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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


  • Blender


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)


  • 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.


  • 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