After-School Snacks: How to Make Healthy Green Monster Muffins! by Chef Gigi Gaggero

Bread/Muffins
2 years ago
After-School Snacks: How to Make Healthy Green Monster Muffins!

Why not flex your parental power and establish a “green food day" of the week and introduce new green foods on that day? The secret ingredient in these green muffins? Spinach! 

  • 4 cups raw baby spinach
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup cane or coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Here’s how to make them:

  1. In a blender, combine spinach and bananas. Blend until spinach changes to a liquid state.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice. Mix well. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and butter. Mix on high speed until creamy and sugar crystals begin to dissolve, about 3-5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time mixing well in between each addition.
  4. Slowly beat in the spinach-banana mixture. Add vanilla. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well to combine.
  5. Scoop the batter into two regular-size muffin tins that have been sprayed with cooking spray or two greased loaf pans. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for approximately 30-45 minutes or until muffins spring back to the touch and are slightly browned on edges (60-90 minutes if baking loafs). Test for doneness by running a toothpick in the center. If it pulls out clean, loafs are done. 
Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' Non-Stick 12-Cup Muffin Pan
Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' Non-Stick 12-Cup Muffin Pan $13
Portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rachael Ray's Yum-o! organization for promoting healthy cooking for families
Elite Bakeware 3-Piece Nonstick Bread Pan Set
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Heavy-duty and commercial grade loaf pans that heat evenly with no hot spots and no warping for perfectly even baking.
Green Baking Cups
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A 40 count of solid green nonstick, standard cupcake pan liners.
Viva Naturals Organic Coconut Sugar
Viva Naturals Organic Coconut Sugar $25
Coconut sugar makes an excellent replacement to refined white sugar spoon-for-spoon, cup-for-cup for all of your baking and cooking needs.

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
So smart, and so delish! Thanks for your creative ideas, Chef Gigi Gaggero! xo
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I love your creative recipes, Chef Gigi Gaggero ! Thank you!

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