Recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins

Did you know you could bake desserts with sweet potatoes? Sweet potato desserts are a hit in the southern states, and you’ve no doubt heard of sweet potato pie, but I bet you didn’t know that they could make these incredibly moist sweet potato muffins?

Sweet potatoes muffing

Why bake with sweet potato?

I love sweet potato! It’s the perfect healthy side for my dinner or lunch, so sweet and soft that it got me thinking…

We are entering fall and I’m desperate to try some fall baking recipes; anything with pumpkin spice flavors. Pumpkin is a little difficult to cook with though, unless you choose to wrestle with one or simply buy a can of puree, so I suddenly thought – why not use sweet potato instead? Sweet potatoes are available all year round, are cheap, easy to prepare and cook, and don’t leave a mess of pumpkin entrails all over the kitchen… Also, as they are considered a superfood, they are healthier than a can of pumpkin puree which often doesn’t even include real pumpkin.

Plus sweet potatoes are in fact sweeter and have more flavor! They are moist and soft, almost creamy in texture, so produce meltingly tender muffins like these.

How do you bake with sweet potato?

It’s easy – simply cook the sweet potatoes until the centers are incredibly soft. You can peel and chop them, then cover the pieces in water and bring to the boil. Or you can leave them whole and pierce the skins with a fork. Put them in a hot oven and cook for around 20 to 25 minutes until the outside is crisp.

From there you scrape all the bright orange insides into a bowl, and mash it up until smooth and lump-free. Try to resist eating it though!

Set it aside as you make your muffin batter, then add the mashed sweet potatoes along with the wet ingredients.

What’s the sweet potato muffins’ texture like?

As sweet potato contains more starch than pumpkin, the finished muffins are denser and chewier than pumpkin bakes, yet the creamy sweet potato mash adds serious amounts of moisture and richness. Therefore, the muffins melt in your mouth, and before you know it, you’re reaching for another.

Here’s a quick tip: when folding all the ingredients together, don’t overmix. This causes the gluten to strengthen and the muffins’ crumb to be tough. As soon as the flour disappears into the batter, stop.

Sweet potatoes muffing

Sweet potato muffin ingredients

This recipe for sweet potato muffins includes:

  • Whole wheat flour: whole wheat flour is a great way to add a little more nutrition to your baking as it contains considerably more fiber than white flour, as well as additional vitamins and minerals including iron and calcium. It’s one less thing to feel guilty about when you give your kids one of these muffins as an after-school snack! Plus, whole wheat flour contains a little less gluten than regular flour, meaning the texture is more tender and crumblier.
  • Baking powder: to give our muffins a beautiful rise.
  • Ground cinnamon: an essential in my opinion! Combine sweet potato with cinnamon and your kitchen is immediately scented with the fragrance of fall. This makes the muffins warming and spicy, and gives me my pumpkin spice fix.
  • Powdered sugar: this eases out the sweet potato’s natural sweetness
  • Eggs: eggs are crucial for baking: they provide richness, texture, structure, color, the list is endless!
  • Vanilla: to enhance the cinnamon’s warmth.
  • Milk: to loosen the thick batter.
  • Oil: muffins are usually made with flavorless oil, not butter, as it keeps the muffins really moist and fluffy.
  • Chocolate chips: a little naughty addition, making this recipe for sweet potato muffins perfect for kids!

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And there’s the frosting too:

  • Butter: it puts the butter in buttercream frosting! Plus, it adds delicious richness and keeps the frosting firm enough to spread or pipe.
  • Powdered sugar: for a touch of sweetness.
  • Vanilla: to contrast the coconut flavor with a note of warmth.
  • Coconut extract: on its own, coconut cream doesn’t really deliver a strong coconutty flavor, yet by adding just half a teaspoon of coconut extract, you get a hit of refreshing coconut which perfectly complements the warm sweet potato.
  • Coconut cream: this adds light and creamy notes to the frosting.

Try this recipe for sweet potato muffins with chocolate chips and coconut frosting today, and watch as the muffins disappear in the blink of an eye!

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