Spinach Banana and Oat Muffins

Spinach Banana and Oat Donuts

Luca is loving my Beet and Oat Banana Muffins and they’re a great way to get whole grains, protein, iron, and veggies in – all in one bite!

Instead of reinventing the wheel (since he’s already showing an affinity towards the muffins), I decided to modify the recipe to change up the flavor and nutrient profile. I went with Spinach! You can’t mess with spinach – there are so many benefits of this leafy green, like vitamins, fiber, protein, and calcium!

Spinach Banana and Oat Donuts

I made these a few ways:

He loved them every style, but I felt like the larger muffins were easiest for him to grab! No slicing into strips, he just gripped it and went right for it!

If your baby has been loving the Beet Muffins, baby will be sure to like these!

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Spinach Banana and Oat Donuts

Yields 4-6 regular donuts

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1.5 packed cups baby spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a regular donut tin.
  2. Add all of the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Pour the batter into the donut cavities and bake for 17 minutes or until the donuts are firm and browning on the edges. pop out of the donut cavities and enjoy.


This makes 4-6 regular donuts.

Spinach and Banana Oat Donuts

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Kim says:
any change if you do muffins instead of donuts?
Carly Glazer says:
nope! Might want to cook a little longer!
Lindsay says:
My daughter and son Are allergic to eggs. Any suggestions On what to sub the eggs for in the muffins?
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Lindsay! We haven't tried it, but definitely give these a try with flax eggs and let us know how they turn out!
Anonymous says:
Does this REcipe require a super ripe banana? Or will a regular yellow banana work?
Carly Glazer says:
The riper the banana the more sweetness you will get out of it!
Liz C says:
Mine Caved in a bit after they came out of the oven. Is that Ok? They tasted cooked, i would prObably add addi sweetener for my taste. Any suggestions?
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Liz! Yes! As long as they seemed cook a little caving in is alright! Whatever your preferred sweetener is! We haven't tried anything, nut give it a try and let us know how they turn out!
Elle B says:
Tried it with Vegan “neat egg” and made 7 REGULAR muffins baking them for 20 min! So yummy and out daughter loved them! We will DEFINITELY be making more of these.
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Elle! So happy to hear these were enjoyed!
Sarah says:
Should they be weT inside at all? They seem cooked but a but wet, which im ASSUMING happens with spinach and banana.
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Sarah! Yes sometimes this can happen with the veggies releasing water! If you are uncomfortable with this you can cook them a little longer!
Allison says:
I do not happen to have flax On hand. If i omit the flax, will it effect the end product? Would i need to cook it longer or make any changes?
Nydia says:
Hello! I love your blog and instagram feed! I was wondering if these should be refrigerated. they are currently baking in the oven and i can't wait to see how it turns out!
Carly Glazer says:
Yes these can be refrigerated to save for the week!
Savannah says:
I made these tonight and mine stuck horribly to my nonstick donut pan. I even sprayed the pan too. I followed the recipe so I'm not sure what happened. Any ideas of what went wrong for them to stick so badly?
Melissa says:
Can these be frozen?
Carly Glazer says:
Yes definitely!
Anonymous says:
I made these tonight and mine stuck horribly to my nonstick MuFfin pan. I even sprayed the pan too. I followed the recipe so I'm not sure what happened. Any ideas of what went wrong for them to stick so badly?
Enara says:
What kind of blender would you recommend for this?
Carly Glazer says:
Any blender would work!
Your recipe of 'spinach-banana-and-oat-donuts' looks very yummy and I love donuts. Thank you for sharing it.
Anne says:
Hi there, what’s the best kind of spray to use for the muffin or donut pans?
Meaghan says:
Hi Anne! Great question. Just use whatever your preference. Olive oil works well!
Hala says:
Hi! What can I replace flaxseeds with?
Meaghan says:
Eggs or chia seeds would work!
Lindsay says:
I’m having the same issue as some others who have posted. I have the recommended mini donut pan which nothing usually sticks to but this recipe sticks horribly. I’ve used a ton of spray but it doesn’t seem to work. What do you use to grease your pan? Thanks so much! My son loves the donuts
Meaghan says:
We've used olive oil cooking spray!
Ann says:
Yum! I’d give anything to try these donuts right now. They look SO cute. I believe the taste is just phenomenal. Plus, there are indeed so many benefits of spinach. My kiddos would love these. I’m planning to make these next weekend. Gonna follow your recipe, though I’d like to replace eggs. I hope it will work. Thank you A LOT for sharing this idea. Look forward to your new recipes. Best wishes, Ann
Meaghan says:
Thanks, Ann! Let us know how they come out!
Annie says:
Hi Ali, What is the best way to store these? I made these Sunday, doubled the recipe and made them as muffins instead. I’ve been keeping them in a container on the counter and they appear to be releasing moisture and getting soggy. I’m wondering if I should have put them in the fridge or freezer? Or maybe cooked them longer?
Meaghan says:
You can put them in the fridge or the freezer!
Sarah says:
These are a huge hit with my little one! Thanks for the recipe! Any chance you have the calorie count? We are working super hard on weight gain and tracking calories.
Meaghan says:
Unfortunately because this was a sponsored post, we do not! We're so sorry about that!
Heather says:
Wondering what can be substituted for banana and the measurement since one banana isn't measured in grams or cups? We have a banana allergy in our house but would still like to try these with another healthy alternative.
Katie says:
Are these supposed to have some sort of baking soda or powder? I've made twice (both as muffins and donuts) and both times they came out very flat/sinking. I followed directions exactly.
Meaghan says:
Hi Katie! They will be a little flat due to the fresh ingredients!
Katie says:
Hi- can I sub frozen spinach for fresh? Under quarantine and don’t have any fresh spinach on hand. Thanks!
Meaghan says:
Definitely give it a shot! We haven't tried that yet but let us know!
Jess says:
I just started BLW with my daughter and it’s just so fun! At what age did you introduce these muffins to Luca and Roma?
Alex says:
I love these muffins! They are so easy to make and I love sneaking veggies into them (I don’t have kids and I love veggies but it’s just a nice and easy way to switch up how I’m eating them). I add a little bit more oats to them and I had steamed sweet potatoes on hand and added those too and it made them super moist! I always have a lot of batter so my donuts don’t have a complete hole in them but they are yummy nonetheless, and I absolutely love the color!

Meaghan says:
This is so fantastic! Great job and additions!
joan abington says:
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have 5 kids, all teens/young adults and all at home. These spinach donuts are always a hit taste wise and fun wise. They laugh and say I am the only mom that can turn a donut into something healthy. I always have to double the recipe. I also sprinkled with hemp hearts and called them sprinkles. It got a good laugh.
Meaghan says:
We love this so much! That's a total win. So glad they're a hit.
Danielle Weingarten says:
How do you keep the leftovers? I made them two days ago and left them out on the counter, lightly covered but they went moldy.
Meaghan says:
Definitely refrigerate in a closed container. The fresh ingredients used make them go bad more quickly if left out!
Vanessa says:
Hi - do you think you could use this recipe and make pancakes out of it?
Meaghan says:
You'd definitely need to thin it out a little. We haven't give it a try but definitely give it a go and let us know how it comes out.
Donna T says:
Well, I don't have babies around any more, but I would like to try these as part of my breakfast or as a snack. I am diabetic so I do need to see the nutritional information on these muffins. Thank you in advance.
Meaghan says:
These will be perfect for you!
Ck says:
Thank for this quick easy recipe. I tried however even putting in the convention oven for about 50 minutes, it was not cooked from inside. What could have gone wrong?
Meaghan says:
Did you follow it completely or did you make changes?
Albertina says:
This looks seriously amazing! I want to eat it right now!
Meaghan says:
You will LOVE them!!!

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