Bake a batch of easy Pizza Muffins for the flavor kids love, in an easy to eat (and reheat!) format. These healthy muffins have a dose of shredded carrots for extra nutrition and are an easy lunch option to pack or serve at home.

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Pizza Muffins

My kid love pizza, like most kids, and we have it often—but I also try to use the flavors in other foods. These Pizza Muffins have many of the same ingredients as pizza and subtle pizza flavors, but are also easier to pack in a lunch and work really well to make-ahead and freeze for future days.

They are a fun savory muffin to have in the mix and there are so many options for how you can customize them for your own kids!

TIP: Clearly these do not taste exactly the same as real pizza, which my kids do like to point out, but they have similar yummy flavors!

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe you’ll need these ingredients:

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  • Milk: I use whole milk in my baking, but any milk will work here.
  • Grated carrot: This blends into the batter nicely and adds a dose of veggies.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: For classic pizza flavor.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Melted and slightly cooled butter, or neutral oil
  • Diced pepperoni, plus 2 tablespoons: This is optional, but adds nice flavor.
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour and whole wheat flour: The mix gives a pleasantly fluffy texture with some of the fiber and whole grains from the whole wheat flour.
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Pizza seasoning: This is found in the spice aisle of most supermarkets. You can use Italian seasoning if you can’t find it, but the flavor of pizza seasoning is excellent in the muffins.

TIP: I prefer to shred the carrots myself on a box grater so they are finer, but you can also buy shredded carrots from the store.

Can I use all of one type of flour?

Yes, though using all whole wheat may result in slightly denser muffins. Using all all-purpose will work just fine and does result in super fluffy and light pizza muffins!

Can I use a vegetable other than carrots?

You can use broccoli! I would use just the top part of the broccoli, avoiding the stems, and use scissors to finely cut them up to have a pleasant texture in the muffins.

How can I make them vegetarian?

You can simply omit the pepperoni. You could add some chopped broccoli, diced black olives, or any other pizza topping your kids enjoy.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

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  1. Stir together the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Fold in the dry ingredients, reserving some of the pepperoni.
  3. Portion out into a greased muffin tin and top with pepperoni.
  4. Bake and serve or store.

TIP: You can make these as mini muffins. You’ll want to adjust the timing to 12-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly.

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Can I freeze these muffins?

Sure! Just be sure to let them cool completely, then store in a zip top plastic storage bag for up to 3 months. They are a great recipe for lunch to keep on hand since you can easily warm them up and tuck them into a thermos or serve for lunch at home.

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Best Tips for Success

  • You can make these as mini muffins. You’ll want to adjust the timing to 12-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
  • Egg-free: Omit eggs. Increase milk to 1 ¾ cups. Increase baking soda to 1 teaspoon. Proceed with the recipe as directed. (They work really well!)
  • You can warm briefly and pack in a thermos for lunch.
  • Substitute the carrots for broccoli if desired. Just use the tops of the broccoli, avoiding the stems, and finely cut up or chop.
  • Use all of one type of flour if that’s what you have.
  • Omit the pepperoni to make them vegetarian.
  • Dice up for younger eaters.
  • Serve with warm marinara sauce if desired for dipping.

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I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it with your kids, so please comment and rate the recipe below.

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Pizza Muffins (with Veggies!)

These work well to make ahead and warm up for an easy lunch or dinner. These taste best served warm.
5 from 65 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Muffin
Calories 189kcal
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted and slightly cooled butter or neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup diced pepperoni, plus 2 tablespoons diced pepperoni (optional)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pizza seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease a standard muffin tin well with nonstick spray.
  • Add the milk, carrot, cheeses, butter, pepperoni (reserving the 2 tablespoons), and egg to a medium bowl. Stir together.
  • Stir in the flours, baking powder, baking soda, pizza seasoning, and salt.
  • Divide batter among the prepared muffin tin, using about ¼ cup in each. Top each with pepperoni.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. (There may be some melted cheese on it, though!)
  • Let cool in the pan for 2-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. You may need to use a paring knife around the edges of the muffins to help remove them from the pan.
  • Serve slightly warm.

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Notes

  • To store, let cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Heat for 15-30 seconds in the microwave to serve.
  • To freeze, let cool completely. Transfer to a zip-top plastic storage bag, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to 3 months. Warm one at a time on a heat-safe plate in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds or until warmed through
  • Egg-free: Omit eggs. Increase milk to 1 ¾ cups. Increase baking soda to 1 teaspoon. Proceed with the recipe as directed. (This works really well!)
  • Look for pizza seasoning in the spice aisle. McCormick and Tones make it, and there are specialty brands, too, like this one that is very good. It is widely available.
  • You can make these as mini muffins. You’ll want to adjust the timing to 12-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • You can warm briefly and pack in a thermos for lunch.
  • Substitute the carrots for broccoli if desired. Just use the tops of the broccoli, avoiding the stems, and finely cut up or chop.
  • Use all of one type of flour if that’s what you have.
  • Omit the pepperoni to make them vegetarian.
  • Dice up for younger eaters.
  • Serve warm. Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 375mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2077IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    My son loves these, my mom loves these, I love these!
    I didn’t have pepperoni or pizza spice so I just used Italian seasoning and they taste AMAZING! They freeze well and thaw in just 30 seconds in the microwave!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these during nap time today and tried one straight out of the oven. I loved it! So quick and easy to clean up and I love that I can just pop them in the microwave for dinner tonight.

    I do have one question. I thought about swirling in some pizza sauce before baking instead of serving alongside but wasn’t sure how much or if I need to omit some of anything else to make the consistency ok. Do you think they would still bake well if I added some sauce?

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