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Spinach Cake Muffins

24 Sep

Just wanted to do a quick post to let you all know, “WE ARE STILL HERE!” It has been a while since either Joanna or I have posted due to various reasons. I can only speak for myself when I say that sometimes frustration gets in the way of making recipes that look nice enough to post. I think we may just *try* to post as often as we can. I may also cut down on the step by step pictures. For me taking photos just gets in the way of making recipes.

I recently bought the Weelicious Lunches cookbook. Jasper is now going to full day preschool and I really needed some ideas for his lunchbox. He is an extremely picky eater and I wanted to try to inject something healthy each day.

The other day I decided to throw together the spinach cake muffins. They were super fast to make and Jasper ate 5 mini-muffins in one sitting! They were a huge hit for Max as well. The spinach give these muffins a monster green color, perfect for the monster/dino obsessed kid at my house. They are slightly sweet and don’t taste veggie laden. When introducing them to Jasper I called them “green muffins” so that the word “spinach” wouldn’t scare him off!

Spinach Cake Muffins
From Weelicious Lunches

Makes 24 mini muffins

Cooking spray or paper muffin cups

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pre heat oven to 350°. Prepare muffin pan with nonstick spray or paper cups.

In the jar of a blender, combine applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, sugar, and oil until smooth. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Add spinach mixture to dry ingredients and mix to combine.

Spoon batter evenly in the prepared muffin pan and bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack.

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Chocolate Caramel Almond Dia De Los Muertos Rice Krispies Treat

31 Oct

Happiest Birthday to my beautiful God-daughter, Alyssa!! and Happy Halloween!  Although my God-daughter’s birthday was last week, I thought I’d dedicate this post to her.  I cannot believe she is already 9 years old, time really does fly.  I have some of the best memories with this little girl, especially with her being my first niece.  As with my other nieces and nephews, it was love at first sight – she had the funniest personality as a little girl and had us running around behind her quite a bit.  When she was a toddler some of her favorite things were “PANCAKES!!!” (as she’d yell when we were inside of a Denny’s) and “ICE CWEAM!!!”.  She loved Dora and Spongebob growing up, often looking for that ‘neaky fox, Swiper and yelling at the top of her lungs at my mom’s house “IT’S THE BEST DAY EVERRRRRR!!”.  Once and a while, when her and I were driving around on our weekend field trips she would tell me that she was born in Texas, thanks to Sandy from Spongebob and I will never forget her imaginary blue friend, Eureka.  She would freak her mom out quite a bit with that one!  We sure had a lot of fun.  With this post I thought I’d contribute to her birthday from afar and make this Chocolate Caramel Almond Dia De Los Muertos Rice Krispies Treat.

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