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Chef John’s Sweet Potato Muffins

Chef John’s Sweet Potato Muffins

Have you ever tried Chef John’s sweet potato muffins? If not, you’re in for a treat! These delightful treats are the perfect combination of moist, fluffy, and flavorful. Whether you’re a sweet tooth or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional muffins, these sweet potato muffins are sure to satisfy your cravings. Let’s dive into the details of what makes these muffins so special.

The Secret Ingredient: Sweet Potatoes

What sets Chef John’s sweet potato muffins apart is the use of sweet potatoes as the main ingredient. Sweet potatoes not only add a natural sweetness to the muffins but also provide a moist texture. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making these muffins a nutritious choice.

A Burst of Flavor

Just like a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day, these muffins are packed with flavor. The combination of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger adds a delightful aroma and taste. These spices complement the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, creating a harmonious blend that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Moist and Fluffy Texture

One bite into these muffins, and you’ll experience a moist and fluffy texture that is incredibly satisfying. The sweet potatoes keep the muffins tender and moist, while the addition of buttermilk and vegetable oil adds a lightness to the batter. Each bite is like a pillow of deliciousness.

The Perfect Snack or Breakfast Option

Whether you need a quick grab-and-go breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack, these sweet potato muffins are the ideal choice. They are portable, easy to eat, and can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. A batch of these muffins can be made in advance, ensuring you always have a tasty treat on hand.

Customizable and Versatile

One of the great things about Chef John’s sweet potato muffins is that they are highly customizable. You can add your own twist by incorporating your favorite mix-ins such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried fruit. The possibilities are endless, and you can easily tailor the muffins to suit your preferences.

Healthy and Delicious

These sweet potato muffins are a healthier alternative to traditional muffins. With the use of sweet potatoes, less sugar, and the option to incorporate whole wheat flour, you can indulge in these treats guilt-free. They are a great way to sneak some extra nutrients into your diet without compromising on taste.


1. Can I use canned sweet potato puree instead of fresh sweet potatoes?

Absolutely! If you’re short on time, using canned sweet potato puree is a convenient option. Just make sure to choose unsweetened puree to control the sweetness of the muffins.

2. Can I substitute buttermilk with regular milk?

While buttermilk adds a tangy flavor and moisture to the muffins, you can substitute it with regular milk. Simply add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to the milk and let it sit for a few minutes to create a similar buttermilk substitute.

3. How long do these muffins stay fresh?

These muffins can stay fresh for up to 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also freeze them for longer storage.

4. Can I use a different type of flour?

Absolutely! You can experiment with different types of flour, such as whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour, to suit your dietary needs and preferences.

5. Can I reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe?

Yes, you can reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer a less sweet muffin. Keep in mind that the sweetness of the sweet potatoes will still contribute to the overall flavor.

6. How can I make these muffins vegan?

To make these muffins vegan, you can substitute the buttermilk with plant-based milk (such as almond or soy milk) and use a vegan-friendly egg substitute, such as flax eggs or applesauce.

7. Can I add other spices to the muffins?

Definitely! Feel free to experiment with other spices like allspice or cardamom to add a unique twist to the muffins.

8. Can I make mini muffins instead of regular-sized muffins?

Absolutely! If you prefer bite-sized treats, you can use a mini muffin tin and adjust the baking time accordingly. Mini sweet potato muffins make great party snacks or lunchbox treats.

In Conclusion

Chef John’s sweet potato muffins are a delightful treat that combines the goodness of sweet potatoes with a burst of flavor and a moist, fluffy texture. They are versatile, customizable, and can be enjoyed as a quick breakfast or a satisfying snack. With their health benefits and endless variations, these muffins are a must-try for any muffin lover. So, why not treat yourself to a batch of these delectable sweet potato muffins today?

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Chef John's Sweet Potato Muffins

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato (yams)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans , plus additional for topping
  • 2 teaspoons demerara sugar for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Place paper muffin liners in muffin tins and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, and nutmeg. Whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture becomes light and foamy (about 2 minutes).
  • Pour in vegetable oil and melted butter, whisking thoroughly.
  • Add mashed sweet potatoes and chopped pecans to the mixture.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and whisk until they are fully incorporated into the batter (about 1 minute).
  • Allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with pecans and a pinch of demerara sugar.
  • Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • If you don't have leftover cooked sweet potatoes, microwave them for about 7 or 8 minutes and scrape the flesh into a bowl.
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