is too hot or the muffin tray place too high (keep it on a medium rack)
  • test that the muffins are cooked through before turning the oven off 

Have a small bowl of mustard yoghurt nearby so that the muffins can have this delicious spread on them.

Muffin recipes to inspire you! (These are all perfect Lunch recipes)

  1. Zucchini Slice Muffins (these have an egg base and are flourless) 
  2. Zucchini Parmesan Muffins (vegetarian savory muffins)
  3. Breakfast Muffins (these have sun-dried tomatoes and spinach) 
  4. Gluten Free Zucchini Slice (using shredded zucchini)
Zucchini and Ham Muffins on a pink plate with a yellow spread in the middle

Zucchini and Ham Muffins

Zucchini and Ham muffins fresh from the oven with all of their cheesy deliciousness. For savory zucchini muffins that will be devoured you need them STAT!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: savory muffins, zucchini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Adrianne

Equipment

  • Texas Muffin Pan

Ingredients

Zucchini and Ham Muffins

  • 2 zucchini medium size Note 1
  • 300 grams ham diced Note 2
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp dried onion Note 3
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup milk Note 4
  • 3 eggs free range
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Mustard Yoghurt (Hot)

  • 1/3 cup greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp hot english mustard Note 5
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper

Instructions

Zucchini and Ham Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 200°c/400°F, gas 6
  • Line a 6 cup muffin pan with baking paper
  • Slice your zucchini using a food processor
  • In a medium size mixing bowl add sliced zucchini, ham, garlic powder, onion, salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine
  • In a 2nd medium mixing bowl add flour
  • Melt butter in microwave and add milk then eggs one by one, using a fork to lightly whisk as you go
  • Pour butter mix into flour and stir
  • Add seasoned zucchini ham to muffin batter and stir to combine
  • Spoon zucchini and ham mix into muffin tray 1 by 1, repeat to fill all 6
  • Bake for 40 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean and dry
  • Serve hot with mustard yoghurt

Mustard Yoghurt (Hot)

  • Combine mustard and yoghurt in small bowl and stir to combine
  • Sprinkle cracked pepper on top to serve

Video

Notes

  • Note 1 medium zucchini will have less water than large ones making them better to use for this recipe
  • Note 2 I use store bought diced ham for this recipe as it makes them so easy!
  • Note 3 To allow for slight different measurements in different countries - an Australian tablespoon is 20 ml (0.68 US fl oz).
  • Note 4 Any type of milk is fine. I used almond for this recipe, sometimes I use cows milk, both work well 
  • Note 5 for our Zucchini Parmesan Muffins we used Dijon mustard (it is milder). For our Zucchini and Ham muffins, I recommend Hot English Mustard as it has a little bite to it. You can however, use the Dijon for these too if you want a smoother (less tangy) taste (or for little ones). 

Nutrition

Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 721IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 2mg
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Zucchini recipes

I definitely understand that zucchini is not seen by everyone as a delicious ingredient. It can be boring if you don’t prep it so that it can shine.  These moist ham and cheese muffins need to be tried to experience their deliciousness.

Spending the time to add our flavours into the sliced zucchini is what gives it the ‘YUM’ factor!

Serving it with the mustard yoghurt is perfect as it is an additional flavour that brings out the muffin taste and texture.

If you have questions let me know, I want you to whip up the bomb diggity of zucchini and ham muffins and together we can achieve that! 

Adrianne xx

 
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10 comments

Dannii September 27, 2019 - 9:27 am

5 stars
We love egg muffins for a light snack. This is a great flavour option too.

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Adrianne September 27, 2019 - 9:50 am

Thanks Danni! Appreciate your feedback.

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Cathy September 27, 2019 - 10:04 am

5 stars
Adrianne these look absolutely delicious! How perfect for the holidays too! I love the way the zucchini slices look on top of the muffins. Totally gives them delicious character! And the yogurt sauce! Yum! Out did yourself here!

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Adrianne September 27, 2019 - 10:08 am

Awwww that is really nice of you Cathy, thank-you, I appreciate you taking the time to express all of that. Cheers and love your positive vibes Cathy!

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Kelly Anthony September 27, 2019 - 11:46 am

5 stars
These zucchini and ham muffins will make a great breakfast for the week. I love that I can make them Sunday and eat on them all week. I also like that I can eat them on the go which is perfect for busy mornings.

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Adrianne September 27, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Thanks Kelly..love your feedback on these, appreciate it. Cheers

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Angela September 27, 2019 - 11:53 am

5 stars
Incredible recipe! I just love a savory muffin and the yogurt sauce can’t be beat. Great job with this recipe and the step-by-step instructions!!

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Adrianne September 27, 2019 - 1:11 pm

Thanks Angela. Happy to hear your feedback! Cheers

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Mimi September 28, 2019 - 1:23 pm

Wonderful. who wouldn’t love these?!! Maybe for kids I would dice my zucchini, but wow, what fun.

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Adrianne September 28, 2019 - 7:50 pm

Thanks Mimi! Appreciate your feedback. Yes, that is a great idea!

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