Hi everybody! Long-time no-see! 🙂
Between finishing the last of our exams and making the trek home for the holidays, we have been super busy and have neglected to write anything for a few days. Yes, we’re going to be cliche here and blame Christmas for our laziness. We’re pretty sure that’s some kind of right of passage this time of year anyways, so we’ll take advantage of it while we can 😉
But the great thing is, now that we have exams behind us (yay!) we can throw ourselves into full Christmas mode with no reservation! This also means that we have less than five days to do all of our Christmas shopping. This is going to be an interesting 5 days…
So we had to prepare. What does 4 days of fighting through packed mall crowds require? Fuel. And what better way to give yourself a much-needed energy boost than with a muffin?
A Christmas-themed muffin, of course! 🙂
There’s a bit of a story behind these muffins. An extremely long time ago, we went into a little coffee shop somewhere in London (it was so long ago that neither of us can remember which one it was) and saw in their display case these big green muffins. We didn’t actually buy one so we don’t know what they tasted like, but they had pistachios in them. We love pistachios, and we both thought that they looked really cool because they were so green! We decided right there that we were going to make our own green muffins, and now, almost a year later, we’re finally getting around to it!
But given that this is the Christmas season, just making a green muffin didn’t seem like enough. So we threw in some dried cranberries to make them green and red! (a few chocolate chips may have fallen into the batter as well… 🙂 )
And what is the secret to the bright green colour? 2 things: pistachios, and spinach! Yes, spinach. The leafy green vegetable has this amazing ability to blend right into whatever it is you’re baking, making it bright green, but leaving no spinach-y taste at all! We’ve had success in the past with putting spinach into baked goods, so we were pretty confident that it would work for these, too 🙂
We’re also pretty confident that the muffins in that coffee shop were not made green by the addition of spinach, but just adding food colouring is way too boring, not mention significantly less healthy!
Topped with a little bit of almond butter, these muffins are the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up. They’re also a good size for tossing into your purse to take with you into the
war zone mall during those last-minute shopping trips 🙂
Green Cranberry Pistachio Muffins
Prep time: 10min
Bake time: 15-20min
Makes: 12 muffins
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. white flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c. pistachios
1 c. mlk
1 c. spinach
1/2 c. Apple sauce
1/4 c. date paste
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)
1/2 c. pistachios
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pre-heat your oven to 350 F.
Grind the first half-cup of pistachios into a fine powder, then combine all the dry ingredients in one big bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour the wet into the dry. Add the other 1/2 cup of pistachios, dried cranberries and chocolate chips, and stir until just combined.
Spoon evenly into 12 greased muffin cups, and bake for 15-20min, or until slightly browned on the top and firm to the touch.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?