There has been some inquiry into how I handle all the candy on Halloween. The short answer is, not very well. I know, I know, it's supposed to be a fun party for all the kids and I shouldn't be such a downer, but all I see is poison going into my kids bodies! Little packets of food dye, corn syrup and chemicals. This is about the point where my husband rolls his eyes and says: Stop being so dramatic! I mean, poison?! Don't be ridiculous. Sigh.
And so, my solution is to offer as many vegetables and green things as I possibly can. These Green Muffins are a fabulous treat - the colour fits right in with the festivities and they are packed full of spinach and kale. They are sweetened only with dates so I feel great about offering these at anytime of day.
I have adapted this recipe from the always inspiring Weelicious. Their recipe for Spinach Cake Muffins is wonderful, but it does use added sugar. A blender needs to be used to puree the spinach so throwing some dates in for sweetness works perfectly!
GREEN MUFFINS by CHARLIE+LOU
1/2 c. organic unsweetened applesauce (homemade is better...but who are we kidding?)
1 capful of vanilla extract
2 large handfuls of baby spinach and/or kale
1/3 c. pitted dates (about 5 large medjool dates)
3 tbsp. coconut oil
11/2 c. spelt flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. chia seeds
2 large handfuls of frozen organic blueberries or your favourite sliced fresh fruit (apples, peaches, and strawberries all taste delicious)
Preheat oven to 350 F
Place applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach/kale, dates and coconut oil in a Vitamix or powerful blender. Puree.
In a separate mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Pour the spinach/kale mixture into the mixing bowl. Mix well and stir in blueberries.
Spoon mixture into mini muffin molds and bake for about 12min.
Makes about 35 mini muffins.
We love using kale because it gives these muffins a particularly vibrant green colour, but it does have a stronger flavour. You can experiment with using just spinach or a mixture of both. I will also sometimes add chocolate chips instead of blueberries for a special treat! As always, I love using our silicone mini muffin molds. If you don't own one, they are available for purchase in our Boutique.
Enjoy - I know my kiddos always do!