Cheese Muffins

Fondation OLO | Recette | Muffins au fromage
the illustrated version
of this recipe

Cheese Muffins can accompany your soup, salad or main dish. They can also be served at brunch or snack. They are good for any occasion!


  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 32 minutes
  • Cost per serving: 55¢
  • Storage: 3 days in the fridge. Can be frozen.
  • Kitchen tools: Measuring cups and spoons, muffin tin, paper muffin cup liners (or oil), 2 large bowls, spoon, whisk, fork, spoon.
  • Reference: This original recipe was developed by Extenso—the Université de Montréal reference centre on human nutrition.


  • 375 ml (1½ cups) whole wheat flour
  • 125 ml (½ cup) quick cooking rolled oats
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 1 ml (¼ tsp) baking soda
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) canola oil
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml (½ cup) milk
  • 125 ml (½ cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 375 ml (1½ cup) grated cheddar cheese (divided: 250 ml [1 cup] + 125 ml [½ cup])


1. Place oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 180oC (350oF). Oil a muffin tin or place paper liners in the tin.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, rolled oats, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, add the canola oil, brown sugar and eggs. Mix with a whisk (or a fork) for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and creamy.

4. Add the dry ingredients, just a little at a time, mixing with a fork.

5. Add the milk, apple sauce and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Mix again.

6. Using a spoon, divide the mixture evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over the muffins.

7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

8. Set the oven to broil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese has browned slightly.

Nutritional balance

This recipe provides foods from the following food groups:

  • Grain products
  • Milk and alternatives

One serving of this side dish is a tasty way to add a portion of grain products to your menu.