Ninja Turtle Muffins

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Bring out your inner child with these Ninja Turtle muffins filled with vegetables it’s a great grab and go breakfast.
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Sometimes I think we shouldn’t hide vegetables in food. Veggies are delicious, lets be proud of putting them in muffins! With these bright green muffins you there’s no hiding the vegetables. Loaded with spinach, avocado, kale, and zucchini this vegetable muffins are sweetened with bananas and applesauce; they’re the perfect on the go breakfast!

Ninja Turtle Muffins- Gluten Free With No Added Sguar

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I’m sure you wonder why I call these Ninja Turtle Muffins. Well when I was nannying my little buddy Graham his mom used to buy these Garden Lite Muffins. They had these green banana muffins with Ninja Turtles on the wrapper. Of course upon serving him one he immediately questioned the color. After I showed him the box and said it’s just the Ninja Turtles, he didn’t question it again. More so he loved him! Since then I’ve been trying to recreate this muffin.

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While the Garden Lite muffins are a great product, I’m trying to make as many things from scratch as possible. While the muffins they sell are healthy, sugar is the third ingredient. I wanted to ditch the sugar altogether. However, that was difficult because the best part of the muffins were the melty chocolate chips. Instead of chocolate chips I chopped up some unsweetened chocolate super fine. This still imparted some chocolate flavor and melt without the sugar, just be sure to cut them super small because it can be so bitter.

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I’ll be honest in a side by side comparison the frozen muffins with the sugar may taste better, but the subtle sweetness of mine helps prevent you from overloading on sugar in the morning. I find when I start my day with sweets my body craves them all day. The key to only using bananas to sweeten these muffins is to freeze them first. Just like in my banana bread cookies, when the bananas thaw they will release lots of juice that will help add sweetness. However, these naturally sweetened muffins don’t make me crave sugar all day. So I’d pick them over the frozen ones any day!

Ninja Turtle Muffins
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: Dozen Muffins
  • Calories: 146
  • Fat: 3.1 g
  • Sugar: 4.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Flour
  • ¼ Cup Corn Starch
  • 1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 2 Cups Kale
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 2 Thawed Bananas
  • ½ Cup Avocado
  • ½ Cup Applesauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¾ Cup Grated Zucchini
  • 2 Tablespoon Unsweetened Chocolate, Finely Chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl
  2. Add kale, spinach, avocado, banana, apple sauce, milk, vanilla, and vinegar to blender
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Add puree to dry ingredients, mix until smooth
  5. Add zucchini and chocolate
  6. Scoop into muffin liners
  7. Bake 400F for 15 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean

 

 

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