We’re on the ninth recipe for March Muffin Madness (MMM) and today we have our first savory muffins. So often people choose sweet over savory but when the savory recipe is gluten-free low-carb Pizza Muffins, I don’t think that will be the case!
Because we all know pizza rules so these Pizza Muffins are the perfect recipe to share on a Friday—which, fittingly, is traditional “pizza night.” Aka Pizza Friday.
Keep reading to get the recipe, learn who created these genius muffins, check out the daily giveaway (multiple signed copies of this person’s best-selling cookbooks), and double-check that you’re entered into the overall grand prize giveaway.
See the whole lineup of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here.
I’m happy to share a teenager-pleasing, family-pleasing, crowd-pleasing recipe from my good friend Elana of Elana’s Pantry! I had already been following Elana’s blog for a while when I started gfe at the tail end of 2008. So it was a delight that we actually get to meet each other at a blogging conference in 2009.
The fact that Elana came with a large container of her gluten-free chocolate chip cookies in hand, made her super popular with all the gluten-free food bloggers! That was especially true during the cocktail hour when there were no gluten-free offerings.
Thankfully, a chocolate chip cookie with a glass of wine works just fine! And the fact that Elana’s famous cookies are almond-flour based and, therefore, have a protein component made them a better accompaniment to a glass of wine than the usual gluten-free cookies.
It wasn’t too much later that Elana generously hosted a mini gluten-free blogging retreat for several of us at her home in Colorado. I came across my photos from that trip recently and thought you all might enjoy seeing Elana’s actual pantry, the original one anyway. The one from the home that she lived in when she started Elana’s Pantry.
Elana has since moved to another home, but here are some snapshots of Elana with some of our gluten-free blogger friends in her “old” kitchen. You might even recognize some of the faces you see here. (You won’t see me though as I was behind the camera for all of the photos taken by my camera.)
And have you ever seen a more ginormous mortar and pestle? I loved it!
In addition to sharing so very many outstanding recipes with us over the years, Elana has openly shared her health journey. Each of us is different in our health needs, of course, but one thing that most of us with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity have is multiple health issues.
Sharing our health issues and symptoms—and our strategies for dealing with them—with each other can be helpful. Read more on Elana’s About page and via her health updates.
More Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes (and More) from Elana’s Pantry That You Should Check Out
~ Paleo Salt and Pepper Crackers
Update: All the giveaways are now closed. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!
~ The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook (signed copies) (4 winners; sponsored by Elana Amsterdam)
Elana’s first cookbook still remains a classic! It put blanched almond flour on the map for gluten-free, grain-free cooking, and, later, for paleo lifestyles. Honeyville Almond Flour is the blanched almond flour that Elana recommends and you’ll find her aforementioned chocolate chip cookie recipe right on the back of the bag!
~ Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes (signed copies) (5 winners; 4 sponsored by Elana Amsterdam and 1 sponsored by gfe)
Elana’s latest cookbook is full of excellent paleo recipes. You can read my review and grab Elana’s recipes for Paleo Bread and Flourless Brownies (also nut free) here. Both get made regularly at our house!
Note that Elana has also donated this wonderful gift basket for the grand prize giveaway. It includes a signed copy of all three of Elana’s cookbooks (The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes, and Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry), 1 lb chocolate chips from Nuts.com, 1 lb coconut flour from Nuts.com, and 3 lbs Honeyville blanched almond flour.
Grand Prize Giveaway
See all 10 prizes here. Shown are the top six prizes (per monetary value—they’re all tops in my opinion). Again, this giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere!
Low-Carb Pizza Muffins Recipe
Low-Carb Pizza Muffins (Gluten Free)
Elana says: “This easy savory pizza muffin recipe (low-carb, keto) is made with 8 ingredients total. All you need to throw it together is almond flour, eggs, tomato sauce, Parmesan, cheddar, pepperoni, salt, and baking soda. Happy baking!”
- 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ cup tomato sauce, plus ¼ cup for topping
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, plus ½ cup for topping
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, plus ½ cup for topping
- 2 ounces pepperoni, plus 2 ounces for topping
- In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
- Pulse in eggs and sauce until combined
- Pulse in cheeses and pepperoni
- Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners
- Scoop a heaping 1/4 cup of batter into each cup
- Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes
- Remove from oven; place 1 teaspoon sauce on top of each muffin
- Sprinkle cheese over sauce
- Sprinkle pepperoni over cheese
- Place back in oven and bake for 15 more minutes
- Cool for 1 hour
Originally published March 30, 2018; updated March 3, 2023.
Paleo Cooking would be my choice. I love good Paleo recipes.
I totally need the Paleo cook book help!!!!
These pizza muffins look amazing! Wish I had done this for Friday night pizza night tonight. I would love to win the Paleo cook book.
I would love to win The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.
Suzanne R says
I have her first book, it was the first one I got when I went gluten free, so I’d like the paleo one.
This is a tough choice but I’d have to choose the almond flour cookbook! Thanks for the opportunity!
I love to bake with almond flour and could really use a good cookbook!
[email protected] A-Z Blog says
I enjoy Elana’s blog and have been following her journey and recipes. These muffins sound amazing as I prefer the savory to the sweet. Just never liked sweet muffins-
I’d go for the Paleo cookbook as I already have the almond flour cookbook.
Back to the store I go! Now that my daughter can have dairy again, these are going to be a HUGE hit at my house! Thank you, Shirley and Elana, for sharing! Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, please…but please send along a cake that it on the cover of the other one with it. 🙂
Tessa Simpson says
Definitely going to try these for an after school snack!!!! No cookbook necessary!! I follow Elana!!
Lynne L says
Thank you Shirley & Elana! Will try these Monday when I make my ‘grab & go” muffins for the week. Made LC cheese muffins yesterday with coconut flour, but the addition of the sauce is brilliant! If doing low carb, I would make sure the sauce is LC though. If I qualify for a cookbook (due to location) it doesn’t matter which one. Believe it or not I have none! Hope you are all doing well! -Lynne
I love almond flour so that cookbook would be wonderful!
Janis S says
I already have the gf almond flour cookbook, so I’d like the Paleo cookbook.
I have her Gluten Free Flour Cookbook, so my choice would be her Paleo Cookbook
Brilliant recipe! My kids would eat these for breakfast! I would love to win either item. thank you for the recipe!
Tom H. says
Yet another interesting blogger and good looking cookbooks – almond flour one especially. Look like some savory muffins with pizzazz. Thank you for another chance at the Blendtec!!
A breadmaker has always been on our list of things to buy, but we never seem to pull the trigger on actually getting one.
Thank you!! These types of recipes are a life savforwhen cooking for my kiddos. 🙂
I’d love to have the Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook
I’ve been following Elana’s Pantry for years so I am familiar with most of her “older” recipes. Although I would love to win any of Elana’s cookbooks, I am less familiar with Paleo Cooking. She has made baking enjoyable again!
I have Elana’s almond flour cookbook and use it — as well as the recipes from blog — all the time. Like, all the time. I’m sure her Paleo cookbook would get lots of use in my kitchen, so that’s on my wish list. I’ve also made the pizza muffins you profile in this entry and can attest that they’re spectacular!
I would like the paleo book, if possible. Thank you!
Kim H says
I want them all!!!! I do find the Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry would be interesting – although the Cupcake one is also calling my name!
Lisa Savage says
The Gluten Free Almond Floyr cookbook would be great. I must try these pizza muffins.
I’d love to make those Pizza Muffins for my partner who loves pizza but still wants to eat healthy and gluten free! I’m really interested in Paleo cooking book to expand my cooking repertoir.
Have never tried making a savory muffin before, but pizza muffins sounds wonderful. Would love the Paleo cookbook. Have been following Elana’s blog for several years but must have missed this one.
The paleo cookbook would be awesome!!
Annamarie V says
I love that there are so many great low carb websites now to help find great recipes to make and keep dinner time interesting.
Kylie Sandover says
These look absolutely delicious Elana!
I’m sure my fussy youngest son would gobble these up!
I Would love to win Elana dairy free gluten free books and the blentec!!
Thank you for doing this.
Dandi D says
They both look great, but I would prefer the Paleo Cooking cookbook.
Kathryn Mueller says
Elana is a queen of GF! I remember her posting a similar pic of her pantry years ago and having pantry envy! Maybe some day I will be as organized. =D I have a couple of her cookbooks and every single recipe I have ever tried is superb. These remind me of your pizza bombs a bit. I’m sure Joe would enjoy trying one or two or……
Brianna Wolin says
Wow, what a prize! Almond flour cookbook sounds like a great add to my shelf.
Stephanie Lewis says
Pizza and muffins in one? Sign me up!
Colleen M says
Any cookbook by Elana would be a winner, but my first choice would be Paleo Cooking.
Beverly Maiers says
I bet my non gf eaters would love these! Elana’s Pantry always has some good recipes. The Paleo Cooking cookbook or the basket would be great! I will share what I can’t use, I’m talking about you almond flour. Or I will try to reintroduce almond flour soon!
Tamara Oliveiro says
I know a couple of my people that would so love these muffins.
Dorothy Bushnell says
Could I use mozzarella cheese in place of the cheddar?
Shirley Braden says
Hi Dorothy–It looks like it’s your first time commenting here–welcome to gfe! 🙂 I have not tried mozzarella in this recipe myself but I have heard that others have tried it and it worked just fine for them. Fingers crossed that you’ll love that version, too! And now I want pizza muffins. 😉
Dorothy Bushnell says
Thank you, I did use the mozzarella and they just came out of the oven…can’t wait to try it lol
Dorothy Bushnell says
Delicious!!! Tasted like mini pizzas lol
Shirley Braden says
Fantastic, Dorothy!! Thanks so much for reporting back!! Will share your review on my gfe Facebook page. 🙂
ella thompson says
am a 93 yr old grandma baking for 3 gluten free grandchildren your receipes sound simple and not too much work so as soon as I purchase all the ingredients will get busy thank you grandma ella
Shirley Braden says
Hi Ella–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 I’m truly so happy to have you here and I’m also so happy that the recipes here are going to be helpful to you and your three grandchildren!