Here’s something orange for Halloween.  Tell you what I would do with it:  trick your kids into swapping you all their reese’s peanut butter cups and mini snickers treats for these much healthier alternatives!  There’s sugar on top, I’m sure you can pull it off.  No dress up, jack-o-lanterns or TorT here for us this year, maybe next year we’ll plan something.

Right, these muffins.  They are interesting.  It’s not a cakey type muffin; instead the sweet potato lends a chewy denseness that is quite pleasing.  The color remains pretty orange, even after baking.  I am convinced a sugar sprinkled top is the key to all delicious quick breads, especially when they are this healthy.  Miles gobbled these down.  Enjoy, and eat a PB cup for me!

Sweet Potato Muffins (adapted from Williams Sonoma)

  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 1 lb total), the deep orange kind
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • zest of one orange
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar
  1. Peel (unless organic, then just wash thoroughly) and chop sweet potatoes into 1/2″ dice.  Cover with water and boil until soft, about 10 minutes.  Drain well.  Puree in food processor, then spread on a plate to cool quickly to a handle-able temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.  Prepare your muffin tins (I made 6 large and 24 small muffins) by greasing or spraying with non-stick.
  3. Whisk together flours, spices, baking powder and salt.
  4. In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, milk and orange zest.  Add cooled sweet potatoes and beat until completely combined and smooth.  Add flour mixture and stir with a spoon until just incorporated (slightly lumpy).
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them right up (this stuff is too thick to run around the pan).  Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar.
  6. Bake 15 (small) to 25 (big) minutes.  Cool slightly then trade them for the good stuff.  OK, have one yourself too.  With butter, please.