I think a sweet recipe was long overdue round here. Don't assume that the relative absence of dessert recipes on this blog is a sign that I'm not fond of sweet things - you'd be very much mistaken. It's just that I live in a house with one other person and I really can't bear to throw food away (and nor should I!). And I really do like sweet things so if they are lying around the house, I will eat them. But! Life needs balance and so does this blog.
My husband suggested that I should make a muffin recipe using sweet potatoes. Three attempts later, this double chocolate sweet potato muffin recipe was born! Of course, with the mass amounts of chocolate I managed to squeeze into these muffins, you can't really taste the sweet potato. But it lends a subtle sweetness and results in a seriously moist muffin. Especially when they first come out of the oven and you eat them whilst they're still warm and there are rivers of melted chocolate inside. Oh yes, these are good!
You know when you go to coffee shops and they have those huge muffins in tulip cases with the puffy tops? These are like that! I have never managed to make them like that until now. I mean, I wouldn't exactly recommend that you make your muffins that size, but I'm not going to dissuade you either... But those muffins in the picture? They were some big muffins.
My husband took some to work with him (an effective way of getting the sweet stuff out of the house) and his colleagues LOVED them. They found that they weren't too sweet (but they're not bitter either, don't worry) and one of his colleagues couldn't wait to get home to eat hers and so she got crumbs all over her car - that's pretty dedicated! Is there anything worse than cleaning out the inside of your car? Or, in fact, just cleaning in general? Especially cleaning the kitchen after a spirited day of recipe testing...
Anyway, let's just say that these double chocolate sweet potato muffins have been rigorously tested. And they are super awesome and you should pick up the ingredients for them on your way home from work/school/wherever or hey, make a special trip solely for that purpose. Just do it!
There really are lots of reasons why you should make these double chocolate sweet potato muffins. They are:
- super chocolatey
- gooey and moist
- seriously decadent, and yet
- almost healthy?
Almost. I mean come on, they have a vegetable in them! And spelt flour. And way less sugar than lots of traditional muffin recipes. If you're going to have something sweet, they might as well be these, right? And of course there are no excuses NOT to make them either - these are so easy to make. Bake a sweet potato whilst you have the oven on for dinner and then you're only a few short steps away from amazing dessert territory. You don't even need any special equipment, how's about that?
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Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Muffins
- 150 g dark chocolate, (5 ounces) 70% cocoa solids
- 75 g butter, (5 tablespoons)
- 250 g baked sweet potato, (1 cup) mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 250 ml milk, (1 cup)
- 150 g soft light brown sugar, (1 cup)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 110 g spelt flour, (1 scant cup)
- 110 g plain flour, (1 scant cup)
- 30 g cocoa powder, (4 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, (baking soda)
- 150 g dark chocolate chunks, (5 ounces)
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Line muffin tins with muffin cases.
- Start by melting together the 70% dark chocolate and the butter. I find it easiest to do this by placing the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Ensure the water does not touch the bowl and stir occasionally until melted. Remove from the heat.150 g dark chocolate, 75 g butter
- In a large bowl add the mashed sweet potato and pour over the melted chocolate and butter. Using a balloon whisk (or a wooden spoon) mix together well.250 g baked sweet potato
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Next incorporate the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt - the mixture should be smooth and runny.2 large eggs, 250 ml milk, 150 g soft light brown sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of salt
- Switch to a wooden spoon or spatula and gently fold in the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb and chocolate chunks.110 g spelt flour, 110 g plain flour, 30 g cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 150 g dark chocolate chunks
- Divide the mixture between the holes of your muffin tin - when I made this recipe using regular muffin cases I got 15 muffins. Bake for about 20 minutes - they are ready when a skewer inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.
Catherine maxey says
Worth every single calorie. Easy to make. I love recipes that give you the weight of the ingredients. My only alteration was I used all all-purpose flour because I didn't have spelt. I made 2\3 of recipe and got 13 cupcakes.
I'm so happy to hear this! So glad that you enjoyed 🙂
Cristina Dean says
Hello, these look delicious. I wanted to know if I could substitute gluten free all purpose flour , because I have celiac disease.thank you
Hi Cristina, I haven't tested them with gluten free flour so I'm not sure how they'd turn out. You could certainly give it a try, but I'm sorry I'm not familiar with gluten free baking so can't confidently advise!
Hana | Nirvana Cakery says
I love sweet potato muffins, but haven't tried the chocolate combination yet! The texture of these look amazing! What a lovely recipe:)
Aww thanks Hana! Let me know what you think if you give them a try 🙂
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says
I can't get over this sweet potato in a muffin thing. I've never tried it but I really think I should! The description sounds delish. Almost healthy is the way to go!
Almost healthy is definitely the way to go - but trust me, they taste seriously indulgent! I really hope you do try them!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
These look decadent and yes I would say they are healthy! I'll bet the sweet potatoes make them extra moist. Love your cute wrappers too!
Oh they are so moist and they stay moist for a few days too - if they last that long, that is! And as you agree that they're healthy, I no longer feel guilty for eating three at a time! :p
Lucy @ Globe Scoffers says
Mmm these look yummy! I love both chocolate and sweet potato but I have never had the two together. Would love to try making them.
Great, I hope you give them a go! Let me know what you think 🙂
Goodness these look absolutely amazing! Chocolate + sweet potato… a brilliant combination.
Thanks so much Erin! Let me know if you give them a try 🙂
Bethany @ athletic avocado says
These muffins look soooo good! Anything that has chocolate in it and is suitable for breakfast is calling my name!
Thank you Bethany! They're good for any time of day!
Debs @ Wilde Orchard.co.uk says
They look great Sasha. As a chocoholic I'm a big fan of these!
Thanks Debs! They certainly satisfy my monster chocolate cravings haha!