Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

*This post for whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins first appeared on February 5, 2012. The recipe has been tweaked slightly (to make it even better, of course!) and the pictures updated. It had been 4+ years since I made these muffins (one of the best part about going back and updating these old posts is forcing myself to make some of the older recipes on here!) and the second they came out of the oven, I knew that was an unfortunate thing. These might honestly be one of my favorite muffins I’ve ever made. Perfectly moist, subtly sweet (the banana is not overpowering at all in these) and just so, so delicious with some salted butter smeared in the middle of one warm from the oven or a drizzle of quality honey (I can’t get enough of this peach honey from this quaint little store we visited in Saratoga, NY last fall). They can pass for breakfast, a healthy snack mid-day or even in a savory capacity alongside dinner, especially a soup, stew or chili kind of meal. Enjoy! (*text below is original)

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These whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins are perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack. Smear with butter or drizzle with some quality honey. Best served warm!

These whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins are perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack. Smear with butter or drizzle with some quality honey. Best served warm!

Sometimes the stuff you see on here is a result of creativity on my part, inspiration from other amazing resources or just intense cravings. This is not one of those times.

These muffins had one sole purpose and that was to get rid of a can of sweet potato puree that had been sitting in my pantry for about 2 years, expired by 5 months.

These sweet potato banana muffins are made with whole wheat flour and have just a subtle hint of sweetness making them a great healthy snack! Drizzled with honey or smeared with butter, these whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins are a great snack, breakfast or even dinner side.

Obviously, I pay very close attention to expiration dates.

I actually find muffins kind of difficult to get right on the first shot, so I was pretty surprised when these ended up turning out exactly how I had envisioned them. Mostly savory, no intense banana flavor (I just wanted to use it for natural sweetness rather than sugar), perfect with butter, but just as good with soup or chili.

Try these sweet potato banana muffins out for any meal of the day. Made with whole wheat flour and natural sweeteners, they're a healthy little bite!

These are not something that will fix a sweet tooth (at all) but that’s ok because there are way better things in life (like TJ’s dark chocolate cookie butter bars…o.m to the g) than muffins for sweet tooth episodes anyway.

So far, they’ve been enjoyed for breakfast, as a side at dinner and as a pretty healthy mid-day snack.

Perfectly moist and just subtly sweet, these sweet potato banana muffins can be enjoyed for any meal of the day and even enjoyed for a quick snack!

Versatile little buggers.

Sometimes expired food is a good thing.

Serves 24     adjust servings

Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

Cook Time 10 mins Prep Time
Preparation 15 mins Cook Time
Total Time 25 mins Total Time

These whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins are perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack. Smear with butter or drizzle with good honey.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree/mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 banana, mashed (about 100g)
  • 3/4 cup any kind of milk (dairy, nut, etc.)
  • chopped pecans for topping *optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a mini-muffin tin with baking spray. *see note for full-size muffin tray

  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.

  3. In another large bowl, combine all the coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, egg, sweet potato, banana and milk. Whisk until batter is somewhat smooth and thoroughly combined.

  4. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until well combined.

  5. Scoop batter in spoonfuls into the greased muffin tins. Top with chopped pecans if using.

  6. Bake for about 10 minutes until muffins are risen and the tops and sides are just starting to turn golden brown.

  7. Remove from oven, let sit in muffin tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

*This recipe will make about 10-12 regular sized muffins if you don't have a mini-muffin tin. Follow the same instructions, just bake for an additional 10 minutes (20 minutes total).

39 Comments

  1. katie @KatieDid

    sound awesome, I agree muffin baking is quite tricky as far as texture. Too dry and it’s all over, too crumbly and they are just annoying. These would be great to serve with chilli on the superbowl in fact!

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  2. Erika - The Teenage Taste

    Now these are the healthy bites of wholesome goodness that I’ve been craving! Last night I overdid it on the sugar and woke up this morning with no craving for sweets whatsoever. Just something stablizing and yummy – these are perfect! Thanks for sharing, Gina! :-)

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  3. Margarita

    Ooops in hit submit before I was done talking. These look great! I everything on hand to make these except for pastry flour, so I’ll just use regular whole wheat.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I cringe when baked goods have cups upon cups of sugar so I’m always on a mission to reduce it! Just an fyi, regular whole wheat will definitely change the texture of these. If you have regular AP flour, I’d consider mixing it half and half at least. Not sure how they’d come out with 2.5 cups of regular whole wheat.

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  4. Deanna

    I love when experimental recipes turn out exactly how you envision. Unlike some cookies I made this week that may have turned out rather salt-lick like. Apparently you can’t take a well salted cookie and a well salted butterscotch and put them together without making the final product taste salty. Weird. In my defense, both parts tasted fabulous separately.

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  5. Chris

    Better late to the party than never! Just made these in my gluten-free way…..but used pumpkin since I baked up a couple last night. Also threw in 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Looking forward to being able to pull one out of the freezer whenever the mood strikes! I might have to throw in some bittersweet chocolate bits NEXT time! (‘Cause there WILL be a next time!)

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  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’ve never actually incorporated sweet potato into baked goods but I will most definitely give them a try. And I love that these are on the healthier side of muffins too, which is always a plus come breakfast time :)

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  9. Sarah

    I just made these with some leftover sweet potatoes and I must say they are delicious! I added some mini cinnamon chips that had just arrived from King Arthur Flour as extra incentive for my kids and because I have a super sweet tooth and its a great flavor pairing.t I think they would still be wonderful without the cinnamon chips.

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  10. Lois

    Just curious – I have these in the oven now, but had to add some liquid to make the batter mixable.

    Does this recipe really use just 1/2 C milk?

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      We went upstate for our anniversary in the fall and found the shop. I’m literally OBSESSED with this honey and I normally don’t even love honey by itself. I want ALL the flavors now.

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  13. Mandy

    I added some applesauce to make the mix less thick (but still healthy!) and added some dark chocolate chips…because I have a sweet tooth :) They are delicious — thank you!!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Yum! Glad you liked them :) was just contemplating making a batch to have for the week myself!

      Reply

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