Chef John's Sweet Potato Muffins

Chef John's Sweet Potato Muffins

Bread Quick Bread Muffins

Instead of sweet potato pie (which I'm not that fond of), I made sweet potato muffins and I was thrilled with the results. Muffin or cupcake? Frosted or unfrosted? Doesn't matter--these really are fantastic.

Servings per recipe: 24
Calories per serving: 260
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 35m


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


  • 1   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffins tins with paper muffin liners. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • 2   Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl.
  • 3   In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar together until mixture gets light and foamy, about 2 minutes. Pour in vegetable oil and melted butter; whisk together thoroughly. Add mashed sweet potatoes and chopped pecans. Add dry ingredients. Whisk together until dry ingredients disappear into the batter, about 1 minutes. Let batter set for 10 minutes before filling muffin cups.
  • 4   Fill muffin cups about 3/4 of the way to the top. Sprinkle tops with pecans and a pinch of demerara sugar.
  • 5   Bake until a bamboo skewer inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan about 10 minutes; transfer muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 15.3g 24%
    Saturated Fat 3.0g  
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 228mg 9%
Potassium 127mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 29.3g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Protein 2.7g 5%
Sugars 18g  
Vitamin A 117IU  
Vitamin C 1mg  
Calcium 40mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 1mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 12mg  
Folate 26mcg