clever muffins {pizza muffins}

after finishing my post on scrambled egg muffins, i found this neat little recipe.  also excellent for long car rides or a busy day out. it's cute little muffin shape just lures those toddlers into finally being 'sufficiently sophonsified'{a phrase i have only ever heard mama jamiah use}.  although, i don't think i have ever had any trouble getting those toddlers to eat just normally shaped pizza.  i think next time i make these i will experiment a little ... like maybe some pureed spinach or sliced turkey bacon.  i love experimenting.

pizza muffins
adapted from smart muffins by happy, healthy mama
1 egg
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus a little for sprinkling on top
1 tsp crushed dry oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour * i used multi-grain flour
3 tsp wheat germ
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
grape tomatoes, sliced
sesame seeds

preheat oven to 400 degrees. butter or oil 12 regular sized muffin cups {if you use paper liner, oil them! i did not & the muffins stuck to the paper a bit.  just a bit annoying, that's all!}. in a medium bowl whisk together the egg, tomato sauce & yogurt.  add the cheese & spices & stir.  in a separate bowl, mix together the flour wheat germ, baking powder & baking soda.  combine wet & dry ingredients, mix until there are no dry patches.  fold in the peppers. spoon the batter into the muffin cups and top each one with a few slices of tomato then sprinkle with sesame seeds & cheese.
bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven.  beware, they smell fantastic!  enjoy!

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