Smug and Lazy Blender Muffins

I’m not sure how it’s taken me so long to tell you about this IN-credible recipe, especially under the (groan) current circumstances – but, but – if you need to do anything today, you need to make these delicious, semi-healthy and insanely easy blender muffins.

The recipe makes 12 but it was impossible to get from the oven to the table to photograph them with all 12 remaining uneaten

These couldn’t be more in the smug-and-lazy camp if they tried. I mean, no oil/butter, no flour, hardly any sugar, and a huge punch of oats/spinach/flax/etc etc. SMUG central! And just whizzed together in a blender. LAZY AF!! (I had to google what AF meant the other day – let’s hope my grandmother doesn’t google it too…that said she likely already knows what it means as she’s more current than most of us).

Behold, the circling toddler

Look it’s been one of Those Weeks around here, with various health issues, homeschool bumps in the road, rain (unacceptable), and arguably the worst part, a broken dishwasher.

But the good news is, our lovely Mim turned six:

Bottom right photo taken by aforementioned circling toddler, please enjoy the bonus shot of an extremely wonky cake doused in sprinkles and topped with an oversized unicorn

…And I have been baking these muffins on repeat for the past few weeks. Have you all been baking these and just not telling me about them? (Shame on you) How have I been baking all these years and not discovered them before? If you, like me, are late to the party with this, then you need to stop whatever you’re doing and get involved.

The original recipe I followed was here, and it worked perfectly. I adapted it slightly just because I had a sneaking suspicion that the kids would be so thrilled by the cocoa content that they wouldn’t notice a giant handful of spinach (correct); and also because I wanted to add a spoonful or two of ground flax (sure, sure, extremely healthy, NBD).

Oh I’m sorry did you know these are also incredibly nutritious

I also tried a non-chocolate version, here, and they were delicious although marginally less celebrated by the children (only 4 out of 5 devoured them). I think we might have had a full house if mr tMatM hadn’t casually said “these taste like porridge” as he wandered out of the room with one in hand, because immediately my porridge-hating child (naming no names) dropped her muffin like a stone and refused to countenance it any further. And it was all going so well…

Just don’t mention porridge

Anyway. The chocolate blender muffins, a dense, fudgy, let’s-not-say-it-oh-but-it’s-true moist and all-round delicious resounding success:


  • 2 ripe medium-size bananas (I have made this with anywhere from 1-3 bananas and it has always worked out)
  • Giant handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups rolled or quick oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method (can we call it that?)

Preheat oven to 180C, grease muffin tin.

Put everything apart from chocolate chips in the blender. Blend.

Add chocolate chips, stir with wooden spoon.

Spoon/pour into tin. Bake for 16-18 mins (err on the side of caution, you don’t want these to be overbaked).

Enjoy with a cup of tea and the knowledge that the dishwasher repair man is coming on Wednesday. How are you all getting on? How’s your dishwasher?

xx tMatM


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