Monday, February 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Muffins {Vegetarian}: Secret Recipe Club

The Secret Recipe Club reveal is today and I'm so excited to finally share these delicious Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Muffins from Erin's lovely blog, Wholesome RD. Erin is a registered dietician in Chicago and blogs about balanced eating with wholesome recipes (which don't always conform to what we usually think of as "health food"). I enjoyed learning about Erin and really appreciated her outlook on healthy, balanced eating. I did a bit of trolling around on Erin's blog before ultimately deciding on these muffins, but I have to admit I was pretty set on making them once I saw them and couldn't be dissuaded easily. When we received our assignments, it was pretty early in our family's Get Real journey, so it was a great chance to try out whole wheat flour and homemade pepperoni on the kids.

Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
Adapted from Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Puffs.
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 ounces Meunster cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 3 ounces Seitan Pepperoni, sliced and quartered (about 2/3 cup)
  • 3/4 cup bolognese or marinara sauce, divided
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and oregano; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, "pepperoni" and 1/4 cup of marinara sauce. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes and serve with remaining marinara sauce.

The Results
The kids LOVED these. They always love the idea of muffins for dinner and pizza muffins...awesome! This was one of my first experiments with whole wheat flour in a kid-friendly recipe (I made these right after we received our SRC assignments) and it was an encouraging early success in our Get Real journey. I thought the muffins were pretty darn tasty, too. The meat-eating husband predictably declined to try it because he's not a fan of the faux pepperoni.

This post is shared at·Mouthwatering Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Cravings, Just Another Meatless MondayHomemaker MondayMeatless MondaysMingle Monday, Mangia Monday, Made By You Mondays and Monday Mania.


  1. oohhh. I never thought about using a meat sauce for a pizza. That gives me an idea for something else. These muffins look great as appetizers as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Kristi,
    I just love your Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Muffins, this would be perfect to serve a crowd. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  3. Great SRC choice! These would make a great lunch for my daughter for school!

  4. Wow these sound great. I might need to whip these up for a party.

  5. These sound amazing! I might try a gluten free version of this, thanks!

  6. Pizza in a muffin sounds like a perfect little meal.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. I'm so glad you and your kids liked them! What a great idea to use Seitan Pepperoni. I've never had that but I'm sure it's wonderful! :)

  8. Nice to see whole wheat recipes that are kid (and husband) friendly. Thanks for posting.


    Check out my Swordfish and Creamy Polenta with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette at Is there a vegetarian fish substitute ;-)?

  9. I love a savory muffin, and I love the idea behind your blog! Although I'm not a vegetarian, the Hubs and I frequently eat meatless, and I'm always looking for new veggie ideas. I'm stopping by from SRC but I'd love if you check our my new site February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we'd love if you'd link up!

  10. mmmm, might have to sneak these past my husband, see if he even notices there is no real meat, great choice!