Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins

a close-up of a stack of cheesy cauliflower muffins
These cheesy cauliflower muffins are savory, low carb, gluten-free and delicious. Also, unlike other cauliflower recipes, you don’t need to dry out the cauliflower.
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These photos came out a little more dark and moody than I intended. It was a rainy day today so I had barely any light to work with. I am dreading the first weekend of November when Daylight Savings Time ends and it’ll be dark by 5 PM. I need my daylight!

process photo showing how to finely chop the cauliflower in a food processor

These muffins are so easy to make. First, you need to finely chop cauliflower florets in a food processor.
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The cauliflower is combined with eggs, cheddar cheese, and seasonings.
process photo showing the cauliflower mixture to make the muffins

Once the cauliflower “batter” is combined it’s as simple as scooping it into a cupcake pan lined with paper liners. I like to sprinkle more cheddar cheese over the top before baking them.
process photo of cauliflower batter in muffin tin lined with cupcake liners
These cheesy cauliflower muffins make a good snack, appetizer, side dish, meal, etc. After all the weekend indulgences, these were a guilt-free way to start my week and keep me away from the large bag of Halloween candy calling my name.
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Cauliflower Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dishes, Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 11 muffins

These low carb, gluten-free, savory muffins are made with cauliflower and cheese. They are great as an appetizer, snack, side dish or a quick meal.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups finely chopped raw cauliflower florets approximately 1/2 a head of cauliflower
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup  almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry Italian seasoning herb blend
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners. I prefer to use parchment cupcake liners as the muffins will not stick to them at all.

  2. Combine cauliflower, eggs, 1/2 cup cheese, almond flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix with a large spoon or spatula until smooth.
  3. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full. You should be able to fill 11 liners. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded cheese over muffins.

  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until muffins are completely cooked and no longer wet to the touch. If desired, garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

Notes:

I like to use my food processor to finely chop the cauliflower. Place the florets in the processor and pulse a few times until they break down into large crumbs.

I use these parchment cupcake liners.*

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Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 89.1mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 2.6g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 4.6g 9%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 10%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

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57 comments on “Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins”

  1. I’m excited for this recipe as there’s no need to dry out the cauliflower ! And I don’t need a food processor (Trader Joes sells the pulsed fresh cauliflower now!). I’ve never tried almond flour – is this available in most markets now (ie Trader Joes?).

  2. Hi Kirbie,

    My son allergic to all kind of nuts. Can u substitute almond flour with plain flour? Will it taste different?
    Thank you

  3. What do you think about adding bacon bits?

  4. Hey! Thank you for the yummy recipe! I tried this last night and I think I messed up a step. The muffins did not turn out like I hoped! I realized maybe it is because I boiled the cauliflower to soften it for mixing and it wasn’t dry enough for prepping. 

    How did you prepare your cauliflower for pulsing?

    Thank you! 🙂

    • Hi Bre. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out right. The cauliflower is supposed to be raw when pulsed. The boiling would make it too wet.

  5. How well do these freeze?

  6. Hahaha, so I made this today and it turned out great. Joined Instagram to share about it but then realized Instagram is only for smart phones! I never knew that. I have a cell phone but it is not a smart phone. Live and learn! I followed your recipe except that I added more onion and garlic powder and half a teaspoon salt. As a diabetic, I am glad to have something that makes me feel like I am “cheating” and having baked goods!

    • oh no, sorry about Instagram! I’d love to see a photo. You can email me a picture or if you are on facebook, you can post one to my facebook page. I’m glad you enjoyed these though!

  7. Thease look great! I’m going to try them today. I’m trying to count carbs and track calories. I wonder how thease would rate. I think the kids will even like them.?
    Thankyou for the idea
    Gabriele

  8. Any idea on the calories, carbs, fat, etc on these?

    • There are many websites out there that calculate nutritional value of recipes. I recommend you try that, such as myfitnesspal

    • I know this is way late but from what I am seeing it looks like making one batch would yield:
      586 Calories: 14 Carbs: 42 Grams Fat: 38 Grams Protein

      Each piece would yield:
      53,3 cal: 1.3 carbs: 3.8 fat: 3.5 fat

  9. It is possible to use coconut flour instead of almond flour?

  10. Would there be a way to make these delicious cauliflower muffins without eggs?

  11. This is what i was searching, You gave perfect recipe and I am Professional Cook your recipe helped a lot.
    Thank You

  12. i love cauliflower mmm.

  13. Would a high powered blender work in place of food processor do you think? My food processor but the dust 🙁

    • I’m not sure. I haven’t tried pulsing cauliflower in a blender before. I would only worry that it would pulse it too much.

  14. Do you have the nutritional info?

  15. I veganized this recipe by using Follow Your Heart brand vegan egg and dairy free parmesan shreds. I baked them for the full 25 minutes and did not use muffin tin liners, just some oil spray in the tin. They turned out moist and cheesy-almost like little omelette cups. Next time I will bake them a little longer to see if it reduces the water content and produces a more bready consistency. Delicious and the way I prepared them is 105 calories, 4.8 fat grams, and 13 carbs. Thanks for sharing! 

  16. When measuring the cauliflower, how tightly do you pack the cup – just spoon it in, or pack it down somewhat? We’re about to try this recipe for the first time.

  17. Would frozen cauliflower “rice” work for this recipe? If so, would you just defrost or defrost and pat dry any moisture. I’m excited to make these for a grain free muffin option for my lil guy who prefers cheesy and savory over sweet. ???? Thanks!

  18. I made these tonight for my boyfriend who keeps jumping on and off the low carb wagon. I used the riced cauliflower by Green Giant.  I think next batch I’ll thaw and let it dry out a bit, maybe mash it up a bit more.  My muffins are not so much muffins as they are cheesy, cauliflower quiche cups.  They taste great though. Will definitely try again with some adjustments. Thanks!

    • I’ve only used fresh cauliflower for these. I think it can work with frozen, but you definitely need to thaw and pat dry since frozen has a lot more moisture.

  19. Thanks for the recipe! Flavour was great and they were easy to make. I still found them a little moist though so next time I’ll squeeze out some of the liquid.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them! yes feel free to squeeze some liquid out. they are more moist than the cauliflower bread and pizza crust but I love that it still stays together without having to do any water squeezing

  20. Love these! I added smoked uncured beef sausage and half a teaspoon of salt. Taste is great! I’m betting them cook a little longer for the inside to dry a bit longer. Thank you for sharing!

  21. This is the best resipy ever!!! I’ve made these multiple times. I always add some bacon in it as well??. Thank you so much for this resipy 

  22. Has anyone tried these with parmesan cheese instead of cheddar for a lectin-free option?  

  23. Very GOOD!!!!!   My daughter and friends fight over them!!!!!!

    This time I used frozen pop corned cauliflower for easy-ness.   Already mixed ingredients before thinking about the frozen-ness.    Threw in microwave for couple minutes and they were fine but not the typical awesome-ness.    

    Always thaw out and wring out moisture.   ?????

    Try this with broccoli also!!!!   Must get as much moisture out for it to work great though!!!

  24. Hi Kirbie,
    Just a question about the recipe. Why do you write 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese? Is it one cup or is this a typo? A quite unusual way of writing a recipe :))
    Thank you.
    Summsummsumm

    • The recipe uses cheese in two different steps, which is why it is divided in the ingredients. 1/2 cup goes into the batter. Then another 1/2 cup is used for garnish.

  25. Hello! I was wondering if almond meal would be the same as using almond flour?? Thank you! Looking forward to making these, ASAP!

  26. I f you do not have a food processor can you use the frozen Cauliflower Rice?

    • My experience is that frozen cauliflower rice retains a lot more water and makes it harder to work with. Many grocery stores now sell fresh cauliflower rice so that is another option

  27. Tried this with coconut flour using 3 tbsp flour. Had to double the eggs and still seemed a bit dry although the cheesey bit on top saved it. Next time will try 1-2 tbsp and double the eggs.

    • coconut flour is very absorbent so 3 tbsp definitely sounds like too much and would cause the batter to be dry. I would guess around 1 1/2 tbsp would be ideal

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