Happy Monday, friends! I hope that your weekend was the perfect combination of fun and relaxing. It was my older sister, Alie's, birthday on Saturday so Friday night and Saturday morning I spent some time baking lemon ricotta cookies and a coffee cake for her Saturday night birthday dinner. We usually celebrate birthdays with dinner and cake at my parents' house, so that's what we did! It was a fun night because we got to talk a lot about my sister and soon to be brother-in-law's new house that they'll be moving into this upcoming weekend. My sister actually asked me to make my crockpot chex mix for move-in day, so I'll be whipping up a batch of that later this week. If you're looking for something easy to make for a holiday party definitely check out my post with my easy chex mix recipe clicking here!
I know I promised you all the recipe for my Mommom Minnow's Christmas cookies that I posted on Instagram stories last week, but I wanted to start off the week by sharing a healthy recipe. If you're looking for the Christmas cookie recipe, stay tuned! It should make its appearance by Wednesday.
Alright, so I don't know about you, but it's about this time every year that I really need to get myself in check. I'm making loads of Christmas cookies and it seems like everywhere I go there's a high-calorie, unhealthy treat that looks way too delicious to pass up! So, I always know that around now is the time to pump up my intake of greens, lean proteins, and fruits. I've been trying to hop back onto the smoothie train, but when it's chillier out it's hard for me to want to sip a cold drink in the morning (or really at all during the day), and that's where I usually sneak in a good bit of greens. So, I started digging around for some other way to get some greens in, and voila! I stumbled upon Kristin Cavallari's Green Banana Muffin recipe.
Yes, this recipe is from the Kristin Cavallari that appeared on Laguna Beach. Kind of funny, right? She actually has a new cookbook coming out sometime soon called True Roots, I believe. So, if you try out this recipe and like it, be on the lookout for the release of that book! Now, let's get into the recipe.
The ingredients you'll need are...
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp fine-grain sea salt
- 1 bag (6 oz) baby spinach
- 3/4 cup real maple syrup (no Log Cabin or anything with added sugar)
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
- 1 flax egg**
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 small or 2 large bananas)
If you've never heard of spelt flour, it's a healthy ancient grain that can be used as a flour substitute. Spelt flour has TRIPLE the amount of fiber than white flour, and to be honest I don't think it tastes different - at least not in this recipe. I found mine at Target!
Also, to make your flax egg you're going to combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. You'll let those two hang out in a bowl for about ten minutes, or until it becomes a gooey consistency. I'd never heard of a flax egg before this recipe, but the consistency of it does serve the purpose of a regular egg!
Let's talk about how you'll make your green muffins...
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin cups with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, go ahead and sift together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a food processor or blender (I used my trusty Vitamix), combine the spinach, maple syrup, almond milk, flax egg, applesauce, and vanilla and blend it until completely pureed.
3. Add the wet ingredients and the mashed banana to your dry ingredients and stir until it's well combined.
4. Fill each of your muffin cups about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let your muffins cool for about ten minutes, and then enjoy!
Don't let the color of these muffins (or the amount of spinach) scare you off! I swear that these muffins are tasty, and you taste the banana flavor, not the spinach. You just get the added bonus of getting in some greens in a yummy muffin! I think next time I'll even add some walnuts or dark chocolate chips to the recipe, which would add to the flavor and consistency even more. Yum!
Let me know if you guys try out this recipe, I'd love to hear from you!
Happy Baking :)