Loaded Sweet Potato Muffins


I came up with this recipe when I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for anywhere else. I had to make several batches of these muffins before they came out the way I wanted, but it was worth it! These are really yummy muffins made with canned sweet potatoes and “loaded” with dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, and finely chopped pecans. They’re a real treat for breakfast, brunch, or snack time.

These Loaded Sweet Potato Muffins are great to make all year round, but I’m going to keep these in mind for Thanksgiving time, too…since I usually make alot of things with sweet potatoes and cranberries that time of year.


You’ll end up with 19-20 muffins when you make this…about 1 1/2 dozen. Here’s the recipe…enjoy!


Makes 19-20 muffins

  • 1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or substitute raisins)
  • 1/2  to 2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners (the second tin will only need 7 or 8 liners).

In large bowl, add mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and softened butter; blend until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well.

In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, blending well. Add these dry ingredients to the sweet potato mixture in the large bowl.

Add milk to sweet potato and flour mixture, stirring until blended (don’t overmix), then fold in the cranberries, mini chocolate chips, and chopped pecans.

Fill the lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Enjoy these muffins loaded with lots of yummy things inside!


Do you like making muffins? What’s your favorite flavor?

11 thoughts on “Loaded Sweet Potato Muffins

  1. Raechelle Thomas

    I just harvested a pile of sweet potatoes from the garden today! I am definitley going to try these out after my figure comps. 🙂
    Yes I do like making muffins; generally blueberry, pumpkin or zucchini bread muffins. But these look like the go!


  2. Angela

    I love traditional blueberry muffins the best, although a few weeks ago I made rustic (i.e. chunky) apple pecan muffins and those were yummy too. These look great too!


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  4. Yui

    If I use fresh sweet potatoes, what should I do with them to get perfect batch? Baked or steamed? You know steamed sweet potatoes taste like more watery than the baked ones. I only have dcc in hand, so I hope it can work well to substitute chocolate chips.
    How to Make Sweet Potato Fries


    1. nancyc Post author

      Well, I’m not sure if it would make a big difference, but it might be better to steam them so they’re not so dry. I would probably boil them myself, since that’s how I usually make mashed potatoes, and you’ll be mashing these for the muffin recipe. So, maybe you could try boiling them. The dcc should work fine in your recipe, too!


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