Healthy spinach and feta muffins

Healthy is a namby pamby word. What is that all about? These muffins are healthy, but totally accidentally, because you’d never think so. I am healthy (because I say so), but am eating trifle straight out of the bowl as I write this.

So now we’re just arguing over semantics. Let’s not argue.

I joined a gym when I first moved to London and the next day I used my break clause to quit that same gym. It smelt, and quite frankly, I thought the money could be better spent.

So I made a deal with myself. I would always walk up and down the escalators at tube stations and then we (‘we’ being me and my alter ego) could use the spare money to go on more holidays! Yay! Total win-win.

For those of you who also think gyms smell, this recipe might come in handy. It might be because it’s made with water instead of butter, but at 120 calories, it’s a great snack. It’s healthy.

How is it still healthy with three different types of cheese? Because I say so.

So let’s not argue, let’s do this instead:

Take a cup of baby spinach and 100 grams of feta

Show the spinach who’s boss. Chop it good.

Put the rest of your ingredients in a bowl. Not too fancy. Just chuck it all in.

Spoon in to your trusty muffin tin. Top with parmesan.

Be healthy.

Ingredients
1 egg
1 cup water
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
100 grams low-fat feta cheese, crumbled or cut into 1cm cubes
1 cup of finely chopped baby spinach
2/3 cup low-fat grated cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, to top muffins

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with patty cases and spray with cooking oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except parmesan. It will be very solid.
  3. Spoon into prepared muffin tins and sprinkle with parmesan
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffins are golden. Makes 12.

Healthy? 120 calories. So yea.

Gluten free? Swap out the flour for a GF alternative and these work well.

Storage: They freeze well, otherwise best eaten within a couple of days. Store in an airtight container.

Source: modified from the Muffin Bible spinach and feta muffins.

21 Comments on Healthy spinach and feta muffins

  1. Caroline
    17 July 2011 at 11:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Love that these are healthy because they look divine! I love feta cheese, it’s one of my favorites. Yum!

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  2. Barefeet In The Kitchen
    17 July 2011 at 11:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m not a fan of feta, but these look great! I’m going to play with this and see what I can come up with instead. I really like the idea of a spinach muffin. We love it in all sorts of other foods. Thanks!

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 July 2011 at 6:57 am (3 years ago)

      You could always leave it out, or maybe replace it with cream cheese?

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 July 2011 at 6:50 am (3 years ago)

      Hehe, i’m not quite sure the feta is the healthiest part. But as I appear to be making the rules up as I go, let’s say it is!

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  3. thedrivencook
    18 July 2011 at 3:18 am (3 years ago)

    I totally think the gym smells, but I don’t encounter enough stairs a day to offset the food I enjoy eating. :) I do love feta though…

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      18 July 2011 at 6:49 am (3 years ago)

      I don’t think people should encounter as many stairs as I do a day! A bus and two tubes later…. there’s more than 100 stairs there per trip. It hurts!

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  4. frugalfeeding
    21 July 2011 at 10:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Two of my favourite things in a muffin! You know me so well… weird that.

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  5. Holly
    27 July 2011 at 6:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Firstly, your take on the gym and less gym more holidays – I love it! So true, and there’s so many other ways to get exercise [tube stairs, one less tube stop etc etc]
    Also, thanks for the post! My GF is ALWAYS going on about savoury muffins since I’ve taken up a bit of a cupcake baking obsession… I may make these soon, she’d love them!
    Thankx

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  6. Mike@The Culinary Lens
    30 July 2011 at 1:54 am (3 years ago)

    I love the idea of a savory muffin. This idea is particularly good I want to play around with it

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  7. thefooddoctor
    4 August 2011 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    If you say they are healthy then they are healthy..no argument from me :)

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  8. Tea & Sympathy
    16 August 2011 at 7:23 am (3 years ago)

    You’ll be pleased to know I am going to make a batch of these hot lil’ babies for my trip to Perf on the weekend.

    Perf…..better with muffins :-)

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      16 August 2011 at 9:04 am (3 years ago)

      Perf – anything might help. Hehe.

      Have a great trip!!

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  9. The Hook
    12 October 2011 at 12:27 am (3 years ago)

    Great opening shot!

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  10. howtomakemyday
    9 September 2012 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your style!! I made these just because I liked the way you wrote… But the muffins were also delicious!! Thank you.

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  11. petit4chocolatier
    12 January 2013 at 1:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I definitely need to make these!! Delicious!

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  12. Ali
    15 February 2013 at 9:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Love these! I believe cheese is healthy and totally required in my diet…a muffin with 3 cheeses is going to be the best, I can tell, And, I am going to save this recipe and make them tomorrow…need some new snacks for my work day :) Thanks for sharing!

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