Leftover Takeover: Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins
Baked Sweet Potato is a healthy side dish for dinner any night of the week. But I hate it when I have one sweet potato leftover and no one wants to eat it! For this recipe you can scoop out the baked sweet potato and mix it into a muffin filling for Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins – it tastes just like pumpkin!
I originally made this recipe because I had leftover Sweet Potato Casserole from Thanksgiving. I didn’t make traditional sweet potato casserole instead I made Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole. Once everyone was finished and sick of the leftovers I still had a few left and turned the filling into muffins. I almost like them better then my Pumpkin Muffins!
Sweet Potatoes are good for you and make a great healthy addition to muffins.
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins
makes about 12 muffins
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/4 cup)
- 1/2-1/2 cup brown sugar (I used 1/4 cup, I prefer not too sweet) If using freshly mashed sweet potato without any seasoning you will have to add additional 1/2 cup to the sweet potatoes. (can use some honey as well)
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping cup sweet potato casserole or freshly mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (additional if using freshly mashed sweet potato)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin or loaf pan.
- In a large bowl combine both sugars. orange juice, oil, eggs, vanilla extract and sweet potatoes. Whisk until smooth until filly incorporated.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, and remaining dry ingredients, whisk until evenly mixed.
- Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet a little bit at a time until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Do not over mix!
- Fill batter 3/4 way in muffin tin or put all of the batter in a loaf pan and sprinkle with nuts.
- Muffins will bake about 25-30 minutes or until comes out clean, a loaf will take about 60 minutes.
- Allow bread to cool and enjoy!
If you are not using sweet potato casserole which has flavor in it already from the cinnamon, brown sugar etc then you need to add flavor into your sweet potato mash before mixing into the wet batter. Sprinkle with additional sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg until flavored.
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