Has your child ever told you that they don’t like green foods?

Or that they will eat green foods when they are 6 years old (or some other random age)?

I hear this from parents more often than not, but the funny thing is, not all green foods are scary to kids.  Especially if it comes in a muffin form.  ESPECIALLY if it has a name like Grinch Muffins.

Side note:  Credit goes to the talented Ecole Chocolat for the creative brains behind this muffin name!  I had posted it on my Instagram stories this week, calling them Green Cranberry Muffins (or something else super boring and unimaginative).  They replied to my story with two words…GRINCH MUFFINS!  I wanted to jump through the screen and kiss them.  Because what we call foods can take their attractiveness to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL.

As you can tell from my Sneaky Spinach Muffins and Green Eggs No Ham, I love putting a green spin on things!

spinach cranberry muffins

Snack Inspiration

Here’s what I want you to do with your child (particularly if he/she won’t touch green foods!).

Roll out a blanket, or cuddle up on the couch one night, and read the famous holiday book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Or put on the flick.

Then in the middle of the movie, or the book, ask your child:

“What might make the Grinch less greedy and rude?”

“Do you think a Generous (not Greedy) Grinch Muffin would help?”

Or skip the questions altogether and simply offer up a green muffin.  If they aren’t keen, you go ahead and nibble away at this nutrient-rich muffin yourself.

A note on cranberries

Cranberries tend to be the forgotten fruit.  Admittedly I kept ignoring the bag of frozen cranberries, pushing them to the back of my freezer.  But once cooked cranberries lose their tartiness and are pretty delicious in baking. These berries are rich in antioxidants (over two dozen phytonutrients have been found in cranberries) as well as a good source of Vitamin C, and fiber.

So let’s stretch ourselves beyond the typical fruits and berries to include some cranberries at the kitchen table!

Spinach Cranberry Muffins

Time to eat a Spinach and Cranberry Muffin (aka Grinch Muffin)

Grinch Muffin

Spinach Cranberry Paleo Muffin 

Course Snack
Keyword Muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12


Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 banana (ripe)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup steamed cauliflower I used partially thawed frozen cauliflower


  • 1 cup frozen cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix dry ingredients

  3. Blend wet ingredients (put cauliflower in blender last)

  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients

  5. Mix in cranberries 

  6. Pour batter into greased muffin tin or silicon muffin liners

Not only will they learn a few life lessons from the movie, but they may also realize that green foods can be fun too.