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Food Adventure Friday- Green Monster Muffins

15 March 2012

I want to start by thanking everyone who linked up to Food Adventure Friday last week! I had so much fun checking out all of the fun ways that you enjoyed food with your families last week.

My food adventure this week was inspired by two of your fun links!

Adventurez in Childrearing shared two great links about cooking with kids. It was a reminder that I need to do it more...  Be sure to check out their Tuesday link-up where you can share your adventures cooking with your kids!

A Little Nosh posted about making green cupcakes using spinach which inspired me to make my zucchini muffins a little more green!  It took three rounds of experimentation, but I think I finally perfected what I'm calling "Green Monster Muffins" - my tribute to all the Green Monster Smoothie recipes which have been floating around the blogosphere!

Green Monster Muffins

3 cups shredded zucchini
6 cups baby spinach
5 Tbs. melted butter
2 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 ½  tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
pepitas (pumpkin seeds without the shell) unsalted (raw are best but you can use roasted if they are unsalted).

Start by shredding the zucchini. Using a food processor is a great way to get kids excited about helping in the kitchen.

         (After shredding the zucchini, they wanted to try it…)

Next, put melted butter and 6 cups of spinach in the food processor (you will need to add the spinach a few cups at a time). Once blended, add the egg and process until combined.

Remove spinach mixture from the food processor and add the sugar and vanilla and then add the zucchini.

Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Then, mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

Spoon into muffin tins (I prefer mini-muffins) and top with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds.

Bake at 350 in a preheated oven. @12-15 minutes for a mini muffin and 20-25 minutes for full size muffins.

In addition to the link-ups listed in the sidebar, this post is linked up to Muffin Monday.


  1. Love the muffin recipe. I used spinach in my recipe this week too. Makes an excellent alternative to green food coloring!

    1. Thanks Jen! I also made your leprechaun juice for breakfast this morning so the kids had green muffins and a green smoothie! (I'm afraid they may be sick of green before St. Patrick's Day even starts!!)

  2. Lol, I love zucchini, but I'm not sure about straight up grated zucchini.:) Good for them!

    1. I have to admit, I was rather surprised that they not only ate it, but really liked it!

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    1. Thanks! They really are good--- my first batches were just ok, but I couldn't stop eating these. The pumpkin seeds just take it over the top!

  4. Looks like a yummy green recipe. I will have to give it a try. No link-up for me this week. We are enjoying Spring Break.

  5. Thanks so much for visiting Miss Information and I promise you will not be disappointed in the Talapia! Thanks for the invite to link up

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us at Kids in the Kitchen link up:
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!!! I am so excited! I can't wait to make them! I love how you included your kids in the photos- we really like that in our linky, as we are encouraging kids to help momma in the kitchen! GREAT job!
    Please grab link back to us, grab our button and come back to see us next Tuesday! Can't wait to see what you will share with us! Blessings :)

    1. I just spent more time on your it! Love your weekly link up and having the same desire as Kelli and I. We look forward to sharing our recipes with you and you with us! GREAT blog! Love your heart! Thanks for grabbing the button.

  7. Saw your comment on Miss Information's blog and thought I'd link up with my salsa verde recipe. It's healthy and delicious!

  8. Yumo - love your green monsters ;-) we have lots of zucchini at the moment so might have to do something similar. Thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤'s are baking x Our latest baking wasn't so healthy, so I best wait until it is to link up here!

  9. linking up again from kids in the kitchen! hoping you can join us this week with your yummy green food :)


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