Jan 17

Strange But Good: Sriracha Veggie Muffins

Sriracha and I have a long relationship.


Second only to my relationship with my hair stylist.

Spicy is a food group all its own in my house.  I put Sriracha or some sort of heat source on nearly everything.  Even my chocolate sauce is “Mexican” with the addition of cayenne.  Why should muffins be any different?

Rooster Veggie Muffins


If adding Sriracha to muffins isn’t strange enough, I also added veggies.  I choose red peppers, zucchini, and shiitake mushrooms to compliment the Vietnamese feels of the Sriracha.  You can easily change it up with your favorites.

This spicy little number is also low carb thanks to coconut flour.  I also added stay-powder with healthy amount of cottage cheese and eggs to amp up the protein.

Sriracha Veggie Muffin


Heat up your morning (or your evening) with a spicy little number.  They’re good from the freezer too – just pop it in the microwave ~30 seconds to thaw.

It may sound strange, but it’s good.


Sriracha Veggie Muffins

Sriracha Veggie Muffins

  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 C cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 C shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 C zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 C spelt flour
  • 1/4 C coconut flour
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sodium-free baking powder
  • 1/2 C no-salt cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 C egg whites
  • 1 T sriracha


Preheat oven to 375.  Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.  

Heat pan over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray.  Saute veggies until tender.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir in wet ingredients.  Lastly, fold in sautéed veggies.

Divide evenly into muffin tins.  Bake 20-25 mins, until toothpick come out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.  Can be stored 5-6 days in the refrigerator, or 3 months in the freezer. 

Approximate nutrition (per muffin): 81 calories, 1.6g fat, 88.8mg sodium, 8.5g carbohydrates, 2.2g fiber, 1.3g sugar, 7.3g protein


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  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    You were right. Love it. Here’s to savoury appreciation!

    I don’t discriminate hot sauce, as long as it is effective, I’m all good!

    1. Laura

      I should have made pancakes. Then we would have been in perfect sync.

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    NOT SURE WHY you consider this to be a STRANGE combo – it looks EFFING GOOD.

    That being said, don’t HATE ME but….. I actually really DO NOT like spicy… When it comes to FOOD at least. ;)

    1. Laura

      Really?! I don’t know if we can continue to be friends…

      1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

        OF COURSE WE CAN! We just compliment each other so much more! Plus, you don’t have to worry about me eating any of your food! LMFAO!

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I attempted to make savory muffins yesterday. Complete and utter fail. They were so gross. I tossed ‘em out. For me to do that, they have to be really, really bad. I should have waited for your recipe because these look much, much better. I love all the ingredients and of course, the sriracha!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you try them! I had 2 co-workers approve. :)

  4. Linz @ Itz Linz

    alright these are some straaaange sounding muffins, for sure! :) :) but i suppose if they’re not super sweet i could try and get down with them?? :) :)

    1. Laura

      They aren’t sweet at all! I hear spice is good for baby-having. ;)

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the ingredients in these! I’ve been experimenting a lot more with baking with veggies lately and I LOVE it! Can’t wait to try these out!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! Please let me know if you try them. :)

  6. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I’ve been waiting for this receipe- wow, I had no idea you snuck so many veggies in there. Looks awesome!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I am pretty sure L will approve. Maybe with ketchup. ;)

  7. lindsay

    pretty sure the kiwi will leave me and move to GA with if once he sees these. haha i kid, but i must make them for him ASAP or else.

    1. Laura

      As long as he brings balls…

  8. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Oh wow – love the veggies in these – sriracha in muffins sounds so darn good!

  9. Maureen

    Sriracha scares me! I am a wimp when it comes to heat! :-(

    1. Laura

      They would be good without… but you really won’t b blown away by heat. The veggies and bread balance it!

  10. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I do love my spicy foods, but I’ve never attempted savoury muffins before – I think I need to get on that at some point!

  11. Susie

    I like things that can go either way–like my lemon beet muffins, or cornbread. That way, you never pigeon hole yourself :D You can put jelly on it, or pair it with ice cream, or you can eat it with fish or chili! But I love, love putting a little dash of cayenne in pretty much everything–that little ziiiiing titillates my taste buds, lol. And I am a sucker for zucchini in pretty much anything…

    1. Laura

      I swear cayenne goes with everything. I go through it about as much as I do cinnamon!

  12. RavieNomNoms

    Seriously?? I love these! I love Sriracha though :-)

  13. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    This is definitely a strange but good recipe! I made savoury biscuits the other day with coconut flour and they were delicious so I’m gonna trust you on this one!

    1. Laura

      Those sound amazing! That may have to happen next. :)

  14. Alex @ therunwithin

    now these sound good, plus savory muffins are always my favorite

  15. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Just pinned. I have everything except for the mushrooms and coconut flour. I really need to break down and by that flour apparently. Love this recipe idea! You’re a mad genius ;-)

    1. Laura

      You don’t have to use mushrooms, and you could sub another flour. If you do, just cut back on the egg a bit because coconut flour is really absorbent. :)

  16. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    I’ve been playing with sriracha and veggies lately in appetizers. I made mushrooms for the spouse and I earlier this month, and next week as part of #AppetizerWeek I’ve got a sriracha butternut hummus. I wish I had the words to share what it brings to vegetables, but I’m wordless. I’ve never thought of putting it in a muffin, but I’ve been kicking around a cottage cheese muffin to use up the remainder of the mashed roasted butternut squash from the other night’s dinner–so I think you’ve just inspired me to flavor that with sriracha. Thanks!
    I thought of you the whole time I was making this pizza–eggnog and butternut squash in a pizza crust? And a goat cheese, fig jam, and prosciutto pizza at that? Strange but good, definitely.

    Thanks for hosting!

  17. Maria @ The Good Life

    I love sriracha… Love it! And these look so delicious! thank you for sharing it!

  18. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    Ah, I wasn’t even close on my guesses! I thought those were avocado chunks in there, but I was still thinking sweet, not savory. Of course, like everything you do (besides that one random meat in your oatmeal thing – ha!), this looks delicious!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhhh… avocado would be a great add though!

  19. Purelytwins

    don’t hate us but we’ve never tried Sriracha before, not sure why. Just haven’t given it a shot yet, maybe one – these muffins sound like a good place to start ;)

    1. Laura

      Whaaaaat?! I can’t even process that. ;)

  20. Missy

    Oh my gooooddddnnnneeeesss.
    This may be the recipe that makes me finally go and get some coconut flour.

    Quick question: Do you think it would work without the cottage cheese? I love it, but am trying to avoid dairy.

    1. Laura

      It would… but you’d need to replace it with something. Maybe another 1/4 C egg whites and 1/4 C flour? Let me know if you try it!

  21. Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers

    Works for me! I’m a muffin monster – sweet muffins, corn muffins, egg muffins, meatloaf muffins…. I’m like the Bubba (shrimp guy) of muffins.

    1. Laura

      PIcturing you as Bubba Gump… LOL!

  22. She Rocks Fitness

    I LOVE spicy foods and I LOVE sriracha…It is the best on everything and anything! It is a staple in my fridge and goes on practically every dinner I cook. :) Thanks for sharing!

  23. Hannah

    Yay! I can only cope with cottage cheese in savoury forms, so this + sriracha + coconut flour = winner winner muffin dinner.

  24. Kierston @candyfit

    Yum! I’ve definitely added hot sauce to my bites….it gives them more bite hehe

    I love Chili Sauce. There’s also this one hot sauce with peanut and oil. OMG it’s so delicious.

    1. Laura

      That sounds awesome! What is it called?

  25. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Unfortunately I can’t do anything spicy but I’m totally making these minus the sriracha. Great way to sneak in your veggies!

    1. Laura

      I think they would be good without it. I might add more of the other spices in that case though.

  26. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I shouldn’t admit this but I don’t think I have tried siracha. It seems to be a favorite of so many, I really should give it a try. It just reminds me too much of ketchup and I don’t like ketchup at all. I do however like the idea of a spicy veggie muffin.

    1. Laura

      You have to trust me – I cannot stand ketchup and I love sriracha. It’s not even in the same family. Promise.

  27. Debra

    I don’t think I have ever found one of your “Strange But Good” posts to be all that strange—just mostly delicious!!!!

    1. Laura

      Love that. *High 5*

  28. Anonymous

    So I actually like the addition of Sriracha. I think it would jazz up the cauliflower and zucchini. The cottage cheese scares me though, although it can’t be much different than using Greek yogurt in muffins, and I have done that before. Hmmm, maybe, maybe. Either way, I dig your creativity the most.
    By the way, I have a new favorite spice that you’d love. Heck, you probably have stock in it already. It’s Berbere, and it’s hot and spicy and all things wonderful. I gave some to Heather, and given her fear of heat, I suggested she pass it along to you.

  29. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I LOVE a savory muffin! Think I could do flax eggs???

    1. Laura

      That’s a LOT of egg to replace. Maybe half flax egg and a little more cottage cheese? Let me know if you try it!

  30. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Ok, wait, now I want to make THESE!! Omg, what a little protein punch! And even though I’m a total spice weenie, I can appreciate a little sriracha here and there! PS, is it weird that every time I see sriracha, I think of you? ;)

    1. Laura

      It really isn’t bad – just a little hint. The veggies and the bread parts keep it under control. You could use Cholula too! (I Google how to spell “Cholula” correctly.) :)

      1. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

        Haha! I have to do that every time! Now I don’t feel so bad!

  31. calee

    QUEEN OF STRANGE: you have made something I can eat with no (well one) modifications (no onion powder). I’m so making these.

    1. Laura

      I’ve feel like I’ve accomplished something major. I deserve to go home for the day. ;)

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