Spinach Muffins for Simon

Today my grandson is two years old.  I asked his mother if they’d bring cupcakes to his preschool.  I learned the school has a “no sweet” policy: birthdays are celebrated with healthy snacks.  She makes spinach muffins, which my grandson loves.  Might be  a good way to get kids to eat more vegetables.

 Adeena’s  Healthy Veggie Muffins 

(Adapted from Food.com recipe #128256)

2 cups whole wheat flour
2-3 tablespoons ground flax or wheat germ if you have, otherwise just skip
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup maple syrup (the real stuff)
2 Tablespoons honey
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups pureed vegetables (cook a bag of spinach with a little water [ about a 1/2 a cup or enough to cover bottom of pot],puree, then measure.  If not enough,  add unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana or jarred baby food)

Preheat oven to 350.   Mix ingredients together until well blended.  Lightly grease tins or use muffin papers, fill 2/3.

Bake 25 minutes.   Cool partially, then remove to wire rack.  Can be frozen for a few weeks.  

Happy Birthday, SY!  


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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4 Responses to Spinach Muffins for Simon

  1. nancy Polster says:

    Your grandson looks adorable!!!


  2. Nathan says:

    Happy Birthday! And totally agree on the ‘no sweet’ policy, the longer they stick to it, the better.


  3. Leah says:

    These look really good! I love spinach. I’d probably devour all those muffins.


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