St. Patrick’s Day Treats: Fruit Rainbow and Green Muffins

Mar
12
2012

Fruit Rainbow With A Pot Of Gold

What a cool idea!  I first discovered it on Pinterest and thought Wow, I have to make that. So I tried it out for playdate. What a great way to present fruit.   My son had fun helping and laying out the fruit.

I used blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and grapes.   I ran out of time so I didn’t have time to cut up oranges, but that would have added some nice color.  I didn’t want the kids having chocolate so I left out the Rolo pot of gold and put in marshmallows, but I think crackers or goldfish would have been fun too.

St. Patty’s Muffins (Super Healthy Spinach Blueberry Muffins)

I know green muffins may not sound very appealing, but after experimenting with a few healthy muffin recipes on the internet  I finally found one I liked (Green Monster Muffins).  I’ve doctored them up a bit and after 3 different batches I’ve come up with a moist and tasty muffin that is healthy too.  You can’t taste the spinach.  The problem with many of the healthy muffins are that they are dry.   So I added some buttermilk. If you don’t want dairy, the recipe works without it as well, but the buttermilk really makes them moist.  I used all organic ingredients. My kids love them. And since they are green it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  You can freeze them and then heat them up anytime for a quick snack.

Makes 12 muffins

 Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup oat Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients 

  • 1 egg
  •  3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup of sugar if you want it less sweet-still tastes good)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 c lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 to 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) If frozen, defrost first.

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Line 12 cup muffin tin with liners or spray with oil.  Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.  Mix remaining ingredients except blueberries and buttermilk in a food processor until spinach is diced or pureed (your preference).  Pour into dry ingredient bow, add buttermilk and combine, don’t over mix.  Then fold in blueberries.  Spoon into muffin tin. (Tip: Use an ice cream scooper with the thumb release. It’s the perfect amount and you won’t waste any batter.) The batter will fill almost to top. Sometimes I end up with 13 muffins. Bake 15 minutes or until center sets or use the toothpick test.  Cool before serving.

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9 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Treats: Fruit Rainbow and Green Muffins

  1. I want to make these for a brunch this Saturday, but I don’t want to use the sugar. Any ideas on how I can substitute? Can I use more applesauce, or if I use Splenda, do I still use the same amount?

    Thanks.

    • You can try other substitutes, stevia, agave nectar but I’m not sure how much to use since I have not used it for this recipe. The current recipe is sweet so if you used less sugar I think they will still taste good. I don’t usually cook with splenda so I wouldn’t use the same amount it may be too much. Play around with whatever sugar substitute you feel comfortable with. I am planning to do another batch with less sugar too to see if it still tastes good. Let me know how it goes.

    • Follow up to the recipe. I just made a batch with 1/2 c sugar instead of 3/4 and they still taste good. I’m going to modify the recipe. thanks. angela

    • I agree with Zen Mom. I’ve also tried the recipe with 1/2 cup sugar, and it tastes great. Just lightly sweetened. I, too, think agave should work, but you’ll likely want to use less of it – maybe 1/3 – 1/2 cup?

      Have you ever tried using sucanat? it’s one of my favorite sweeteners. It’s a less processed form of sugar available in most health food stores. You could use 1/2-3/4 cup. It’s less sweet than sugar if you compare the same amount. 😉 HTH, Diana @ The Chic Life

      • Thanks for the updated tips. I’ll have to try succanat next time. I always see it at the store,but I have not used it as a sugar substitute yet. 🙂

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