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 brings 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 babysit your kids unless you are willing to let me feed them 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’ lives 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 smooth 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 a little bit soft in the middle and stick to your liners. Baked goods continue cooking when hot out of the oven and firm up as they 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 out the honey/syrup all together! I do this often!
- Make it egg-free! Sub the eggs in this recipe with 2 “flax eggs“.
- 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 can sub with 2 "flax eggs" to make egg-free
- 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 adds 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 blend 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 batter 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!
These are amazing!
LOVE these!! So great for grabbing on the way out the door for a quick, healthy breakfast.
Such an easy & fun recipe that’s packed with nutrition. Thank you for these!
I’ve made these muffins at least 20 times, and they are always amazingly delicious! Thank you for such a great recipe that my whole family loves 😊
These muffins are the best! We call them “Superhero Cupcakes”. My 3 year old absolutely loves them and this mama has been known to swipe a few here and there. 😊
Such a quick and simple recipe! My one year old girls love, love, love these muffins with breakfast or for a mid day snack. Toddler and Mom approved!
Love, love this recipe. It’s a great way to get veggies into my little humans. Besides they love them. A big thank you for creating such a great recipe.
My whole family loves these!!
Love these and so does everyone who has been lucky enough for me to share them with (since I want all the green smoothie muffins for myself!!). Great way to make veggies even more delicious!
My family loves the muffins! I sprinkle a few of the mini Enjoy Life chocolate chips on top. So yummy! Thanks for sharing!! 😊
Great recipe that I’ve shared with other Mamas and Friends! Perfect for snacks in the classroom since they are grain and nut free! I use 1/4 cup maple syrup and it’s the perfect amount for my children ages 6 & 7.
Can I use applesauce in place of bananas since I don’t have any…or any other suggestions?
Yes! Applesauce works great in place of banana in most baking recipes!
My 20 mo loves them and so do I!!
Love these and make them often! They’re magically delicious and healthy as well. I often make a batch and freeze half, as I learned we can’t eat them fast enough before they start to mold. I’ll pull the other half out midway through the week and have muffins all week long!
I make these weekly! It’s such a forgiving recipe!
These have become a weekly ritual–batch bake them on Sunday and send the hubs to work with a few each morning. He’s a guy who doesn’t like baked goods (too sweet), doesn’t like vegetables, never eats breakfast willingly, and often skips lunch…. It is difficult to get children to eat well, but believe me, the more impressive conversion is a stubborn man in our case! HE LOVES THEM. And I love that there is something I can make that will keep him healthy and happy 🙂
We call these Hulk Muffins. I have two boys so it seemed perfect!
My toddler loved these!
My family loves these muffins! I make them over the weekend and they are gone fast! If I think quickly enough, they go in the freezer for quick breakfasts for my 18 month old all week. A staple in our house and I feel good about what I’m feeding my people. Thank you!
These have become a staple recipe in our house, my 2yo daughter asks for them all the time. We make them at least twice a month, love how well they freeze. These got us in love with the waffles too. Which we legit make every 4 days! I love adding shredded zucchini to the waffles instead of milk.
A family favorite that I’ve started making weekly! Even my skeptical oldest child, gave in eventually and tried it despite its color 🤣. I’ve used frozen and fresh spinach depending on what I have and it always comes out great!
These are delish! My kids love them and so do I!
Love these! Simple, tasty and we feel good eating them. I find the recipe is also easy to half because otherwise we (I) catch ourselves eating them all 😆 not gonna lie sometimes we add a few chocolate chips — yummmmm!
We make these weekly – my kids are always asking for one for a snack! We add a few chocolate chips in ours!
I found this recipe about a month ago and have made these at least once a week since. My 4 and 1 year old (and I) love these for breakfast or a snack.
Oh. My. Gosh!!!!!
These are amazing!!! When my kid, who loathes the sight of spinach, requests these-that is saying something!! I always have to make a second batch bc little hands sneak extras 😁😁😁🎊🎉🎊
Love love loooove these muffins! They are also so versatile! I make them as waffles and pancakes for my little family on weekends!
One of my toddler’s favorites! Have made them with both eggs and flax eggs and were just as delicious either way!
One of our families favorite muffins! So easy to make and such great ingredients.
Easy and delicious!!
Amazing and super easy! The kids loved them.
Make this often and let my toddler add chocolate chips to the muffin cups. He never says no to these muffins and I don’t feel bad about giving them to him.
I love these muffins! Does anybody know the weight watchers point conversion for them?
THANK YOU! Such a great and easy recipe, can whip these up before my daughter wakes up in the AM. I never thought I’d struggle feeding my child, with my husband and I being so into eating healthy. But now that she’s 18 months I really have a hard time getting her to eat anything, good or bad! She is so picky! These muffins, they do the trick every. single. time. Girl won’t touch SO many things but she LOVES herself some healthy green muffins! I’m so grateful to have found this healthy recipe! Life saver!
I am so glad they were a hit!
how many grams/pounds of fresh greens does this receipe call for? cups is a difficult meassure as you can double the amount if you press the greens hard into the cup 🙂 mine always come out undone, and I think its because I’m using too much spinach. I use 250gr for the receipe. thanks!
I honestly don’t measure my greens anymore when making these! I just do a handful!
I added a couple of blueberries in each of the muffins and they turned out great absolutely love this recipe!!!
We make these as pancakes regularly! They are a go-to for us. Easy school breakfast to pre-make and freeze. So delicious and so easy!
I love making them as pancakes too! I like to stock my freezer with them!
I thought I had cinnamon and I don’t 🤦♀️ What do you think would be a good substitute?
You can leave it out. Or pumpkin spice might be nice too!
Thanks so much! Just had one. I used pumpkin spice and it turned out okay. My husband and I as well as our 1 1/2 yr old really liked these!
I’m so glad!!
I absolutely LOVE this recipe and so do my kids! Thank you!!!
I am SO glad! I love that it is something the whole family enjoys!
Can you substitute almond milk for 2% milk?
Can I add chocolate? Asking for a friend….
Um always! 😉
My 15-month son and I both love these! They are soft enough for him to break apart and eat but don’t crumble everywhere. So easy to make in the Vitamix. Great recipe!
I’m so glad they were a hit!
Hi! Could I use regular whole milk? Thanks!
Yes! Whatever milk your family prefers works great
Love these and how easy they are to make! My 2 year old and my husband are both gobbling them up.
What sized bananas do you usually use?
2 medium bananas. About 3/4 cup mashed
Just made these and LOVE them! So easy and quick to make. Will definitely make them again in the future! Accidentally used steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats the first time (do not recommend) 😅
Ha! I’ve tried that before too. We ate them but I certainly prefer them with the rolled oats!
In case anyone else is also wanting to use up baby oatmeal to make this recipe – 2 cups of rolled oats weighs 8 oz. Also, be sure to add your liquid ingredients to the blender first to keep your blender happy. Tasty muffins! We added some peanut butter chips for fun.
What a great idea!
If I only have quick oats is that ok to use for this recipe?
That has worked for me in the past, yes
They are not pretty but one bite and you don’t care. A new favorite around here! Thanks for the great recipes.
Lol! You’re right. Sometimes they aren’t the prettiest muffin, but they are always a hit! I am so glad your crew liked them!
My toddler loves these muffins!!!
Yay! Rave reviews from little taste testers is my favorite!