Easy Pepperoni Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins

Make my easy, healthy Pepperoni Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins that look and taste like pizza with mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and Italian seasoning! They’re gluten-free with almond and oat flour. As a healthy bonus, have shredded carrots, zucchini, and cottage cheese, which are hardly detectable but add moisture, texture, and protein.

Gluten-Free pizza muffins on a cutting board.

Make my easy, healthy Pepperoni Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins Recipe that looks and tastes like pizza with mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and Italian seasoning! They’re gluten-free with almond and oat flour. And as a healthy bonus, we’re adding shredded carrots, zucchini, and cottage cheese, which are hardly detectable but add moisture, texture, and protein. 

These are a delicious pizza muffin to serve as an after-school snack, in school lunches, on pizza night, or anytime you’re having pizza cravings but prefer a healthier option. These moist and fluffy pizza rolls give you the convenience of a muffin with the flavor of a slice of pepperoni pizza. Everyone will enjoy these regardless of any gluten allergies. And they can easily be made dairy-free with a few swaps.

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Why You’ll Love This Grain-Free Pizza Muffin Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-Free pizza muffins on a cutting board.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting gluten-free pizza muffins:

Oat Flour: You can replace it with brown rice flour.

Almond Flour: You can replace it with brown rice flour.

Cottage Cheese: You can replace it with sour cream, greek yogurt, or ricotta cheese. You can also use plant-based cottage cheese or sour cream to make them dairy-free.

Italian Seasoning: You can replace it with individual spices, including basil, parsley, and oregano.

Garlic Powder: You can omit or replace it with fresh minced garlic.

Pepperoni: You can use any pepperoni variety, including turkey pepperoni and mini pepperoni slices.

Mozzarella Cheese: You can replace it with any meltable cheese, including fat-free mozzarella cheese, vegan mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, and parmesan cheese. You can also use dairy-free cheese for dairy-free pizza muffins.

Green Zucchini: You can use yellow or green zucchini.

​Carrots: You can omit and replace them with additional zucchini to achieve the same consistency.

Milk: You can use any milk you tolerate, including almond milk or cashew milk.

Olive Oil: You can use any you like, including virgin olive oil, avocado oil, melted coconut oil, or vegetable oil. Light olive oil is my favorite to use.

Tomato Paste: You can also use pizza sauce, marinara sauce, or tomato sauce.

Gluten-Free pizza muffins on a cutting board.

How to Make My Gluten-Free Pepperoni Pizza Role Muffins Recipe

Step 1: Prep the Vegetables

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Shred the carrots and zucchini. Wrap in a paper or dish towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. Finely dice on a cutting board and set aside.

If using standard-sized pepperoni, chop them down into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Dicing shredded carrots and zucchini on a cutting board.
Blending wet ingredients in a chopper cup.

Step 2: Make the Muffin Batter

In a blender, food processor, or chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine the wet ingredients, including cottage cheese, oil, milk, and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.

Pour the cottage cheese mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the eggs. Whisk until combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl, including oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well combined.

Fold in the grated carrots, zucchini, half the shredded cheese, and half the pepperoni.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 full, allowing it to mound higher in the middle. Divide the remaining shredded cheese and pepperoni pieces over the tops of the muffins.

Muffin batter in a glass bowl.
Gluten-Free pizza muffins in a muffin tin.

Step 3: Bake the Muffins

To get a higher dome on the muffins, bake at 425°F for 5 minutes. Leave the muffin tin in the oven, reduce the heat to 350°F, and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the muffin tops are lightly brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack. 

Or, you can bake them at 350°F for 22-25 minutes until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve the muffins warm as a delicious gluten-free snack or meal option. Enjoy! They taste best at room temperature.

Gluten-Free pizza muffins on a cutting board.

Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins with Veggies Recipe Notes

Vegetables: Chopping down the zucchini and carrot will make them less detectable in the muffins. Be sure to squeeze the excess moisture with a paper or dish towel, or the batter will be too runny.

Spice Level: Adjust the amount of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper to suit your preferences. You can also add 1 teaspoon basil to enhance the Italian flavor.

Serving Suggestion: These muffins are delicious on their own but can also be served with marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.

Serving Suggestions:

Customize these muffins with your favorite pizza toppings, such as olives, onions, or sun-dried tomatoes, to make them your own.

Refrigeration: Store the muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing: These muffins freeze well. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen muffins to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating: To reheat the muffins, place them in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds, or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes.

Thawing: If frozen, thaw the muffins in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Individual Portions: For easy grab-and-go options, consider storing the muffins individually wrapped in plastic wrap or in separate containers.

Can I use regular flour instead of gluten-free flour in pizza muffins?
Yes, you can use regular flour if you don’t need the recipe to be gluten-free. You may need to adjust the flour amount to get the same consistency.

Can I use different vegetables in this savoury muffins recipe?
Yes, you can customize the vegetables to your liking and favorite flavor of pizza. Try adding bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach for added flavor and nutrition.

Can these muffins be made ahead of time?
Yes, you can make these muffins ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze them for longer storage.

Can I omit the pepperoni to make these muffins vegetarian?
Of course, you can omit the pepperoni or substitute it with vegetarian alternatives to make these muffins vegetarian-friendly.

Can I make these dairy-free pizza muffins?
Yes, you can make these muffins dairy-free by using dairy-free milk, cheese, and cottage cheese substitutes.

Can I make mini gluten-free pizza bites instead of regular-sized muffins?
Yes, you can make these as mini pizza bites using a mini muffin pan. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as mini muffins will bake faster than regular-sized muffins.

Gluten-Free pizza muffins on a cutting board.

Pepperoni Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make my easy, healthy Pepperoni Gluten-Free Pizza Muffins that look and taste like pizza with mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and Italian seasoning! They're gluten-free with almond and oat flour. As a healthy bonus, have shredded carrots, zucchini, and cottage cheese, which are hardly detectable but add moisture, texture, and protein.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk (almond milk is my fave)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (light olive oil is my fave)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 3 eggs

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1-1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni (diced)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
    Shred the carrots and zucchini. Wrap in a paper or dish towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. Finely dice on a cutting board and set aside.
    If using standard-sized pepperoni, chop them down into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  • In a blender, food processor, or chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine the wet ingredients, including cottage cheese, oil, milk, and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.
    Pour the cottage cheese mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the eggs. Whisk until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl, including oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well combined.
    Fold in the grated carrots, zucchini, half the shredded cheese, and half the pepperoni.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 full, allowing it to mound higher in the middle. Divide the remaining shredded cheese and pepperoni pieces over the tops of the muffins.
  • To get a higher dome on the muffins, bake at 425°F for 5 minutes. Leave the muffin tin in the oven, reduce the heat to 350°F, and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the muffin tops are lightly brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack. 
    Or, you can bake them at 350°F for 22-25 minutes until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Serve the muffins warm as a delicious gluten-free snack or meal option. Enjoy! They taste best at room temperature.

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Notes

Vegetables: Chopping down the zucchini and carrot will make them less detectable in the muffins. Be sure to squeeze the excess moisture with a paper or dish towel, or the batter will be too runny.
Spice Level: Adjust the amount of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper to suit your preferences. You can also add 1 teaspoon basil to enhance the Italian flavor.
Serving Suggestion: These muffins are delicious on their own but can also be served with marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.
Customization: Feel free to customize these muffins with your favorite pizza toppings, such as olives, onions, or sun-dried tomatoes, to make them your own.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1093IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg
Keyword carrots, muffins, pepperoni, pizza, rolls, zucchini
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My kids and husband devoured these! They actually taste like pizza. Thanks for a great snack recipe! And I love the ‘hidden’ veggies!!!

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