Hope everyone had a great long weekend!! We were on the road most of the weekend, but today I had an entire day to relax and have some "me" time. I dropped the boys off at Heritage Ranch, they went for a monster bike trip and I did a quick 4km run through the trails. I went shopping for the week and then came home and did some experimenting with an old recipe for Chocolate Surprise Muffins. This is my famous recipe that includes spinach as the main ingredient! I fooled around with the fats and flours and here's my latest rendition of these muffins! I'm just starting to cook with coconut flour and wanted to see what it would bake like - just as good as whole wheat flour in my opinion and smells really yummy!!
Sneaky Chocolate Brownie Muffins II
3/4 cup white flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup oatmeal, pulsed thru the food processor
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1 whole apple, quartered
1 ripe banana
2/3 cup coconut oil (in it's solid form, then melt in microwave and it will equal 2/3cup + 1 tbsp liquid coconut oil)
1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup agave syrup
2 extra large eggs
seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla bean
Preheat oven to 350degrees and coat mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients, including the ground oats. Don't bother rinsing out the food processor at this point!
Now combine all of the rest of the other ingredients in the food processor and pulse till liquid. If your kids are super picky, you may want to really go nuts and pulse completely, otherwise they may object to the tiny green flecks once baked!! Nick didn't notice... YET.... it's funny when kids pick up on these things though!
Anyways, add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and give it a good stir. Spoon little plops into your mini muffin tins and shove in the oven for 15-18 minutes... today 17 minutes seemed to be my magic number!
Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing from tins - they're done and unless the kids were helping you in the kitchen, it's unlikely that they will figure out the secret ingredients!! This batch makes 5 dozen little moist muffins. They freeze really well and are a pop into lunch bags quite nicely!! Only thing I DON'T know: is coconut considered dangerous on the nut-allergy listing?? If anyone knows, please leave me a little message!