GF: Sweet Potato & Ginger Muffins

Oh, how I love sweet potatoes. Apparently, I love them so much that when I made sweet potatoes (cut up with brown sugar and butter) for dinner last night, I made enough for a family of six. There are only two of us. Yeap. We have leftovers, that’s for sure!

But that just brings me to the FoodieBlogroll that is sponsored by “The Leftover Queen” and the fact that I saw it on Ginger’s blog, brought ginger to mind. Not just “Ginger” but ginger – the food. OH! I LOVE ginger too! So, what better way to kick off my weekend blog entry by making some leftovers with some ginger? Perfect! I thought so too.

I love hot muffins and breakfast muffins to boot. So I made these last night and gobbled one up as it was still warm from the oven and fluffy/chewy. This morning, I heated up a couple and filled them with eggs and ham from breakfast with my love. OH! These are good. I think I’m going to have to buy extra sweet potatoes more often (not that I really have to remind myself to do this… LOL.. it’s just a natural habit!).

Another great part of this? It’s a World Bread Day celebration! Sheltie Girl at Gluten-A-Go-Go is sponsoring the GF version of the World Bread Day (October 16th) bread event as well. Bread! Right up there for why we GF people blog and alter away with recipes to find the bread/crust/scone/etc of our dreams. What great way to celebrate being GF but to show the world that GF bread can be great too! =)

I have a family recipe for potato muffins that I altered a bit to make these. Next time, I will use more flour (1 and 1/2 cups) and less potato starch (only 1/2 cup next time) because while I like the chewy quality that the starch adds to the muffin, I don’t prefer that consistency in general. Below is the recipe as I made these last night for your own kitchen-antics and alterations.

Sweet Potato and Ginger Muffins
1 cup GF flour mix (with xanthan gum)
1 cup potato starch or sweet potato starch
1 Tablespoon sugar (omit if using candied sweet potatoes)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger (I actually used my microplaner with a 1 inch piece of ginger over the bowl to get the juice)
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (if you are using candied sweet potatoes, omit the sugar)1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup melted butterDirections:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Blend together in a small bowl: GF flour, potato starch, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, blend together mashed sweet potatoes, milk, egg, and melted butter until well incorporated.
  4. Grate (or use a microplaner) the ginger over the mixing bowl of mixed potatoes, milk, etc.
  5. Blend together quickly again to distribute ginger throughout as evenly as possible.
  6. Turn off mixer. Pour in all dry ingredients. Turn on mixer and blend until just combined.
  7. Shape into 12 even balls or drop by the spoonful into muffin tins about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake at 400F for 12 -15 minutes or until slightly browned on top and a toothpick comes out clean.

Happy Eating =)


World Bread Day '07


  1. Oh those look pretty! What a nice yellow color. Our neighbor gave us two bags of HUGE sweet potatoes last week and once they’ve cured I’m going to try these.

    Wonderful! I hope you share your results! Especially if you change out the flour vs. starch ratio. I’m totally curious now… but I’m just not sure if I’m ready to use the rest of my delectable sweet potato leftovers for such a cause. One girl can only eat so many muffins. LOL -Kate

  2. Ginger loves ginger. Ginger loves Sweet Taters (as we call them in the south).

    Ginger loves muffins with ginger in them.

    Especially when made by Kate.

    cuz Ginger loves Kate :-)

    I can’t wait to try these. I KNEW you’d get baking on this National Bread Day. I wonder if there’s a Kate muffin I can bake….

    YOU are SUCH a GEM, Ginger!
    A Kate-Muffin? ACK! Gawd only knows what those ingredients would be! LOL
    I’m sure there would be quite a bit of sass and spice. LOL
    Maybe black strap molasses and ginger, then, huh?

  3. Thank you for such a lovely recipe dear kate!! I can’t wait to try this! I LOVE ginger ANYTHING and sweet potatoes are high on the list. Last year my husband and I had the luxury of living with a sweet potato field behind us… we ate sweet potatoes for months!!! I can’t wait to participate in the bread day as well! I love your site!!

    OMG.. you LIVED with a Sweet Potato Field in the BACK YARD? My lovely Ginger-Lemon Girl, how on EARTH did you not just end up rolled out there at night in a sleeping bag to tell them sweet nothings of thankfulness??? Oh! I just don’t know if I could have resisted! LOL
    Thanks for the compliment about the site- I, too, am enarmored by yours! -Kate

  4. Yum. Yum. I just bought bags of sweet potatoes at the Farmer’s market this weekend, so I might have to make it a Gobsmacked week. Because you know I am making those Spring Rolls too! :)

  5. Kate – Thank you very much for participating in the Bread Baking Bonanza. I have posted a Roundup message at:

    Keep up the wonderful bread baking and thanks again!

    Sheltie Girl

    Thanks for sponsoring this event! You’re amazing – it takes a lot of work to pull together the Roundups – truly! Thanks again! -Kate


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