We are talking all things green in my household this week in honor of St Patricks Day, and my kids have been trying to come up with as many green food items as they can to pack in their lunches. Here's a few we came up with, but there are so many more: snap peas, avocado sushi, honey dew melon, green beans, green olives, raw broccoli, green bagels (yes I bought them at my local bagel store) and green grapes. The list goes on!
I also experimented with a few sweet treats including some cookies and my favorite skinny banana chocolate chip muffins which I usually add zucchini to, but this time around I put spinach in them for a greener effect. I know what you may be thinking....spinach in chocolate chip muffins??
It really does work together.
So if you are looking for a green sweet treat give these a try!
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 overly ripe bananas
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2-3 handfuls of spinach
1 cup of water.
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl add bananas, honey, vanilla, oil, egg, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Mix together with an electric beater on high for 1-2 mins. In a Vitamix or blender, add spinach and water. Mix together until it's thinned out, and add it to the wet ingredients bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly into muffin tin, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick coms out clean.