"Eat your greens" muffins

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For some toddlers, vegetables can be difficult.  My daughter does have a few vegetables that she eats on a regular basis, but we always make sure to follow the division of responsibility when vegetables are offered.  At many meal times, that means the vegetables remain on her plate.  And that's okay, remember, its all about repeated exposures to new foods.  BUT my daughter loves muffins, carbs, or really anything called a cookie.   I try to add nutritious ingredients into baked snacks when I can.  Green/ spinach muffins are all the rage and this recipe contains spinach, chia seeds (a great source omega 3s and fiber) and teff flour (packed with calcium, iron, manganese and much more!).  A nutritious and delicious snack for baby (and mom!).  Sometimes we call these monster muffins (and a great monster cookie recipe coming soon!).  

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk (almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • a few handfuls spinach
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 banana
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut

Dry ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup teff flour (or an additional 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon – baking powder
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners (you can use a mini muffin pan or regular).
2. Add all wet ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
3. Add dry ingredients and blend until mixed well.
4. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 of the way with batter.
5.  Bake about 18-22 minutes or until done (cooking time with vary depending on size of muffin tin)

Enjoy!