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Healthy After School Snacks: Sweet Spinach Mini Muffins

After a busy day or learning and playing, kids are hungry! These healthy after school snacks are easy to stock up on or prep ahead of time and are sure to delight your kids awhile, keeping them full until dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: dairy-free muffins, healthy muffins for kids, spinach muffins
Servings: 35 mini muffins
Calories: 40kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs can sub flax eggs for egg-free
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1-2 cups loosely packed baby spinach depending on how green you want them. Don't go crazy though...too much spinach will add extra moisture and the muffins might be mushy in the middle
  • 1/4 cup neutral tasting oil I use melted coconut oil or avocado
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour can sub 1:1 gluten free flour mix, if needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • chocolate chips** to taste and optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 ℉ and line a mini muffin tin with liners. Set aside.
  • In your blender, combine spinach, eggs, maple syrup/ honey, applesauce, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.
  • Blend until mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Pour in the contents of the blender and mix to combine.
  • Fold in chocolate chips (if using).
  • Portion batter into prepared muffin tin and top with extra chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake for 14-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy and let cool completely and store leftovers in an air-tight container in fridge or freezer.

Notes

*if making for a child under the age of 1, avoid using honey and opt for maple syrup or date syrup.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg