Sweet Potato Muffins

1 egg
1 1/4 cup mashed plain sweet potato*
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground orange peel
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

optional: Demerara sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line 12 wells in a muffin tin. In a large bowl, whisk together the spices, baking powder and both flours. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat together the oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the buttermilk then add the dry ingredients. Mix to combine. Fold in the mashed sweet potato. Divide evenly into wells. If desired, sprinkle the tops with demerara sugar.


Bake about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the center muffin comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack.

*I used 2 leftover baked sweet potatoes.

My thoughts:

I buy sweet potatoes and then I remember that I actually don’t really like sweet potatoes very much. They are just too sweet for me to enjoy baked or as a side dish. As a muffin or a cupcake however, they are palatable. These muffins are pretty straightforward; a simple spice muffin made extra moist by the sweet potato. They are extra tasty served warm with a bit of butter.


  1. YUM, YUM, YUM!
    These look so good, will make them tonight!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. These look good, and relatively healthy, with the whole wheat flour! Thanks!

  3. These sound wonderful especially with the addition of the lemon peel. So many uses for sweet potato muffins too. Breakfast, side dish, quick snack or lunch!! Nice post. Love your blog!!

  4. You don’t like apple cider or sweet potatoes? My theory about how much we have in common is going down the tubes! These muffins look yummy though!

  5. yummmmmmmyyyyy .. i think its an awesome recipe ..

    seems that there is much to learn from yr blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ yeaaaaah

  6. They look filled with comfort and spice and everything nice! I wish I had one this morning instead of the everything bagel ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Mmmm mmm. Tasty sweet taters in a muffin. Love those things!

  8. Is “ground orange peel” a product that you buy or is it orange zest? My husband will love these muffins.

  9. Vera- Ground orange peel is not the same as zest. It is ground, dried orange peel. You can find it with spices.

  10. Oh man, we LIVE off sweet potatoes. I’ve never actually used them as an ingredient, however. I’ve seen other recipes like this – I guess I need to try one!

  11. Would you believe that I’m JUST NOW finding that roundup on Foodieviews where you linked to my no-bake bars?

    This past year was a whirlwind, and I have no excuses. Well, maybe having a baby is a *wee* bit of one, but still.

    So thank you, a very belated thank you.

  12. Oh, this is perfect. I have a ton of sweet potatoes that I need to use. And I do believe we have some whole wheat flour on hand, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. do you think it would be any different if you used the store bought canned and pureed sweet potato?
    i totally want to make this and have a ton of leftover cans of sweet potato in my cupboard that would be nice to use!

  14. Lydia-I’ve never bought canned potatoes but it would be worth a try.

  15. I really like this recipe!! I’ll have to make these for me and my kids to snack on!

  16. thanks rachel! i’ll have to let you know how it turns out! ๐Ÿ˜‰