Super-Green Minty Coconut Christmas Tree Muffins

Super-Green Minty Coconut Christmas Tree Muffins

Super-Green Minty Coconut Christmas Tree Muffins

Guess what gives these treats their green color?  And no, it isn't food coloring or kale.  Tasty, any time of year, a sprinkle of coconut and some pomegranate seeds makes them particularly festive.

1 cup spelt flour
1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened plain
2 tsp peppermint extract
5 ounce baby spinach (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (about 3 small or 2 large)
1/4 cup shredded coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line 18 muffin cups with muffin liners.  No need to spray with oil.

2. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: spelt flour, brown rice flour, baking soda and powder, and salt.

3. In a blender, combine the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, peppermint, spinach, and bananas.  Puree these until liquefied.  Scrape down the sides as needed.

4. Add the wet to the dry and stir together just until combined.

5. Fill each of the muffin cups about 3/4 full.  This should make about 18 muffins.

6. Sprinkle some of the coconut flake on each of the muffins.

7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick can cleanly be inserted and removed.

8. Let cool for at least 10 minutes, then garnish with pomegranate seeds and enjoy.

Servings: 18
Yield: 18 cupcakes

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 muffins)

Calories 164
Calories From Fat (31%) 50.69
Calories From Protein (5%) 8.1
Calories From Carbohydrates (64%) 105.21

% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.93g 9%
Saturated Fat 4.65g 23%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.37g 
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g 
Trans Fatty Acids 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 171.19mg 7%
Potassium 224.21mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 26.67g 9%
Fiber 2.55g 10%

Sugar 11.56g 
Sugar Alcohols g 
Net Carbohydrates 24.12g 
Protein 2.24g 4%

Vitamin A 750.44IU 15%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 3.9mg <1%
Iron 62.38mg 347%
Vitamin E 1.97mg 20%
Vitamin D 0IU <1%
Thiamin 4.17mg 278%
Riboflavin 0.95mg 56%
Niacin 0.65mg 3%
Vitamin B6 2.1mg 105%
Folate 0.16mcg <1%
Vitamin B12 20.74mcg 346%
Pantothenic Acid 0mg 0%
Vitamin K 0.24mcg <1%
Phosphorus 38.15mg 4%
Magnesium 57.74mg 14%
Zinc 27.76mg 185%
Copper 0.55mg 27%
Manganese 0.07mg 4%
Selenium 0.95mcg 1%

This recipe was featured on Cookbooth's Christmas Sweets blog.  Check out the Blog.

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