Friday, October 14, 2011

Spinach Quinoa Muffins

...Is anyone else surprised to find these ingredients in a sweet (not savory) muffin?
I was, and maybe a little bit apprehensive, too.
Friends, fear not.
Here's a recipe for a surprisingly delicious muffin; packed with nutrients, good texture, and nice flavor.

Spinach Quinoa Muffins
(Makes 32 mini muffins; adapted from Dandy Sugar The Chic Life)


3/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

Enough fresh baby spinach to yield 1 c. pureed (I used around 3-5 cups)
3-4 tbsp water
1 medium overripe banana, thawed if frozen
1 egg
1/2 cup or less of honey
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon or 1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp of Spirulina (optional)
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (any color, I used a mix here)
chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease & flour muffin tin.

In a large bowl, whisk flours, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and baking soda, set aside.

In a food processor, blender, or mini blender, start processing your spinach, adding a little bit of water at a time as needed to get the puree going.  When you get one cup pureed, return the puree to the blender, add banana, sugar, oil, extracts & flaxseed, and blend some more until everything is uniform.  

Add the wet mix to the dry mix in batches, stirring gently just until evenly distributed.  Fold in the quinoa.  Spoon into muffin tin, sprinkle tops with nuts, if using.  Bake 10-13 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

Before packing  these yummies up for a picnic snack at the park, one playschool child looked at them with concern. After a few moments..."I don't like those...", and slunk away. he is about 30 minutes later shoving the last bite into his mouth:)
Yes, the verdict is in; they tasted surprisingly good!
There were just crumbs left at every child's spot at the table.

Thank you for all of your well wishes for my new job! I am loving it thus far:)
We are off to a Waldorf School (the video at this link is fantastic...a real tear jerker, I think!) about an hour West of us tomorrow for a story hour. Fitting in observation hours at our local school has been difficult now that I am working every weekday. I am excited for this opportunity tomorrow; mostly because I get to share it with W, too!

Happy Weekending:)


  1. Thanks very much for the recipe.

    Greetings from Chile

  2. Those sound yummy and they certainly look pretty! My kids are really into muffins lately so I'll have to give them a try.

    The pics look lovely, too - your school is so sweet. Have a great weekend ~ :)

  3. Oh and you're going to share your photos of the school with US too?!?! please please?!
    I'm definitely trying that recipe! Did you use the spirulina? I think they'd be fun at St. Patrick's Day. Do you think with cranberries they'd look Christmasy?! I love having fun with kids and food!
    ps. Check out our wee witches, I think they would be perfect for your school!

  4. I must admit, I am also skeptical! Looking forward to trying these and hopefully surprising myself :)

  5. this looks intriguing, but a good way to get more veggies into my protein loving toddler!

    Totally off topic here, but wondering if you would care to expand on extended nursing +waldorf. Will you ever wean W? I feela lot of pressure from some people in the waldorf community to wean my daughter (20 months) and am utterly confused now...especially sinc eI ampregnant. I am very interested in your perspective since you are part of that sphere but also nursing! and proud!

  6. ummm quinoa?! I am in!! Gonna try these this week <3

  7. You're brave! The color would have thrown me. I'm glad the kids liked them.

  8. I just want to thank you for this recipe! I am always looking for good, fun recipes without refined sugar and this is definitely one of those. They are harder to find than they should be. :)

    Anyway, I am definitely going to try these! Thanks again!


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