Friday, September 12, 2014

Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins

Peaks Coaching Group Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

These are amazing! Their perfect spice and warm flavor makes them the ideal complement for your tea or coffee as an afternoon snack. Plus they're vegan! These would also be a great option for your last pre-workout snack, giving you just the right type of energy to get your legs moving!

Makes 12 190-calorie muffins.


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or 2 eggs, making it non vegan)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (if you use gluten-free, just add 1 teaspoon xanthum gum if it's not already in the gluten-free powder mix)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cups pure maple syrup plus 1 tablespoon to brush muffin tops
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese five spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • *Optional: You can add 1 tablespoon chia seeds to the wet mixture and let it sit for five minutes to let them expand while you combine the dry mixture.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Pierce the sweet potato several times with a fork and bake until soft all the way through. Remove from oven and, when cool enough to handle, remove the skin. Mash the sweet potato in a mixing bowl until smooth.

Add the milk, vanilla, oil, maple syrup, and applesauce (plus chia seeds, if using) to the mashed sweet potato. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then fold into wet ingredients until well mixed.

Line a muffin tray with muffin liners or tear bits of parchment paper (they don't have to be perfect circles) and place one in each muffin cup. Pour the muffin butter evenly into twelve muffin cups.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. At the 20-minute mark, take the muffins out of the oven and brush the top of each with a bit of maple syrup. Bake another five minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven, cool, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 190
Carbohydrates: 32.5g
Protein: 3g
Fats: 5g
Fiber: 3g

Anne Guzman is a nutritionist with Peaks Coaching Group. She is a certified kinesiologist, a registered holistic nutritionist, an AFPA-certified sports nutrition consultant, and a former professional cyclist. Anne can be reached directly through or, and you can find more nutrition tips on her blog at

Photo credit: Just Some Salt and Pepper