This recipe is adapted from this recipe I found online a few years ago. Feel free to play with the spices- you could even just dump some pumpkin pie spice in there and call it a day.
These muffins are part of my “Self-Care” plan this week- an attempt to nurture myself, relax and have a little fun. It worked really well, but I have to say that ideally, one should not multi-task and bake while doing a Yin practice at the same time. I had to leave Half Butterfly to take ’em out of the oven. What can I say: I’m still a student when it comes to relaxing.
After I Instagramed a photo of my muffins, a friend said, “Those muffins look totally comfy.” I couldn’t agree more: what a comfy muffin. Enjoy!
Totally Comfy Sweet Potato Muffins
Yields something like 18 muffins-ish.
- 3 C white whole wheat flour (King Arthur is great)
- 4 t baking powder
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t ginger
- 1/2 t ground cloves
- 1/2 t cardamom
- 1/4 t black pepper (or more, to taste)
- 1 1/2 C turbinado sugar (plain sugar would be okay too, of course. Or sorghum molasses. Or maple syrup, if it didn’t cost a fortune).
- 4 eggs, beaten (I used these because I have a friend with pet chickens. To make it vegan, sub 4 T ground chia or flax seeds, with 12 T of water)
- 2/3 cup oil (This time I used avocado. Coconut, peanut also good)
- 2 cups cooked/mashed sweet potato (roasted is best, but 1 can of organic sweet potato is also fantastic)
- 2 cups chopped pecans (optional. I like them toasted, which is an extra step and usually involves me burning a batch because I forgot I was doing it. Maybe you’ll do better).
- 1 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries (also optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare your muffin pans. You know, little paper cups if you want your muffins to be wearing little jackets, or maybe just oil or a spray. Your call.
Mix dry ingredients together in a big bowl. This is not the time to be lazy, you want to really get them mixed up awesomely.
Separately (if you have a stand mixer, life is pretty sweet here), beat eggs, sugar, oil and sweet potatoes. Sometimes I throw in a splash of vanilla here because, well, it’s vanilla. Once blended, add your dry ingredients and mix until blended. Now, unlike the earlier step, it’s important not to over mix, so have a light hand here. Just no lumps. Finally, add in your pecans and raisins.
Bake at 325* for 25-30 minutes or until your whole house smells divine.