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Chocolate Chip Spinach Muffins

Claire Wright

Leafy Greens

Serves: 12

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 25 mins


125ml olive oil (not extra virgin)

250ml dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk

100g fresh spinach

2 eggs

3-6 tbsp honey (try and use a little less each time you make it to adjust your tastebuds to less sugar)

400g plain or wholewheat flour (or half-and-half of each)

3 tsp baking powder

a handful of chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright |

Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare leafy greens that the whole family will enjoy.

These chocolate chip muffins are low in sugar and have a leafy green twist: they contain spinach! Don’t worry, they don’t taste of it, but the colour it lends them is great fun. Give them a superhero name and serve them up to the kids to surprise them.


Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

In a blender, blend the oil, milk, spinach and eggs until the spinach is broken down and smooth, and the mixture is frothy. Add the honey and pulse to combine. Then add the flour and baking powder and pulse again until it is just combined and you can’t see any more fleck of flour.

Stir through the chocolate chips and divide the batter between 12 muffin cases in a 12-hole muffin tin. Bake for 20-30 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Kids don’t like the green colour? Try adding 2-3 tbsp of cocoa powder to the batter with the flour to make them double chocolate muffins and hide the green flavour.

Kids in the kitchen:

Have the kids take control of the blender and show them how to push the buttons and add the ingredients carefully. Get them to stir through the chocolate chips and spoon the batter into the cases.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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