These super green Sweet Spinach Muffins are the perfect way to add some veggies to your (or your kids’) diet. They’re lightly sweetened with honey and packed with fresh spinach, bananas and whole grains.

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Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be exhausting. Getting kids to eat the spinach muffins is easy. They are also easy to make, you will have 14 sweet spinach muffins ready in 30 minutes. We like to call them “Hulk Muffins” and that theme always made my son want to gobble these up.

Maybe their leprechaun muffins for St. Patrick’s Day, monster muffins for Halloween or Grinch muffins for Christmas. Or Ninja Turtle themed, dinosaur muffins, or for the Green Bay Packers. Whatever your kids are obsessed with, go with that.

We love sneaking in veggies when we can, and since my kids loved these Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins, I couldn’t wait to make these Sweet Spinach Muffins.

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Ingredients for these Spinach Muffins

  • Spinach – I used fresh spinach for this recipe, but you could also use frozen in you prefer. Just make sure to thaw and drain it well (make sure to squeeze out as much water as possible)
  • Unsweetened Applesauce – Look for applesauce without added sugars to keep this recipe from going into sugar overload.
  • Ripe bananas – The riper the better! Ripening makes bananas sweeter so they’re a great way to sweeten up this recipe without a lot of added sugar.
  • Baking Essentials – Eggs, oil, honey (or maple syrup, see below), vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

This recipe is super easy – you basically blend everything up in a blender, pour into your muffin tin and bake. And I’m all about the easy clean-up.

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Baby-Led Weaning Spinach Muffins

If you’re making these muffins for babies, you’ll want to swap out honey since babies under 1 shouldn’t consume honey. Instead, you can use maple syrup, agave nectar or additional applesauce.

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To Make Vegan Spinach Muffins

This recipe is easy to make vegan or egg free as well. Swap the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar and the eggs for flax eggs.

How to Make a Flax Egg

To replace the two eggs in this recipe with (vegan) flax eggs:

  1. Add 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed and 5 Tbsp. water in small dish.
  2. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes to thicken, then add to the blender.

Storing Muffins

These muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze in a ziplock bag for up to 3 months.

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Sweet Spinach Muffins FAQs

Q: What are the main ingredients in sweet spinach muffins?
A: The main ingredients are fresh spinach, unsweetened applesauce, ripe bananas, eggs, oil, honey, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Q: How do you make the spinach muffins sweet?
A: The muffins are lightly sweetened with honey and ripe bananas, which get sweeter as they ripen.

Q: How can you make the spinach muffins vegan?
A: To make the muffins vegan, swap the eggs for flax eggs and use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey.

Q: How long does it take to make sweet spinach muffins?
A: These spinach muffins take 30 minutes total – 10 minutes prep time and 20 minutes bake time.

Q: How can you get kids to eat spinach muffins?
A: Giving the muffins fun names like “Hulk Muffins” or themes based on what they’re interested in can help kids enjoy these spinach muffins.

Q: How long do baked sweet spinach muffins last?
A: The muffins will keep for up to 5 days refrigerated or can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Close up of green spinach muffins in muffins tin.

Sweet Spinach Muffins

Jodi Danen, RD
These super green Sweet Spinach Muffins are the perfect way to add some veggies to you (or your kids’) diet. They’re lightly sweetened with honey and packed with fresh spinach, bananas and whole grains.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast & Brunch
Servings 14 muffins
Calories 118 kcal


  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 6 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Add spinach, applesauce, bananas, eggs, oil, honey and vanilla to blender. Blend until pureed. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend until just combined. Mixture will be thick, use a spatula to scrap the sides of blender as needed.
  • Pour evenly into muffin cups. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Run a knife around the edges and remove from pan to let cool completely.


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1952IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg
Keyword baby led weaning, healthy, kids, muffins, spinach, toddlers
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