Get Baked: Early Morning Commuting Omelette Muffins

Fellow butch-ly (and otherwise) inclined friends, I’m here to talk to you about one thing today:


Now I know what you’re thinking.

(Insert obligatory “that’s what she said” muffin joke here )

I just realized that every time I wear H’s gaypron, I’m making muffins. No, but really. Flour gets everywhere y’all.

I just realized that every time I wear H’s gaypron, I’m making muffins. No, but really. Flour gets everywhere y’all.

Okay, but seriously. Now that that’s out of our system.

I mean actual literal muffins y’all.

So butch storytime: these past few weeks, I’ve been in a quandary. See, when I commute to work, I get up super early, and have no desire to get up any earlier to cook breakfast. But, being diabetic, I need protein with every major meal, so I do need to eat something substantial when I’m rushing to make my 7:25 AM train.

For a while, I just relied on frozen breakfast stuff I could heat in the microwave. BUT! local supermarkets stopped stocking them. So, I was stuck! What is an early-morning-commuting-diabetic-butch to do in this situation? How could I possibly get up any earlier to cook, when already just trying to make coffee at 6AM is a struggle?


But! then I came across this intriguing recipe in Whitecap’s Cooking Vegetables cookbook:

Breakfast Omelette-y-type Muffins, with green onions, prosciutto and cheese

Breakfast Omelette-y-type Muffins, with green onions, prosciutto and cheese

And see here’s a reason why muffins (I’m talking actual muffins now) are super great for commuter folk: once you make them, you can toss em in the freezer and say good riddance until you want them again at some point in the future. This is definitely a plus when you are a pseudo-nomad like me. So without any further ado:

Breakfast Omelette-y Muffins

(HT to Whitecap’s Cooking Vegetables, adapted from the French Shallot-bacon-cheddar muffin recipe. Original ingredients listed first, my modifications are in parentheses )

Makes 6 large muffins

Total prep time: about an hour to prep all the ingredients, 20-25 minutes to bake


1/2 cup oil, 2 tsp oil
5 french shallots (I used 4 green onions)
2 slices bacon, finely chopped (I used 2 slices of prosciutto because I didn’t want to be stuck with a ton of leftover bacon)
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used some leftover mexican cheese blend from when H made another dish)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
dash of paprika to taste


Equipment: small frying pan, plate, a large muffin tin (for 6 large muffins), cutting boards, mixing bowl, a container you can easily pour liquid out of (H has a combination mixing bowl/measuring cup that works great for this)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. (If using 5 shallots, finely slice 1 shallot into rings; chop remaining 4 shallots/onions) .

3. Heat 2 tsp oil in small pan over low heat. (Add the first sliced shallot and fry without browning for 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper-towel-lined plate, then set aside on another plate.) Increase heat to medium-low, and add chopped shallots/onions and bacon/prosciutto to pan. Fry for 5 minutes, drain on paper-towel-lined plate.

4. Sift/combine flour, baking powder, sugar, mustard, and salt in large bowl. Add 3/4 cup of shredded cheese and bacon + onion mixture, stir through.

5. Combine milk, egg, and remaining oil in pourable container. Pour into dry ingredient mixing bowl (from step 4) slowly. Fold gently until combined. Do not beat, batter should be lumpy.

6. Divide batter into tinholes. Top each with the first shallot (if you prefer – I didn’t) and remaining cheese. Add paprika to taste, either now before baking, or after, to serve.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are risen and golden, and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Let cool for five minutes before removing.

Happy baking! I think that you might find these muffins are (given the onions and bacon, rather un)surprisingly salty …..

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  1. Oooh! Thank you for posting this! I have the same exact issue. That being diabetic, and loving sleep too much to get up ealier to make breakfast before dashing out of the door. I’ve been having a special k breakast sandwich most days because they’re super easy, but I’m really trying to get out of eating processed foods. I’ve started having two pieces of toast with earth balance, and a banana. But that’s already getting old too. Sorry for the long ass comment hahaha. Anyway, I’m definitely going to make these!

    • Untill I googled that I thought a special k breakast sandwich was the cereal in a sandwhich!

    • yay! I hope you like them. these feel fairly substantial which is great for long mornings, but they also aren’t that carbohydrate-y for large muffins. and I also feel you on wanting to avoid processed foods. I have my weak moments where I give in (I mean, who doesn’t when the stuff is everywhere), but for the most part I try to do the same, for the sake of my blood sugar levels. (try being the operative word). in any case, I hope you enjoy these!

    • oh I wish! I love bacon as much as the next person ….. but if only I weren’t splitting my time equally living in two different cities. a big thing on my mind w/r/t food is how can I manage, or what can I do with leftover/unused ingredients? maybe when I am not such a nomad (someday), I can have more room in my life for bacon. believe me, I understand the necessity of it :)

  2. This makes me happy. One restaurant had the most out of the world cottage cheese muffins and I begged everyone that worked there to slip me the recipe. As it turns out it was only the manager that ever made them and he would just do it from rote memory. Since that dream will never be fulfilled, these sound awesome.

  3. Oh, this is totally on a level I can handle. Added to my recipe folder. I usually either do plain oatmeal or scrambled eggs. It’d be nice to have some variety. Although I could totally see myself nomming on these for dinner too.

  4. I just made these and they are delicious. Fighting the urge to save them for the morning because I kind of want to eat them all now! THANK YOU!

  5. Just started a mobile clinic position and these will be great to make for the road! Yummmmm Can’t wait to try them out…

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