My boys are big on ‘getting muscles’ at the moment and my little miss is loving her gymnastics classes and is also very keen to get “super strong and even gooder” than she is now 😉 … I’d like to think they’re aiming to be like their mum …. but really I know that there is just a bit of uncle worship happening and they want to be super buff like him!! Oh well, if they are keen to eat healthy and exercise, I’m all for it!!
These were created to use up the serious mass of spinach we currently have in our garden. I wanted to make them a muffin that was a bit sweet but packed in a punch for great energy. And one that looked a little different to try and push them to eat some new things…. Normally, except for the big one, they’re not huge fans of ‘green stuff’.
I ‘hide’ veg in a lot of things, but this, well, this wasn’t hidden at all!!! I took one look at the colour of the batter and knew I was going to have to sell it well if I wanted them to taste – it’s all about the marketing!! So … Incredible Hulk muffins it is. “Probably best not to eat these guys. They’re just for Mummy. You’ll get too too strong if you eat them” ….. queue 4 children digging in … my fussiest eater polished off 4 of them and asked for them in her lunchbox!!!
They are sweet and fragrant, a fabulous breakfast or a great afternoon pick-me-up and they’re quick to whip up … you just need your blender/processor. Hope you like them too!
- 3 tbsp of aquafaba OR 1 whole egg OR 1 flax egg
- 1 1/2 cups spelt/rye flour – we do half wholemeal
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup almond/seed meal
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp GF baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bi carb soda
- good pinch salt flakes
- 100g fresh spinach (you can use frozen but you won’t get the vibrant colour)
- 8 medjool dates OR 1/2 cup honey/maple syrup/coconut sugar
- 3/4 cup milk of choice (I love unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 medium banana, overripe
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- half a medium avocado, very ripe (OR 2 tbsp butter of choice)
If you’re using a flax egg – Start by mixing together your flax meal and water, then set aside.
Blitz the oats until they are fairly fine (Speed 6, 6 sec)
Mix together all dry ingredients and use a whisk to evenly combine.
Soften the dates for about 8 seconds in the microwave or cover in boiling water for 1 minutes and then drain.
In your blender/processor/thermal appliance, place the spinach, softened dates, avocado, banana, milk and vanilla and then blend until smooth – and bright green! (Speed 6, 10 seconds, scrape down and use Speed 7 for 8 seconds) Add the egg (or substitute) here and blend quickly until combined (Speed 5, 6 seconds)
Pour the wet mix into the dry and fold through until just combined (Speed 4, 8 seconds, scrape down and repeat if required)
Pour into greased muffin tins and place into a preheated moderate oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the are well risen and the top springs back to a light touch.
Allow to cool briefly before eating. My kiddos enjoyed them cut open with some butter spread on the inside.
Makes about 16 – they freeze and defrost well.