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Green Goddess Muffins Fat-Free Vegan Spinach Muffins

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Happy St. Patty's Day! Since today is a holiday that's all about greenness, I'm sharing a recipe with you that *might* be in my next cookbook (the jury is still out).

It all started about a week ago when my assistant went on a baking spree and posted a bunch of photos on Facebook of all the things she'd made. While I was practically licking my screen at the "Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns" what really got my attention were some "Green Monster Muffins." 

The term "green monster" (which I believe was coined by Angela, of Oh She Glows) refers to spinach-rich smoothies that are popular among bloggers.

Anyway, I used to *love* spinach and cheese muffins waaay back in my vegetarian days. (There is something really kick ass about a savory muffin) so I thought, "Hey! I could probably substitute spinach for carrots in the carrot cake cupcake recipe!"

But after some thought, I decided to tinker with it a bit -- add lemon zest because I'm obsessed with lemon in baked goods, reduce the sugar to make it more "healthy" and less "dessert"-like...and before I knew it, I'd reworked the entire recipe. 

Makes 12

2 cups spinach
1 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
1 cup nondairy milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease muffin tin if necessary, and set aside (I use non-stick). Chop spinach (or put in a food processor or blender) until it's chopped finely -- and pack it tightly into a 1 cup measuring cup (you may have a little overflow), set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. In a small bowl, mix nondairy milk with applesauce and vanilla. Pour into flour (dry) mixture and stroke a few times. Then add spinach, and lemon zest, stirring until just combined -- careful not to over stir, but make sure there are no pockets of flour. Fill cups 3/4 full and bake 15-25 minutes (mine were perfect at 17). 

For the exact Green Monster muffins Andrea made, visit The Chic Life. BTW, I think if you want the muffins to be brilliant green, you'll need to pulverize the spinach like in this recipe.

Also if you're looking for more St. Patty recipes -- might I suggest HH's Irish Soda Bread or Beer Bread? 

Blog Book Tour

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Calling all bloggers! I want to do a "blog book tour" -- and need your help! 

If you have a blog and would like to interview me about The Happy Herbivore Cookbook -- send me an email at (lindsay ( at ) happyherbivore.com) with your questions and blog address.

I'll also give you a few recipes (with accompanying pictures) from the cookbook to share exclusively with your readers! 

I have loved all the interviews I've done so far --- this is going to be a lot of fun!

Interviews:

with Kelly from Calming the Spirit (a great wellness blog)

with Rachel (the former) Fish Taco Fanatic (she recently went plant-strong!)

with Lindsay (great name!) of Green Food, Green Thumb, High Heels

with Sandra of Irresistibly Vegan (love this blog name!)

with Julie of Motor Girl in the Steel City (who I met in person!)

with Becca of Peace, Love, Bagels (mm bagels!)

with MO of VeganFit (her personal story is inspiring!)

with Kelly of Party Like a Vegan (yeah! paaar-ty!)

with Michele aka A Veg Who Hates Tofu (I'm a former tofu-hater!)

with Jessica of Jessica Hamilton Yoga

with Gloria of Glo's Kitchen

with Jaydee of Life in the Lost World (she's also doing a giveaway!)

with Erin from Vegan Once a Day

with Jess of In My Healthy Opinion

with Jennifer from Veggie Burgher (who I met in Pitt!)

with Jodie of Picky Vegan

with Julie from A Case of the Runs (best blog name ever!)

with Clara of My Educated Life (who I apparently went to HS with!)

with Tami Moore (we talk about unicorns and zombies!)

with Harriette Halepis

with Lizanna of Naturally Vegan

with Ryann of My Whole Deal (talking about sustainability!)

at Hungry Vegan Traveler 

with Rhonda of Singularly Happy (a great blog about loving your life)

at A Sunny Path

and with my pal Sarah of See Sarah Eat!

Pics from the new cookbook

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

It's been recipe mania around here. Last night I counted up all the new recipes I've created so far, and hit 50+. (Granted some of these include sauces and dressings, but still!)

This discovery was shocking, exciting and also a big wave of relief. You see, when my publisher asked me if I wanted to write another cookbook, I said "hell yes!" but then he asked if I could have the whole thing done in two months so we could get it out ASAP...  I had a bit of an anxiety episode (okay, I hade a huge episode that involved screaming, crying and throwing my arms in the air---but that's not the point!)

I felt like I could do it, but this pressure -- the looming deadline -- was really getting to me and every day I'd wake up with a touch of stress and anxiety, which was silly, really, because my publisher kept telling me if it was "too much" we could pull it and have the book come out in the Spring, or something. You know, so I could take my time.

But that's not how I operate. I wanted my book to come out as fast as it can. I want it to come out in December, or January, so you can give it as gifts or use it to start the New Years off with a healthy (and tasty!) agenda and I want this book to be even better than the last one -- more pictures, more recipes, more this and that. Yeah, I put a lot of pressure on myself! 

Thankfully, I'm one of those people who thrives under pressure so stress and anxiety aside, I've been really motivated.... writing 3 and 4 and sometimes 5 recipes in a day-motivated. 

Seeing how much progress I've made so far has left me feeling good --like I can do this!

Having all of your support and encouragement (not to mention the countless feedback given to every query I post on facebook) is really what has made this possible -- so thank you! (A big thanks to my testers and Andrea who are all moving at lightening speed with me).

So without further ado, here are some outtakes from the new cookbook -- these are not the photos that will appear in the book, but can give you a glimpse at some of the dishes all the same... enjoy!