green monster muffins
I have joined the green monster band wagon! Never thought I would, adamant that I would resist the craze flying around the foodblog-isphere… Until I took the plunge and added a handful of spinach to my banana smoothie. That was 5 months ago, and I’ve been hooked since, using spinach to brighten up my protein shakes or make Jesse and myself a decadent espresso, chocolate dessert smoothie (amazing!).
Spinach is one of the few easily accessible vegetables (uh, leaves?) available here in our Northern store. Well, of the few that aren’t always past their expiry and looking rather limp. We love to have a box of it always on hand, with a stash of bananas in the freezer ready to whip into a nutritious high energy shake.
These muffins are basically the famous green monster smoothie in solid form. Don’t you love the colour!!
For a little indulgence, I sprinkled the tops with raw sugar, which caramelised on cooking. Because the muffin itself is not overly sweet (much like the smoothie) I find this quite necessary to satiate my sweet tooth. You wouldn’t know it from tasting, but these are packed with chickpeas, pureed into the liquid ingredients to add fiber, and a moistness that makes the muffins delicious even after defrosting from a week in the freezer.