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Green Smoothie Chocolate Muffins

You would never know these green smoothie chocolate muffins have 2 cups of spinach in them! Share that secret with your friends and family after they’ve eaten a chocolate muffin. They will be amazed.

This recipe is the perfect way to sneak nutrient-dense greens into your life or into your children’s snacks. The chocolate flavour totally disguises the spinach. Why eat just a plain old chocolate muffin when you could take the health factor up a notch!

Before I get to the recipe portion of this post, I would like to welcome you if you’re new around here.  Hi, I’m Christy!  I’m really passionate about hospitality and the art of welcoming people into your home. I aim to encourage your heart for hospitality by sharing tips and inspiration. Here’s a suggestion you may never have thought of. If you have friends and family with young children, this idea will help them feel welcome.

A Quick Hospitality Tip

Fill a box with toys and a few books that you can easily pull out when people with young children come to visit. As you welcome the children in this way, you also help their parents have a more relaxing visit. The parents will be so grateful! New toys are a novelty to children, allowing their parents a few moments of peace to sit back and relax on your couch with a cup of coffee and maybe, one of these muffins.

Enjoy the moment when you tell the parents that their children are getting some spinach in their diets!  Ok, now for the recipe!

A group of green smoothie muffins in paper cups in a baking sheet.
These muffins have 2 cups of spinach in them! This recipe is the perfect way to sneak nutrient dense greens into your life or into your children’s snacks.

Green Smoothie Chocolate Muffin Nutrition Notes

Spinach Nutrition Facts:

Spinach is known to provide iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C in good amounts. It also provides some beta carotene, potassium and folate.

Cocoa Powder Nutrition: 

Cocoa powder is an excellent source of magnesium. The high amounts of magnesium present in chocolate may be one reason why people tend to crave chocolate when they’re stressed. Magnesium is considered an anti-stress nutrient that our body is often deficient in but needs in abundance.

Is Spelt flour good for you?

Spelt is an ancient grain that hasn’t undergone the level of hybridization of modern wheat. Spelt has higher amounts of protein and fibre and provides significant amounts of important nutrients like manganese, niacin, copper and phosphorus.

Some people who struggle to digest common wheat find spelt to be highly digestible. One reason for that could be that the gluten in spelt is water-soluble whereas the gluten in common wheat is not.

How to Make Green Smoothie Chocolate Muffins

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin tin well or line with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In a blender combine melted coconut oil, buttermilk and coconut sugar, eggs, lemon zest and spinach and blend to create a “green smoothie”.

Ingredients with spinach and lemon zest in a blender container to make green smoothie muffins.
In a blender combine melted coconut oil, buttermilk and coconut sugar, eggs, lemon zest and spinach and blend to create a“green smoothie”.

Add the green smoothie to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Don’t over-mix muffin batter.  Stir in chocolate chips.

If you have time, allow the mixture to sit in the fridge for one hour as this will give the muffins a better rise.  If time doesn’t allow, move ahead to the next step.

Distribute batter into the prepared muffin wells. If desired, top muffins with a few chocolate chips. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 5-6 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.  (No need to open the oven door.) Continue to bake for 13-15 minutes. The total baking time is approximately 20 minutes.  The muffins are ready when a  cake tester comes out clean.

Two green smoothie muffins
These muffins have 2 cups of spinach in them! This recipe is the perfect way to sneak nutrient dense greens into your life or into your children’s snacks.

Green Smoothie Chocolate Muffin Recipe Notes

  • This is a great way to sneak veggies into both your and your kids’ snacks!  If you don’t tell them, they will seriously never know.
  • The lemon zest in this recipe is optional. It just adds a subtle flavour and I think compliments the chocolate well. 
  • It’s thought that buttermilk creates lighter and fluffier muffins because the acidity in buttermilk works to break down the tough gluten protein in flour.
  • Using fresh baking powder and baking soda is really important in baking. I recommend buying smaller containers of these baking ingredients and writing the date you open them on the box. They should be replaced every 4 months or so. Old baking powder and baking soda lose their effectiveness.
  • Splurge for an organic lemon when you’re including the zest in a recipe!
  • Be careful not to overmix muffin batter. Overmixing can result in dense muffins. Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients and wet ingredients are just combined.
  • For a better rise, bake the muffins in the upper third of the oven.

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No-bake Carrot Cake Energy Balls are very quick to make and an excellent way to eat more carrots apart from eating a salad. This recipe includes warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with a hint of lemon and it will definitely remind you of carrot cake. Carrot Cake Energy Balls are perfect for an Easter time treat just when you’re in the mood for carrot cake. Or enjoy them as a snack in the fall with a spiced latte in hand for those cozy fall days.

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Green Smoothie Chocolate Muffin Recipe

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Green Smoothie Chocolate Muffins

Christy Faber
You would never know these chocolate muffins have 2 cups of spinach in them! Share that secret with your friends and family after they’ve eaten a muffin. They will be amazed.  This recipe is the perfect way to sneak nutrient dense greens into your life or into your children’s snacks. The chocolate flavour totally disguises the spinach.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 207.7 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups spelt flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda 

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar  (or brown sugar)
  • 2 cups packed down spinach (or 60 grams)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs large
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (plus some to top the muffins if desired) (or 3/4 cup if you really love chocolate)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin tin well or line with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • In a blender combine melted coconut oil, buttermilk and coconut sugar, eggs, lemon zest and spinach and blend to create a "green smoothie".
  • Add the green smoothie to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Don't over mix muffin batter. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • If you have time, allow the mixture to sit in the fridge for one hour as this will give the muffins a better rise. If time doesn't allow, move ahead to the next step.
  • Distribute batter into the prepared muffin wells. If desired, top muffins with a few chocolate chips. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 5-6 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. (No need to open the oven door.)
  • Continue to bake for 13-15 minutes. Total baking time is approximately 20 minutes. The muffins are ready when a cake tester comes out clean.

Notes

  • Be careful not to overmix muffin batter.  Overmixing can result in dense muffins. Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients and wet ingredients are just combined.
  • For a better rise, bake the muffins in the upper third of the oven
  • To help achieve a nice domed muffin top, I recommend baking the muffins at a higher temperature for 5 minutes before lowering the temperature to 350 degrees F for the remaining baking time. 
Keyword chocolate muffins, healthy muffins, Healthy snack, Muffins, Spinach
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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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