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Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread Muffins

TGISat. See, today is my Friday. Though, I don’t get a two-day weekend…I’m just keeping my eye on that prize for NEXT weekend. Whatever gets you through, right?

I am sad to report that almost all of The Best Vegetable Soup is gone. My goal for next week is to find a recipe I love as much…and one that’s just as healthy. Problem is, there’s about 512 recipes I want to try…ASAP. And I’m not very good at decision-making. Menu planning could prove to be very challenging this week.

Anyways, if I’m going to spend a Saturday at the clinic at least I’m 1) wearing Illini gear and 2) have the last bit of vegetable soup and the last one of these Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread Muffins to enjoy at lunch. Am unseasoned drinker may get a slight buzz off these muffins…the beer flavor is very prominent and I mention that because I consider it to be the main reason I love them so much.

As it goes in my house, Mr. Prevention has an affinity for all things starchy. Add bacon, cheese, and beer, and well…he was happy to demolish 3 of these muffins at a single sitting. Of course I caught some heat from both my mom and Mr. P on how “unhealthy” these muffins must be. When I told them that not only was the recipe from Cooking Light, but that I lightened it up even more so, they quickly had no rebuttal. 😉


Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread Muffins adapted from Cooking Light and Teenage Taste

3 slices bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (12 oz) can or bottle of beer


Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large pan, cook bacon on medium-high until crisp, approximately 5 minutes. Remove bacon from pan and add onion to the same pan with bacon grease; cook 10 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, cook 1 more minute.

Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk; make a well in center of mixture. Add bacon, onions, garlic, cheese, and beer to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Spoon batter into each of 12 muffin tins in a prepared muffin tin (wells will be full). Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes or until deep golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing. Yield: 12 large muffins.

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 160 calories; 2.6 g. fat; 7 mg. cholesterol; 315 mg. sodium; 26.1 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 4.7 g. protein

Result: Indulgent…but not nutrition-wise! I made several modifications. First, I opted to make these in muffin form for 1) ease of eating and 2) portion control. I also omitted the butter, reduced the amount of cheese (and used low-fat), and replaced 1/3 of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat pastry flour. These were perfect to serve with a warm entree like soup or chili. They kept well for several days in an air-tight container at room temperature. Enjoy!


Chili is in the crock pot and ready for this afternoon and the Illini game! GO ILLINI! I am hoping to squeeze in a workout this afternoon. I have been SO good with my workouts this week, including TWO morning workouts…major progress is being made in this category which is not only wonderful but a bit ironic as the sun comes up later and later each day.

Question: What’s your favorite bread variety?

Happy weekend!

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  1. Joanne
    October 22, 2011 / 7:18 am

    I LOVE turning quickbreads into muffins because I feel so much more satisfied eating one muffin than I do eating a small slice of quickbread…even if it’s really the same amount of bread! So weird. These sound pretty rockstar. I have definite cravings for beer on occasion and since I’m ALWAYS craving bread…these sound perfect!

  2. Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    October 22, 2011 / 7:37 am

    Love what you did to the beer bread, Nicole! I love your healthified recipes! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Nicole
      October 22, 2011 / 7:42 am

      I figured who needs butter with beer, bacon, and cheddar? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy weekend, girl! Thanks for another great recipe!!

  3. Caitlin
    October 22, 2011 / 8:20 am

    I love beer breads, especially ones with bacon ;). They’re so adaptable, and always different depending on the beer you use.

  4. Gina (The Candid RD)
    October 22, 2011 / 8:23 am

    What kind of beer did you use?? These sound fantastic!!! I mean, three of the best ingredients known to Man; beer, bacon, and cheddar. Nothing beats it.
    Since I feel so bad for kicking your butt last week, and since we don’t have a game this week, I’ll say, for your sake, I hope you win this week! Only because I feel so so bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Nicole
      October 22, 2011 / 10:43 pm

      I used Yuengling! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Meg
    October 22, 2011 / 9:21 am

    These look great. It seems like they’re perfect for footbal… Beer & cheddar: I think I’ll make them during the Green Ba game tommorrow!

  6. Meg
    October 22, 2011 / 9:21 am

    These look great. It seems like they’re perfect for footbal… Beer & cheddar: I think I’ll make them during the Green Bay game tommorrow!

  7. Megan S.
    October 22, 2011 / 9:23 am

    I love beer bread and biscuits! I will definitely have to add the cheese & bacon in this time around. Soup & bread just in time for the cooler weather, love it!

  8. EA-The Spicy RD
    October 22, 2011 / 10:12 am

    Too bad you don’t have any soup left, but these muffins look amazing! I used to make beer bread all the time, but haven’t had any in a long while. I’d love to try making a gluten-free version of these! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    October 22, 2011 / 11:40 am

    These look amazing! These look kind of like the rolls at Red Lobster. I don’t know if you ever had them before, but they are worth the trip alone. I would always get soo excited growing up to eat there.
    I will definitely be making these!!
    There aren’t too many breads I don’t like. What can I say, I love my carbs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. sarah@spinach and spice
    October 22, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    My friends LOVE bacon cheddar beer bread. College appropriate eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    They are really going to love you for this one! These sound fantastic

  11. Melanie Flinn
    October 24, 2011 / 10:46 am

    These look great! A friend gave me a recipe for a beer bread but was loaded in butter. Perfect accompaniment to the veggie soup I’m making this week.

  12. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?
    October 24, 2011 / 7:50 pm

    Ooo these look great! They’d be perfect with the spicy turkey chili that I make =). Thanks for sharing!

  13. Selene@ABCsofMealtime
    October 25, 2011 / 12:48 am

    This looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ I love hearty quick breads like this. My sister in law makes a jalapeno cornbread that I love!

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