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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! 




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