Spinach Quinoa Muffins

I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins, “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”.
Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! 

When I saw these muffins I knew they’d be perfect for the healthy eating cleanse. There are a few days where a muffin is scheduled, and what better way to increase the amount of iron (from the spinach), and protein (from the quinoa) in the diet? And, such a pretty color!

mixing the spinach into the dry ingredients for the Spinach Quinoa Muffins I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

Mixing the spinach puree mixture into the dry ingredients

As for the flavor (which I know is the second question many people have asked me about them), I think they were quite tasty. Lightly sweet. Not bitter at all. The husband didn’t have a second one, saying that he didn’t dislike them, but he would just rather pass. Me, I thought they were great.

spinach Puree for Spinach Quinoa Muffins: I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

Look at how bright green the spinach puree is

They were, however, messy to make. Maybe that’s just me. But, I did have bright green drops throughout the kitchen, and I had little bits of quinoa all over. Oops. It cleaned up easily enough though.

quinoa for Spinach Quinoa Muffins: I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

The quinoa boiled over while I made it. Oops! That was just part of my mess that day.

If you’d like to make a vegan version, substitute an additional tablespoon of ground flaxseed blended with 3 tablespoons lukewarm water for the egg. The sugar may also be replaced by an equal amount of honey or maple syrup, but this substitution will alter the texture of the muffins.

scoop for Spinach Quinoa Muffin batter: I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

I used this to scoop the batter into the muffin cups – made it really easy

Spinach Quinoa Muffins: I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

Spinach Quinoa Muffins
Serves 32
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59 calories
10 g
6 g
1 g
1 g
0 g
24 g
34 g
4 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
24g
Servings
32
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 34mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
1%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  3. ¼ teaspoon table salt
  4. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. Around 3-5 cups fresh spinach, enough to yield 1 cup puree
  7. 3 tablespoons water
  8. 1 medium overripe banana
  9. 1 egg
  10. ½ cup granulated sugar
  11. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  13. Zest of 1 lemon or ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  14. 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  15. ½ cup cooked quinoa
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F, and lightly grease & flour mini muffin tins.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients: flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda, and set aside.
  3. In a food processor or blender blend the spinach with the water. When you get one cup of puree, return the puree to the blender, add banana, egg, sugar, oil, extract, zest, and flaxseed, and blend until everything is uniform.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture in batches, stirring gently just until evenly distributed. Gently fold in the quinoa.
  5. Spoon the batter into muffin cups, and bake 10-13 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
Notes
  1. Makes 32 mini muffins
Adapted from Six One Seven
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calories
59
fat
1g
protein
1g
carbs
10g
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Adapted from Six One Seven
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I’d like to call these Spinach Quinoa Muffins,  “Oscar The Grouch Muffins”. Green and kind of gruff looking, but ultimately lovable and yummy! Life Currents #quinoa #muffins #green   http://lifecurrents.dw2.net


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  1. says

    I’m pinning this and must make them soon! My husband is crazy about all things broccoli or spinach so I’m sure there will be plenty of competition over these muffins at my house. I’m hoping to get some into my toddler as he doesn’t seem to be taking after his father in the veggie eating department!

  2. says

    Green is my favourite colour so they grabbed my attention as soon as I saw them. I can’t imagine the flavour but they look so unusual I’d love to make them.

  3. says

    These look great! I’m going to have to make these for my son (with a couple substitutions)! I’ll let you know how it goes :)

  4. says

    these are so adorable! yet creepy at the same time.. maybe not creepy. COLORFUL! :) i love it!

    Thank you for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! If you could link back, that would be great. I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real food posts. Thanks! xo, kristy

  5. says

    I suspect they would be fine with frozen spinach. I haven’t tried it, but if you squeeze most of the water out after defrosting, you should have pretty much the same consistency. If you think it’s too dry once you mix it all together you can add some water (or milk or pineapple juice) back in to make up for any lacking moisture. If you try it, I’d love to know how it comes out.

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