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St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes from Emma Hemming Willis

Looking for a super easy March activity and healthy-ish snack? Try these St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes from Emma Heming Willis, which she shared on her blog were a favorite of her two girls, Mabel, and Evelyn. The secret ingredient? Spinach, which serves as a folate-filled natural food coloring. With only two other ingredients—boxed cake mix and applesauce—you might get lucky (pun intended!) and have everything you need in your pantry.


1 Boxed organic vanilla cake mix
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups organic baby spinach



Food processor
Kitchen scale
Hand mixer or mixer
Large mixing bowl
Muffin pan
Cupcake wrappers and toppers

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add your St. Paddy’s cupcake wrappers to your muffin tin.
  3. In a food processor, process your spinach and applesauce into a smooth puree. I let mine process for about 3 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix with the applesauce/spinach puree. With an electric hand mixer or mixer combine for about 2 minutes.
  5. With an ice cream scoop or spoon portion out the batter into the prepared muffin tin wrappers (spray with non-stick spray for best results).
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  7. Add your St Paddy’s toppers and enjoy!

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