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Savoury Sun-Dried Tomato & Olive Muffins

45 min




These muffins are the perfect savoury snack to eat on-the-go. They are filled with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and Mediterranean-inspired herbs.



45 min


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35 min


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  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried parsley
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried thyme
  • ¾ cup (112 g)
    sun-dried tomato in oil, drained, chopped
  • ⅔ cup (90 g)
    green olives, pits removed, chopped
  • 1⅓ cups (177 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cups (123 g)
  • 2 tsp (10 g)
    baking powder
  • ½ tsp
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    cold water
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL)

Optional garnish

  • green olives
  • small sprig fresh thyme
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  1. Heat a medium pan on medium-high heat, add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes until the onion and garlic become translucent.
  2. Add in basil, parsley, oregano, and thyme, cook for 3 minutes until the herbs are well combined and aromatic.
  3. Add sun-dried tomatoes and olives, cook through for 1 minute, and then remove from the heat. Let cool slightly.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and lightly grease a muffin tin.
  5. To a large bowl, add flour, chickpea flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine.
  6. Then add water, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together, but stop early and let some clumps remain.
  7. Add the onion and sun-dried tomato mixture from the pan to the bowl and carefully mix it through the batter until just combined. Careful not to over-mix.
  8. Divide the batter between the muffin tin wells. Put an olive and a sprig of fresh thyme on top for decoration, if desired. Ideally, add the fresh thyme sprig halfway through baking, otherwise, it cooks so much it becomes hardly visible.
  9. Bake the muffins on the center rack in the oven for 22 - 25 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Let cool for about 10 minutes before transferring the muffins to a cooling rack.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 day, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. We recommend re-heating before enjoying.

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EJ - Oct. 15, 2021, 10:26 a.m.

One of the best recipes ever - worth trying out!! Thank you :)

Jonna - Oct. 6, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

We made these lovely olive muffins today and had them with a tomato- and lentil soup and it was delicious. My partner has celiac disease so we switched the all-purpose flour to a gluten free flour and it worked.

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 5:44 p.m.

Ooo sounds delicious, Jonna! Thank you for taking the time to share with us ✨

Mariam Toma - Sept. 19, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

Amazing Recipe, will definitely try it.

I was wondering can I replace all the flours in the recipe to Oat flour? And if yes are they the same ratio. I would appreciate it if you let me know.

PUL Team - Sept. 20, 2021, 4 p.m.

Hi there, Mariam! We can't say for certain as we haven't had a chance to test it out. All-purpose flour has gluten in it, which helps give the muffins a fluffier muffin-like texture and structure. Oat flour might not offer this, but it could be a fun one to experiment with 😃 and if you do, please let us know how it goes!

Gesa - Sept. 16, 2021, 3:25 p.m.

I thought I would try out this unusual muffin-recipe once... Since then I have made it 3 more times and the muffins were always very popular among my guests. Absolutely worth a try when you want a savoury bite! The olives, dried tomatoes and all the herbs give it such a rich satisfactory flavour!

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:05 p.m.

We're so grateful to hear the muffins were enjoyed! Thanks for taking the time to share, Gesa 💚

Hayley Elliott - Sept. 16, 2021, 11:56 a.m.

Hi Sadia and the Pick up Limes Team, I have now baked these muffins twice as part of a homeschooling project with my two kids. We all found them to be really tasty and yummy both times. The first time I made them with only all purpose flour as I didn't have any chickpea flour. The second time I made them I had bought some chick pea flour but I replaced the dry herbs with some fresh basil. We have been eating them for brunch. We will definitely make them again in the near future.

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:01 p.m.

Oh, this is so lovely to hear, Hayley! Thanks for sharing your modifications with us 🤗

Cath - Sept. 14, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

I've made these muffins twice so far - they are great. Moist, soft, and packed with Mediterranean flavours. LOVE it! <3

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 1:39 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the muffins, Cath!

Lilla - Sept. 2, 2021, 1:08 p.m.

These turned out to be soooo good, I made it for an office party, but luckily saved 4 pieces for me and my boyfriend to enjoy as a snack the next day. :)

Natalie - Aug. 26, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

These are so delicious! I even made a cake out of the recipe and the outside turned really crispy which I really liked! <3
My boyfriend said, I need to make them again! :)

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

Mmm love the idea to make it into a cake, Natalie! So kind of you to make it for your boyfriend too 😃

Shayda - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

Wow Sadia you have done it again! Sooo delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe :)

DK ( - Aug. 24, 2021, 6:35 a.m.

I was pretty nervous while making this recipe not sure how it will come out, but oh my - these were delicious. Definitely a keeper recipe. Thank you.

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 4 p.m.

Whoop whoop! 🙌 happy to hear it, DK, thank you for sharing!

Amanda - Aug. 22, 2021, 12:33 p.m.

Delicious savoury snack. I put in the oil from the sun-dried tomato jar for extra flavour!

Luci - Aug. 14, 2021, 1:05 a.m.

I love these. It brings me joy every time I remember I have some in the freezer! Great to pull out and microwave, but even better in a toaster over post-freezer!

Zoey - Aug. 8, 2021, 7:50 p.m.

so delicious!!!!!! I tasted it and it was so good that I had to come here and tell everyone.

G - July 28, 2021, 8:50 a.m.

Love these savory muffins!

Marta - July 27, 2021, 4:59 p.m.

Just made them and they are delicious! Sharing the recipe with friends as I am sure they will love it too!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 2:03 a.m.

Aww so sweet of you to share the recipe, Marta, thank you!

Aenne - July 26, 2021, 1:11 p.m.

The best savoury muffins I've ever tried! I made them in batch for a picnic with friends and everyone loved them! I swapped the chikcpea flour with usual whole-grain flour and added half a can of chickpeas to still get the protein. Also highly recommended!

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 7:29 p.m.

Mmm super cool substitution, Aenne, sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing ✨

Ann - July 26, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

Love these! I make them almost every week.

Anu - July 26, 2021, 5:53 a.m.

Hi PUL! I'm going to try these soon :) Couple of questions - can these be made oil free (or at least with less oil than what this recipe calls for). If there are any oil substitutes - what could they be and in what quantity. Also, is it necessary to use apple cider vinegar or is white vinegar ok in the same quantity (as i'm out of ACV and only have white vinegar at the moment)? Thanks :)

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

Hey Anu, thanks for the questions! We can't say with certainty as we haven't tested the muffins without oil, although we'd recommend trying half applesauce and half oil to start. White vinegar should also work in place of apple cider vinegar. Do let us know if you experiment with this one ☺️

Julia - July 25, 2021, 10:47 p.m.

These muffins are so good! Will definitely make them several more times for a snack. Thank you for the recipe Sadia!😊

Hannah - July 25, 2021, 10:32 a.m.

These muffins are the best savoury snack. They lasted quite a long time and they are best warmed in the micro wave first for a little while. Much love.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 1:11 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Hannah - lots of love back! 😍

Priya - July 24, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

I have tried this, specially as a snack for my two year old. We loved it.

Ioana - July 24, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

I am not exaggerating when saying that between me and my friends, we've made this recipe about 100 times. As muffins, as a loaf, in a sheet pan, in a cake pan - whether for snacks, for breakfast, or a midnight treat - no matter the variation, it never!! disappoints.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 11:28 p.m.

Aww so wonderful to hear, Ioana, glad you're enjoying the muffins 😃

Angie - July 24, 2021, 10:28 a.m.

These are seriously SO GOOD!!!! Never would have thought of this combo and usually these ingredients are always in our pantry. Thanks!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

Woot woot! Super glad you're enjoying the muffins, Angie 🤩

Georgina - July 22, 2021, 11:58 p.m.

These are now a regular go to for snack prep for the week and makes an easy breakfast! Soooo delicious fresh out of the oven but I also freeze some of them and then stick them in the air fryer to heat up when I want them.. although the batch doesn’t last longer than a week. They are really delicious and different!

Sonia - July 22, 2021, 6:27 p.m.

These are amazing! Great taste, great texture. I like to make a batch and snack on them for a few days (if my boyfriend wont eat them all the same day). They stay tasty for a long time. I swap the all purpose flour for gluten free flour and that works fine as well. One of the snacks I can proudly give to my non-vegan family :)

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:40 a.m.

So thrilled you're enjoying the muffins, Sonia, thank you for the review 🥰

Claire - July 20, 2021, 1:41 a.m.

These are delicious - I subbed all-purpose flour for a combination of white whole wheat and whole wheat pastry flours, which gave it a great extra nutty flavor. Thank you PUL team!!

PUL Team - July 20, 2021, 3:39 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your substitute and review, Claire, it's super appreciated 🙂

Frederike - July 9, 2021, 8:12 a.m.

Amazing recipe! When I came across this recipe, I thought it would be perfect for my 5 o clock savoury cravings, and indeed! It fills you up quite good till diner :). I made these muffins a few times already, and usually add a little more dried tomatoes and olives, 'cause I like them so much. Another plus: they stay good for a long time, and don't become dry due to the filling.

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 7:25 a.m.

So thrilled to hear you're enjoying the recipe, Frederike! It means so much 🥰

Mackenzie B. - July 8, 2021, 7:44 p.m.

These are SO GOOD. I've noticed when working at home that I definitely feel more snacky. These satisfy that craving while so being nourishing. Thank you for creating these! My partner and I LOVE them!

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 8:11 p.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the muffins, Mackenzie, thank you for sharing 😃

Victoria - July 8, 2021, 7:35 p.m.

Amazing! My fiance calls these "stuffing muffins," and after he said that, I definitely agree! They are on the richer side. I used almond flour instead of chickpea flour (didn't have any) and left out the dried parsley (also didn't have any). I can't wait for Thanksgiving, I think these would make the perfect accompaniment for Thanksgiving dinner. I might toss in some corn next time to add in a hint of sweetness. Thank you for another great recipe!

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 6:57 p.m.

What a lovely idea, Victoria! Thanks so much for the review and sharing your experience with the recipe 😃

Mia - July 7, 2021, 3:03 a.m.

great recipe! I’ve made 3x—it’s been a lovely snack to share tho my 7 year old throughout the week!

PUL Team - July 8, 2021, 6:52 a.m.

This means so much, Mia, thank you! Hugs to you and your little one 🤗

Victoria Toms - July 6, 2021, 7 p.m.

If I can't find chickpea flour is there a substitute that would work just as good?

PUL Team - July 8, 2021, 6:44 a.m.

Hey there, Victoria! We can't say for certain as we haven't had a chance to experiment with it too much, although we've heard feedback that almond flour has worked well for others 😃 Buckwheat or oat flour might be two other ideas that could be fun to experiment with. Do let us know how it goes if you end up testing it out!

Emily - June 21, 2021, 7:54 p.m.

For the dried basil, parsley, thyme, and oregano, is it okay if I use shelved spices? Or do you mean fresh ones that I dry out myself? Thanks!

PUL Team - June 22, 2021, 5:29 a.m.

Hello Emily, great question! We've taken note of this to help make things clearer moving forward 😃 We indeed meant you could use shelved spices 😊

Sarah - June 12, 2021, 12:33 p.m.

These are delicious! I made 6, using the scaling feature, and they turned out brilliant. I only had fresh basil, so added that along with the olives and tomatoes. I only made 6 to be cautious - I’ll definitely be making them again in a bigger batch to freeze. :-)

PUL Team - June 13, 2021, 12:48 a.m.

So lovely to hear the scaling feature has been handy! Thank you for the review, Sarah, and so glad the muffins were enjoyed 🤩

Renée - June 8, 2021, 7:04 p.m.

I just made these for the second time because the first batch was amazing. This time I used finely chopped soup vegetables instead of olives (which I had run out of) and they still tasted great!

PUL Team - June 9, 2021, 5:57 a.m.

A wonderful substitution idea, Renée, thank you for sharing this! 🤩

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 6:03 p.m.

These were a bit oily for my taste but I loved the creative combination of tastes and the care given to include chickpea flour as a source of protein! I'm surely interested in more such savory muffins/breads that would be balanced enough for a breakfast!

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 12:32 a.m.

So helpful to hear, Cris! If you give the recipe another try, we'd recommend ensuring the sun-dried tomatoes are well-drained, using fewer olives or less oil to help reduce the oiliness 😊

Bronwyn - May 31, 2021, 7:19 a.m.

I have a list of recipes I’ve been meaning to try FOREVER from PUL and I finally got around to it now that I’m out of school. Thanks for you beautiful aesthetic, original content, and tried and true cooking. Love from Singapore :)

P.S. I also used almond flour, and it worked perfectly!

PUL Team - June 2, 2021, 3:38 p.m.

Woohoo -thank you for the review, Bronwyn! So happy the wait was worth it for the muffins 😃 All of the best with your studies and hugs back to Singapore 🤗

lu - May 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.

Thank you, great recipe, I've done it a few times! Healthy but delicious! Just to say there is a mistake there for the chickpea flour in cups: it is rather 123g which is not 1 1/3 cups. Others have added as it said - 1 1/3 cups and they turned out very dry.

PUL Team - May 20, 2021, 11:13 p.m.

Hey there, lu! Thank you for the review and for mentioning this 😃 We've double-checked the USDA and cronometer databases which indicate 1 cup of chickpea flour is around 92 grams. We'll look through it more in-depth though so we appreciate the heads up and will update the recipe after confirming! In the meantime, checking the grams per portion on the nutrient label for products where possible is one idea to help ✨🌻

Marta - April 28, 2021, 1:59 a.m.

These are truly the best muffins (sweet or non-sweet) I have ever eaten, I can't believe how easy they are to prepare! I've already made them twice and both my boyfriend and my parents enjoyed them so much. All your ideas are super inspiring, Sadia. This is also really helpful that you always say what we could swap some of the ingredients for. Thank you a lot for everything that I've learnt from you! ♡

PUL Team - April 29, 2021, 1:12 a.m.

You're too kind, Marta! So glad you enjoyed the muffins and thank YOU for being part of our PUL family 🤗

Vali P. - April 18, 2021, 3:48 p.m.

I think this is the best non-sweet muffing I ever eaten.
Thank you for sharing the recipe and your valuable content on both the site and YouTube channel.
I've made already twice the recipe and the only thing I have substituted is the chickpea flour with almond flour.
It gives a touch of nutty taste, I simply love it.
Thank you PUL team!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:14 a.m.

Aww thank you, Vali, for the truly incredible review! We're so grateful for your support and the tip about almond flour 😁💝

Astrid - April 13, 2021, 4:04 p.m.

Those muffins are just delicious ! I already made them 2 times for our picnic to the beach ! And the day after we toasted them in the panini machine it was so good too ! Thank you for your work and your amazing recipes !

PUL Team - April 14, 2021, 2:56 a.m.

Ooo great idea to toast them in a panini machine, Astrid! So happy the muffins have been enjoyed 😃

Shivany - April 4, 2021, 9:01 a.m.

The best savory muffins I have ever eaten 😍 So tasty, they are very reminiscent of an Indian snack called Bonda, and I delighted that these are a healthier substitute:-) I made them 4 times already and making them again today:-) P.S I subbed gluten free flour in place of normal flour and it worked perfectly

PUL Team - April 4, 2021, 8:30 p.m.

Hey Shivany, thanks for sharing! We're so glad the recipe has been well-loved and the gluten-free flour was a success 😃

Natalia - March 30, 2021, 12:42 p.m.

These muffins are amazing! I already made them 3 times and I feel like I should always have a batch in the fridge from now on! So easy to just grab one (or more) in the morning. Also, they are great to have when an unexpected guest shows up at your door - you have something looking good and super tasty to serve :)

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 12:19 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Natalia, and so happy you're enjoying the muffins 😃

Jeevi - March 30, 2021, 12:11 a.m.

I never normally leave reviews, but I had to, because these muffins were delicious! Moist, fragrant and flavoursome. Will definitely be making these again, but maybe next time I’ll add some jalapeños! Thank you! ☺️

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:55 p.m.

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Jeevi! This makes us so happy to hear 🥰

Cansu - March 27, 2021, 4:16 p.m.

I made them and they are perfect! Thank you for this recipe ❤️

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 8:41 p.m.

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Cansu!

Lisa - March 27, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

These were soooo delicious. My flat mates and I had to try very hard not to eat them all in one day. I’m not a big fan of olives, but they were lovely in here. 😊

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 8:38 p.m.

Thank you for the lovely review, Lisa! So glad you and your flat mates enjoyed this one 😀

Miruna - March 24, 2021, 8:01 p.m.

Hey, I really want to try them, but have no chickpea flour. Can I used only regular flour?
Thank you for the great recipes!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 6:09 a.m.

Hey there Miruna! That’s a great question. I imagine it would work, although the flavour will be less savoury and the texture may change a bit. If you experiment with it, do let us know how it turns out 😃

Gabrielle - May 19, 2021, 2:53 a.m.

Hey Miruna! Did you tried it with all regular flour?

Erica Boulden - June 20, 2021, 10:24 p.m.

I tried it with all purpose flour & i don’t recommend it. It turned out like a brick. It’s so heavy.

Dodie - March 22, 2021, 8:37 a.m.

100% would recommend! Instead of olive oil I used the leftover oil from the dried tomatoes because I didn't want to throw it away and they still came out great :)

Sadia - March 29, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed it, Dodie - thanks for sharing! 🤗