Saturday, March 16, 2013

Celebrate St. Patrick Day -- Green muffins

I found this recipe on one of the blogs I follow. These mini muffins were amazingly delicious. I will for sure make them again and again, because my boys just couldn't have enough. They didn't even wait to swallow and stuff their mouth full of muffins. Perfect for St. Patrick Day treats too!

Spinach mini muffins (make 24)

  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach, packed
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar (I used 1/4 cup sugar, still taste wonderful)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (I used 1/4 tsp salt)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor and puree.
3. Place the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and combine.
4. Pour the spinach puree in a large mixing bowl.
5. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.
6. Scoop batter into a greased mini muffin tin, 1 Tbsp/well.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Use a toothpick to check for doneness.

9. Take them out and cool on a rack.

As I finished baking them, took pictures and got ready to post it on the blog, Joshua woke up from his nap. Perfect timing! So I fed him the muffins. He gobbled down THREE immediately! Half hour later, Caleb woke up and did the same as his brother. Wow! I have no idea that the muffins can be such a big hit AND -- with spinach in it!

I made 24 mini muffins. By the end of the day, there were only 4 left, so I just put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the refrigerator. No storage problem there, because they don't last long. I still have no idea why they like it so much. You definitely can't taste any of the spinach. 

Updated notes:

I use 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour to get them having more whole wheat in their diet. I am able to reduce the sugar down to 2 1/2 Tbsp (about 27 g ONLY), and they still taste great! Less sugar the better, right?

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