You are going to love these little mini cacao and spinach muffins. Naturally sweetened with apple sauce (for a homemade recipe click here) and containing an ENTIRE bag of spinach the kids won't even notice, they are the perfect little treat to have stored in the freezer for a busy week.
Cacao and Spinach Muffins
Have you ever gone to Costco and bought one of those mega bags of spinach, only to get home and realize there is not way you are fitting that thing into your now overfull fridge?
Everyone does it?
Glad to hear it's not just me.
So I have a tip: blend that stuff up.
If you have a high speed blender, just fill that thing up with spinach, add a little bit of water, blend until smooth, and then freeze in muffin tins.
I use some silicone cupcake liners to save in ¼ cup capacities.
Once frozen, remove from liners, transfer to a ziplock bag, and pop back in the freezer.
You then have some handy little cubes of frozen spinach which are great for smoothies or for defrosting and using in cooking and/or baking (like in these spinach muffins).
Ok back to the spinach muffins.
These things are delicious!!
They fit a whole normal (not Costco-sized) bag of spinach into a batch, so it is a great way to get some greens into little bellies.
You can make them with or without the cacao and they taste just as good either way.
My kids thought they were awesome as bright green muffins - it probably helps that we have just watched the Troll movie so I called them Bergen muffins which they thought was just fantastic.
Call me a bad influence but I actually added the cacao mostly for myself!
Nothing wrong with a little extra superfood power right!
You will also need:
- pure vanilla extract: get the good stuff, this is what will cover the flavor of the spinch in the muffins, and make them taste sweet, rather than savory;
- eggs: average sized eggs, not jumbo;
- unrefined coconut oil: this is used instead of vegetable oil normally used in muffins and some baked goods, feel free to sub in the veegtable oil of that is what you prefer;
- unsweetened apple sauce: if you don't have this you can always use some mashed banana instead, but please note that the muffins will taste like banana;
- white whole wheat flour: this is also known as plain flour;
- coconut sugar: you can sub in another granulated suagr of choice if you prefer;
- raw cacao powder: you can use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder instead if that is your preference;
- baking powder;
- baking soda.
I hope you guys love these quick, easy, and nutritious healthy spinach muffins.
I love to hear from you so pop back and leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Kid Approved Cacao and Spinach Muffins
- ¾ cup pureed spinach (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup unrefined coconut oil
- ½ cup plus 2tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- ¾ cups coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F and spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray (I use fractionated coconut oil)
- In a large bowl, combine the pureed spinach, vanilla, eggs, coconut oil and applesauce
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, coconut sugar, cacao powder, 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 ⅔ full
- Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from the muffin tin and serving
- Store in an airtight container or freeze for later
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