Monster Muffins

Muffins are a favourite snack for many toddlers however traditional recipes commonly contain wheat, are high in sugar and lack vegetables. Our Monster Muffins are packed with beautiful green spinach.

Spinach deserves its super-hero vegetable reputation, being a good source of both nutrients and phytonutrients. It is a good source of folate, vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), a source of iron, magnesium, and contains a dietary significant amount of potassium. It should be noted that spinach contains oxalic acid which can decrease the body’s absorption of calcium and iron from spinach – both important nutrients for our toddlers. However cooking can reduce the effect of oxalic acid.

Age: 12 months +

Please note this recipe contains eggs, dairy and potential gluten (oats) which are all common allergens, please ensure these have been safely introduced before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 100g butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup raw baby spinach
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC, and prepare muffin tins.
  2. Add oats to a blender or food processor and mix until a flour has formed.
  3. Pour into a bowl and add the remaining dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Heat the butter until just melted. Using the same blender/food processor, blend the spinach, banana,milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter until completely pureed.
  5. Pour the puree into the dry ingredient bowl, and fold together gently until just combined. (Do not over-mix.)
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, and bake for around 20 minutes, or until the muffins are firm to the touch on top, but not quite browning.  Check that a skewer comes out clean too.
  7. Cool and serve.