Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin) Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins (Real Food in a Real World)

     My husband hates sweet potatoes, in all of their forms.  Me and the kiddo?  Can’t get enough!  There are always sweet potatoes lounging in our house, but sometimes you end up with one or two not-so-cute kinda wrinkly ones.  I washed, poked them full of holes, wrapped them in foil and tossed them in the oven for an hour or so while something was baking one day.  Kept them in the fridge and wasn’t sure what to make with them.  I decided to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and it hit me I could use my sweet potatoes instead of canned pumpkin. I love when something occurs to me and I feel like a genius.

Confession, I gave one to the hubby.  He ate half of it before I told him it was sweet potato…  So yes, they will fool even the most ardent sweet potater haters. (See what I did there, potater hater?!  Anyways…)

Enough with the talking, onto the food!

Preheat your oven to 350 and gather your supplies:

          Wet Team:

  • 3/4c Brown Sugar
  • 1/4c Applesauce or oil (we canned our own applesauce last fall, so delicious)
  • 2 eggs
  • Sweet potatoes or 1c pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4c Water

Dry Team:

  • 1 1/2c Flour
  • 3/4tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4tsp Ground Clove
  • 1/2tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4tsp Salt

1/2c Chocolate Chips

Now let’s get to business.

Skin the sweet potatoes and dump the insides into the “Wet Team” bowl

Baked Beauties

Mix the “Wet Team” (sugar, applesauce (or oil) eggs and water) into the sweet potato

The wet team

In a separate bowl, add the “Dry Team” together.  (Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Spices and Baking Powder)

The dry team

Grating your own nutmeg is about 987% more delicious

Add the wet team to the dry team, and stir to just combine.  Over-mixing muffins is not tasty.  Add in the chocolate chips

Chocolate chips, my favorite part

Get a disher or some spoons and fill 12 muffin cups, about 2/3 to 3/4 full

  Ready to dish


Turn your oven down to 325 degrees and bake 20-30 minutes.

I find that pumpkin bakes in 20 but the sweet potato took almost 30 minutes before a toothpick inserted in the center came out dry.

  12 Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins (Real food in a Real World)

There you have it, 12 little baked beauties full of slightly sweet and spicy Autumn flavor.

Happy Baking!

*Side notes: I didn’t invent this recipe, its been in my box forever so I have no idea who did.  Alton Brown is the genius that taught me Wet Team and Dry Team muffin making.  I’m a serious Alton Fangirl.