Tomato and basil muffins

There muffins have red tomatoes and green basil in them and are therefore Christmas-sy.

Don’t judge me. I’m making fruit mince pies. I have a giant blow up Santa on my balcony.

Therefore if my muffins have red and green in them I think we should agree, despite their strong Italian theme, they’re Christmas-sy.

At least until I go down the road today and buy some Christmas tree shaped cookie cutters and do something a bit more genuine.

In the meanwhile, these are low fat. Tasty. And a perfect work/school snack

You’ll be needing some fresh basil and tomato. How festive.

tomato and basil

Then just throw everything in a bowl – except the parmesan.

Mix all the ingredients together

When combined, spoon into muffin tins and top with parmesan for that extra yum factor.

Top with parmesan

Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Put your timer on
1 egg
¾ cup water
1 ½ cups self-raising flour
1 cup lite grated cheese
3 tablespoons fresh basil, ripped up or roughly chopped
3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
¼ cup parmesan cheese – to top


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with patty cases and spray with cooking oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except parmesan. Batter will be very solid and dough like. That’s OK.
  3. Spoon into prepared muffin tins and sprinkle with parmesan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until muffins are golden. Cool on rack. Makes 12.

Healthy: 115 calories a muffin – nice!

Gluten free: No, but I think they’re moist enough to work.

Storage: They freeze well, otherwise best eaten within a couple of days. Store in an airtight container.

Source: modified from the Muffin Bible tomato, cheese & oregano muffins.

29 comments on “Tomato and basil muffins – just a touch of Christmas”

  1. These looks so delicious! And easy – I love easy! And I’m with you – they’re red and green…that makes them downright Christmas-y in my book. 🙂 I love fresh basil!

    • Wellll, actually I think they are mostly an American thing. After spending Christmas in Seattle last year I went on a hunt for a blow up santa/snowman/grinch. I loved how much people got in to the decorating in the states.

  2. I need to bookmark this for next summer when our tomatoes are going crazy! (Though then I technically couldn’t call them Christmas cookies.) 🙂 And I love your blow up Santa.

  3. YUM! One hundred times YUM! I say they are definitely Christmas-y. I’m in. Love the blow-up Santa and love the you don’t even have kids and you are this into Christmas. IT just shows what a cool chick you are Aimee. Totally cool. I would definitely hang with you anytime. Your new header is so fun. Love it. I used love way too much in this comment. Sorry.

  4. Hey, I’m a big fan your blow up santa! All about Christmas decorations. And oh geez, these muffins sound incredible. Love the idea of a savory muffin…I feel like I always go for sweet. I mean, that’s probably because I have a massive sweet tooth, but still. Anyways, yum!!

  5. Thought I’d lost you for a while there… Beautiful muffins, all very festive and in the spirit of Christmas! I used to have a blow up snow globe on my front lawn… I had to retire it when it got a leak.. It was my my favorite sight when pulling up to the house!

  6. I have the last bag of mum’s home-grown tomatoes which i am loath the finish as that’s it…. gone….for another season. I won’t be able to tolerate shop bought tomatoes for at least the next 6 months. Anyhow, they are ripening fast, so will make a batch of these as it sounds yum. Also have the last of the basil in the pot as well. Maggie X

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