These Oatmeal Green Smoothie Muffins are so easy to make and so delicious! Perfectly sweet, soft and packed with healthy greens! They are naturally gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened, and loved by all…especially kids!
We are a smoothie-lovin’ family. And I am a smoothie lovin’ girl. But, to be honest with you, if I have to drink another green smoothie in the near future…..I might cry.
Don’t get me wrong. I have a mega soft spot for green smoothies. However, as amazing as smoothies are…they can get old. Real old. Just like any other food you eat day in and day out. Variety is the spice of life, and smoothies are no exception to this rule.
I didn’t really think about this fact until one day, I found myself glaring at my morning smoothie.
“You again,” were the words running through my head as I forced myself to gulp down the sweet green blend.
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Force. In my book, that is never something that should be part of eating.
Healthy or not, you should never force yourself to consume something. Eating is the act of nourishing and fueling your body, but there are so many emotions tied into the act as well. When you force yourself to consume something that brings you zero joy, you leave the meal hungry….not unfulfilled food wise…but still hungry and looking for more.
In my personal experience, the days that you force yourself to eat something that bring you no joy are also the days you tend to go grazing on things that are less than nourishing…..
Green Smoothie Muffins
It was one day when I was making a batch of my Flourless Peanut Butter Muffins in my blender that the idea of a green smoothie muffin dawned on me. I made muffins all the time during my meal prep or quickly the night before an exceptionally busy day…. why not throw greens into the mix?
I really feel like having veggies in every meal is an important part of healthy living and green smoothie muffins would fill the easy healthy void my temporary smoothie break left in the morning.
So, that day…Oatmeal Green Smoothie Muffins were born.
Loaded with nutrient-dense greens, naturally sweetened with bananas and a little honey/maple syrup, and packing an extra punch of fiber-rich rolled oats for good measure…a new breakfast favorite was born.
In true mommy blogger form, I tested this recipe out on my daughter (and her friend that was over for a play date (don’t let me baby sit your kids unless you are willing to let me feed their weird healthy things in the name of recipe development) before I even considered bringing this recipe to the rest of you. And it passed….with flying colors.
In fact, when I caught the kids stealing more green smoothie muffins off of the cooling rack, I knew I had just made a recipe that would make a lot of families’ life healthier and tastier!
Fun names for Green Smoothie Muffins
Over the years, my readers and their kids have given these spinach muffins so many different names to help add fun to the veggie-loaded baked good! Simply changing what you call these muffins (and maybe adding some fun decoration!) might be just the ticket for helping your child get excited about eat them!
Some other names:
- Monster Muffins
- Ninja Turtle Muffins
- Hulk Muffins
- Gecko Muffins
- Power-up Muffins
Tips for making Green Smoothie Muffins
- If you don’t have a high-speed blender, blend your oats alone first. Then add the other ingredients! This will help them to have a smoothie texture!
- Adjust how much spinach you put in to fit your taste/needs. The more spinach = the darker the shade of green these muffins turn out. The less spinach = the lighter shade of green.
- Let them cool completely before eating. You CAN eat them still warm, however, they may be till a bit soft in the middle and stick to your liners. Baked goods continue cooking when hot out of the oven and firm up as the cool.
- Store in the fridge or freezer! They will last much longer!
- Skip the sweetener! If you are looking for a little less sugar in your life, either reduce the amount of maple syrup/honey you use or let the banana do all the sweetening and leave the honey/syrup all together! I do this often!
- Make it egg-free! Sub the eggs in this recipe with a mixture of 2 tablespoons ground flax meal + 6 tablespoons WARM water.
- Want to try them Paleo? I’ve got you covered! Try this Paleo version of the these awesome muffins!
Other veggie-loaded muffin recipes you are going to love
- Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Muffins
- Almond Butter Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
- Nut-Free Paleo Chocolate Butternut Squash Muffins
- One-Bowl Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- Kid-friendly Vegan Spinach Muffins
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Oatmeal Green Smoothie Muffins
- Muffin tin
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup milk of choice I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use whatever your family prefers
- 2 bananas, very ripe about 1 cup mashed. Can sub with applesauce
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 handfuls baby spinach depending on how green you want them. Just don't go crazy, as too much spinach add too must moisture to the recipe and muffins will turn out wet.
- 2 cups rolled oats, uncooked Gluten Free option, use gluten free oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Line a 12-hole muffin tin with liners
- Combine all ingredients in your food processor or blender starting with the wet ingredients. TIP: If you are not using a high-speed blender, consider blending the dry ingredients into a "flour" first and pouring into a bowl. Then blending wet ingredients and pour into the bowl with dry ingredients before mixing together with a spoon. This batter is thick and can be taxing on some blenders.
- Blend until the batter has a smooth consistency and even color
- Portion out between the 12 muffin tin liners
- Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean
- Cool in a pan for 10 minutes before transferring the muffins to a cooling rack
- Enjoy warm or allow to cool completely before storing in the fridge for up to 5 days or in a freezer for up to a month.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!