Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar

Most of us love baked goods with pumpkin… pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies… fall is the season for pumpkins, after all.  I am excited just thinking about baking up some of my favorite pumpkin staples.  In the meantime, I came across a recipe I’ve kept for years in my collection of “stuff I want to bake.”  The recipe features sweet potatoes instead of pumpkins, and I knew I’d have to give it a go.  Oh, my… it’s hard to put into words how delicious these sweet potato goodies are.  Is there seriously a full cup of real sweet potatoes in there?!

sweet potato cinnamon muffins with brown sugar

Sweet Potatoes make this muffin extra moist

Years ago, when I first saw “sweet potato” in the title, I was intrigued but uncertain.  Of course I couldn’t let it go, because I’m always looking for ways to incorporate healthy stuff into treats that everyone will eat.  I decided to make muffins instead of the loaf, because muffins just have greater curb appeal.  I’m sooo glad I gave these a shot, because…get this…I am about to make my 3rd batch in 1 week.  That’s right.  The first batch was for the fam.  The second batch I made for the lovely gals in my women’s group.  The third batch is because I don’t feel like I personally got to eat enough of these.  Hubby complains he didn’t eat enough either.

Sweet potato cinnamon muffins

Sweet potato muffins: cinnamon and spice makes everything nice

Truth is, I haven’t even told my kids that these are made out of sweet potatoes.  They didn’t ask, and we didn’t tell.  They just ate.  And ate.  The kid who gags on sweet potatoes ate three entire muffins in one sitting.  And I didn’t struggle with one ounce of guilt because they’re pretty wholesome.

Sweet potato cinnamon muffins

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins – healthy and yummy

It’s not obvious that these muffins feature sweet potatoes at first bite… you would probably guess there is something rustic (like pumpkin) in them, but it’s hard to pinpoint what it is unless someone lets the potatoes out of the bag. 😉

Sweet potato cinnamon muffins

Sweet potato cinnamon muffins – breakfast is dessert too

These are some of the softest, moistest, tenderest muffins to be had.  I lessened the amount of sugar so that they weren’t over-the-top-sweet.  I even subbed out half of the regular flour for whole wheat and added ground flax to boot.  Absolutely moist and delicious.  I decided to make a crispy crumb topping out of brown sugar and pecans, which makes the muffins extra special.  A cream cheese drizzle would be fabulous, too.  But honestly, you don’t even need any topping… these muffins are so tender and tasty all by themselves.

If your loved ones don’t usually go ga-ga over sweet potatoes, try these muffins.  They’ll eat these.  Or make it easier and bake it into a loaf and put crumb topping on top of the loaf.  They’ll eat that too.  I won’t tell if you won’t :)

RECIPE (12 muffins)

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1-2 TB ground flax seed meal
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 very large sweet potato (to yield 1 cup mashed)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup water
1 TB vanilla extract

For the crumb topping:
2 TB cold butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour


Wash and dry sweet potato.  Wrap well in foil and roast in oven or toaster oven for 1 hour at 400F.  It should be quite soft and easily pricked by a fork.  If it’s not soft enough, roast another 15 minutes.  Let cool.  Peel and mash.  You should have about 1 cup of mashed sweet potato, give or take a little.  This step can be done ahead of time.

Mix topping ingredients together with fork or fingers, until it is a crumbly mixture.  Wrap and place in fridge until ready to use.  This can also be done ahead of time.

Preheat oven to 350F.  In large bowl, combine flours, flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Mix well.  In another large bowl, combine eggs, sugars, sweet potato, oil, vanilla, and water.

Gently fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, just until completely moistened.  Do not over stir.  Spoon batter into lined muffin pan, filling to the tops.  Sprinkle crumb topping generously over muffins.  Bake for 19-21 min, or until toothpick comes out almost clean.  It is done when toothpick still has a few tender crumbs sticking to it.  Carefully test it to make sure muffins are not over baked.  Cool muffins in pan about 15 minutes.  Remove muffins onto wire rack.  Enjoy!

Source:  Chew Out Loud

*  If you want to make a bread loaf instead of muffins, just pour batter into a greased/floured 9×5 inch loaf pan.  Sprinkle topping over loaf.  Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick shows a few tender crumbs.


  1. says

    Amy: These sweet potato muffins look so moist and scrumptious… I’ll have to try your recipe soon !!! I love the photography too. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. xx

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Actually in Japan, fall/autumn means sweet potatoes, and not pumpkins. :) So these muffins are totally calling my name and reminds me of comfort food. Your muffins look so delicious!!!.

    • says

      What an interesting thing, because my mom says all her “older Chinese friends” love sweet potatoes and it’s a comfort food to them as well. Maybe sweet potatoes are like pumpkins in certain parts of Asia? Thanks for visiting, Nami! I’m a fan of your blog!

  3. andeeeng says

    sweet potatoes are actually good for people with blood sugar problems. i think i just might try this for my aunt and father-in-law. thanks!

  4. Chrysa T. says

    I’ve just made these and I must say they smell and taste like autumn! Full of spices and warmth! Instead of the crumb topping I decided to go for a cream cheese frosting! They tasted remarkably like carrot cake muffins! Thank you for the recipe!

    • says

      Hi, Becky! I believe all you need to do is just sub out the wheat for white. It’s a 1-for-1 ratio, so simply replacing it with white flour should work great. Glad you came over :)


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