Green Monster Muffins

green monster muffins

Meet the newest member of my green monster family – the muffins! Actually, they’re not new in any sense, since I’ve been making them since Oscar started eating solid food, BUT they are new to LIMO. I got the original recipe from a friend a few years back, courtesy of a blog called the Green Forks; it looks like the site is no longer up and running, but luckily I’ve made and tweaked the recipe enough over the years that I don’t actually need the site anymore!

These muffins were actually the inspiration behind my green monster baked donuts too! It’s an easy, fun way to get a TON of spinach into kids, without them even knowing it. Muwahah!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know that I love to bake without refined sugars (as much as possible), and bananas are one of my favourite ways to pack a ton of natural sweetness into something; these banana muffins are only sweetened with banana!

green monster muffins

Since we’re packing a whopping 6 ounces of spinach into these bad boys, you will definitely want to add some additional sweetener along with the bananas; my preference is honey, but if your babe is under 1 or you’d prefer a different sweetener, you can swap the honey for agave or maple syrup.

The muffins are super easy to make! The spinach and bananas are combined in a blender or food processor, along with the other wet ingredients, and then mixed into the dry. I use a combo of whole wheat flour and white flour to ensure the muffins aren’t too dense and heavy; I’ve never been able to get my hands on white whole wheat flour, but if you have some I think you could use it, instead of the mix.

Isn’t this green colour just brilliant!? I love it! The kids don’t mind it either – they’re still too young to be scared of anything green. I am being 100% honest when I say the first day I made these, Wally would not stop asking for them. I think it’s pretty much all he ate that day, and I was ok with it (yay spinach)! It certainly made for an interesting diaper the following day….sorry…

Since it’s March 2nd, I figure it’s perfect timing to start rolling out all of the green recipes in my arsenal – I’ve got a few more up my sleeve! If you need a healthy St. Patrick’s Day inspired treat for your kids, or for yourself, you’ve gotta try these monster muffins!

green monster muffins

green monster muffins

Green Monster Muffins

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Yield 15 muffins

Sneak some spinach into your family's diet in the form of a vibrantly green, fluffy muffin sweetened with natural sugars and full of healthy ingredients. 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk*
  • 5 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil*
  • ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with liners (you'll make about 15) and preheat the oven to 350 F. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. 
  3. To a blender or food processor, add the almond milk, spinach (pack it down to fit), oil, bananas and honey and mix on high until the spinach is completely pureed. Add the vanilla extract and mix for a few more seconds. 
  4. Pour the blender contents into the dry ingredients, and stir together just until combined. Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 - 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes*, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Muffins stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days; they will last longer in the fridge and can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Notes

  1. Use any type of milk in place of almond milk (dairy, coconut, etc)
  2. Melted coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or vegetable oil also work
  3. For mini muffins, bake for 10-11 minutes.

Original recipe from The Green Forks (link no longer working).

green monster muffins

 

Next up – green monster donuts!

green monster donuts

 

 

Sneak some spinach into your family's diet in the form of a vibrantly green, fluffy muffin sweetened with natural sugars and full of healthy ingredients.
 

31 Comments

  1. Cute name and the pic is absolutely ADORABLE! Love how much goodness is packed into these muffins! And the colour is so vibrant. I’ll have to add these to the menu; they’d be perfect for weekday breakfasts (with a little piece of cheese – love that combo). Pinned! Hope you have a great weekend, Katherine! XO

  2. I love how healthy these are and a great way to sneak the greens into the kiddies diets! They look so yummy Katherine! That color doesn’t scare me 🙂

  3. Dude, I would devour these in a heart beat! Not only would I love these muffins, I would make the recipe again, omitting the flours and powders, and whirl it into a shake! I 100% want to make these, pinning!

  4. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I LOVE these! I’ve been looking for more ways to pack spinach into my diet too, and these would be perfect! (Will I ever get to the point where I don’t have to trick myself into eating leafy greens?) I hope your snow has melted by now–if not, stay warm! And have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hooray – that’s awesome! Spinach is SO good for you – I love being able to jam it into my kids (and myself) without them knowing. The snow is faaaaar from melted, but I will be sure to keep warm! Thanks pal! Have a good weekend too!

  5. Yum Katherine, this is such a great way to pack spinach into your diet. Really great breakfast or snack idea and the name of this recipe is the absolute cutest 🙂

  6. I can use some of these! What a great way to sneak in some nutrition! They are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or any time I have a snack attack.

  7. I love eating things that are green. I don’t know why but it makes me feel great about myself. I also prefer cooking without refined sugar and bananas are a great substitute. It looks lake Oscar Loves them 🙂

  8. crumbtopbaking

    These are awesome Katherine! Love all the spinach packed into these, and those photos of your son are so cute! Isn’t it great when they want seconds of healthy food!?!

  9. I love how healthy these are! And just perfect for the season!

  10. marcie@flavorthemoments

    My kids love green smoothies so I don’t know why I never thought to do green muffins? These are just brilliant and I love that color!

  11. That is such a cute picture of your little one devouring the muffin. The green is certainly brilliant and I have never made spinach-sweet anything. So, this is a recipe that I’m sure gonna try. so healthy:)

  12. dang, the amount of spinach in here is impressive (; definitely thought these were matcha at first, but i think that just means i’ve been consuming too much tea lol.

    • Right!? I was hesitant to pack that much spinach in at first but you can’t even taste it!! And that’s ok – I have been craving matcha everything lately. I think it’s all of the St. Patrick’s green around us!

  13. I am always scared to mix vegetables in my baking..But this cute adorable picture of Wally enjoying these is proof enough that these muffins are so good! Besides the texture looks amazing too!

  14. these are a family- wide win!! Great recipe, Katherine

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  16. Food Lover

    Charming name and the picture is definitely LOVABLE! Love just how much goodness is loaded into these muffins!

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