Matcha Sweet Potato Muffins (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free)

The other evening, I was sitting on the couch watching tv after dinner and just thought to myself - sweet potato muffins! I've made muffins with all sorts of fruits and vegetables (pumpkin, banana, apple, zucchini, etc.), but why haven't I made them with my absolute favorite vegetable? I made a note in my phone to make a sweet potato muffin recipe asap and turns out that baking with your favorite vegetable can only mean one thing - your new favorite muffin.

On a completely unrelated note, I found out this morning that my CrossFit box (Lalanne Fitness CrossFit), where I have been a member for over four years, is closing. I started my CrossFit journey at this box and I actually attribute so many life changes from starting CrossFit. CrossFit gave me a whole new perspective on pushing myself, on mental toughness, and on appreciating my body's capabilities. I stopped viewing exercise as a means to look a certain way - now fitness to me is about being stronger and challenging myself to be the best version of myself. CrossFit gave me the confidence to start my own company. CrossFit showed me how to ask more of myself while accepting who I am. CrossFit truly changed my life. 

While I've mixed up my work out routine with different forms of training (spin, running, circuit training) in the past year, I have still made it a point to attend at least one CrossFit class a week because the energy and drive I feel during a CrossFit WOD truly cannot be replicated. Also, after four years of CrossFit, I had FINALLY gotten my husband to join just a few weeks ago! We have been going to Saturday classes together for the partner WODs and it has been so much fun working out together. I'm hoping that we can keep this momentum going so if you have a recommendation for a CrossFit box in San Francisco, please send them my way!

Now, back to what you really came here for. These dreamy matcha sweet potato muffins. They're super fluffy and light with a subtle sweetness from honey. The combination of matcha green tea and sweet potatoes makes a nutty, almost creamy flavor that is perfectly balanced. And they're completely grain and dairy free so they won't weigh you down at all. They make a perfect afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee or an easy grab-and-go breakfast. I hope you enjoy!!

matcha sweet potato muffins (paleo, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)

Servings: 6

Time: 35 mins

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • ~ 1 small (90 g) japanese white sweet potato, peeled, cubed, and steamed*
  • 1/3 cup (100 g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (45 g) coconut oil, melted
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) arrowroot
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line 6 muffin cups. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a bowl with a handheld mixer), beat the sweet potato, honey, and coconut oil on medium speed until fully mixed and no clumps are left. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until mixture is well incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and beat until the batter is mixed together (be careful not to overmix). 
  4. Pour the batter into the 6 muffin cups and bake for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. The muffins will last 2-3 days in a container or up to 5-6 days in the fridge (if you keep it in the fridge, put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to get them back to its fluffy texture). Enjoy!

*The Japanese white sweet potato will work best here. The orange sweet potatoes will have a different water content so the result will be different.