Spicy whole wheat sweet potato muffins, great for breakfast or a snack, have an optional crunchy almond-oat topping.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 16 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners; set aside. Prick sweet potato several times with a fork and place onto a baking sheet.

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  • Bake the sweet potato in the preheated oven until easily pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. When the potato is cool enough to handle, peel and mash.

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, the 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Stir in the vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, honey, yogurt, and mashed sweet potato, just until all ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.

  • Blend together the oatmeal, brown sugar, almonds, and the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor or blender. Sprinkle topping over unbaked muffins.

  • Bake muffins in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; 6.9 g total fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 182 mg sodium. 41.1 g carbohydrates; 4.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2009
i made the following substitutions, so these are very healthy: a combo of 1 c. blended oats & 1 c. whole wheat flour, applesauce instead of oil, reduced the honey to 1/2 c., milk instead of yogurt. also for the topping, cut all the ingredients in half, as i had way too much! this made 18 muffins and they cooked about 19 minutes. beautiful, sweet, and healthy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/19/2011
These were delicious. I would give them five stars except I thought that a cup of honey is overkill (I cut it down to 1/2 cup) the timing was off (I had to bake for about 30 minutes) and they would have been WAY to liquidy if I had put in the yogurt. With those changes these are perfect. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2009
i made the following substitutions, so these are very healthy: a combo of 1 c. blended oats & 1 c. whole wheat flour, applesauce instead of oil, reduced the honey to 1/2 c., milk instead of yogurt. also for the topping, cut all the ingredients in half, as i had way too much! this made 18 muffins and they cooked about 19 minutes. beautiful, sweet, and healthy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2009
i made the following substitutions, so these are very healthy: a combo of 1 c. blended oats & 1 c. whole wheat flour, applesauce instead of oil, reduced the honey to 1/2 c., milk instead of yogurt. also for the topping, cut all the ingredients in half, as i had way too much! this made 18 muffins and they cooked about 19 minutes. beautiful, sweet, and healthy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2009
Sweet mama potato! Healthy, with spice quantities are just low enough not to overwhelm the naturally mild and pleasant flavor of the sweet potato. This is the critical point. Five stars, if not for the slightly high sweetness (and I'm a sugarholic). ALL kids will devour them. Busy/cheap people, try these variations: Quarter sweet potato and nuke for 8 minutes (check: skin pulls off easily when done, but tears when overdone) Trade honey for brown sugar. Don't feel bad skimping on either. These muffins are plenty sweet. Use 1/2 Cup skim milk instead of yogurt If cloves or ginger aren't handy, try allspice. Mash the potato with the oil, it makes it easier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2009
Very moist and delicious. I used a full cup of orange juice concentrate instead of honey for a citrus twist and it was perfectly sweet enough - very good for breakfast. I've also baked this batter in a 8x8 glass pan for about 25 min. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2009
I was so tempted to add some all purpose white flour...I thought for sure 100% whole wheat flour would be to heavy and earthy. I was wrong. This turned out wonderfully and you can feel pretty good about their healthy ingredients. I took other's advice and cut down on the sweetener - I used 1/2 cup of Agave syrup and it turned out perfectly sweet. I also substituted milk for the vanilla yogurt and I put a touch of melted light butter into my topping with a bit of water to hold it all together. I let the batter sit for about 45 minutes before I baked them. These are delicious and I'll be making them often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2010
YUM! Had a lonely sweet potato sitting around and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it so I thought I'd try these muffins. They are so good! I used applesauce instead of the oil per other suggestions & used only 1/2 cup of honey. Other than that kept everything else the same for the muffin ingredients. The taste is perfect! Not too sweet but sweet enough. The oat topping is a nice touch! I halved the topping & it was just the right amount for 18 muffins. Thank you so much for this recipe! Will definitely be making these again.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2012
Love these! I baked per recipe except that I took the advise of others and used only 1/2 cup of Agave instead of 1 cup of honey. I did use 1 cup of reg whole wheat flour and 1 cup of white whole flour. I also halved the amount of topping and it was plenty. My sweet potato was pretty large and these came out so moist and not too heavy maybe due to the white whole wheat flour. Will make often! Thanks for this lovely recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2009
I had a can of sweet potatoes I was itching to use up and found this recipe. I had no idea how much to use so I used 3/4 of the 15 oz can. It seemed to be just right. I used 1/4 cup Agave sweetener plus a few more squirts after checking the batter. I have a huge sweet tooth and I could stand to have these sweeter but then again they are still tasty. I didn't want to bust out the blender so I just did the sugar and oats and cinnamon for the topping added a little melted butter to make them stick. I can't wait to have an extra sweet potato laying around. I am making these again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2009
Simple moist & all four of my daughters like them! I used applesauce instead of oil a whole unrefined sugar instead of sugar and used only 1/2 cup honey and they were great. There was a lot of topping left so either heap it on or throw it in the freezer for the next time you make muffins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
These are delicious.. sooo moist! I used whole wheat pastry flour which I prefer over regular. I used plain yogurt instead of vanilla. Next time I will cut the topping to about 1/3 the amount and go easy on the honey as they were a little sweet for my taste. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/19/2011
These were delicious. I would give them five stars except I thought that a cup of honey is overkill (I cut it down to 1/2 cup) the timing was off (I had to bake for about 30 minutes) and they would have been WAY to liquidy if I had put in the yogurt. With those changes these are perfect. Read More
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