Sweet Potato Muffins

It may seem odd to be making a recipe with sweet potatoes in spring. But, two things: one, sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables, and two, these don’t really taste like sweet potato, at all. In these whole wheat muffins, what the sweet potato really does is just add an incredible amount of moisture, which is incredibly essential in a whole-wheat muffin. Now, the truth is I actually wanted these to taste like sweet potato! So while this recipe didn’t really turn out to be what I was looking for, it was still really delicious and a big hit with my family, so I definitely wanted to share it. However, I’m still on a mission to find a good muffin that’s sweet potato pie-esque…not too sweet, but unmistakably sweet potato. I’m not giving up, but in the meantime try this recipe if you’re looking for a healthy and tasty whole-wheat muffin option!

Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Muffins
adapted from Mark Bittman

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (note: you can go fully whole-wheat if you so choose!)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of melted butter (1 stick=1/2 cup)
1 cup pureed or mashed cooked sweet potato
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Add paper liners to a 12 cup muffin tin. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together butter, sweet potato, egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Fold wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Fill muffin cups (leaving some room for rising) and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean and crumb-less.

Usually whole-wheat muffins are kind of dense and heavy, but these were light, soft, and moist with really great flavor. Actually can’t wait to make them again!

photos by me

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  1. How hard were they to make?

    Published 5.14.14 · Reply
  2. These look great! I have just started eating sweet potatoes just baked in the oven. Another way to use sweet potatoes is welcomed!


    Published 5.14.14 · Reply
    • Yum, I need to do that! Seriously, they're so good any way you cook 'em.

      Published 5.15.14 · Reply
  3. Oh my goodness, these sound amazing! I am slowly starting to fall in love with sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    Published 5.14.14 · Reply
    • Yes, they're so good! I love regular potatoes too though…although not for a muffin ingredient, haha.

      Published 5.15.14 · Reply
  4. OK, not to be splitting hairs or anything, but do you really mean 1/14 c of all purpose flour?

    Published 5.15.14 · Reply
  5. Ali wrote:

    These look sooooo good. I may need to make them this weekend.

    Published 5.15.14 · Reply
  6. Holly wrote:

    Yum! These look delicious

    Published 5.16.14 · Reply
  7. Wow…these sound amazing!! So fun checking back in after so long! Love seeing what you've been up to! And your apartment tour is GORGEOUS!! xx

    Published 5.21.14 · Reply
    • So great to hear from you Natasha! Hope all is well with you 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Have a great holiday weekend. xoxo

      Published 5.23.14 · Reply