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Dining with the Doc: Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins (Gluten Free)

All of the flavors of a leisurely Sunday brunch baked into a muffin that’s perfect to take on the go.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 188 kcal
Author The Foodie Physician


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 6 ounces cooked chicken sausage (like Aidell’s), diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions plus 2 tablespoons for topping
  • ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 ¼ cups flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or neutral-flavored oil*


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat and add the bell pepper and chicken sausage. Cook 5-6 minutes until the peppers start to soften and the sausage is browned. Stir in 1/3 cup of scallions. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and thyme together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sausage mixture from the pan and all of the cheese except for 2 tablespoons (which will be used for the topping).
  4. Whisk the eggs, milk, and butter together in another bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, making 12 muffins. Sprinkle the tops with some sliced scallions and cheese. Bake in the center of the oven for 16-18 minutes, until the muffins are puffed up and cooked through. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

*I like to bake a lot with coconut oil but when I tested these muffins with coconut oil, I found that the coconut overwhelmed the other flavors. So for this recipe, I would recommend unsalted butter or a neutral-flavored oil.

Nutrition Facts
Dining with the Doc: Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins (Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.1g14%
Saturated Fat 4.6g29%
Sodium 579mg25%
Carbohydrates 18.6g6%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 1.5g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.