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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spinach and Carrot (or Cabbage) Toddler Snack Muffins

I made these the day after the Seahawks won the Superbowl so when I saw how green they were I couldn't help myself but to add blue sprinkles... 

Gabriel has been so hungry lately and with how busy we are we don't always have the time to sit and have a meal so I've been trying to find and make some nutrition packed snacks that we can take easily on the go! I came across this recipe the other week and it inspired me to make an even more vegetable packed muffin.

My trusted helper and always honest taste tester! 

Though mainly vegetables, they don't taste that way- I'd say they taste more like a brand muffin. We absolutely love them and the important thing is that Gabriel does too! 

1/2 cup applesauce 
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup fresh spinach, packed 
1 cup chopped cabbage or 1 cup grated carrot
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons coconut oil "melted" in the microwave
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350'f and grease a muffin tin (I use coconut oil by swiping a paper towel through the coconut oil jar and then wiping inside the muffin cups). Put the first eight ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth: applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, cabbage (or carrot), honey, sugar, coconut oil.

Transfer the wet mixture to a bowl then add the rest of the ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. 

Scoop batter into muffin tin so that it divides evenly between all 12 muffin tin cups. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on how hot your oven bakes. Check muffins by inserting a toothpick into the center of the muffin, if toothpick comes out clean muffins are finished. Let sit in the muffin tin for a couple minutes then remove and let cool on a wire rack. 

Even though the batter is dense these muffins are surprisingly soft, fluffy, and springy. 

We've made these muffins a few times and they've come out perfectly each and every time! Hope you enjoy. 

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  1. yum! perfect treat for st. patty's!

  2. These look awesome! Once I figure out a healthy alternative to the applesauce (my little guy is allergic to apples) we'll definitely have to give them a try! Thanks :)

  3. I am going to make these today!

  4. These look so good, and easy too! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh I will be making these very soon! Mason loves muffins and I want to add some variety. He is no 1 yet (2.5 weeks away) I'm pretty sure I can just omit the honey and they would taste fine. I have all the ingredients to make them tomorrow.

  6. Maybe more coconut oil? Applesauce is used as an oil substitute so maybe it works the other way around?

  7. 9 months later I see this... Glad you tried them!

  8. Did you ever get around to making these? What did you think?!

  9. Did you ever make these Ileana? If you did and liked them, you'd like that chocolate cake I posted on instagram!


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