Scary-good Frankenmuffins taste like bananas

This is a week in which looking scary comes with sweet rewards. The same is true of the recipe for Frankenmuffins, a snack that doesn’t look appealing because of its unusual green color. But take a bite, and you will be surprised by a delicious banana flavor.

You’re probably thinking, “Why is a banana muffin green?” It’s from the spinach that colors the batter but doesn’t leave a trace of vegetable flavor. Friends in the cafeteria might not be begging for a taste of your “scary” muffin. You can either let them in on the secret and be ready to share, or smile and keep the treat all to yourself.

You’ll need more than one 12-well muffin pan; if you have only one, you can bake in batches. Cover and refrigerate the reserved batter until 15 minutes before you use it.


Make ahead: The muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost in a microwave on high for 10 seconds before serving.

Adult help: Yes

Kitchen gear: Muffin pans, paper liners, measuring spoons and cups, bowl, whisk, blender, spatula.

Hands-on time: 15 minutes

Total time: 37 minutes

Makes: 16 muffins


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup regular or low-fat milk
9 ounces fresh baby spinach (6 packed cups)
1 large banana, cut into chunks (1/2 cup packed)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 16 wells in two standard-size muffin pans with paper liners (preferably Halloween-appropriate) or grease them with cooking oil spray. (Or bake in batches; see the headnote at left).

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Whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt

Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle


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