Everyday Cooking

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Sweet Potato and Raisin Muffins

More healthy stuff. You have been warned. And this is the worst kind - eggless, butterless and no cow's milk. Shock, horror with an extra gasp for good measure!

There was a time when I used to chide a friend whenever she ordered a 'decaf-lite-soymilk cappucino'. A 'triple-no-fun' I used to refer to her beverage of choice. My, how my tune has changed. Well, when it comes to the matter of health (especially of my kids), I would like to think that I have reasonably learned to compromise, but not on taste. Decaf coffee (there are some good blends out there) I've had to accept since I started getting heart palpitations even when David Beckham is not on the television screen. Then my gorgeous little boy was found to be allergic to eggs and dairy. My heart went out to the poor little mite, envisioning his lifetime deprived of calorie-laden, rich and creamy treats. But that's just me and my tendency for drama. Firstly, he is expected to grow out of his allergies. And in the meantime, I can try and be creative with the 'treats' I make at home so he can also enjoy them.

Enter my 'triple-no-fun' muffins. Made with mashed sweet potatoes,part-wholemeal flour, olive oil and soymilk, these are good for everday guilt-free munching. They turned out absolutely moist but light and springy to the touch. The texture turned out better than my normal muffins which have a tendency to fall into crumbs when eaten. These are not overly sweet, with minimum sugar enhanced by the natural sweetness of the raisins and sweet potato.
As the ads say, 'Try them and you might be pleasantly surprised' :-)

I am sending this over to this week's edition of Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Vani of Batasari. It was fun finding another use for sweet potato, which I normally only use roasted in salads. Varieties of this humble root crop has been cultivated in the Americas for thousands of years and is now popular in most parst of the world especially south east Asia and Polynesia.
Being a reliable and relatively easy crop to grow, it has become a staple in many cultures. Nutritionally, it is high in fiber, vitamins (Vit A specifically), minerals and is low in sodium.

Sweet Potato and Raisin Muffins
makes 12

1 c wholemeal flour
3/4 c self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c castor sugar
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 c raisins/ sultanas
3/4 c pureed sweet potato (steam potato pieces and then whizz in a food processor)
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 c soy milk

Preheat oven to 180deg Celsius.

Sift together the wholemeal flour, self-raising flour and baking powder. Add the sugar and cinnamon, mixing to combine ingredients well. Add the raisins and mix to ensure that the fruit pieces are dredged in flour.

In a bowl, mix together the sweet potato puree, olive oil and soy milk.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix but do not overdo it.

Spoon the mixture onto muffin trays lined with muffin paper cups. Bake for 20 mins or until an inserted skewer comes off clean.


Peter M said...

May, those sweet potato muffins look real "mabouti"!

Manggy said...

Certainly there's a place for healthy treats-- more leeway to gorge on guilty pleasures :)

Desie, is he "allergic" or just "sensitive"? I hope the doctor cleared up very well what his condition entails. Many Filipinos are lactose-intolerant but it does not stop them from indulging every once in a while. Also, egg allergies are either virtually nonexistent here or nobody cares.

Cynthia said...

This is great idea! A sweet potato muffin.

Burnt Lumpia said...

Hi desie! Sorry for my ignorance, but what is castor sugar? The muffins look great btw!

Dhanggit said...

oh you are such a sweet mom doing this recipe for your little ones!! i just started giving carrots to my baby girl 2 days ago and shes already having trouble digesting them!! oh gosh, its really hard to be a "mom", you will need to teach me a lot my dear :-)

i hope she wont have allergies on plenty of food..coz it aint cool :-(

maybahay said...

he he, very cute peter. efharisto!

manggy, i took him to an immunologist/allergy specialist and tests have shown that my boy is highly reactive to egg white and cow's milk so he is on prescription formula. he has also shown borderline reactivity to almonds and chicken.
this is not just lactose intolerance. there is history of asthma and hayfever on both sides of the family so allergies are almost expected :-(

thanks cynthia.

marvin, castor sugar is the same as white sugar but have finer grains. its more suitable for baking as it dissolves a lot quicker.

dhanggit, this must be so exciting for you. i had fun introducing my little ones to solids. enjoy your bonding over food :-)

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Very interesting muffin recipe. I must try it, I like potato bread, those muffins must be same moist and delicious.


Kalyn said...

I think they sound very tasty. I like the idea of muffins that are actually nutritious!

Coffee & Vanilla said...


How are you doing?
Haven't seen you posting for a while... I hope all is well.

Have a good day, Margot

Haley said...

I made a muffin similar to this with pumpkin! I actually think it is kind of fun to see how healthy you can make a muffin! Looks delicious!

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