Spiced sweet potato muffins

What do normal people do at 6:30 am on a Friday morning? Answer: Sleep, go to the gym, make breakfast, walk the dog. What does Chelsea do at 6:30 am on a Friday morning? Bake muffins!

I’ve always been a bad sleeper, but lately it’s been worse. I keep on waking up at 4 am and can’t fall back asleep! So when it happened again on Friday, I decided I might as well be productive and bake.

By 7 am, my kitchen was a mess of flour, blobs of batter on the counter, and the dreaded stack of dishes in the sink.

But having these sweet potato muffins just in time for breakfast was so worth it. They came out really soft and moist with the perfect amount of sweetness. And even though I used canned sweet potato, I’m sure canned pumpkin would work just as well!

Spiced sweet potato muffins

Spiced sweet potato muffins

Adapted from these Pumpkin Spice Latte Streusal Muffins from Healthy Food For Living

Makes 12

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup of quick cooking oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
3/4 cup sweet potato puree
1/4 cup sweetened applesauce
2 tbsp canola oil
1 egg
1/3 cup egg whites
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup of raisins

Preheat oven to 325°F (note, my oven is a bit wacky, so 350°F might be fine for your oven).

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar and flaxseed. In a smaller bowl mix together the sweet potato, applesauce, canola oil, egg, egg whites, and maple syrup. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overstir! Then fold in the raisins.

Scoop evenly into an oiled muffin tray, then bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Spiced sweet potato muffins

Do you ever bake at weird times?

What’s the last thing you baked?


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12 Responses to Spiced sweet potato muffins

  1. those look soo good!! I have some pumpkin and may make some pumpkin muffins like this!Hopefully your sleeping troubles get better soon :(Last thing I baked was a bunch of chicken hahah if that counts??? im not a huge baker

  2. How cool! I love the idea of this! :)

  3. M.

    These looks so tasty! Nom nom nom. How could you have forgotten them- Just kidding! Next time :)

  4. Last thing I baked was citrus oat bran muffins…so freaking delicious, especially crumbled over a bowl of cinnamon-grilled apples and yogurt!

  5. these look SO SO GOOD!! girl- I dont make nearly as much as i should. and ive been sleeping in until like 10 every morning! haha!! So no, I dont bake at weird times

  6. Chelsea these loook FANTASTIC. i can't think of a better word, but these muffins EPITOMIZE fall to me. theyre kind the kind of treat i want to cozy up with while reading a book and drinking a cup of hot tea in a cushy windowsill… yes that exact image.

  7. I have a tiny tiny kitchen in my NYC apt and it's not hard to cook in! I can't remember the last time I baked– I miss it : (I live vicariously through the blog world !

  8. I haven't made sweet potato muffins in ages! I made sweet potato cornbread muffins once they were fabulous.I will bake them any time – sometimes it's so hard to make time for it that it's kind of convenient when I can't sleep! I actually get a lot of work done when that happens. The last time I baked was today – I made tropical muffins! They were delicious.

  9. Ooh these look really good :-)I love that you bake early in the morning!Living in student halls of residence I don't get much opportunity to bake but back home I'd often find myself baking late in the evening, sometimes at 10pm! It's half of the fun :-P

  10. I enjoyed following the whole entry, I always thought one of the main things to count when you write a blog is learning how to complement the ideas with images, that's exploiting at the maximum the possibilities of a ciber-space! Good work on this entry!

  11. These are great. These were my substitutions: I tsp nutmeg instead of spice, 2 eggs instead of egg white, no raisins, but sprinkled slivered almonds on top before baking; fresh sweet potato and fresh grated apple intead of applesauce. Thanks

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