Mom's Secret Green Chocolate Chip Muffins
Evil grin, evil chuckle. I'm that Mom. Sorry, kids.
Well, I'm that Mom when it comes to baking something sweet for my kids while trying to jolt their systems with vegetables and some other God- forbidden nutrients they fear. All the other times of my Mom life, I'm the softer, yes-you-can-have-extra-syrup, last one to sit down and eat, I'll make 10 dinners one. FYI- that's 23.6 hours of each day.
So this recipe stems from that .6 hours where I do something they're not whining for, yelling about or whispering in my ear in dire need of whatever it is at the moment.
And to be honest, they picked out this recipe themselves! It's from the Delish Kids Cookbook I told you about in my Holiday Gift Guide. It's an awesome book for the kids, really. In fact, the title actually includes the description of "super-awesome, crazy-fun, best-ever" in it. I know indiscriminately they were referring to me and all the other caretakers who will gladly take the time to use the book to cook with thier kids though!
Damn right, we are super-awesome, crazy-fun, and best-ever.
(take a bow)
Anyway, these muffins. These chocolately green mini muffins. The snack my kids picked out to make on their 200th day of Christmas break. ;)
Unbeknownst to them, I pureed spinach with avocado oil on the side. My daughter literally asked me, "Eeww, what are you doing with those leaves"? To which I (evily) replied, "Oh nothing, it's for Dad's smoothie later".
So when the time came to add that "leaf mixure" in, I simply told them it was just flour with food coloring and Dad's already drinking his smoothie. They ate that up like candy to a baby.
As they seriously did with this mini muffins. Ate them up, all day and into the next and the next. I've never seen my kids eat so much spinach! Folate, iron, fiber, omega something fats.....my kids were getting it all!
I'm definitely making these weekly starting now. I know one day they'll actually eat spinach in real form and happily consume avocados on the regular. But for now, that aint' happening.
I must be evil.
Because when it comes to your kids, we will all be whatever it takes.
And that's some pretty super-awesome, crazy-fun, best-ever stuff.
Mom's Secret Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Yields: about 30-32
Adapted from: Delish Kids Cookbook
2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 TBS flaxseed meal
1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C whole milk
11/2 C baby spinach, rinsed or pre-washed
2 TBS avocado oil
1 C chocolate chips
2 tsp green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Coat a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with mini cupcake liners.
In a medium size bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and flaxseed meal. Set aside.
In a large size bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
In a small food processor, blend spinach and avocado oil into very well pureed. You want the spinach pieces to be itsy bitsy for minimal detection!
Add the spinach purèe into the butter and egg mixture and beat together until well incorporated.
Add 1/2 the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add milk and mix. Add in remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Fold in chocolate chips and food coloring.
Fill mini muffin tin about 2/3 full for each muffin. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center. Remove muffins to wire rack to cool.
*** Regular size muffins: yields about 14-16, bake at 350 F for 23-25 minutes. ***