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Ask me what my favorite muffin is and I’ll tell you blueberry, chocolate chip, lemon poppyseed or some other sweet flavor. I don’t usually think savory when I think muffins.

But for this recipe, I’m willing to make an exception. These cheesy, flavorful muffins feature one of my favorite ingredients—spinach. Although my daughter has eaten spinach so far, she’s not quite a year old yet, so I’m sure that will change. Recipes like this one are perfect for delivering a not-so-appealing veggie in a kid-friendly package.

Make these as a side for dinner, or throw them in the freezer and pull them out one at a time to feed your baby or toddler for a vegetarian lunch with some fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs/spices or onion powder (I used a spice mix with chives, scallions and green pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 12-count muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and spices/herbs in bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix butter, olive oil, garlic, egg, milk, spinach and cheese until blended.

4. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir until blended.

5. Spoon batter into muffin tin (each cup should be about 2/3 full).

spinach muffin batter

Spinach Muffins
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Serves: 12
 
Incorporate spinach into your kids' diets with this savory snack!
Ingredients
  • • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • • 1 teaspoon salt
  • • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs/spices or onion powder (I used a spice mix with chives, scallions and green pepper)
  • • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • • 1 egg
  • • 1 cup whole milk
  • • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 12-count muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and spices/herbs in bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix butter, olive oil, garlic, egg, milk, spinach and cheese until blended.
  4. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir until blended.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin tin (each cup should be about ⅔ full).
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out of center of muffin clean.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out of center of muffin clean.