Leprechaun Cupcakes

Ever since we got the Bakery Bites Express, I’ve been a little obsessed with making muffins.  I mean, who can resist tiny bite-sized muffins?  So when I saw that Little Miss was having a St. Patrick’s Day party, I knew I wanted to make green cupcakes!  However, I didn’t want that green from throwing a bunch of food coloring in….


So I was thrilled when I found this recipe for Spinach Cupcakes over at A Little Nosh!  I knew immediately these were the cupcakes we were going to make.  I told Little Miss we were making Leprechaun cupcakes.  She’s been talking about Leprechauns nonstop for the past two weeks, so I knew she’d be interested.  She helped mix the dry ingredients.


And then we stuffed the spinach (4 cups!) and some applesauce into the Ninja to make Leprechaun juice. 


After a few quick whirls, we were ready to go!


Combining the Leprechaun juice with the dry ingredients gave us a beautiful green batter that Little Miss was ready to devour it right then!  I let her have a taste test, and she approved.


Then we cooked them up and ended up with beautiful mini cupcakes that are a nice green color throughout, without that artificial food coloring!  Little Miss can’t wait to frost them today!  And if you wondering, no, you can’t taste the spinach!


Leprechaun Cupcakes

Adapted from A Little Nosh


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk (I used soy powder to make it vegan)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 cups baby spinach


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Puree the applesauce, vanilla, and spinach in a blender or food processor.  You may need to add the spinach in batches. 
  4. Add the spinach mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes (for full size muffins), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  In the Easy Bake, this took about eight minutes. 
  6. Cool completely.
  7. Frost if you’d like and enjoy!

About April H

My family and I live on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. We love outdoor adventures, protecting the Earth, cooking great food, and trying new things!
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13 Responses to Leprechaun Cupcakes

  1. Isra says:

    What a fabulous way to get spinach into a way kids’ will love!! So creative, I’m totally going to make these, thank you!

  2. Nikki says:

    Those are so cute! I’m glad you answered my question already, I was going to ask if you can taste the spinach. I’m such a picky eater, far worse than my kid, so I need people to trick me into eating healthy stuff, lol!
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  3. Sara says:

    What a cute and creative idea! My son would love these, and I would love him eating spinach without knowing it! (Haha!)
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  4. Chrissy Melburg says:

    Wow, I never thought a cupcake could look like that. How was the taste then? I’ll try to do it myself too.

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  5. WOW – those look interesting. Yummy frosted?
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  6. How cute and healthy, too!

  7. Ghada says:

    I love spinach. I would have never thought to make them like this. On a side note, I’ve been researcher blenders and have been considering the Ninja 🙂
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  8. Tawnya S says:

    I seriously can’t wait to try these! I LOVE that they have spinach in them instead of food coloring!

  9. Maryann D. says:

    These LEPRECHAUN CUPCAKES are a wonderful idea. I love that the spinach makes the color also! super!

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