Kid Approved: Simple and Sweet Spinach Cupcakes

This recipe is kid approved! Simple and Sweet Spinach Cupcakes are really a mix between cupcakes and muffins because of its very subtle savory flavor but called them cupcakes for my son’s sake. It’s likely he could win a medal for the worlds pickiest eater since the only food he actually enjoys is French fries. 

So in an effort to add veggies to his diet, I try my best to hide the good stuff to things he will eat like Healthy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing to his grilled cheese.

He loves to bake and a newly found Ghostbusters fan so adding pureed spinach or “ectoplasm” to cupcakes was a no-brainer. I’ve seen a few versions of adding veggies into baked goods like zucchini bread but being a little cautious and making a few sweet adjustments these definitely baked to be a winner.

I wilted and pureed the spinach beforehand so he had no idea of my evil plan and from there he helped. Mixing the wet and dry ingredients was, of course, his favorite part because it looked of something right out of Ghostbusters.

Spinach Muffins Mix

After some mixing, the batter turned into a brilliant green.

Spinach Muffins in Tin

I will say I was surprised how well these turned out. The consistency and the flavor were of cupcakes with a hint of earthiness from the spinach. I enjoyed these as is but added some frosting for a little additional sweetness for my son.

Kid Approved Simple & Sweet Spinach Cupcakes

I think the simplicity of this recipe was perfect for my son but if I was to serve these for an older group of people, I am pretty sure I would have filled these with chocolate ganache or added chocolate chips. I am confident chocolate would be a perfect combination.

KID APPROVED: Simple & Sweet Spinach Cupcakes
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Do you have trouble with a picky eater? If so, these cupcakes are already kid approved and a sweet treat to hide those veggies in. They won't even know it's made of spinach!
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Wet Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup of spinach (about 4 oz. uncooked spinach), wilted then pureed
  2. 1 tbsp. Vanilla
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ cup of plain sweetened applesauce
  5. Cinnamon flavored would be a nice choice as well
  6. ¼ cup of oil
Dry Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of flour
  2. ¾ cup of sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. ½ tsp. baking soda
  5. ½ tsp. salt
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill cupcake tin with liners
  2. Wilt spinach and drain any access water before pureeing; this is important, you do not want to add the water into the recipe
  3. Add drained spinach to the blender and puree; add eggs, vanilla, applesauce, and oil to the spinach and blend until smooth
  4. In a separate bowl add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder); mix well and break up any lumps
  5. Add ½ of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and begin to incorporate; add the remainder of the wet ingredients and mix until smooth and the batter forms
  6. Add batter to cupcake liners; fill about 2/3 full
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  8. Enjoy!
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I hope you and your family enjoy these Sweet and Simple Spinach Cupcakes, we sure did!

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