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Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

These Purple Sweet Potato Muffins are a moist, tender muffin! 

These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin!  #muffins #vegan
I originally shared this recipe for Purple Sweet Potato Muffins in 2014. The photos were horrible and I’ve been wanting to update them for awhile now.  I first made these muffins when I was living in Mexico City. I found these gorgeous purple sweet potatoes at the local market and wanted to created a baked good with them. I cooked and pureed the sweet potatoes to use in a muffin batter.

These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin! 
The purple color fades out after the muffins have baked in the oven. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that in my stories I couldn’t get over the color of the muffins. The muffins turned a speckled color. A mix of purple and blue/gray.

These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin! 
When I first made them, the color turned more grayish. I think it depends on how purple the potatoes are to begin with. The muffins still tasted delicious. They are sweet, tender and moist.

These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin! 
No matter the color, they are still very delicious.

These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin! 
I think that these are a fun muffins that kids will enjoy too!

watch this video to see how easy it is to make these muffins!

These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin!  #muffins #vegan

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Purple Sweet Potatoes are pureed and used in the muffin batter to create a fun & different muffin.


  • For the Sweet Potato Puree:
  • 2 Large Purple Sweet Potatoes, cleaned and peeled
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Milk, optional- only if needed
  • For the Muffin Batter:
  • 1 ¾ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Sweet Potato Puree


  1. Make the sweet potato puree. Dice the peeled sweet potatoes into medium size pieces. Place into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a steady simmer. Cook until for tender about, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a food processor. Puree until the potatoes are smooth. If the potatoes are having trouble getting to a smooth texture, add in a few tablespoons of non-dairy milk. Measure out one cup of pureed potatoes and set aside. You might have a little bit of extra potatoes. Let the puree cool to room temperature.

For the muffins:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl sift together all the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and sweet potato puree. . Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Gently combine. Do not over mix the batter.
  4. Transfer to a 12 Cup Muffins Pan lined with paper liners. Fill the liners 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack.


If you can’t find purple sweet potatoes, you can always use regular sweet potatoes.
You might have leftover puree, which taste great on its own.
The recipe was updated on April 2, 2018.

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These Purple Sweet Potatoes are a moist, tender muffin! 

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins are a moist, tender muffins that are delicious! #muffin #vegan

Xo Jeni 

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Tuesday 26th of January 2021

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Thursday 26th of November 2020

Hi, how much purple potato does this need? It says 2 large ones, but I’m not sure what counts as large. What is the gram range or cups it should be after you purée it?


Monday 19th of October 2020

These were incredible. Moist and perfect. Like others on here, I also halved the sugar. Thank you for this great recipe!


Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Hi! How do you store the muffins? Should it be refrigerated? Thanks!


Thursday 18th of June 2020

You can store them covered in an airtight container for 1-2 days. I also love to freeze the muffins!


Saturday 13th of June 2020

Can I change the sugar to coconut sugar and the vegetable oil can I switch it out for coconut oil instead

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