With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I was looking for a fun “green food” to make with the kids. After reading online that pureed spinach makes a great natural food coloring, I decided to use it in my favorite banana muffin recipe. The results were fantastic. Just look at all this green goodness…
The spinach is barely detectable, yet the bright, almost artificial-looking color makes it irresistibly fun.
Green Banana Muffins (makes 1 dozen)
1 cup flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce (about 2 handfuls) fresh baby spinach
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with unbleached parchment liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In a blender, add the egg, melted butter, vanilla and spinach. Process until pureed.
4. Add the spinach mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the mashed banana.
5. Scoop the batter into the cups, filling about 3/4 full. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.