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Sweet potato muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


This sweet potato muffins recipe is deliciously moist and cinnamon spiced! It’s ideal as a cozy side dish, breakfast or snack.


  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (or non-dairy milk)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup neutral oil (or substitute melted butter)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Granulated sugar, for the topping


  1. Cook the sweet potato: Make a or Steamed Sweet Potato (30 minutes), Quick Baked Sweet Potato (35 minutes), or Boiled Sweet Potato (peeled first; 15 minutes)*. Scrape the flesh out of the skin and use a fork to mash it in a bowl. Measure out 1 cup of puree. While the potato cooks, preheat and prep the batter.
  2. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 12 muffin cups to a muffin tin.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the batter: In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, then the milk, brown sugar, sweet potato puree, oil and applesauce. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fill the muffin cups evenly (there will be a good amount of batter, which makes for tall muffins). Sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar.
  4. Bake: Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins and place them on a cooling rack to fully cool. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container with a paper towel on the bottom and top, refrigerated up to 1 week or more, or frozen up to 3 months.


*We don’t recommend using our Microwave Sweet Potato method here: the sweet potato can come out very dry and make for a very thick dough (depending on the age of the potatoes and the power of your microwave). Because of the variability, we suggest using either steamed, baked or boiled sweet potatoes.

  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Baked
  • Diet: Vegetarian