Over the weekend I made some muffins both in an attempt to use up some lingering produce and to prepare for a playdate. The playdate wound up being cancelled, but the muffins were our morning snack of choice both days—topped with a little cream cheese and honey. I didn't intentionally make them green, but I'm actually glad they turned out this way since they are a perfect (and easy) way to celebrate St. Patrick's day.
Here's how to do it:
- Swap in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for the baking powder.
- Use mashed purple sweet potatoes instead of the banana. (Finely dice purple sweet potato, place into a large glass bowl or measuring cup and cover with water by about an inch. Cook for 5-6 minutes in the microwave or until soft. Drain and mash.)
- Add a little milk if needed if the batter is too thick.
- Bake in mini muffin tins for 12-15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
The baking soda reacts with the nut butter and the sweet potato to turn the muffins a totally safe shade of green. (Yay science!) I was worried that my girl wouldn't eat them given the color, but I called them leprechaun muffins and she gobbled them up!
Want to turn these into cupcakes? Try these naturally colored frostings. Or, try a green smoothie to celebrate the day. Or there's always pesto pasta to please the whole family.
We're not at all Irish, it's fun to pretend we are for a day!