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Spinach & Pine Nut Muffins – Cupcake Recipe

This is a wonderful Mediterranean combination and an ideal lunchtime treat.

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. superfine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 cup chopped cooked spinach
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) pine nuts


Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).  Grease a large 6-cup muffin pan.  Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, combine the milk, oil, and egg with an electric mixer until well combined.  Fold the flour mixture into the milk mixture and stir until nearly combined.  Stir in the spinach and pine nuts.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.  Remove the muffins and cool on a rack.

Store in a airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

makes 1/2 dozen muffins


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