Sweet Potato Gingerbread Muffins
Recipe type: Muffin; Breakfast
Total time: 
Serves: 12
The perfect festive muffin: all the flavour of gingerbread in a moist, healthy muffin with a lightly crunchy streusel topping.
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice (or ¼ tsp each nutmeg and cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter or hard margarine, softened
  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fancy molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (see note)
  • 2 cups (peeled) grated raw sweet potato
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. With electric mixer, beat together butter and sugars until smooth and pale, 2-3 minutes. Add molasses, vanilla and eggs and beat well.
  4. With mixer on low, add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating to make two additions of each. Stir until just combined. Fold in sweet potato until just combined, then divide batter over prepared muffin cups.
  5. Mix all topping ingredients with your fingers and sprinkle evenly over muffin tops.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes, until tops are firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool on rack for a few minutes before serving.
  7. For longer storage, wrap muffins individually and freeze, reheating for 30 seconds in the microwave any time you want a fresh muffin.
If you do not have buttermilk, put approximately 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar in your measuring cup, then add regular milk to make ¾ cup. Let stand 3-5 minutes, then use as your buttermilk.
Alternatively, plain low fat yogurt or sour cream also work.
The sweet potato can be replaced with shredded carrots.
Recipe by Hidden Ponies at https://hiddenponies.com/2014/12/gingerbread-sweet-potato-muffins/