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.
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.