Snack on This: Mean Green Cupcakes


It’s another snowy Midwest afternoon thus I felt compelled to bake something. Around the holidays my friend Ailey brought green monster muffins to my house for a party. They were a big hit and had they not been bright green no one would have suspected there was spinach in them. I looked at Ailey’s recipe and others on the web and in the end kind of made up my own.

3/4 cup of buckwheat flour
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp of cinnamon

1 egg
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup +3 T of applesauce
1 tsp of pure almond extract
1 cup of pureed spinach
Handful of coconut and walnuts if desired

Mix the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, mix sugar and egg until smooth and then add to dry mix. Puree spinach until you get about 1 cup pureed (about 2 cups of leaves). Add spinach, applesauce, and almond extract and mix until combined. Top with coconut or walnuts and bake at 350 degrees for either 12 minutes (mini cupcakes) or 16 minutes (regular cupcakes). MixMinisOverall I’d say these are pretty good and I’d make them again. They taste a little different from Ailey’s as she didn’t use buckwheat and her recipe called for lemon zest. So is this a healthy recipe? I’d say it’s definitely healthier than most cupcake recipes. It does have sugar and flour but it also has spinach and applesauce giving you just a little  hidden dose of fruits and veggies. Sure, it’s not the ideal way to get your greens but it certainly never hurts, especially when most sweet treats don’t call for any spinach! Do you have any dessert recipes that call for spinach or other vegetables? If so, please share!