These sweet potato muffins are extremely moist, packed with nutrients, and DELICIOUS!
I don’t love baking for the sake of baking, so when I do bake it’s usually for one of two reasons: 1) to have something quick and freezer-friendly on hand for breakfasts or after school snacks, or 2) to incorporate nutritious foods into our diets in a delicious way. This sweet potato muffin recipe accomplishes both.
Bananas, zucchini, and pumpkin are my staple muffin-baking ingredients because they add nutrition as well as a terrific texture. But the sweet potato might just be my new favorite. These muffins are SO, SO moist, full of nutrients, and require less sugar than most other muffin recipes because of the natural sweetness of the potatoes.
Before I share the recipe, let me clear up a question that gets asked often: Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing?
The answer is “no.” They are similar, but not the same. It can get confusing because yams are often incorrectly labeled in stores, in recipes, and even on cans. So let me help you differentiate the two.
What is a yam? While you may see sweet potatoes incorrectly labeled as yams (especially in the south), true yams are actually pretty rare in the United States. They are characterized by a lighter flesh and a darker skin with a rough texture. Since yams are also starchier than sweet potatoes, you’ll want to be sure to use sweet potatoes for this recipe.
What is a sweet potato? A sweet potato is, well, a sweet potato. There are many varieties of sweet potatoes in available in the U.S., and they come in all different colors. For this recipe, I look for a sweet potato with tapered ends and a bright orange flesh.
Cooking note #1: I recommend cooking the sweet potatoes a day ahead or a few hours ahead of when you want to make the sweet potato muffins. This will allow them time to cool and also make them easier to peel.
Cooking note #2: I used 3 very large sweet potatoes and they equaled about 3 cups of mashed potato. So if you are buying small-medium potatoes, I’d recommend using approximately 5-6. You can always use the leftover potato to make smoothies, pancakes, or anything else you like!
Cooking note #3: If you think flaxseed is something only crazy health-nut types enjoy, I dare you to sprinkle some on top of these muffins and see if you don’t think it’s delicious.
SWEET POTATO MUFFINS
Nutrient-packed sweet potato muffins that are super moist and delicious!
- 3 cups of mashed sweet potato see below for instructions
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal optional
To prep the sweet potatoes (this can be done a day or so ahead if you want to break up the muffin-making process): Pierce the potatoes with a fork and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, or until the inside is soft when poked with a fork. Remove and let cool. When the potatoes are cool, peel off the skin and mash the sweet potato filling with a fork or masher until any big lumps are gone. Measure out 3 cups worth of filling.
To make the muffins: In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and then add the sweet potato.
Pour into muffin tins/cups. If using flaxseed, sprinkle on top of the muffins. Bake at 325 for approximately 30 minutes.
I used three very large sweet potatoes and it came out to be just about three cups exactly. If you're using smaller potatoes you might want to use 4-5. If you end up being short, you could always use some mashed banana to get to three cups.