Healthy Sweet Potato Muffins

by jerseygirl on January 25, 2009 · 37 comments

As you probably already know, I don’t consider myself a great baker. I don’t have a lot of baking experience because I really don’t like having cakes and cookies lying around the kitchen all the time. I just baked my own bread for the first time without a bread machine and would like to enhance my baking skills. With that comes practice but the hips could really use more practice in a yoga class or on the treadmill.

That being said, I can make muffins. I love having a quick take along breakfast or snack and I like to experiment with healthy muffins. It is also a great way to pack nutrition into my children’s diet. This recipe is adapted from Louisiana Cookin’s 1st prize winner in their 2005 sweet potato contest. These muffins are moist and dense but do not contain any oil or butter. I love how the pineapple and pumpkin pie spice enhances the flavor. You can’t go wrong with fruit, a vegetable, whole wheat and flax seed all rolled into a muffin. These were even better the next day. Make sure you store them in a plastic air tight container.

Healthy Pineapple Sweet Potato Muffins

1 cup mashed baked sweet potatoes
1 cup crushed canned pineapple, drained well
Β½ cup egg beaters (or 2 eggs)
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 Tbs flax seed
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl, combine sweet potatoes, pineapple, egg beaters and sugar. Stir until well combined. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, flax seed, pie spice and salt. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and fold until dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not over mix. Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon about ΒΌ cup batter into each cup. If there is not enough batter to fill the tin, put a small amount of water in the empty ones. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes. Makes 14-16 muffins.

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Kitt January 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Yum! I hear you on the hips …

I wonder, is the flax seed essential?

That Girl January 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Great idea to use up the sweet potatoes I’ve got!

Mary January 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Lisa, these look really good. I’ve bookmarked the recipe and will make these the next time I prepare a ham. Thanks…Mary

Veronica January 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I’m with you on the baking thing…I don’t like having fresh baked goods lying around since I really have no will power!

ttfn300 January 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm

i love me some muffins, these look great πŸ™‚ too bad i didn’t see this before i tried to use up my mushy butternut!

Donna-FFW January 25, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Muffins that are healthy!! Love it. Love the combo of pineapple and sweet potato. Bet my kids will love them also!!

Dawn January 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I love that pineapple is in here. Good thinking!
And I hate to have sweets sitting around too.

Erica January 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

mmm these sound great! Pineapple really adds a special something to a lot of cake/cupcake/muffin batters! Enjoy them

Jennifer January 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Lisa, this is exactly the type of muffin I have been thinking about-healthy and perfect to have ready on a Monday monring. I will be posting about this one-thanks.

Maria January 25, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I love baking! I will have to try these muffins, they look tasty!

Amber January 25, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I swear, one day you are going to tempt and guilt me into eating healthy. You keep making healthy look good and I want butter! Damn you!
Thanks about the award, I finally figured out how to transfer it to my blog. I tried when you gave me one and embarrassingly technology won.

Sharon January 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Wow, these do sound quite tasty yet healthy! Love the addition of pineapple as well.

Lori January 25, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I have been into muffins lately. I have been looking at a ton of recipes. These look really good. January 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I like the twist of pineapple and sweet potato.

Bunny January 25, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I love these, maybe i could sneek them past my hubby if i didn’t tell him there was sweet potatoes in them!

Aggie January 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

Lisa, I can totally relate on the baking. Muffins are about all I can do easily, πŸ˜‰

And these muffins look great! I love the color of them…and love pineapple and sweet potato. I’m bookmarking this one.

kat January 26, 2009 at 10:53 am

I love using sweet potatoes in baking

j & j dish it out January 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

I’ve never been a fan of Sweet Potatos but my husband is. These sound good. I will have to make them and see if they can convert me to the all things good sweet potato.

j & j dish it out January 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

I’ve never been a fan of Sweet Potatos but my husband is. These sound good. I will have to make them and see if they can convert me to the all things good sweet potato.

Debbie January 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

They look good….I can picture eating them with warm butter…

Katrina January 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Ooh, love the addition of pineapple! These look great!
I’ll bet you’re a better baker than you give yourself credit for, you just have a lot of willpower!

Pam January 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I almost bought some sweet potatoes at the store today – now I am wishing I had. They look great Lisa.

The Blonde Duck January 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Thanks you for posting this! I love baking but don’t like the hips issue. Poor Ben has forbidden me from baking because of his diet problems, so now I can make these guilt free!

Emily January 26, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I love sweet potato anything. These look really great. I like that they’re healthy. I hate starting my day out, eating something crappy.

I want to bake Julie’s sweet potato cake! Mmm.

Theresa January 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

I’ll have to try these. I’m sorta on a healthy diet. At least trying, I think!

Priscilla January 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Yum, looks so good. I bet these would taste great for b-fast!

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Sara January 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm

These look delicious – I made a similar recipe from Cooking Light a while back, it was quite good.

Paula January 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

As soon as I read the ingredients I was in love with these! I really, really, REALLY, like sweet potatoes and pineapple together. Great way to get in some healthy flax seed, too! I’m not a baker either, and even then it’s usually from a box, but these look really good to me. YUM!

noble pig January 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

Very nice! Since I am a potato ho…well these suit me just fine!

Lisa magicsprinkles January 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

You sure CAN make muffins! These look great and the flax seed is a wonderful addition.

Meg January 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I love sweet potatoes! This would be a great new way to enjoy them. I love that this recipe uses pineapple!

Olivia February 24, 2009 at 1:22 am

Oh my goodness these look wonderful! Pineapple + pumpkin…yummm

barryS June 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

yes the flaxseed is necessary – good omega 3's in your diet and fiber and the need to omit oil is great!

barryS June 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm

so this i only 81 calories each and only 1 carbohydrate serving! Perfect for after workout snack

Lyndall June 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Thank You! This is the recipe I've been searching for!!!

Marie September 23, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Wow; these are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing; my husband says it's the best muffin recipe I've made so far! I love that your site has such great-tasting, yet healthy recipes! πŸ™‚

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