Savory Olive Oil Rosemary Parmesan Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free)

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The other night a friend sent me home with some red pepper soup — made with fresh garden peppers and white wine. I decided to make dinner out of it, so I grabbed some rosemary from her garden and whipped up these cheesy muffins to go along. And boy, was it a stunning combo. These babies are best served warm, right out of the oven.


  • 1 cup almond flour (this and this brand work well)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
    Note: xanthan gum can be hard on some people’s stomachs and/or hard to find. This recipe works best with it, but also will work without it. Without it, the muffins will be a little more crumbly.
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • Several tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
    note: for the first version of this muffin I tested, I used 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil, and it was also quite tasty.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (full-fat is best)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup strongly-flavored olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Line or grease 6 muffin tin cups.
  • In a bowl combine the flours, baking powder,  salt, parmesan cheese, xanthan gum, and rosemary.
  • In another bowl combine egg, honey, oil, milk and sour cream. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until blended.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling three-quarters full. Bake in preheated over for about 20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and dry.