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Healthy Yummy Green Muffins!

  • Author: Pailin Chongchitnant

Ingredients

  • 220 g all-purpose flour, (about 1½ cups )
  • ½ cup wheat germ, (toasted )
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp + ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt, (whole or 2% fat)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 150 g fresh baby spinach leaves, (If using non-baby spinach, trim off the stems to keep the colour intense green)
  • ½ cup butter, (unsalted, melted, plus extra for brushing over bananas)
  • 2 eggs, (large)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120 g ripe banana, (roughly mashed (about 1 large)  plus 1 more banana for garnish)
  • ⅔ cups toasted pecans, (chopped, or sub walnuts)
  •   cup dried tart cherries, (or sub dried apricots or dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a muffin pan with paper liners, if using. If not using muffin liners, and your muffin pan is not non-stick, grease the pan well with butter or non-stick cooking spray, make sure you get the corners!
  2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, wheat germ, salt and cinnamon. Sift the baking powder and baking soda into the bowl and whisk everything together until combined.
  3. In a blender, add yogurt, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, spinach and sugar; blend until completely pureed. If you can’t fit all the spinach in at once, add as much as you can, blend to make room, then add some more.
  4. Pour some of the puree into the mashed banana to thin it out a bit (so it mixes more easily), then pour both the banana mixture and all of the spinach puree into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix everything together with a rubber spatula, using a folding motion and scraping the bottom of the bowl, until about 80% combined. Add in the dried fruit and nuts and fold just until everything is well combined, do not over mix!
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins so that they are about ¾ full. Place one banana slice on top and brush with melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove them from the pan and let them cool on a rack. Serve warm if possible, they’re super yummy warm!


Notes

If using muffin liners I recommend foil ones so the muffin doesn’t stick to the liners.

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