This sweet muffin’s secret ingredient is spinach! My toddler loves ‘em, not only for the fun, green color, but also the sweet, cinnamon flavor. My favorite part is that these muffins freeze well, so they’re an easy, go-to breakfast for those crazy mornings.

Mean Green Muffins

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

20 min

Recipe Type: Breakfast

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Makes 9 servings


  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1½ cups wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend together applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, sugar, and oil.  
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Add the wet spinach mixture to the dry ingredients and mix. This mixture will be dense enough to spoon batter into greased muffin tins.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*These freeze well, too! Double the recipe and freeze for future breakfasts or snacks.


Calories 140 (35 from fat)
Total fat 4g
Saturated fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 270mg
Carbohydrate 24g (3g dietary fiber, 9g sugar)
Protein 3g


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