In an effort to get my kids to eat more vegetables, I have started pureeing veggies and sneaking them into food my kids normally enjoy. I have added carrots and cauliflower to their beloved mac and cheese, broccoli to pesto sauce, and avocado to smoothies. I have found baked goods to be the easiest to hide veggies in because the sweetness often helps to mask the veggie flavor. My kids recently helped me make this Zucchini Bread Recipe and it was such a big hit that I decided to try this easy Spinach Muffin Recipe. Check out all of our family friendly recipes while you're here!
Spinach Muffin Recipe
Ingredients to make 15 muffins:
- ¾ cup of pureed spinach
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup of oil
- ½ cup of applesauce
- 2 cups of flour
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. This muffin recipe will make 15 yummy spinach muffins.
You will want to start with pureed spinach. I puree mine ahead of time and then freeze it in an ice cube tray. Then when I need the spinach I just thaw it out and add it to a recipe.
To puree spinach, steam spinach for a few minutes and then transfer to a Ninja or an old school blender. We bought a Ninja blender since we made these muffins and it just makes pureeing veggies a breeze. A traditional blender will take a longer to puree the spinach. Once you have your pureed spinach, use ¾ cups of it in a blender and add the vanilla, eggs, oil and applesauce. Basically, throw all your wet ingredients into the blender and blend until mixed together.
In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients until a batter forms and pour into muffin tins so each muffin is ⅔ full. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
When I first made these muffins I was worried about how they would taste. Would they have a spinach flavor? Would my kids eat them or be freaked out by the green color? All my worries were erased when I tasted them. They are moist and delicious and you can't taste the spinach at all. My veggie averse kids loved them and request them all the time.
These are so good fresh out of the oven with a little butter. They also freeze well. The next time your child turns up their nose at the veggies you offer, try this easy spinach muffin recipe.
Spinach Muffin Recipe - Food Fun Friday
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Puree spinach and add ¾ cups of it to a blender along with the vanilla, eggs, oil and applesauce. Blend until mixed together.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the wet ingredients from the blender and mix the wet and dry ingredients until a batter forms Pour into muffin tins so each muffin is ⅔ full.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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