Skip to main content

Chocolate Banana Spinach Muffins

I know, it's been a long time. But, see, I gave birth to this little person and he takes up all of my time. So selfish! 

Anyway, in addition to taking up all of my time and stealing my heart, he won't eat vegetables.  The doctor said to hide them in stuff.  So this is one of my first attempts in doing that and it came out pretty well! 

So maybe if you also have my problem of not being able to get your child to eat healthy things, this might help.  It's not sugar-free or whatever, but it has spinach, and my kid will not eat spinach that he can see... 

Ingredients
1/2c frozen spinach
1 banana
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs sour cream
2 tbs butter
1/3c flour (mix of white / wheat if you like, or all white, whatever floats your boat)
1/3c hemp seeds + cornstarch (optional - I use the blender to blend up the hemp seeds and add cornstarch to keep it from sticking too much. Gives a nice nutty flavor, but not necessary for the recipe.)
1/4c sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 tbs cocoa powder
2-3 tbs mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. 

Defrost spinach. Melt butter. Using a blender (I used a stick/immersion blender), blend the spinach, banana, and the rest of the wet ingredients.  Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon tablespoons into a mini-muffin pan. Makes about 12-15 mini muffins.  You can also multiply the recipe and make some big, regular muffins if you like. :) 

Bake for about 15-20 minutes until cake springs back when pressed. 

Verdict: Toddler approved! 




Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Throwing some shade

Ombre Flowers So I wanted to try that new ombre cake frosting trend.  I used whip cream here on an eggless chocolate cake I made for a potluck at work (for those egg-free individuals on my team).  Everyone was sufficiently impressed.  I was a little disappointed at the messiness of the blue/purple end, and I kinda ran out of cream, but it tasted good. Anyway... Eggless Chocolate Cake 2 c sugar 1 3/4 c flour 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder 1.5 tsp baking powder 1.5 tsp baking soda 1/2 c sunflower oil, organic 1 c whole milk, organic 1 c boiling water 1 tsp salt 3 tbs flax seeds Roses 2 c heavy cream 1/4c sour cream 1 tsp vanilla ½ c powdered sugar food coloring (if desired) Pre-heat oven to 350F. Soak flax seeds in milk for an hour or overnight (or use flax meal). Blend (I used a stick blender).  Mix dry ingredients. Mix in wet ingredients, with boiling water being last. Pour into cake pan (9x13).  Bake for 30 min, rotating once.    Let cake

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

My son (currently 2 years old) loves pancakes.  Protein, not so much.  I tried to get a bit more protein in his carbs. Ingredients  (organic, if possible) 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 cup cottage cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tbs milk butter, oil or oil spray Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients and then fold into dry ingredients mixing as little as possible (keeps the pancakes tender). Heat a pan and grease with butter. My son likes small pancakes (so I use about 1-2 teaspoons at a time), but you can make full size pancakes if you wish. It usually takes a minute or two before you can turn them over, or you can look for small bubbles at the edges of the pancakes before flipping. Remove when golden brown. If you want to substitute white flour, you'll have to add more flour (maybe 3-4 extra tablespoons) unless you like thin pancakes. Also, I usually make a big batch o

Vanilla Marshmallows

Marshmallows have a special place in my heart because my boyfriend and I made these together on our third date.  He's a chemist and I remember commenting on how precise he was with measuring everything.  Nothing sexier than a guy who can cook... and who wants to help make candy. :) Unfortunately, he's on a business trip this week, so I made a half batch by myself from my favorite book, Chocolates & Confections .   And in doing a search I see they have an At Home version !!! Wow.  If only they had this when I started trying to make candy in 2008.  Oh well, the harder path only makes you stronger... right? Anywho... Stacey's Half Batch Vanilla Marshmallow Ingredients : 0.8 oz gelatin (powdered) 4 oz water (for hydration) 12 oz sugar, organic 6 oz glucose syrup 2 oz local honey 2 oz invert sugar 3 oz water 2 tsp vanilla bean paste Parchment paper 9"x9" cake pan Canola oil, organic 1:1 ratio powdered sugar to cornstarch I've found tha