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Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

photo of a plate of Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

I love purple sweet potatoes.  The dark, rich color of a cooked purple sweet potato looks almost unnatural and yet it makes me love them even more.  Purple sweet potatoes have a very starchy texture, more like a regular potato.  They are also very sweet.  I thought it might be fun to make a purple sweet potato dessert, and chose to make purple sweet potato muffins.

close-up photo of a plate of Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

I took a pumpkin muffin recipe I previously used, and omitted the cinnamon. The muffins were dense and had a nice sweet potato flavor.  Unfortunately, the muffins lost some of their color when mixed with the muffin batter.  They were slightly too sweet, so next time I’ll probably cut back on the sugar.

photo of purple sweet potato puree in a food processor

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Purple sweet potatoes are starchy with a sweet flavor making them great for baking.


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar I would reduce this by half a cup next time
  • 2 cups mashed cooked purple sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Beat the eggs, sugar, sweet potato, and oil until smooth. To make sweet potatoes, I peeled mine and boiled them until they were soft and then mashed them in a food processor.
  • Pour the sweet potato mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Grease a muffin tin or fill your tin with cupcake papers. Fill the wells with the batter until they are 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and then complete the cooling process on a wire rack.


Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 306kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 438mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, NET CARBS: 61g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

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9 comments on “Purple Sweet Potato Muffins”

  1. Thanks! I really hope to get a darker purple though, so I’m going to try steaming and trying some other recipes to preserve the color.

  2. beautiful color and interesting recipe

  3. me too! I just wish these had stayed that way after mixing it with the batter

  4. heehee. I guess they do look a bit grey. I’m going to try a steamed version next time to see if I can preserve the dark purple of the potatoes.

  5. I’ll update the recipe next time I try it! I’m going to try some other recipes first though. I want something that will maintain the vivid purple.

  6. omg, i love anything that is violently vivid purple!

  7. If you did not say they were purple sweet potatoes, I thought the muffins turn moldy! ;p

  8. Oo, love purple sweet potatoes and the muffins look really good! 2 cups of sugar does seem like a lot of sugar for something that is already sweet. Let us know if cutting the sugar in half does the trick.

  9. I like the look of this potato muffins I am defiantly try to make this dish I was read all detail I will try it.You describe very nice recipes in this one.

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