I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables in all of our diets. As an infant, Ollie LOVED veggies. His favorite food was “squishy carrots.” We’ve never stopped offering veggies, but he’s becoming less of a fan. One thing he’s a sure-fire fan of? Muffins. That’s where these spinach muffins come into play.
These spinach muffins go by a variety of names too: hulk muffins, green monster muffins, green machine muffins. For us, that doesn’t actually make a difference. Ollie LOVES these, no fun name needed. If your child needs a little more convincing to try spinach muffins, get as creative as you need to be. We recently discovered Ollie eats broccoli if we talk about how they’re tiny trees. Whatever works!
I’ve adapted this recipe from a number of different ones we’ve tried. I like it because it’s easy, healthy, and totally kid approved. It uses banana, applesauce, and coconut sugar as sweeteners instead of refined sugar. If I’m being totally honest, sometimes I even cut the coconut sugar more. I don’t know what I have against sugar lately, but I’ve been way more conscious of how it is literally in everything. These muffins are one of my attempts to lower the added sugar in our life.
I’m also trying to stop having maple syrup in my iced coffee each morning. To be honest, it’s terrible. I love maple syrup in my iced coffee. It doesn’t taste nearly as good without it. I guess for now I get rid of the sugar elsewhere so I can keep on enjoying that maple syrup each morning. Thank you, spinach muffins, for being so delicious with far less sugar than anything else.
These spinach muffins require one dish (maybe two depending on the size of your blender) and very little time. They also make enough to freeze a dozen for another time. Ollie has been known to eat two of these at breakfast. Erik and I snack on them as well. I hope you like them as much as we do!
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
- 1 1/2 cups milk we use tempt coconut hemp milk
- 1/2 cup oil we've used olive or coconut oil
- 2 medium bananas
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- 12 oz spinach
- 3/4 cup apple sauce
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar a lower glycemic index than regular sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 6 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Pour milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla into your blender. Add the 2 bananas and as much spinach as you can fit. Usually, for me, it works in two rounds of blending. Blend and add spinach until all 12 oz are blended in.
- I'm going to be honest, for me this next step is based mainly on laziness and ease. I add all the dry ingredients to our Vitamix blender. Usually, it takes two rounds of blending to get everything in. Conversely, you can mix the dry ingredients and then mix in the wet ingredients from the blender.
- Pour into silicone muffin liners or coat a regular muffin tin with coconut oil.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Enjoy! And watch your child happily eat tons of spinach.