Sneaky Spinach: How to Make Green Monster Muffins! by Chef Gigi Gaggero

Baby/Kids Bread/Muffins
9 months ago
Sneaky Spinach: How to Make 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. 
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Rachael Ray Oven Lovin' Non-Stick 12-Cup Muffin Pan $13
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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
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Coconut sugar makes an excellent replacement to refined white sugar spoon-for-spoon, cup-for-cup for all of your baking and cooking needs.
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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