Sweet Spinach Muffins

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Got a picky eater? These kid-favorite muffins are 100% whole wheat, refined-sugar-free, and packed with fresh spinach!

“I like all the muffins you make, but these ones are my favorite.” My kind (and diplomatic) kindergartner told me this last week, after I served him a warm, buttered Sweet Spinach Muffin.

And I have to say, that boy has good taste. These muffins are addictively delicious, and chock full of fresh spinach to boot–an entire bag of it!

Speaking of the spinach, don’t be fooled by the verdant hue of these muffins; the greens don’t make waves, flavor-wise. Instead, the taste is sweet, cinnamony and moist, like a treat you’d serve with a cup of tea. This is true even though we only use half the sweetener you’d find in most muffin recipes.

There’s more goodness packed into these muffins: 100% whole grains, creamy banana, eggs and whole milk.

Plus they’re portable, freezable, and easy to eat with your fingers… I’m not trying to gush here, but did we just discover the world’s most perfect kid food?

Sweet Spinach Muffins. These kid-favorite muffins are 100% whole wheat, refined-sugar-free, and packed with fresh spinach!

What’s in a Name?

Some kids might shy away from the green color of these muffins; my daughter is one to reject a food just by the look of it. That can be aggravating, of course, but it’s a fact of life when feeding kids.

That doesn’t mean you can’t help them come around to new foods with a little help from branding. (Yup, that’s right. Sometimes you gotta use the same tricks as the marketers!) Here are some of the nicknames my kids and I came up with to give these muffins a little imaginative appeal:

  • Hulk Muffins
  • Green Goblins
  • Monster Muffins
  • Frog Muffins

Whatever you call them, be sure to tell your kids that these muffins are filled with spinach–tell them the spinach is what makes them so moist and colorful! That way they’ll know they love spinach, at least some of the time.

Oh, and my picky daughter? Obsessed with these muffins.

Sweet Spinach Muffins. These kid-favorite muffins are 100% whole wheat, refined-sugar-free, and packed with fresh spinach!
Sweet Spinach Muffins. These kid-favorite muffins are 100% whole wheat, refined-sugar-free, and packed with fresh spinach!

Easy Baking

When you’re ready to whip up these gems, have your blender ready. All the wet ingredients get pureed together, so you don’t have to worry about mashing the banana or whisking the egg separately.

Then just pour the wet ingredients into a bowl of the dry ingredients, and fold them together gently. It’s super quick and easy!

We like the flavor best when the muffins have had some time to cool. We store the leftovers in the refrigerator, where they have never lasted more than a couple of days!

I hope you love these muffins as much as my family does. Here’s to you health, and happy baking!

Sweet Spinach Muffins. These kid-favorite muffins are 100% whole wheat, refined-sugar-free, and packed with fresh spinach!
Sweet Spinach Muffins

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Sweet Spinach Muffins

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Keyword: healthy, whole wheat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 18 1 muffin

Ingredients

  • 18 standard cupcake liners
  • 2 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large banana
  • 6 ounce raw baby spinach
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F, and line a muffin pan with paper liners (or use silicone muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray).
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat the butter until just melted. Using a blender or food processor, blend the raw spinach, banana, honey, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter until completely pureed.
  • Pour the puree into the dry ingredient bowl, and fold together gently until just combined. (Do not over-mix.)
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the muffins are firm to the touch on top, but not quite browning.
  • Cool most or all of the way before serving.
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Hi Kate! I haven’t tried sweeteners besides honey, so I can’t promise they’ll work in the recipe. But you could probably substitute pure maple syrup or plain sugar. If you try it, let us know how the muffins turn out!

I’ve done these using 1/2 cup of white sugar instead of honey and they turned out great. I added the sugar to the dry ingredients instead of in the blender with the wet ingredients.

Hi! I just made these and they are delicious!!! I used 2 medium bananas and 1/3 cup pure maple syrup in place of the honey. Wow! They turned out perfect!! Absolutely delicious!!!!

Hi Blima! I haven’t tried frozen spinach. I would think it would create a very different texture. But if you try it, let us know how it turns out!

Did you use the same amount of frozen spinach? Did you omit any liquid from the recipe since the frozen spinach had more water content?

Is it only three-fourths of a cup of spinach or is it 3 to 4 cups of spinach? The narrative did say a whole bag, but I just want to check. These look great!

I have the same question as Jen. I put in only 3/4 cup spinach as the recipe says and my batter is nowhere near as verdant as your photos. Reading back on the post you do mention a whole bag…thanks!

I had similar issues – I used 6 oz of frozen spinach and while they taste great – similar to a zucchini muffin – they aren’t exactly green! Could you clarify the spinach quantity please?

Hi, Sarah! I’m glad you got tasty muffins, even though they did turn brown for you. I used fresh spinach, and I think that’s why my muffins stayed bright green. I have also found that if they cook too long, they can brown on the outside (even though the middle stays green.) I hope this helps!

I put in much more spinach (1.5 loose cups maybe?) and they are greener, but still not as green as your pictures. I think I could add even more!

Hi, Carlene! An older version of the recipe mistakenly said 1/2 cup of fresh spinach… the updated correct amount is 5-6 ounces of fresh spinach (a whole bag!) I hope you’ll give it another try with the full amount… they’ll be super green! 🙂

I’ve made these twice and my kids love them! However, mine are turning out more brown than green. How do I get them green?

Hi Juli! I’m so glad you like them. I’m not sure why they’re brown for you, but it could be that you’re using a dark muffin pan. I use silicone, which helps them cook super evenly. Maybe try an aluminum pan with liners, or a silicone pan. Or try cooking them a little less and pulling them out before they brown. Let us know if you figure out the solution? 🙂

Thanks for the reply! The food processor I was using didn’t purée the spinach well enough. I switched to a blender and they’re green! Thanks, again!

These are so good! My toddler has decided he doesn’t like spinach anymore, but he’ll eat these! The whole family loves them. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

When you pack a frozen muffin for lunch, do you take it out of the freezer the night before, or the morning of? Thanks in advance!

Kelli, I would take it out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. If you do pull it from the freezer in the morning, you might just want to warm it slightly before packing it.

I’m also allergic to bananas, thinking of trying these with an avocado and maybe some added sugar… I’ll post again if it works

Can I use regular flour in the same amount unread of the whole wheat? I’d like to make these right away but don’t have whole wheat flour. Thanks!

I just made these tonight, and my husband and daughter (neither of which are veggie lovers) LOVED them! Hubby ate two right away. I used organic Agave nectar instead of honey, and vanilla almond milk, so I omitted the vanilla extract. So yummy and filling!

Last week I did the spinach one and it was not so green like yours but was delicious. My kids loved them! Today, instead spinach I used beets for a pink color since we are close to valentine’s day and it was amazing! Love this recipe!

Hi Tania, saw that you posted subbing spinach with beets. Just curious what kind of beets you used. Raw or cooked and how much? My two year old is a very picky eater. She refuses anything green. Her favorite color is pink she will at least give it a try. Thanks!

Hi Naomi–I don’t recommend leaving out the baking powder and soda… I don’t think the muffins would rise without them. And I haven’t tried the avocado substitution, but it could be interesting. Let me know if you decide to try it. 🙂

Hi, Katy! We haven’t calculated this recipe yet, but you can do it at nutritiondata.self.com by using their recipe feature. I hope this helps!

It is approximately 140cal per muffin (20g carbs 6g fat 3g protein). The calories pretty much all come from the flour, honey, and butter.

These turned out wonderful! I used my NutriBullet for the wet ingredients — and named them “Bobgoblin Muffins” after my 3 yr olds favorite green mischievous goblin on Wallykazam. Thank you so much for helping me get greens into my toddler!

I just made these. I used maple syrup in place of honey so that my 8 month old could have some. They were a big hit. I would love to hear of successful egg substitutes for vegan family members. Great recipe….will surely make “hulk muffins” again. Thanks

I made these for green eggs and ham day at my daughters school and my whole family loved them! I used 1/4 c coconut oil and 1/4 c applesauce instead of butter and used about 1/3 c maple syrup instead and honey and they were great! Thanks!

Awesome recipe! I subbed simple syrup for the honey to make them baby friendly, and used liquid coconut oil instead of butter. They turned out super yummy, fluffy and green! I will definitely be making these again!

Hi Kathleen! I haven’t tried and banana substitutes… avocado might work but you’ll lose a little sweetness. A couple of other readers were interested in using avocado in this recipe, too, so if you try it, be sure to share how it turns out! 🙂

I used half baby kale and half spinach. I steamed it first and then pressed the water out bc I thought that would limit the veggies taste more. When I noticed the color was a little weak I added a handful more of fresh. Color is pretty good! I also used 1/2 cup of butter-flavored coconut oil (Nativa) instead of butter. I also used 1/2 cup of date sugar instead of honey (plus a few dalops of maple syrup). I used unsweetened vanilla soy milk instead of dairy milk. They are great! Next time I’ll try oat flour and throwing in some chia seeds too. I look forward to making them again!

I know you say a whole bag but I have a Costco sized bag… Do you know how many cups of fresh spinach it works out to for the recipe? Today I weighed but so I can add to my recipe for future times when I may not have a scale handy? Thanks!

I’ve been wanting to make these for a while, and I finally did last night. Wonderful! I brought two of them in my lunch today, warmed them up for about 15 seconds in the microwave, and put a little butter on them. Soft and warm and moist and sweet and tasty! (I ate one just plain last night, and it was good, but warm with butter put it over the top!)

I’m going to try them on my two-year-old grandson tomorrow (for whom I really made them), so I’ll let you know how that goes. But if he doesn’t like them, I’ll finish them off!

Just made these for the second time. They were great the first time following the recipe exactly. This second time I decided to get adventurous and subbed applesauce for the butter. They turned out great! They are maybe a little more chewy in texture, but still soft and fluffy. I also stirred blueberries in half of the batter and sprinkled a little organic turbinado sugar on top to balance the tartness of the blueberries. I thought they were tasty, but my kids preferred them plain. Thanks for the fun, tasty and healthy recipe!

Love this recipe thanks!! My more adventurous eater, loves them green. But my pickier 5 year old was convinced she didn’t like them despite my best marketing. So I add 1/3 of a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and an extra banana to off-set the additional dry ingredient. They come out a deep chocolate brown. Picky 5 year old now begs for seconds!!

Thank you for your suggestions! My nieces are some of the pickiest eaters I know. I will definitely try these to see if I can “trick” them into eating some greens!

Just made these…in the oven now. I substituted the banana with 3/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce as I don’t like bananas. Now, I am a bit concerned because I did not use the whole bag of spinach. I looked up the conversion and used about 1 cup? The batter was very green so I’ll have to see what they look like when cooked.

Just made these! They were a hit with my kids. I used maple syrup instead of honey so that my 10 month old could have some…Also, I did Mini Muffins, same recipe just baked for 14 minutes instead of the 18-22. I would love to try adding applesauce or something a little more binding to the recipe since they were a little on the fragile side/falling apart really easily. I would also love to try grinding oats instead of the wheat flour!

Just made these, they taste amazing!! Trying to make these in a hurry while bub was sleeping, I forgot to put the melted butter in! Only realised that the bowl of melted butter was still on the bench when it was already in the oven, so there was nothing I could do. Was devastated, but surprisingly it actually turned out great! My 3yo and 14mo devoured it, so might try making it this way again next time. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe 🙂

so, I am a newbie at this baking stuff, so pardon me for asking a potential dumb question. Does the spinach have to be raw or cooked?

Hi Ash, good question! The spinach in this recipe is raw. Use one whole bag (about 5oz) of fresh, raw spinach to get the muffins to be super green.

I have tried to make these twice now. First time i used almond flour and almond milk and followed the recipe exactly as it was written. The muffins were way too wet and didnt rise. The second time i used coconut flour ans almond milk, and they were too dry. 🙁 has anyone else had this problem?!?

Hi Rubu,
Is there a reason you didn’t want to try it with regular flour? From my experience almond flour and coconut flour absorb liquid and isn’t a great substitute for regular flour.

I made these today and actually forgot to put the butter in and they still turned out wonderful. I added two cups of frozen blueberries to make blueberry muffins. Thanks for a great recipe.

Hi Meghann! I store them in the refrigerator and eat them within a few days. If I want them to last longer than that, I pop them in the freezer. They defrost and taste as good as fresh!

I only had 3oz oh spinach in fridge however I had some kiwi to make up the difference, they were not as green as the result however they tasted delicious. I also added some dried cranberries and chopped walnuts to the mix, awesome!!!

HELP! I’ve tried to make this twice now, both times with the same result. My “batter” looks kinetic sand.. moist but definitely too crumbly and not even to a consistency that I can spoon. What am i doing wrong ??

Hi Michelle! I’m sorry they’re not turning out for you. Since it sounds like your batter is too dry, the first thing I’d do is double-check that you’re adding the ingredients in their proper amounts… if you have too much of the “dry” ingredients and/or not enough “wet” ingredients, the consistency would be off like you describe. I can’t imagine what else would give you that wacky texture! I hope the third time’s a charm!

My daughter has low iron. These have have been an easy way to boost the iron in her diet. I used orange juice instead of milk. Vitamin c boosts iron absorption into the body. They turned out great! The whole family liked them.

Hi Terita,
These look great. In fact I am about to make a batch right now. I noticed that some people complained of getting a darker color muffin. maybe it’s the wheat flour. Did you use wheat to soak up the moisture? Is it possible to use all purpose of half and half?
Thank you,
Bahar

Hi Bahar! You could probably use all-purpose flour in place of whole wheat and still have the recipe turn out. We like whole wheat flour because it has better nutrition than all-purpose. But half whole wheat and half all-purpose might be a good middle ground!

Ah I wish I could add an image of ours! They turned out perfectly and my son is calling them the Ghecko Green Pj Mask muffins. He is 3. I used half honey, half sugar, I didn’t want to finish my honey and I used coconut oil instead of butter ( which is overpriced and scarce in South Africa at the moment.) I used frozen Swiss chard and the colour is perfect! Oh… we also added some chocolate chips for fun! Thanks for this brilliant recipe!

Several people asked about this so I thought I’d post: I made these with oat flour (2 cups), substituted the butter with apple sauce and used soy milk for a gluten and dairy free version. They came out delicious! More dense and smaller than the product of the original but delicious. Thanks for the very customizable recipe!:)

I have them in the oven now! Did a lot of subustutions and adds. I subbed Costco power greens for spinach. 2 small apples and a carrot for banana. Added 3 TBS of chia seeds and about 1/3 -1/2 cup of ground flax seeds. Also made them into mini muffins. They are a beautiful green! I am guessing on how long. to bake as I went “rouge” on greens andfruit and almond milk. Just tested one and it needs a little more time, it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

I just made these with regular flour instead of whole wheat. They’re tasty. But you can’t hide that there’s fruit/veg in there. You can smell spinach & banana when they’re hot. Plus the texture is denser & more rubbery than regular cake. If I started again I’d use wholemeal & ditch the banana I think.

I tried these last night following the recipe but adding a few mini chocolate chips to each muffin. They were DELICIOUS! my 7 year old even asked for seconds!! Thank you!!

I substitute wholemeal spelt flour 1:1 for whole wheat flour and they work great! I use baby English spinach leaves, is that what the original recipe uses? Tia!

If I added some shredded carrot and zucchini in these would it make much of a difference to the flavor or cook time?

I made these with a tablespoon of flax in 3 tablespoons of water to replace the egg, vanilla almond milk instead of the milk, apple sauce instead of the oil, and maple syrup instead of honey. We have dairy and egg allergies, and I didn’t have any honey on hand ?sooo tasty! Thank you for sharing!

I would Like to make these for my 12 month old using a mini muffin tin. How long would you bake them in a mini tin??

Hi Breelynd! I have made these in a mini muffin tin before, and they work great. I don’t remember the exact length of time I cooked them, but I suggest checking the mini muffins after 15 minutes in the oven. If they’re dry and firm to the touch, they’re ready to come out. If they’re moist and sticky, leave them in for another few minutes. I hope this helps!

I subbed coconut oil for the butter and used soy milk.

My super picky kid tasted them and politely declined, but then she was open to trying a plain spinach leaf and found it pleasant 🙂
My less picky kid and the grownups think they’re yummy.

These are wonderful! I made them with spelt flour and 1/4 cup of agave. To me they probably don’t need the added sweetener as they are getting a lot of sugar from the banana! Love this recipe. My toddler is on a muffin kick right now and we don’t do refined sugar.

I just made these this morning and they turned out perfect and green!! My toddler who hates veges ate 4 of them! I used regular all purpose flour as I didn’t have any whole wheat. I substituted 1/2 stick of butter with 2oz unsweetened applesauce and used only 1/3 cup of honey as we don’t like our food too sweet. They were perfect and so fluffy & moist. Thanks for the recipe!

I made these today and they didn’t turn out green like yours – more of a brownish-green. I saw the recipe said 6 oz of spinach, and when I googled to find out how to measure 6 ounces of fresh spinach, i found it was 3/4 cup. I feel like maybe that was where I went wrong? Did I need to use more spinach?

Hi Meaghan! It does sound like 3/4 cup would be too little spinach. The easiest way to measure out 6 ounces is to buy a 6-ounce bag of fresh spinach, and use the whole thing. Most stores sell bagged fresh spinach in that amount, or roughly so. I hope this helps!

Hi,

Thanks for the great recipe. My daughter is allergic to eggs…any idea of a suitable substitute?

I made a batch with the egg just omitted as i couldnt wait to try it out.

My son is in love with these! He is 2.5. We make a few substitutions and these are awesome.
-sub 1/2 avocado and apple sauce (small container) for the butter.
-sub 1 extra banana for the honey ( so two bananas and a squirt of honey)
-frozen spinach works too
-when they are done we “frost” them with apple sauce right before eating. They freeze well too.

I wonder if I could use canned pumpkin instead of banana??? My kids aren’t big fans of the banana taste in muffins. Do you think pumpkin would work???

Hi Michelle! I haven’t tried this substitution, but my thoughts on pumpkin are that the texture would work, but you wouldn’t get that boost of sweetness. You could try subbing applesauce, but I haven’t tried that myself, either. (For what it’s worth, we don’t think the muffins have a distinctive banana taste with just the one banana. Might be worth a try with your kids. 🙂 Hope this helps!

Followed directions even though we had to use salted butter (all we had) and they still turned out great! My kids thought they were pretty cool and ate tgem up (4 yo and 6 yo boys). Thanks for this easy, good for us recipe.

These were awesome. My EXTREMELY picky 5 year old loved them. I obviously had to distract him while I was blending wet ingredients and called them “green goblin” muffins. I did add about 3 tblsp of sugar just to ensure that he would think they were sweet enough as well as added a crumb topping. Great recipe!

We absolutely love these! Made them many times. For variation we sometimes add blueberries or raisins. They make a beautiful Christmas treat topped with cream cheese and strawberries.
Has anyone has ever tried this recipe as pancakes? I’m curious if that would work.

Just made these and used 1 medium/large avocado instead of banana and it worked amazingly well! Super moist this recipe is gold even if my kids don’t like them (haven’t tried yet!) they will be a regular staple in my diet!! Color was stunning

I tried these for St. Patrick’s day. Both my husband and I felt sick after eating them. I’m not quiet sure if spinach was supposed to be pre-cooked for adding to this recipe..it doesnt say in it.

Lovely…..I used a brown rice gluten free flour for 1 cup, then 1/2 cup oats & 1/2 cup whole Wheat.
Also added a kiwi !!….well it’s green:)
And to balance that out added 1 heaping tablespoon of a blend of chia-flax-coconut.
Oh, and used 1/2 buttermilk for the milk.
Ready for the oven….
Did a lot of adapting, is fun, so we’ll see!

I subbed an equal amount of oat flour and it turned out really gummy… I am so sad 🙁 My friend made these and she used whole wheat flour and hers turned out perfect. I only used oat flour because I have celiac’s disease and can’t have wheat. Suggestions anyone?

I just made these muffins with my kids and they turned out amazing!
I didn’t have fresh spinach so used 6oz frozen spinach. I also used 1/2 cup coconut oil instead of the butter.
Even with those substitutions the muffins turned out great! Will be making again and again God-willing.

Thanks for the recipe!!!!!

I’m curious, when using the frozen spinach, do you thaw and then squeeze out the extra water before adding to the blender, or do you just dump the whole package in and don’t look back?

These muffins are amazing! I sub out 1/2 of flour for wheat bran and use almond milk. I have two girls that request “Hulk muffins” at least once a week. I usually make a double batch and freeze them. Perfect for busy school mornings or a quick snack. Thanks so much for sharing.

I have made these following the recipe and substituting plain Greek yogurt for the butter, and both ways were great. The Greek yogurt saves you some calories!!

these muffins turned me to the dark side. I had to blatantly lie to my family to get them to try them. Their first question was, of course: “why are they so green!!!”. Knowing full well that if I told the truth, they would not take a single bite. So…. I lied. My response was: food coloring. I thought it’d be fun to have a green muffin for some change. So, they ate them without further question and loved them. (((sigh)))

Now I just have to figure out how to come clean. :/ I want them to embrace that healthy foods ARE delicious!!!

The recipe says 6 oz of spinach, please change that into a cup measurement. I used 3/4th and they are not green!!

Hi there! I was wondering: How many of these muffins are a good serving size for a 3 year old? I plan on making them soon 🙂 They look awesome for my little Hulk fan.

Hi Marleen,
Every kid is unique in their appetites and energy needs. But I have a 3-year old, too, and I serve her one muffin in a sitting. My 7-year old eats two in a sitting. I do like to pair it with a protein like cheese or eggs, for balance.

I actually make these a lot! they are so great! however, i have found that i can add waaay more spinach than what is asked for AND i can cut the amount of butter down by at least half. this recipe seems very forgiving.

Thank you so much for this recipe! It is approved by my picky eater. My daughter went vegetarian about a month ago, so menu planning has been a struggle. I added a little bit of sugar and called them “Grinch” muffins to strengthen the sell. Lol

Love love love your muffins. I do want to say the thing I love the most is that once you learn the consistency of the batter and you can add whatever blended veggies or fruit that you have on hand instead. That being said, do you know how much roughly the blended portion should be (banana & spinach)? I just made a batch. My son is constipated so I did a prune and spinach version instead. I use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of ground oats (oat flour) and I completely forgot the oil. My son is still eating them up. I love your recipes, you are fabulous :)!!!!

Hi Megan,
Glad to hear your son likes them! I’m actually not sure how much the blended portion makes. But I know a lot of people have added and subtracted ingredients and still gotten a tasty muffin… so I think the lesson is, it’s OK to experiment with this recipe. 🙂

I just made these and they’re great. I have a question. The description says there is a whole bag of spinach but the list of ingredients says 6 oz spinach which is less than a cup. Can you confirm how much spinach to use? I used a few generous hand fulls. They aren’t as green as the picture but I used more than 6 oz.

Hi Lauren,
Glad you liked the muffins! The 6 oz. measurement is for weight, not volume. Typically a regular-sized bag of spinach weighs 5-6 oz, and you can use the whole thing. I hope this clears things up. 🙂

Amazing green muffins. My batter was mush more like cupcake batter (too much liquid compared to the video) but made them anyway. And they are yummy. My kids eat everything so I can just call them Spinach muffins, no fuss from them. Thanks

I made these in 12 normal muffins and 12 mini muffins. I swopped butter with rice bran oil and honey with 1/3 cup stevia. They really taste like muffin and nothing spinachy at all. Great sweet option for the lunch box. Both bubs loved it.

Made this for the first time. It went well and my 17 months old son liked it. Just wondering if I can freez this. Did anyone try?

So moist! My almost two year old is currently devouring his second mini muffin. Gave it 14 mins. Second batch is in the oven now. Thank you! I’m always looking for ways to get my little one (and myself) tasty and healthy ways of eating spinach.

These look really good! My son can’t have dairy, what would be the best substitute for the butter in this recipe?
Thanks!

You can substitute with applesauce or oil. The ratio for applesauce is half of the amount of applesauce as the amount of butter called for in the recipe, and with oil substitute 3/4 cup of vegetable oil for every 1 cup of butter called for.

These were super easy to make and turned out delicious! The only thing I did differently was add about a cup of chocolate chips. They tasted best on the first day after cooling off.

Hi, I noticed no egg was added in the video… was this a mistake? I’m guessing it’ll def need the egg? Thanks 🙂

Very good! I substituted butter for coconut oil which is my go to- adds flavour and boost milk supply for me! I also added a 1/4c of oats and used ww bread flour. Are the muffins in your photo full sized? I’m just trying to get an idea of the calorie count of my mini ones

Just made these with the sub for honey suggested here by Sara – a second banana & 1/3c pure maple syrup. They came out SUPER green, and my twin 2yo boys gobbled it up like it was dessert. I’ve pinned this recipe – thanks SO much for helping to sneak in veggies at every turn ????

Just wanted to say thanks for this recipe. It is a staple in our house. I love that I can get a good serving of spinach into my picky eater. I’ve added hemp hearts, oats, and use coconut oil/applesauce and almond milk to adjust for allergies. I also add raisins because I love raisins in all my muffins.
I’ve made them for birthday parties and have been asked for the recipe many times.

These spinach muffins are definitely one of the most popular recipes on our site. So glad you liked them! They store really great in an airtight container in the freezer. Just let them thaw on the counter or reheat in the microwave about 30 seconds per muffin.

I just wanted to chime in! My kiddos (8 and 10yo) have made these 5 or 6 times. We love them! Thank you! We use a 10 oz bag each recipe because that’s what we buy it in. 😀 Also, they forgot cinnamon once time, still good. They forgot butter once time. Slightly drier but still good, so it’s a forgiving recipe!

Ok so I should have actually read the whole article because I ended up putting only one cup of spinach in this recipe which is what 6 oz translated to when I converted. So legit put a full bag in then? What size bag? So confused. Regardless they turned out great lol!

I made these muffins which were very nice however my mixture was a lot more wet. Not sure why. Also in the video, no egg was added so was that a printing error in the recipe ingredients?

What can I use instead of baking powder? My hubby can’t have it. Also, would subbing coconut flour be the same ratio? Thankyou!!!

Just made a batch using heritage Red Fife whole wheat flour. A hit!! My 18 month old just ate 4 mini muffins, gobbled them down and demanded more.


I’d like to make a vegan version of these muffins. I was thinking almond milk. Which oil substitute would work best for the butter and what could I use instead of the egg. Would applesauce work? Any other suggestions welcome, thanks

Clara- I like to use Earth Balance for a butter substitute (it’s the only vegan one I’ve found that has the same consistence and flavor of butter, and I love real butter, I buy this for DS who has a dairy allergy)

I would use applesauce or a 1/2 a banana, mashed for the egg, since the recipe already has baking powder and soda for leavening (though you could add a tad more if you’re worried about losing the egg leavening.)

I know you can replace a banana for applesauce in breads and muffins, so I would assume you could do the same thing with a whole apple if it is getting blended. I would probably do 1 apple for 1 banana and blend the apple first before adding the remaining ingredients. Let us know how it turns out!


My extremely picky, to the point of problem eater, giggled after the first bite of his “monster muffin!” I’ve never actually seen him finish an entire muffin before this one, even ones with chocolate chips! He stole mine from me too! These are delicious and I will be saving this recipe to make over and over again!
Thank you!!

I did do one slight change, we did not have unsalted butter on hand, so I used regular butter and omitted the salt. They turned out beautifully!

Would I be able to add in some carrots to the blender with the wet ingredients and the consistency would stay alright? Trying to get any veggies I can into my picky eater! Thanks so much!


I’m making these for my almost 2 year old, and my whole house smells DELICIOUS. I added an extra half a banana, but followed the recipe otherwise, and for some reason it is taking a lot longer to bake through the middle. I don’t think I screwed anything up (baking is NOT my forte haha) but regardless, they smell delicious and I’m sure he will love his “Grinch muffins” (He loves the Grinch and I thought it was so appropriate with Christmas right around the corner!)

Would love to make these, would anyone happen to know how to turn this into a vegan recipe, especially alternatives for the wet ingredients? Thank you!

Does it need to be whole wheat flour? Not sure what a difference it would make as far as taste goes if we used 1 to 1 gluten free all purpose baking flour. My kiddos have a gluten allergy but i think they would love the idea of these!

Hi Sara, some of our readers have had success using different flours in these muffins, including GF flour. Give it a try!


Thank you for this recipe! My kids hate veggies and it’s always a battle to get them to even try it! Due to many food allergies, we made this gluten and egg free using Bob’s red mill GF flour and applesauce in place of the egg, and they loved it! We call them Monster Muffins. ❤️

Hi Tara,
I use fresh bagged baby spinach. Often times you can buy a bag that weighs 5-6 ounces and just dump the whole thing right into the blender.

Hi Tara, fresh spinach in this one! Look for the 5-6 ounce bags in the produce section, then you can just dump the whole bag into the blender. 🙂

In making these for my 9 month old, I want to avoid the honey for safety — anyone have a good substitution? Should I just use sugar? or apple sauce? I assume agave would work but I don’t have it on hand… Or leave it out?

Hi Caitlin, the spinach in this recipe is fresh raw spinach. Look for bags in the produce aisle that weigh 5-6 ounces and you won’t even have to measure–just dump the whole bag in the blender. 🙂

Hi Andrea, I haven’t tried almost flour personally, but if you choose to experiment, please come back and let us know how it turns out!


My 2yo DD is OBSESSED with these “Rocky cakes” (We are deep in the trenches of Paw Patrol Love). She will eat 2 or 3 in a row. I threw in an extra banana, and 1oz of flax seeds to get some extra nutrients. Thank you very much for this recipe. She NEVER eats veggies anymore. This has lowered my stress level about healthy eating a lot.

Hi Annie, I haven’t tried the recipe this way, but I think using self-rising flour would probably work. If you try it, please let us know how the muffins turn out!


These look awesome. I’m excited to try them, will use some of the suggestions to keep vegan, like Earth Balance for butter, coconut milk for dairy milk, and “flax egg”. Also thinking about serving with a honey butter “frosting”.


I love this recipe for so many reasons. A) they taste so good. My picky eater eats them no problem. B) not just for picky eaters. Great for quick and easy breakfast for anyone . Pregnant moms. Breastfeeding moms. C) I actually messed up the recipe and they still turned out amazing. You don’t have to a great baker for theses to turn out, as I am not!! Thank you so much. So good. I can’t say enough


These taste absolutely delicious!

I have never frozen an recipe before. Sorry if this is a silly question but what’s the best way to defrost the muffins? I’m assuming the microwave but for how long?

Hi Nikky, glad you like them! I usually defrost these muffins overnight in the fridge, but they’ll also defrost in the microwave, as you guessed. Just place one on a napkin and microwave it for 30 seconds.


I didn’t have honey on hand so I used maple syrup. They are amazing! Thank you! Another way to sneak some greens into my picky toddler. 🙂

Hi Christine! One thing that makes them super-green is making sure the wet ingredients are very well blended together before you add them to the flour mixture. If there are any visible flecks of green, the color won’t be evenly distributed in the final muffins. I hope this helps!

Hi Michelle! I haven’t tried these with oat flour, so I really don’t know if that would work. You might have trouble getting the muffins to set and hold together. But I’m all about experimenting! If you try it, please come back and let us know how it turns out.

Hi Angela! One muffin is one serving. I’m not familiar with the beachbody container counts, so I’m afraid I can’t help you there. Best of luck!


I made these for my 5 year old son and he loves them. They are a touch bland for me, can i add more honey or an apple as well as the banana to sweeten it up a bit?

Hi Hayley, I’m glad your son liked them! You could try adding a little more honey, although it might change the texture of the muffins. (If you’re not averse to adding granulated sugar, I think that might be better for the texture than more honey.)


These sound amazing! I’m going to make them next weekend for a brunch I’m attending. Wish me luck! Lol

I dont have whole wheat flour, what would be a good substitute for it?

Hi Dorissa, we like whole wheat flour because it adds fiber and vitamins to the muffins, and a texture sturdy enough to stand up to the spinach. But I think all-purpose flour would probably work, too.


So good! My daughter has a severe egg allergy so I substituted 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce for the egg and added some chia seeds. They came out great!


Has anyone tried cocoa powder in these or icing on these?
My kids LOVE these, plain, but now my daughter wants them for a shamrock cupcake cake…so I’m thinking of ways to decorate these for the party.

Kristine, how fun! Cocoa powder would definitely turn the batter brown, so if you’re going for a green color that’s something to keep in mind. I think icing would be marvelous!

In ur nutritional info, do u know what the % sugar is? (Rather than g per portion) or the portion size so that I can work it out?

Hi Katie! Unfortunately we don’t caclulate % sugar in our recipes, but the serving size listed is one muffin. Hopefully this helps you calculate the info you need.

Hi Becca! Good question. You could try coconut oil in place of the butter. It might bring its own flavor to the muffins, but it should still work. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out!

We’ve been using this recipe for years now and my kids love it. However, for some reason it now says 3/2 teaspoons cinnamon, and I can’t remember what it used to say? How much cinnamon?

Thanks!

Hi Margaret, sorry for the confusion! We made some big updates to our site over the weekend and it caused some technical issues with our recipes. Everything should be patched up now and the amounts should look normal again. Thanks for your patience!


What I love about these muffins is that they’re super versatile! I’ve made them with all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and half of each. I’ve made them eggless with a flax egg. I’ve made them dairy free with milk/butter substitutes. I’ve used applesauce in place of some of the banana (I was doubling the recipe and only had one banana). I’ve made them using honey and using all white sugar. Each time they’ve turned out great and the kids have eaten them up! Don’t be afraid to try out what works best for your family!

Hi Irina! You should just throw the raw leaves right into the blender with the wet ingredients. No need to cook them first. 🙂

Hi Patrice! I haven’t tried this myself, but I think some of our readers have replaced part of the butter with applesauce for a lower fat muffin, with good results.


These are fabulous. We have some dietary restrictions so I’ve been using a variety of GF flours and they still always turns out lovely. We sub almond milk for milk, and sometimes maple syrup for honey, and an oil for the butter. Today I added some ground flax to the mix and an additional 1/2 tsp of baking soda to see how they turn out. Such a great way to get more spinach into my kids. Thanks so much for sharing!!


just wanted to share my success and subs! I made this with 4 cups of frozen spinach, a flax sub for the egg (1tbs ground flax + 3tbs water) due to allergies. I also used agave instead of honey because the child is under 1yo. They turned out sweet, soft, fantastic. Kiddo devoured them and I want to eat the rest, lol. These wiull be put in our rotation for sure.


Love these, so does my toddler. I make them in a mini muffin pan and sometimes add hemp seeds. I also make them vegan by using coconut oil instead of butter, coconut milk, maple syrup insteas of honey and flax egg substitute


I actually sub in 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for the honey and they turn out great! Perhaps slightly more dense, and certainly less sweet, but that was the point (less sugar, more fruit). My son and the kids in his child care all love this “less sweet” version. I have also tried half a dozen gluten – free flour combos (I add some xantham gum to improve texture) and they have all turned out well, too. My husband and I will eat one for breakfast, too!