Green muffins loaded with spinach, but so delicious they won’t even care. Get your veggie fix in this lunchbox treat that is naturally sweetened. Fun to use for theme days like St Patrick’s Day, Halloween (hello decorations), and we also like to enjoy them on Dr Seuss Day with our Green eggs and ham.
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Why Green Muffins?
So I have these delicious Chocolate Muffins with hidden spinach that are crazy popular. People love hiding a whole bag of spinach in their kiddies treats I guess!
But I wanted something fun for Halloween…so I made them without the chocolate thinking it could NEVER work. By Gob was I wrong (yes I spelled that wrong on purpose – I got told off for using the Big G word in another post…I am Catholic so the chastisement brought back my high school years and the strict nuns…so Big Gob it is.)
But Don’t They Taste Like Spinach?
Let me start off with this…I sent my daughter into school with one of these in her lunchbox. Her teacher asked her what I used to make the muffins green, her reply ‘I don’t know!!!’
Guys these are loaded with spinach, and the kid didn’t even know. She was dumbfounded when I told her at pick-up.
And before you ask, this kid is SMART and she knows I don’t use food coloring, so it wasn’t even an option.
All 3 kids love them so much they ask for the ‘fun green muffins’ ALL. THE. TIME. (and yes they are now fully aware of the spinach content. Would I lie to you?)
Okay, I Will Give Them A Go. What Do We Need For These Green Muffins?
Woohoo, let’s do it.
You are going to need:
- pureed spinach
- vanilla extract
- unrefined coconut oil
- Greek yoghurt
- whole wheat flour
- coconut sugar
- baking powder
- baking soda
That’s it. Now get on out there and make some Green Muffins.
Tips for getting your kids to eat them if they aren’t convinced that green = good:
- If they are a Trolls fan – tell them they are Bergen muffins
- My son LOVES it when I say the chicken laid green eggs (some mornings we have green pancakes and this works every time…I mean he knows they don’t actually lay green eggs but he goes along with it for some fun…probably for my benefit more than his…)
- Green slime muffins
- Put a little headscarf thingy and some candy eyes on there and they become ninja turtle muffins
- Booger muffins (I hear some kids love potty humour…my daughter is one of them – yes the sensible one!)
- Monster muffins – I mean that is an obvious one!
Do you have any other green things that would get your kids on board? I want to hear, so tell me all about it in the comments and I will add your suggestions to the list!
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.
- 3/4 cup pureed spinach (see notes)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt unsweetened
- 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cups coconut sugar (you might want to up this to 3/4 cup if your kids prefer sweeter muffins)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray (I use fractionated coconut oil)
In a large bowl, combine the pureed spinach, yogurt, coconut oil, eggs 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
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. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling tray and allowing to cool completely
Store in an airtight container or freeze for later
To puree the spinach just pop raw spinach into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Use the tamper to push spinach down continusouly. It should be smooth with no bits. If you are having trouble with it coming together then add some water 1tsp at a time until smooth.
If you enjoyed this recipe then you might want to try these:
- Keto mini grain-free apple cinnamon muffins
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- Brown Butter Apple Spice Muffins
- Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins from A Baking Journey
- Carrot Cake Balls from The Dinner Mom
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