Banana “Hulk” Blender Muffins

I don’t have kids, but I’m lucky to have a great group of nieces and nephews that make my life a lot more fun. Recently, Sebastian & Guillermo, my favorite twins, visited me and the only way I thought to entertain them was in the kitchen. My first instinct was to make a sweet treat. What kid doesn’t love that? But then I thought of trying to see if I could add a veggie in. A million Pinterest recipes later, I combined it into the one below based on what was available in my fridge and pantry. Luckily, it worked.

We decided to make them green, like the Hulk, by using spinach and, surprisingly, they were on board. The spinach wasn’t snuck in but proudly added after they explained to me that, of course, they’d love hulk muffins because the hulk is the strongest superhero. They later went home and took their dad muffins and made him watch Popeye get strong after eating spinach.

Don’t tell anyone, but this is basically a gluten free, dairy free, colored banana bread.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of oatmeal (the regular kind, not instant)
  • 1/3 cup of flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 2 eggs or 2 chia eggs
  • 3 extra-ripe bananas
  • Chocolate chips, Walnuts, and Oats for topping.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Place the oatmeal in a dry blender and pulse until it turns into flour.
  3. Pour oatmeal flower into a large bowl and add the remaining dry ingredients: flaxseed, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, coconut sugar. Mix well.
  4. Add the spinach and almond milk to the blender and blend until completely combined.
  5. Add bananas and coconut oil and blend until smooth.
  6. Add eggs and pulse until combined.
  7. Mix blender ingredients into dry ingredients.
  8. Pour into greased or lined muffin tins. I used a 1/4 cup as a guide. Top with chocolate chips, walnuts and/or oats.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes. Check if it is ready with a toothpick or knife. It should come out clean when it’s ready

VARIATIONS:

  • You can replace the coconut sugar with your favorite granulated sugar. I use coconut sugar because it has a lower glycemic index than others and like the taste.
  • If you want to make it vegan, replace the eggs with chia eggs.
  • This can also be baked in a loaf pan as “Hulk” Brownies.
  • If you don’t want to add sugar, try skipping it or adding one date to the mix. Bananas are pretty sweet already.

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