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Sweet Potato Protein Muffins

If you loved my Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins then you're gonna love these gems!
May 5, 2015 | Joy McCarthy

If you loved my Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins then you're gonna love these gems! I used a little less maple syrup because sweet potato, hence the name is sweeter than pumpkin. Plus the addition of the protein powder added a lovely hit of vanilla.

These muffins are perfect if you're in a rush in the morning and want a nourishing, yet super tasty muffin to get you through a few hours. Plus they are leaps and bounds better than your run-of-the-mill cafe-type muffin because they won't make you bloated or set your blood sugar on a rollercoaster. This muffin would also be perfect paired with my Uber Creamy Raspberry Avocado Smoothie!

Here’s why this muffin is joyous-health approved:

  • The addition of the protein powder makes these fulfilling, blood sugar balancing and satiating.
  • The main flour I used in this recipe is coconut flour. Coconut flour is super-powered because is very high in both fiber and protein.
  • Sweet potato is a great source of vitamin C, B vitamins, particularly niacin (B3) and B6, potassium, magnesium, copper and iron. It is also wonderful for the immune system due to its high levels of beta-carotene, a precursor to the all important vitamin A.
  • These muffins are a great source of dietary fiber which has been proven time and time again to be an important part of a heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering diet. Fibre provides a scrub for your intestines, binds with bile to grab onto toxins and flushes them out of your gut. More muffin recipes here

I roasted sweet potatoes specifically for this recipe but you could also use certified organic canned BPA-free sweet potato if you’re in a rush. The taste is not quite the same as using fresh, but your secret is safe with me!

By the way, I don’t write much about the pots and pans I use because they aren’t particularly special or fancy. However, I roast pretty much everything in my 1970′s Le Creuset orange pots. My father-in-law used to have a Viennese restaurant in Toronto years ago, so Walker and I are lucky that we got these wonderful well-used pots from the restaurant. No other roasting pot or pan can match the amazingness of Le Creuset because they cook so evenly and perfectly. And you can buy these pots brand new at any department store! They have VERY joyous colours too — especially the blue.

These muffins are gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, moist and wonderfully delicious.

You don’t need to add mini-chocolate chips but I am not against it ;)

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  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop your favourite protein powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk or water
  • Optional: 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  2. Then add the wet to the dry ingredients.
  3. Place batter into muffin tin cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a fork inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  5. Makes 15 muffins. Or 12 if you make them larger.

If you have leftover pureed sweet potato, then try my Sweet Potato Smoothie recipe.

I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of this yummy muffin recipe!

Have a joyous day,


Catherine   •   May 5, 2015

Hi there, definitely going to try these! Just wanted to let you know that the recipe is showing 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree instead of sweet potato puree, so I just wanted to check if the amount of maple syrup is the right amount, because above you mention you use a little less when you use the sweet potato. Please let me know, can't wait to mix up a batch. Thanks in Advance!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   May 5, 2015

Ellen   •   May 5, 2015

Hi, I think you forgot to add the sweet potato to the ingredients list! How much sweet potato goes into the muffins? Looks great otherwise!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   May 5, 2015

Ashley   •   May 5, 2015

Is this recipe safe for an 11 month old. She eats almost everything I eat as long as it's not crunchy like lettuce. I'm worried about the protein powder though. Would this be too much protein for a baby?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   May 7, 2015

Judi   •   May 11, 2015

I made these with canned, organic sweet potato and they were delicious but I do think fresh roasted potatoes would have been better, as you said. However, they didn't puff up much and were kind of flat. How could I improve that next time?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   May 11, 2015

Margot   •   May 14, 2015

Hi there, can any seed/nut/coconut milk be substituted for the almond milk? We have an allergy in our home. Would cooking times vary with different milks? Thanks so much for your reply.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 15, 2015

Jacqueline   •   May 20, 2015

Just wanted to say that these are delicious! I, of course, added the chocolate chips :) Kids love them too! Thanks for the recipe!


Terrie Charest   •   May 28, 2015

What if you replaced the oil with applesauce or banana?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   May 28, 2015

Aly   •   September 25, 2015

These look great! Do you leave the skins of the sweet potatoes on when you puree them?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 28, 2015

Kathy   •   October 7, 2015

I only have all purpose flour & whole wheat flour, can I use either of these instead of coconut flour?

Joy McCarthy   •   October 7, 2015

Alicia   •   November 6, 2015

Where would I find the fermented vegan proteins? A health n food store?. I have never used it before. Or can it be replaced with something else? If so with what? Thank you!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 6, 2015

Leslie   •   January 8, 2016

Any suggestions on how to make this recipe began? Substitution for 5 eggs!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 12, 2016

Carol   •   January 9, 2016

Made the Sweet Potatoe Protein Muffins today. They are delicious. Thank you!


Ann   •   February 21, 2016

Do you have nutritional information for these muffin.

Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 22, 2016

Dina   •   February 26, 2016

Can you please tell me what the carb count is?

Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 29, 2016

Vivien   •   March 6, 2016

Will this recipe work without the protein powder? Thanks so much! Vivien X


nicole   •   March 11, 2016

Just wondering if you could use the regular vegan vanilla protein powder by GH or can you only use the fermented protein powder? THANK YOU!!

Joy McCarthy   •   March 13, 2016

nicole   •   March 11, 2016

Hi there I have a quick question. .... I notice several of your recipes use GH vegan and or fermented protein powder. I unfortunately cannot have any protein powders that contain dairy or hemp. Is there another brand of protein powder you would recommend and or a substitution in recipes ( muffins/smoothies) I could use? Would brown rice flour work in baking? Thank you kindly, Nicole

Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 14, 2016

Debra Rowe   •   July 14, 2016

In these muffins you call for this ingredient...¼ cup Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins+ vanilla. Is there a plausible substitute? My pantry would be ginormous if I had every odd ingredient every blogger recommended, but I would like to try.

Heather Allen   •   July 14, 2016

Thea   •   November 1, 2016

Hi there, will regular milk work in this recipe? ( sweet potato muffins) Thanks!

Heather Allen   •   November 1, 2016

Stephanie   •   November 4, 2016

Hello....instead of coconut flour and almond flour be used...if so....would it still be 1/2 cup. Also any sub for the 1/3 cup maple syrup??? Thank you, Stephanie:)

Stephanie   •   November 4, 2016
Heather Allen   •   November 7, 2016

CW   •   February 9, 2017

This might be a silly q but how did you roast the potatoes in the le Crueset without adding any oil? Or did you and it wouldn't affect the recipe?

Rachel Molenda   •   February 10, 2017

Maria   •   May 8, 2017

Can I make this recipe without any protein powder at all?

Rachel Molenda   •   May 9, 2017

Diane M.   •   February 10, 2019

can you use hemp seeds in place of the protein powder?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 10, 2019

Stacey Goulding   •   January 30, 2022

Hey there. Do you know the approximate calories in each muffin?

Joy McCarthy   •   January 31, 2022

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