Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feta Sage Muffins

Featured Ingredient: Olive oil + California Olive Ranch Giveaway

I think I may adore savory muffins just as much as sweet ones. There is just something about biting into a warmed savory muffin in the middle of the afternoon that lifts the spirits.

I’ve posted a few other savory morsels in the past such as these and these, so here is another version that is a winner. So moist and full of savory deliciousness, it’s really hard to eat just one of these feta infused muffins. Sage lends them a fall flavor, whereas I added the chickpea (garbanzo) puree to make the muffins more nutrient dense and a healthier snack overall. As does the extra virgin olive oil, which is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds.

As is the case on Wednesday, it’s time for another Muffin Tin Mania product giveaway. The kind folks over at California Olive Ranch would like to award one of my readers with a bottle of their wonderful extra virgin olive oil to try out in this recipe or other kitchen creations. What a prize! 

Through my research for magazine articles on culinary oils, I’ve really come to appreciate the quality of olive oils being produced in California. Generally, just as good as anything coming out of Europe and with stricter regulations.

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says: “My muffins need an oil change” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday October 10th, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize.

Congrats to MamaMcf who was randomly selected as the winner of some great olive oil from California Olive Ranch. MamaMcf, just send me your shipping details using the contact tab above and I'll get some olive oil sent your way. 

Feta Sage Muffins

1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoon coconut palm sugar or other granulated sugar of choice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup canned (drained and rinsed) or cooked dried chickpeas
3/4 cup low-fat milk
3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh sage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup diced feta cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a blender or food processor, whirl together chickpeas, milk, yogurt, oil, sage and garlic until smooth. Pour chickpea mixture into dry ingredients and mix gently. Fold in feta. Divide mixture among 12 standard sized greased or paper lined muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool several minutes before unmolding. Best served warmed.


  1. My muffins need an oil change! I was just pondering what to do with the can of garbanzos that has been languishing in the cupboard, and I think this solves my problem. :)

  2. My muffins need an oil change!

  3. My muffins need an oil change! MamaMcF

  4. my muffins need an oil change! Love savory muffins.

  5. My muffins need an oil change. It's true!

  6. my muffins need an oil change! The sooner the better!
    I love baking with Olive Oil!

  7. My muffins need an oil change.


  8. My muffins need an oil change
    meredith m

  9. My muffins need an oil change!

  10. My muffins need an oil change


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