Healthy sweet potato muffins! Looking for healthy muffin recipes, baby led weaning muffin ideas, or healthy muffins for your toddler? Look no further than these mini sweet potato muffins! Bite-sized sugar-free muffins that are completely naturally sweetened, and perfect for little hands, or little lunchboxes!
*Please note* this post was originally published in 2019. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same.
Ok, I know what you might be thinking. Mini sweet potato muffins?! Where’s the chocolate at, yo? Or blueberries at least?!
But stay with me.
There is a REASON they’re called SWEET potatoes. They’re sweet! Naturally! And combined with banana and applesauce, they’re extra sweet. And extra delicious. Seriously. If you’ve had my baby banana muffins, you’ll maybe trust me a little more that I’m not blowing smoke up your, um, bottom?
I made these the other day when I was getting bored of the usual muffin flavors that I make for the kids. I also had some purple sweet potatoes in the pantry, and I figured they might make for some fun colored baking projects. Alas, the purple muffins are more black than purple, but still interesting!
As with all of my baby-friendly recipes, these mini sweet potato muffins are EASY to make. You’ll want to start by steaming or roasting a sweet potato. I opted for steaming, since Hattie likes eating the little chunks of steamed sweet potato and I made extra for this purpose! I went with both colors, as you can see, but you can totally do all purple (slash black) or orange.
Are these mini sweet potato muffins completely sugar free?
Since I was making these muffins mostly for Hattie’s benefit, I only sweetened them with banana and applesauce. They were sweet enough for her and the boys to enjoy, but you could definitely add 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup to sweeten them up a bit to your liking!
How long will these mini muffins last?
The muffins will last about a week on the counter, if stored in an airtight container. I actually keep my baked goods in the fridge, to ensure they last a bit longer! You can also freeze half of the batch for an easy snack a few weeks later!
The recipe makes around 32 mini muffins. You can also make these in a standard sized muffin tin, but just make sure you increase the bake time by 7-8 minutes! Always check your muffins by inserting a toothpick into the middle; if it comes out clean, your muffins are done! If it’s a bit goopy, give it a couple more minutes.
If you’re looking for more healthy recipes for your little ones, be sure to check out my Wee Ones page. Among others, it includes these awesome sugar-free treasures:
I also LOVE these blender mini muffins by Healthy Little Foodies!
These healthy sweet potato muffins are a cinch to whip up. Keep your little one’s taste buds happy and make a batch soon!
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Mini Sweet Potato Muffins
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 32 mini muffins 1x
Bite-sized sweet potato muffins that are completely naturally sweetened, and perfect for little hands, or little lunchboxes!
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp bakign powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup sweet potato puree* (~ 1/2 1 large potato)
- 1 ripe banana**, mashed
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1/4 cup oil (avocado, grapeseed or canola)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- optional: 2 tbsp honey, maple syrup or agave syrup
- 1/2 cup milk (any dairy-free milk also works)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly spray a 24-count mini muffin pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sweet potato puree and mashed banana. Add the egg, oil and applesauce (and extra sweetener, if using) and whisk to combine. Add the milk and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a large wooden spoon until just combined, and no streaks of flour remain.
- Using a spoon, fill the muffin tin with batter, about 3/4 full. Bake the muffins for 11-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the toothpick is still a bit gunky, bake the muffins for an additional 2 minutes before checking again.
*You can use purple or orange sweet potatoes. I find the orange has a nicer texture when pureed! I steam my sweet potato until fork tender and then mash it with a fork. You could also roast your sweet potato in the oven, at 425F for about 45 minutes. Prick the sweet potato with a fork all over before roasting.
**Make sure to use a REALLY ripe banana, to get the maximum sweetness!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: sweet potato muffin, healthy muffins, muffins for babies, baby led weaning
Oh my gosh, how fun are these? I’m a sweet potato fanatic (and so is Cookie, oddly enough) so I’m totally trying these. I’m thinking warm with lots of butter they’re just gonna be heaven on a plate. Have a great weekend, Katherine!
Thank you Kelsie!! I LOVE that Cookie is a sweet potato fanatic too! I bet he’d love these 😉 Muffins should always be warm with butter! Thanks pal!!
These little numbers are so adorable! Especially the purple ones, I am obsessed with the flavor of purple sweet potatoes. Come fall these will grace my weekend brunch table for sure! Pinned!
I absolutely love purple sweet potatoes too, Milena. If only the purple color would have shone through a little bit more into the muffin!!! It turned out a bit murky, haha!
I’m pretty sure I could devour several of these – especially if I had a cup of creamy coffee on the side lol! Also, I’ve always wanted to use purple sweet potatoes but never had! These look awesome! I could see myself eating one warm with lots of butter and a sprinkle of raw sugar. YUM!
Oh yes!! Creamy coffee and mini muffins, sign me up!! I love that idea of sprinkling a bit of sugar on top!! I’m craving that now for an afternoon snack!!
Love sweet potatoes and actually prefer my muffins and baked goods not too sweet (though, on occasion, I love something indulgent), so these are perfectly sweet enough for me with banana and apple sauce. Just pass the coffee please 😉
Wow! These muffins sound fantastic. I actually not a huge fan of muffins and cupcakes, but I’d totally grab a few (If you share haha). As I’m a huge fan of sweet&savoury baked things, I’m also thinking of using this idea for something more savoury…like sweet potato muffins with cheddar and bacon…sounds good eh? Thanks for inspiration!
I am with you, Dawn!! A decadent muffin is more of a treat, but an everyday muffin doesn’t need to be too sweet! Thank you my friend!!
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What an intriguing array of flavors. I love that there’s no added sugar.
Such adorable little muffins! The black/purple ones are so cool! It’s a great option to use when you want to naturally color baked goods.
Really handy to have in the freezer for those spur of the moment outings with little ones.
Lucky kiddos who got these muffins! They look so yummy! I love the option to just sweeten then naturally too. I’ll take one of each 🙂
It is so good to find no sugar added snack; I would include the adults to enjoy these, definitely ! Thank you so much 🙂
I agree!! I always look for healthier treats for my kiddos. Some things just have so much added sugar! Thank you!
These are so fun Kathy! Using two different kinds of sweet potatoes is an awesome idea since it adds so much of visual interest and not to mention all the nutritional value.
Thank you Maria!! I just wish that purple had shone through a little bit more – I might have to try them again with white flour!!
I really love the moisture and texture that sweet potatoes add to muffins, and I don’t usually go for overly sweet muffins, so these are perfect for me! And mini muffins are so great to pack in lunches – for both kids and adults!
Thank you Leanne! I don’t love super sweet muffins either. Mini muffins are perfect, they’re a favorite for everyone in my family!
I love sweet potatoes in sweet applications. These are such great little snacks for any time of the day. I also love how you made them healthy.😋
Thank you Thao! They’re a perfect little snack, especially for kids. I need to make another batch for the kids!
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What would the baking time adjustment be for regular sized muffins?
Hi! I would start with 15-16 minutes, then check with a toothpick. If it comes out quite wet, add another 3-5 minutes.
Love the recipe but had to bake for over 20 minutes and they still seemed very wet inside. Not sure I can salvage them! Any suggestions of what may have gone wrong? I used one cup of sweet potato puree although that was definitely more than 1/2 a large sweet potato. Thanks!
Very interesting, Alissa! I’m sorry they didn’t work out. Were you using a standard mini muffin tin, or a large muffin tin? They definitely should have been baked through at 20 minutes!
Hi the recipe sounds and looks super yummy. I am going to try this tonight but wanted to know if and what i can substitute for all purpose flour.
Hi Mila, thanks! Yes you can use all-purpose flour.