Halloween and party time can be fun without the need for food coloring and other weird ingredients. These green monster muffins pack in a whole bag of baby spinach but remain absolutely delicious. You will be surprised what kids will eat when they get to decorate it with a scary face. Let them go wild and eat their greens at the same time! They won’t even know there’s spinach in there unless you tell them.
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Green Monster Muffins
I had WAY too much fun decorating these muffins. And the kids weren’t even home the first time I made them…
They were super excited when they got home from school and got to munch down on a creepy faced monster muffin. They didn’t even ask what went in there to make them green.
I mean my kids are pretty clued in that mummy sneaks veggies into everything, but usually, they at least try and guess!
These green monster muffins are just perfect for a fun Halloween treat. They pack a whole bag of baby spinach in there but don’t worry they don’t taste all spinachy. You may smell a little bit of spinach when they first start baking, but after the first 10 minutes that will be replaced with the smell of yummy fresh muffins.
How To Puree The Spinach For Extra Green Monster Muffins
Just pop 250g of baby spinach (a regular-sized bag you get from the supermarket) into a high-speed blender, add one or two tablespoons of water and puree until smooth.
Depending on the power in your blender you may have to add another tbsp of water to get everything to come together.
Make sure you get a nice smooth mixture. You want it to be evenly distributed throughout the batter without any tell-tale bits ruining the whole experience and giving the game away to the kids.
How To Decorate Your Fun Halloween Green Muffins
Go to town!
I like to keep it healthier but still fun, so I do tend to splurge and grab some of those googly eyes. You can usually find ‘better’ for you versions online that don’t have so much crap in them but don’t expect them to have amazing ingredients. You could always make your own if you have the time (I tried that once but I don’t use them enough to warrant a whole batch)!
I use melted dark chocolate to hold all of the ingredients on the muffins.
- mashed-up wheat cereals for fuzzy hair or a monobrow,
- currants, raisins or dried wild blueberries for the mouth,
- big sunflower seeds for sharp teeth.
- pumpkin seeds
- melted dark chocolate in a piping bag
Go through your cupboards and see what other ingredients you can find and just have fun.
This makes a great little activity for the kids to get them in the mood for Halloween.
Need More Fun Halloween Recipes?
Of course you do!
I have a great little round-up here featuring a bunch of ‘healthier-for-you’ Halloween goodies: Healthy Halloween Treats For The Whole Family.
If you have any fun treats you make for Halloween let me know in the comments!
Fit an entire bag of spinach into these delicious, naturally sweetened spinach muffins the kids will just love. They won’t even mind the greens!! Make a double batch and save in the freezer for a busy week.
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup pureed spinach (see notes)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil melted
- 2 tbsp whole milk (plus more if needed)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- assorted ingredients to decorate see notes
Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray of choice or butter (I use fractionated coconut oil)
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, pureed spinach, coconut oil, Greek yogurt and vanilla
In a medium bowl combine the flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until a batter forms. It is quite a thick batter but if it seems too thick add more milk as needed 1 tbsp at a time
Pour the batter into the muffin tin so that each one is about 2/3 full
Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the tin and let cool completely on a cooling rack before removing from the muffin tin and serving
Store in an airtight container or freeze for later
Use your imagination to decorate. I use a combination of mashed up wheat cereals, googly eyes, currants, pumpkin seeds for teeth and melted dark chocolate.
To puree the spinach just pop raw spinach into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add some water to get it to come together. Add 1 tbsp at a time until you get a smooth mixture.
Use whatever you have in the cupboard to decorate. I like to use googly eyes, currants, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, crushed wheat cereal and melted dark chocolate to stick them all on.
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