Sweet Vegan Spinach Muffins

Updated on June 25, 2019
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Nicola is a mother to two, a stepmother to three, and a wife to one. She prides herself at being able to "veganize" virtually any recipe.

5 stars from 1 rating of Sweet Vegan Spinach Muffins
Yummy Sweet Vegan Spinach Muffins
Yummy Sweet Vegan Spinach Muffins | Source

I know you're looking at these muffins and thinking about how odd they look. And while I agree with you on that, I feel certain you will overlook it once you bite into these soft, moist, and very flavourful treats.

These muffins not only taste fantastic, but they are also packed full of vitamins and nutrients that have benefits for skin, hair, and bone health.

These muffins will bring out your inner Popeye!

Six ounces of spinach in every batch.
Six ounces of spinach in every batch.

Six Ounces of Spinach

Yes, you read that right—this recipe calls for six ounces of spinach. For those who would like a visual, that's often a whole bag of spinach. That's a lot of spinach! And a lot of goodness, too.

Spinach is definitely the most plentiful ingredient in the recipe, but it only adds about 40 calories to the entire batch.

Spinach is also an excellent source of protein, potassium, fibre, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. It's also a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B2. It is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable.

Spinach really is a superfood!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 12-18 muffins

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup plant-based milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, (or 1 flax egg - instructions in notes below)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces raw baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Line muffin tray with liners or spray with your favourite non-dairy cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  4. Add all the wet ingredients to the blender and puree until smooth.
  5. Pour the combined wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix gently until incorporated.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.

Notes

  1. For bright, happy muffins, I suggest using muffin cups. This will prevent the bottom and sides of your muffins from slightly browning and taking away from that vibrant colour.
  2. If your blender has trouble processing all that spinach all at once, add the other wet ingredients first, and then add the spinach bit by bit.
  3. 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce replaces an egg in this recipe, but a flax egg works too. To make a flax egg, add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to a bowl, along with 3 tablespoons of water. Leave the mixture for a few minutes and it will take on the gel-like consistency, very similar in texture to an egg white.
  4. I can make this recipe stretch to 18 muffins, but I like big, chunky, filling muffins, so I normally make 12. I worked out the nutritional information for a quantity of 12.

Photo Guide

Step 1: Mix all your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
Step 1: Mix all your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. | Source
Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to the blender and puree. If your blender is anything like mine, you may have to add the spinach in batches.
Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to the blender and puree. If your blender is anything like mine, you may have to add the spinach in batches. | Source
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix. | Source
The mixed batter will look like this.
The mixed batter will look like this. | Source

We Call These "Hulk Muffins"

While grown-ups may be happy with the name "sweet vegan spinach muffins," I've seen kids turn their heads and run at those words. So, what should we call them to appeal to children?

In our house, they are "Hulk muffins," named after the big, green Incredible Hulk.

You might also consider Monster Muffins!

These names will appeal to any superhero fan out there. But whatever you decide, kids won't know these contain an icky health food if you don't tell them.

School lunch-able, nut-free, freezable, and full of yummy goodness. Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 12
Calories 189
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 9 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Sodium 81 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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