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Chocolate Chip Spinach Muffins

Claire Wright

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Serves: 12

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

125ml olive oil (not extra virgin)

250ml dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk

100g fresh spinach

2 eggs

3-6 tbsp honey (try and use a little less each time you make it to adjust your tastebuds to less sugar)

400g plain or wholewheat flour (or half-and-half of each)

3 tsp baking powder

a handful of chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips

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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com

Claire Wright from addsomeveg.com shares 3 simple ways to prepare leafy greens that the whole family will enjoy.

These chocolate chip muffins are low in sugar and have a leafy green twist: they contain spinach! Don’t worry, they don’t taste of it, but the colour it lends them is great fun. Give them a superhero name and serve them up to the kids to surprise them.

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

In a blender, blend the oil, milk, spinach and eggs until the spinach is broken down and smooth, and the mixture is frothy. Add the honey and pulse to combine. Then add the flour and baking powder and pulse again until it is just combined and you can’t see any more fleck of flour.

Stir through the chocolate chips and divide the batter between 12 muffin cases in a 12-hole muffin tin. Bake for 20-30 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Kids don’t like the green colour? Try adding 2-3 tbsp of cocoa powder to the batter with the flour to make them double chocolate muffins and hide the green flavour.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

Have the kids take control of the blender and show them how to push the buttons and add the ingredients carefully. Get them to stir through the chocolate chips and spoon the batter into the cases.

Activities

Activities

While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.

Sensory

Sensory

Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.

Serving

Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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