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healthy (and delicious!) monster muffins…

Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!
Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!

Weekday mornings are always go-go-go for our family. So I love having breakfast options that are easy and healthy for the kids that can be prepped in advance. These monster muffins are full of nutrients (we snuck some spinach in there), great to have on hand when picking up the kids after school, or even to bring with you to work for a pick-me-up throughout the day. Here’s how to make them… 

Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!
Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 12-17 minutes Total Time 45 minutes Servings 1 dozen


For the muffins, you’ll need…
– 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
– 1 large egg
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 2 cups fresh organic spinach 
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/3 cup maple syrup
– 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

You can also add…
– chia seeds (into the blender with the wet ingredients)
– chopped nut of choice (sprinkled on top of the muffin before going into the oven or folded into the batter)
– chocolate chips (sprinkled on top of the muffin before going into the oven or folded into the batter)

For the glaze, you’ll need…
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
– 1-2 tablespoons milk

A few fun toppings to add!
– eye picks
– edible glitter (hearts, multi-colored)
– glaze 
– freeze-dried berries 


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl—flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. Put the wet ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend – applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, banana, maple syrup and coconut oil

4. Add the wet mixture from the blender to the dry ingredients.

5. Slowly fold together the wet and dry ingredients until combined. The mixture should resemble thick pancake batter, but if the mixture feels dense add a splash of milk. Make sure not to over mix.

6. Scoop the batter into greased muffins tins or into muffin liners – I love using an ice cream scoop to divvy them up evenly.

7. Bake at 350 degrees (12 minutes for mini-muffins or 17 minutes for regular-sized muffins).

8. Mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and drizzle over muffins. Top with freeze dried berries and/or edible glitter.

Enjoy warm out of the oven or refrigerate in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!
Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!
Monster Muffins / Recipe via Oh Joy!

There you go! They’re super easy, tasty, and HEALTHY! Enjoy them warm out of the oven or store them in a covered container in the refrigerator for later.

(Photos by Lily Glass. Styling and baking by Wilmarose Orlanes, styling assistance by Jess Hong.) 


  1. Hey there! This recipe looks absolutely delicious, but is the taste of maple syrup prominent? I am a bit opposed, but if it bakes out or there is a good substitute, I’d love to hear! Thanks!

  2. Hi Chloe,
    The maple syrup is very subtle and offers a very mellow sweetness to the muffins.
    Note: Sometimes honey or sugar can be used to substitute maple syrup but the flavors and consistency will change and I would not recommend the sub for this recipe.

  3. I made these last night and they came out really delicious! Thank you for a great recipe as I can see myself making more of these again and again :). Planning to make another batch for my coworkers tonight.


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