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Green monster muffins

On Friday I talked about how I wanted to try and make a “green monster” muffin. In all honesty, I was really hesitant about trying this out.  I love green monsters, but I just wasn’t sure how well they would translate into muffin form.

Last night I decided I ought to give it a try. I’m always up for a challenge and how wrong could it go?  Using the muffin recipe from last week as a base, I modified things quite a bit and somehow the muffins still turned out alright.  Although these have a few more ingredients in them and a bit of fat, I still deem them healthy.

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Green Monster Muffin

2 1/2 cups regular oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cocoa
1 banana, mashed
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup almond milk
1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 whole egg
1/3 cup egg white (about two eggs)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine all your dry ingredients.  Meanwhile, add spinach, almond milk, and peanut butter into a food processor. Pulse until everything is combined and smooth.

Add spinach mixture into dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and stir together.  Spoon batter into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes. Yields 12 muffins.

Look closely, you can see the tiny specks of green.

But don’t let it scare you. Honestly, you taste more peanut butter than anything.

And we all know peanut butter in a muffin cannot be bad.

As I mentioned last week, these are not like typical muffins. They are not overly sweet and have a healthier taste to them. However, they are a great way to start your week out. Healthy and actually surprisingly tasty, don’t let the spinach run you off. I’ve said it a hundred times, you completely cannot taste the spinach in the green monsters. Same concept applies here.

These taste even better if you spread a little butter on them right when they are warm, but I guess that kind of defeats the purpose. Honey would be dreamy as well.

Another fun option is adding a tablespoon of protein powder to the mix instead of the cocoa powder. I was half tempted to throw in some Sun Warrior, but opted for cocoa this time around. There is always next time though.

Tomorrow things will be back to normal with my Valentine’s dessert posting. I have seen all sorts of cute (and simple!) ideas around the blog world, but think I’m going to end up making lemon cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream. Spinach will not be sneaking its way into those.

February 14, 2012 - 6:28 am

Simply Tia - I would soooo eat a few of these. Yum Yum.

February 14, 2012 - 9:46 am

MyFudo™ - I can’t wait to take a bite into this green monster muffins…now that you’ve mentioned they taste more like PB, I am having a second serving. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

February 14, 2012 - 10:30 am

Linds - Thanks for the comment and enjoy them if you make them. 🙂

February 14, 2012 - 10:31 am

Linds - Thank you!

February 14, 2012 - 4:11 pm

TeenyLittleSuperChef - Oh yum, these sound awesome! I just made some “green” banana muffins the other day using avocado in place of the butter, and they were delicious. Adding spinach sounds even more fun. Did you find them to add to much moisture to the end product? I’ve had that problem before when adding spinach to stuff. Just wondering. Thanks again for the great recipe!

February 14, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Linds - I actually didn’t find it added too much moisture which surprised me; I was expecting there to be an issue with that. I’ve never thought of using avocado in place of butter. I’m definitely going to have to give that a try soon! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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