Spinach Banana Gluten-Free Muffins

 

Hiding vegetables in baked goods might be my new favorite thing.  This recipe has no refined sugar, is gluten free and has two *COUNT ‘EM* two cups of fresh spinach.

Spinach Banana Gluten Free Muffins | Dairy Free | Healthy Sweets | Can be made Paleo | baked goods | cake

I also love that they came out green–could be perfect for St. Paddy’s day coming up.  They are sweet, delicious, airy and light and they only take 30 minutes.

I like to keep little sweets like these around (or my cacao & almond butter bars) for afternoons when you’re craving chocolate and sweets.  It’s a lot better to eat one of these than a snickers, amirite?

I topped these with coconut flakes, but these would great frosted, glazed, or plain.

Friendly Diets:  Gluten free*

*can easily be Paleo with Paleo-friendly flour

Spinach Banana Gluten Free Muffins | Dairy Free | Healthy Sweets | Can be made Paleo | baked goods | cake

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Bake Time: 20 minutes / Total time: 30 minutes

Makes a dozen muffins

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (uncooked)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups of gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour*)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ cup of dried shaved coconut

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, banana, and maple syrup in a food processor, blend until smooth
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients:  flour*, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  4. Pour in wet mixture and combine with a spatula until smooth
  5. Line muffin tin with coconut oil
  6. Fill each muffin tin about ⅓ of the way
  7. Top muffins with a pinch of shaved coconut
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes

*Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour is gluten free but not paleo friendly

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