Sundried tomato and pesto savoury muffins

These delicious savoury muffins are soft, light and fluffy – perfect served warm from the oven for lunch or a snack. Great for lunch boxes & picnics too!

Do you like savoury muffins? I think I might prefer them over the more conventional sweet kind. They certainly went down well with my daughter Kipper and DH when I made a batch for lunch one Sunday.

Cake for lunch! Yay! Even if it is flavoured with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese…

delicious savoury muffins


We ate these yummy muffins still warm from the oven, and they were soft, light, fluffy and altogether scrumptious. They were also a doddle to make, so I will certainly be adding them to the “Easy and Fabulous” recipe file.

All the ingredients were assembled from the contents of the pantry and fridge – this is a great recipe to use up odds and ends. A lone spring onion here, the end of a jar of sun-dried tomatoes there, that sort of thing.

hand taking a delicious savoury muffin.

The pesto was a last minute addition. I spotted it as I went for the sun-dried tomatoes and thought it would add extra flavour, which it absolutely did. You could probably add a bit more without any problem if you really like pesto, or if you wanted to finish off a jar, or something like that.

Sun-dried tomato and pesto savoury muffins.

Eat with toppings or without

DH split his muffin open and dolloped humous on it, whereas Kipper and I just dived in and ate them. You could also spread these savoury muffins with cream cheese, tapenade, or even just butter. Assuming you feel that they need further adornment. I’m not convinced.

There was one savoury muffin left, and I had it for a snack a couple of days later. It was still moist and just as tasty as when it was fresh. Store them in an airtight box and they’ll be fine for at least a day or two, so why not make a batch for family lunch boxes? They make a terrific change from sandwiches.

Makes 6 super-tasty savoury muffins.

These delicious savoury muffins are soft, light and fluffy - perfect served warm from the oven for lunch or a snack. Great for lunch boxes & picnics too!

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5 from 6 votes

Sun-dried tomato & pesto savoury muffins

Deliciously soft, light and fluffy savoury muffins- perfect for lunch or a snack. Great for lunch boxes & picnics too!
Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine European
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 muffins
Author Helen


  • 125 g plain flour (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 ml milk or non-dairy alternative (scant 1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • 2 tbsp oil from a jar of sun-dried tomatoes or extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 2 spring onions
  • 50 g grated hard cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Line a 6-cup muffin tin with paper or silicon liners.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, pepper and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a jug, whisk together the milk, egg, balsamic vinegar, pesto and oil.
  • Finely chop the drained sun-dried tomatoes, and finely slice the spring onions.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes, onions and liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and gently stir together until just combined. Add about 2/3 of the cheese and fold in.
  • Divide the mixture between the prepared muffin cases - they should be quite full. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the muffins.
  • Bake at 200C (400F) for 20-25 minutes until risen, golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool briefly before serving.


While you can adjust the amounts of tomatoes, pesto, spring onion and cheese to your liking, the balsamic vinegar is present not only for flavour but also as an acid to activate the raising agents, and should not be omitted.

If you like these, you might also enjoy my cheese & olive picnic muffins (below), this quick and easy soda bread with yogurt, or this delicious vegetable soda bread.

Easy and delicious! Packed with tasty olives and tangy cheese, these fabulous savoury muffins are perfect for picnics and lunch boxes, or as a snack any time.



  1. I doubled up on the pesto and they were perfect. Great served warm! I felt the cheese negated the need for butter or other toppings.

  2. 5 stars
    These are so delicious but does anyone know if they are freezable ?

    • Hi Claire, thanks for your comment – I’m so glad you like them! I’ve never tried freezing them. I always just make a small batch and eat them within a day or two! However I can see no reason why they wouldn’t freeze OK. If you decide to try, please come back and tell us how you got on! Thanks and all the best, Helen.

  3. Hi Helen, could I omit the cheese from these? Would they still turn out okay?

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely lovely. Every Monday I task myself with making something
    different for lunch while my husband is out, The smell got him as soon as he walked in and the taste was amazing, Intended to save some but unfortunately they were too good, Definitelty a do againer,

  5. I added pine nuts. Delish!

  6. Is it possible to sub oat flour for the plain flour?

    • Hi Ali. I haven’t tried with oat flour so I don’t know how it would behave. If you have a go, please come back and let us know how it turned out! Thanks, Helen.

  7. Just about to make these …is it really a tablespoon of baking powder, or should it be teaspoon?

  8. Julie McPherson

    Oh goodness, these do look yummy and they would be perfect for a family picnic. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor

  9. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    I love savoury muffins, and this sundried tomato & pesto combo sounds absolutely divine!

    • Thanks Andrea! I love sundried tomatoes and pesto together. We chuck them both in with pasta for a super-speedy and delicious dinner, too.

  10. 5 stars
    Goodness these look good… I need access to your ‘easy and fabulous’ recipe file….

  11. 5 stars
    These sound great, and I love how the cheese looks in the tops. I’d cover mine in butter 🙂

  12. I am so excited to try these! Do they freeze well?

  13. 5 stars
    Great recipe, Helen, I am a huge fan of savoury muffins! Also the links on your blog seem to be working fine.

  14. What is spring onion and can I omit the pesto? Also on you picture on the bottom looks like you have olives? Do I just add them?

    • Hi Pnina. Spring onions are sometimes called salad onions or green onions I think – they’re long and thin and quite mild and usually used in salads. You can leave out the pesto with no problem. The photo at the bottom is for another similar recipe – cheese and olive picnic muffins
      Hope this helps! Helen x.

    • Hi Pnina, not sure where you live, but in Israel they are called בצל ירוק (green onions) and in America they will be called scallions.

  15. 5 stars
    These muffins sound absolutely delicious! I’ve never made savoury muffins before so I must give them a try. Thank you 🙂

  16. Helen,
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I tried making savory muffins for my kids to take to eat supper in the park the other week, and they came out way too dense and flat. I’m excited to try your picnic muffin recipe!

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