These muffins are a great option for St. Patrick's Day! If you want to bring something healthy and green to any St. Patrick's festivities, THIS is your recipe. It's gluten free and no sugar added (Unless you want to. I've included the option.).
Before we get into the recipe, though, I wanted to give a little background to who St. Patrick actually was. I hadn't known much about him at all until very recently. Most of my life, when I heard "St. Patrick", I thought of having to wear green so I wouldn't get pinched.
St. Patrick was truly an amazing man. He lived during the 5th century, born into Roman nobility in Britain. At 16 years old, he was taken from his family by Irish Visigoths. He ended up as a slave in Ireland for six years. During his time in slavery, he met God in a powerful way. Though he was a slave, he knew he was free in Christ.Eventually he escaped and made his way back to Britain.
Shortly after being home, though, he felt a call to return to Ireland to serve the people who had enslaved him, by sharing the freedom and peace of the gospel of Jesus.
He was not very educated, had minimal leadership experience, and was a foreigner to the people he sought to serve. Not only that, but the people he was running back to were not even considered worthy of missionary efforts during this time. They were seen as a bunch of barbarians.
Despite all these things, God worked through Patrick to bring the gospel in light of the Celtic culture. He did not impose his Roman British ideals onto their communities, but rather established a system in which he empowered leaders from within their groups to spread the gospel of peace, love, and unity in Jesus.
"In place of a warrior society, Patrick provided an alternative, showing the Irish that it is was possible to be brave - to expect every day to be murdered, betrayed, enslaved - and yet it be people of peace with no fear of death because of the promises of an almighty God." (Movements that Change the World by Steve Addison, 18)
How cool is that?! As you wear your green socks and eat your green muffins, I hope you are reminded of the courage and bravery of the man the holiday commemorates. :)
Anyways, I know you came here for muffins. so here's the recipe! Thanks for taking time to find out what this green holiday is all about!
2 cups of gluten free (if needed) oats
2 scoops of Usana MySmart protein (optional)
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of cinnamon
3/4 cup of almond milk
2 big handfuls of organic spinach
3 large bananas
2 large organic/pastured eggs
2 tsp of real vanilla
1/4 cup of honey (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare muffin tin with liners or some form of anti-stick (butter or coconut oil work great).
Add the oats to your blender. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until the oats become a flour. (See picture below) Pour the oats into a separate bowl and add the Usana MySmart protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together and set aside.
Add the almond milk and spinach to the blender and blend until it becomes a green milk. I don't recommend going over a medium speed for this. (See picture below.)
Blend in the bananas until they are fully mashed in. Using a low to medium speed, blend in the eggs and vanilla (this is when you'd add the honey, if you like).
Add the dry ingredients to the blender and mix until it fully combines - not too long.
Fill your muffin tins. Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!!