Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato MuffinsThe thing I love most about Fall … well, besides the cooler weather, holidays, festivals, and everything decorated in my favorite color (orange) … is the spices.

Clove. Cinnamon.  Nutmeg.  Allspice. Ginger.

They all seem to bring with them a feeling of comfort and warmth.  For the next three months I’ll be baking up a storm using every combination of these delightful spices.

As much as I like to hover over my hot cup of coffee and savor the morning, some days are a little more rushed than others.  This recipe is perfect for one of those days where you crave the soothing feeling of being wrapped up in a warm blanket lingering over a hot beverage … but in reality you have to get out the door quick.  Take a couple of these wholesome treats with you for a boost of energy you’ll need to face the day.

This recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins was sent to me from  Mitch at the Beaufort Inn in South Carolina.  He’s had a lot of practice making breakfast over the years, even before life as an Innkeeper.  Sundays used to be his only day off and he would make something delicious in the morning for his daughter and a houseful of her friends.  Lucky girls!

Here’s what you’ll need …

Sweet Potato Muffins

Here’s what you’ll need … 2 cups white flour, 1/2 cup freshly ground flax seed, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup oil, 2 cups baked/peeled/cubed sweet potato, 2 eggs, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup dried cranberries.

Mix your dry ingredients together into a large bowl.

Sweet Potato Muffins

These are the little boogers you have to watch out for.  Flax seeds.  They’re what makes these little muffins wholesome, hearty, filling and delish … but don’t over indulge our you’ll experience what I call a flax-itive.

Sweet Potato Muffins

I grind mine in a coffee grinder.  It does the trick pretty good.

Sweet Potato Muffins

After grinding the flax seed, add them to your flour and spice mixture and mix well.

Next, beat the eggs in a separate bowl.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Add your eggs, oil, and honey to the flour/flax/spice bowl.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

This is going to get real thick, real fast.  I don’t recommend using a mixer or beater.

Instead just a fork will do and fold the batter together.

Sweet Potato Muffins

The honey combined with the flax seed makes this a thick and hearty stick-to-your-gut kind of muffin.  No fluffy pastry here.  This is a get outside and go hiking-climbing-fall-leaf-collecting-pumpkin-picking kind of breakfast.  Eat your heart out Kashi.

Sweet Potato Muffins

I had to resist the temptation to puree the sweet potato.  Add them cubed, not mashed.  They melt down a little and give it a moist texture.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Fold in the nuts, cranberries and sweet potatoes.  Do you feel like you’re making your own super food bar yet?  The recipes I post are usually not the healthy kind.  Bookmark this one for when you get into the thick of the holidays full of butter and sugar and crave a less guilt-ridden snack.  Just remember … don’t over indulge.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

Scoop the gooey wholesome goodness into greased muffin pans.  I like to add a little flour too.

I makes em pop out really easy and creates a little crust on the edge.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

This batch of batter almost made 2 dozen small muffins.  You could also make 12 really gigantic ones … just add a little more time to your baking.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

Ingredients

2 Cups white flour

1/2 Cup freshly ground flax seed

1/2 Cup honey

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tbsp ground cloves

1/2 cup oil

2 cups baked, peeled, cubed sweet potatoes

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup walnuts

1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2) Using a wire whisk, mix dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, flax seeed and spices) in large bowl.

3) Blend in beaten eggs and honey and mix well.

4) With a spoon mix in sweet potato cubes, walnuts and cranberries.

5) Separate into greased muffin pan and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

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About Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is a writer, spokesperson, and travel videographer. She believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors and collects recipes from her trips to recreate them here on The Travel Bite. She’s currently the Food and Dining Insider for Visit Florida and was recently named by KRED as one of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the world.

As much as Rachelle enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, she also loves to run. She’s completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon as well at 5 half marathons.

Comments

  1. Rachelle,

    Wow, what a nice presentation and great web site! No wonder the girls liked my muffins. Julie and I are moving to a real apartment next week after spending the last year on site at the small Caretaker’s Cottage. So we will have a real kitchen again. I will have to visit your site often to get ideas and I will pass along your site address to anyone I think would be interested.

    Thanks,
    Mitch

  2. Beautiful post. The colors definitely remind me of how wonderful this time of year is, with the leaves changing and all. I want to make these and have saved them in my recipe box. Thanks!

  3. muffin beautiful … I never tried the sweet potatoes but I will .. I like your photo sequence

  4. These look fantastic! I love the idea of leaving the sweet potatoes in chunks instead of pureeing or grating (which is what I’ve always done in the past), and the cranberries and walnuts sound like the perfect mix-ins. Definitely going to give this one a go next time I’m in the mood for some muffins.

  5. The finish product looks really good! Also packed with omega 3. what more can you ask for?:)

  6. Delicious and very healthful muffins!

  7. OMGosh! Beautiful photos and those muffins look like a lil bit of heaven. Thanks for sharing!

  8. George says:

    actually they are yams not sweet potatoes

  9. Your first paragraph perfectly sums up my feelings on fall! The muffins look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  10. kristy says:

    Such a lovely bake! Sweet potato muffins sounds delicious. Great job!

  11. kristy says:

    Such a lovely bake! Sweet potato muffins sound delicious. Great job!

  12. They look so good! x

  13. Hi, I browsed your website while searching google for coffee makers. Your site is really good and I love the theme. Just thought would let you know that I have subscribed to your rss feed. Also on a couple of pages I came across a 404 not found and after refreshing a couple of times was able to view the pages. Thank you

  14. OMG–I LOVE sweet potato muffins. This recipe looks good. I’m making lemon bread this weekend, but I must try this recipe next. Mmm, mmm!

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