mmmm....muffins and sight words

Mar 28, 2013

Oh, spring break! 
With all of my home time, there has been a lot of experimenting this week with some crafts and recipes.  I found a linky to go along with my experiments for the week at 2nd Grade Pad.  It is a Make and Take linky.  It can be school or home related.  Since I am not at school this week, I thought I would post a recipe that I tried out this week.

I live in a house with one gluten-free child and one diabetic low-carb husband.  We have to be creative.
I found these "Green Monster Muffins" on The Chic Life. They were really good!  But I needed to make them fit our food restrictions.  So I changed things up a bit.  I used almond meal instead of flour.  Got rid of the sugar and decreased the amount of applesauce.  I added some more spices to ensure there was some flavor (since I got rid of the sugar).

Spinach-Almond Muffins
1 1/2 cups of almond meal (I use Trader Joe's)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground gloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup packed baby spinach (chopped in food processer)
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Get muffin cups ready (about 11 or 12).
Whisk the egg until fluffy.  Add the applesauce and whisk until blended.
Then add the oil, vanilla, spinach, and lemon juice.  Whisk together.
 Pour in all of the dry ingredients and mix until just blended.  Pour mixture into muffin cups (about 3/4 full). 
Bake for about 14-16 minutes.

Mine are not as pretty as the "Green Monster Muffins" but we have had about 3 batches this week!

This is a teacher blog.  So I figure I need to post something related to school.  This year I have created some powerpoints that show sight words quickly.  The purpose is to get our firsties to see the words and know them automatically.  I just made a new one this week.  It will be used more next year because they are very easy/common words.  We show the powerpoint during transitions on our mimeo.  The students can read along with the powerpoint on their own.  If you want a copy just click on the photo.

Happy Thursday everyone!


  1. Hi Em!!!!!
    Those muffins sound fun! We have a peanut allergy in our house, so almonds make our world go round. Love almonds!

    Great idea to do the powerpoint with sight words and click through them quickly!!!

    Hugs - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  2. Thanks so much for linking up. Love the recipe!

    I hope you'll link up again next Thursday! :-)

    2nd Grade Pad

  3. We do a similar thing with sight words in my class, but every so often I stick a picture in and the kids have to act out that picture. For example, I have one with animals and when students see that one they have to make the sound of that animal. The kids love it!

    My Kinder-Garden

  4. Those muffins sound interesting! My daughter is home from college and love to cook for us...I'm giving her this recipe!
    Owl Things First

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  6. Those muffins look good! We play a game called Around the World with sight words on slides. Two kids stand up and whoever says the word first gets to keep playing. The next kid stands up and the game continues. Some of my super smarties will say the word at the same time so we had to alter the rules a little. They can earn a sticker if they "win" 5 times in a row or if the two players have a tie 5 times. The kids love it and it is good motivation to know the words on sight. I also give good sportsmanship stickers to kids that try hard and have a good attitude.=]


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