|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 12 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||13%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These sweet potato muffins get extra texture and flavor from pecans and the cinnamon-sugar topping. You optionally can add 1/2 cup of toffee bits (Bits 'O Brickle Bits) to the muffins or turn them into a bread. The sweet potato purée lowers the amount of oil needed in the recipe and makes the muffins very moist.
The muffins can be frozen for up to 3 months. If you make two batches and freeze one, you'll have a fabulous treat to serve when friends and family visit unexpectedly.
- For the Muffins:
- 1 3/4 cups/8 ounces all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk (or whole milk)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups sweet potato (puréed, from a can or freshly cooked sweet potatoes)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Optional: 1/2 cup toffee bits or brickle bits
- For the Topping:
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe for sweet potato muffins, they are broken down into workable sections to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Make the Muffin Batter
Gather the ingredients.
Butter or spray the wells of a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking or baking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, the ground nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Stir or whisk to blend thoroughly; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and the brown sugar, evaporated milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Add the sweet potato purée and whisk until well blended.
With a spoon, stir the flour mixture into the sweet potato batter just until the dry mixture is moistened. The batter will be a bit lumpy.
Fold in the pecans and toffee bits, if using.
Fill muffin cups nearly full.
Make the Topping and Bake
In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of each muffin.
Bake the sweet potato muffins for 22 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a muffin.
How to Make Fresh Puréed Sweet Potatoes
Scrub and peel 2 medium sweet potatoes. Cut into cubes and place in a saucepan. Cover with water. Bring the sweet potatoes to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low or medium-low, cover the pan, and cook until very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well. Pulse in a food processor until smooth. Let come to room temperature before using in this recipe.
Storage and Reheating
Freeze the muffins in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. Reheat single frozen muffins in the microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds (100% power). Or wrap frozen muffins in foil and heat in a heated 350 F oven for about 15 minutes.
While these sweet potato muffins are delicious just as they are, every recipe can benefit from a little variation now and then.
- Replace the optional toffee bits with 1/2 cup of dried cranberries or raisins.
- Add about 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips in place of or in addition to the toffee bits.
- Use walnuts instead of pecans.