Ham, Cheese and Zucchini Muffins

This is my first (of many, I hope) savory posts on my blog, even though the title says muffins.  These Ham, Cheese and Zucchini Muffins were the perfect snack for our recent road trip to the States.  Packed full of goodness, I even managed to freeze a dozen for the kids lunches before they ate them all.

Ham, Cheese & Zucchini Muffins | A Sweet Baker

After making these Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars earlier in the week, I still had one big zucchini left.  I wanted to make something that freezes well and would be healthy for the kids lunches or an after-school snack. These muffins have Black Forest Ham, Colby cheese, zucchini and a sweet vadalia onion in them.  The perfect blend of ingredients to satisfy any snack-attack.

Ham, Cheese & Zucchini Muffins | A Sweet Baker

Ham, Cheese & Zucchini Muffins | A Sweet Baker

This is the last weekend before school starts for us here in Canada.   I also go back to work next week so getting meals and snacks organized ahead of time will make life a whole lot easier and less stressful for sure. I hope to get some more baking done and enjoy my time with friends and family.  I hope you have a great weekend as well!

Ham, Cheese & Zucchini Muffins | A Sweet Baker

Ham, Cheese and Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Make 24 large muffins

These hearty muffins are packed with ham, cheese, zucchini and onions. They make a great snack or breakfast on-the-go!


  • I made a double batch so if you only want 12 muffins just half this recipe
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups packed shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 6-8 slices of deli style Black Forest ham, chopped finely
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, chopped finely


Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners or coat with baking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk, then whisk in the melted butter.
Gently fold the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, then fold in the zucchini, cheese, ham and onion just enough to incorporate.
Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing from tin.
Store in an airtight container or wrap well and freeze.


Recipe adapted from icdietblog

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  1. What a delicious looking savory muffin! My kids (and I) would be crazy about these!

  2. These look fabulous! And what a great way to use up zucchini! I am definitely going to be trying these!

  3. These look so good! I rarely (okay, never) post savory recipes on my blog, but I always intend to…maybe this year it will happen. Love them!

  4. This would make a fantastic breakfast! I love these so much, have fun with the start of school!

  5. You KNOW how much I love muffins, Liz, and these don’t disappoint! What an awesome breakfast muffin for sure :D

  6. I literally have everything I need except for buttermilk right now. I am currently printing out this recipe and pinned it too! These muffins look amazing Liz!

    • Thanks Trish – I never have buttermilk…I just use the milk and vinegar trick! ;)

    • If you are out of Buttermilk, and you don’t want to substitute with regular milk and lemon juice or vinegar – to make your own buttermilk, you can buy a powdered buttermilk. It isn’t my first choice, but I keep a can handy in the pantry, for when I’m out of buttermilk, and regular milk. It works great! You don’t even have to mix the powder with a liquid, just throw the powder and liquid into your recipe. I find it in the baking aisle in with the canned milk.

  7. Nom nom nom!! That’s how I would sound if this muffin was in front of me right now!! ;) They look SO GOOD!!

  8. Do these muffins really take a whole pound of melted butter? Plus buttermilk and eggs?

  9. I couldn’t even bring myself to use the full amount of butter called for and these were SO greasy!!! There was a pool of grease in the bottom of my muffin tin after I pulled them out. I really liked the concept, I wanted to use up some zucchini, but these didn’t work out for us.

  10. Crissy Brown says:

    I made these last night. I wanted something that packed a punch for my children. I really like them. My elder daughter, five, forced a few bites. My younger daughter, three, said it smells bad and wouldn’t touch it.

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