PowerHouse Green Monster Muffins

Green Monster Muffins
Green Monster Muffins

Mean and nasty; just like it should be.  Embrace the intimidation.

Green Monster Muffins
Green Monster Muffins

So, I live in Maryland, right?  On the east coast of the United States?  Technically considered “the south?”

I should be cheering for our home team, the Baltimore Orioles (baseball).

Apparently marriage trumps location; despite what the loyalists around here believe.  So, for last night’s baseball game of the Baltimore Orioles versus the Boston Red Sox, I cheered for the Sox.  In support of my husband.  And honestly, in my growing love for his team.  If you’ve ever watched the movie, “Fever Pitch,” you know what I’m talking about.  Kind of.

The Sox won last night: 13 to 2.  And, in honor of their victory, I made Green Monster Muffins – modeled slightly after these.  Yum!

… I also had some shredded carrots lurking in the fridge; in case they *lost.*

Green Monster Muffins
Green Monster Muffins

Green Monster Muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour (use spelt or all-purpose for a fluffier version)
2 Tablespoons ground chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dried cherries, diced
1 cup “milk
1 medium sized banana, peeled (or don’t.  But – EW.)
1/4 cup dates
1/4 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 VERY TIGHTLY packed cup of fresh spinach leaves
a little under 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, for topping muffins prior to baking
additional oil (or cooking spray) for greasing muffin pan

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine *DRY* ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl – flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir diced dried cherries into dry ingredients in bowl.

Next, combine *MOST* wet ingredients in a BLENDER – milk, banana, dates, oil, vanilla extract, and vinegar.  Blend until smooth.  Add spinach leaves to blender and *BLEND* until spinach is flecked – like spinach sprinkles, but NOT PUREED.

Green Monster Muffins: Spinach flecks
Green Monster Muffin Batter: Spinach flecks
Green Monster Muffin Batter: Up Close and Personal.... so, tell me about your childhood...
Green Monster Muffin Batter: Up Close and Personal

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients in bowl.  DO NOT USE BLENDER for this step.  It will over-mix.

Grease muffin pan with either oil or cooking spray – or use those cute paper muffin cups (but only if they’re cute).  Spoon batter into either greased pan or paper muffin cups inside of pan – 3/4 full.

*If you choose to do so, top uncooked muffins with about 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup – swirled right on top.

And now it’s time to bake!
– 30 minutes for jumbo muffins
– 15-18 minutes for regular sized muffins
– 8-10 minutes for mini-muffins.

Depending on the size of your pan, you’ll make anywhere between a million mini-muffins (too much work), 12-15 regular size muffins (not as much work), or 6-7 jumbo size muffins (hardly any work at all).

If you’re going dairy free; eat plain – or with a spork.  Apparently, it is a valuable commodity.

Green Monster Muffins
Green Monster Muffins

4 thoughts on “PowerHouse Green Monster Muffins

  1. Wow! This recipe is great; no-sugar, healthy fats! I do know sugar-free savoury muffins are commonplace, but most of the time they are just brimming with butter which was what gave them moisture and fluffiness. I see you have used vinegar; the awesome cake leavening powerhouse. I’d love to try this recipe out to test the texture, I’ve also made recently made a successfully fluffy no-sugar cake which had a quite similar recipe 🙂 Have a look on my blog if you’re interested.
    I’m loving the greens!!
    – Iz.

    1. Thanks 🙂
      I almost labelled these as “sugar free,” but fruit = sugar, so I didn’t feel comfortable writing that. As for the vinegar – it helps to balance out the flavor of the spinach, as well as provide some leavening, as well as slightly “butter” the milk – which also helps for moistness and rise. And sure, i’ll check out your cake!

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