Holidays have become a big deal in our household. Thanks to the outstanding moms everywhere, my kids expect elf on the shelf to basically buy them a car, and a leprechaun to leave them an actual real pot of gold. None of that chocolate covered crap. Real pirate gold. Thanks Pinterest.
All joking aside, I do have to admit that it is fun to make the holidays exciting for my kids. Granted my efforts are little, and who would have thought adding green food coloring into the toilet would have been something they would talk about for years!
I remember being younger and my brothers and I setting up a camera and leprechaun trap in order to catch the little guy. We were so excited to wake up and watch back the footage! As we sat there and watched, we saw a little stuffed leprechaun (the lucky charms guy) walk around in the video and set our trap off. My brothers and I FREAKED out! I still have that video clear as day in my head!
My parents always went the extra mile, and now they do it with my kids so I don't have to. Pretty sure that's what the circle of life is all about!!
When I had the idea to make green muffins from the leprechaun, I had a few things in mind but mainly, it has to taste good. If i'm going to get my kids to try them, they at least have to taste magically delicious! (Is that the lucky charms saying?) Then I thought about the first time I ever made a green smoothie. I was so nervous at the thought of drinking spinach! But with the right ingredients, it turned out to be one of the classic best green drinks of all time!
Bananas + Spinach + Peanut Butter
Green (Spinach) Banana Peanut Butter Blender Muffins
Have no fear! These muffins may be green, but the kids will love them! Whether they are green monster muffins or a trick from the leprechaun! They are moist, light, and fluffy!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats-can use GF oats
- 2 bananas (medium), ripe
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup pure cane sugar, or coconut sugar (coconut sugar will change the color slightly)
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 2 c. or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 3/4 c. dark chocolate chips + more for toppings
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a blender, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. **Update: When blending all of the ingredients at one, the bater becomes quit thick. If you don't have a high powdered blender, this might be a little more difficult to blend. Start blending the dry ingredients first, then add the rest. If needed, use a few TB. of milk to help it blend. **Blend until creamy. Add the chocolate chips into the blender and stir with a spoon.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and pour batter into muffin holders, about 3/4 full. Top with 2/4 additional chocolate chips.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops bounce back when lightly pressed.
I just asked my daughter what she thinks the Leprechaun is going to bring her tomorrow if we don't catch him and she replied, "An American Girl Doll."