Dairy and Glutenfree Sweet Potato Muffin for My Swee’Pea

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” Johnny Depp


Children have a strange taste when it comes to likes and dislikes in their lives. They love and hate only with passion, and they are hard to convince otherwise, once they have made their mind up…Sweet potato is one of those peculiar things, that babies either cherish greatly or avoid methodically. However, in its muffin form, the yellow odd-looking spud becomes simply irresistible for both big and small people…
The orange-fleshed sweet potatoes is a great source of beta-carotene. Several recent studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our blood levels of vitamin A, the benefit being particularly true for children. In several studies from Africa, sweet potatoes were found to contain between 100-1,600 micrograms (RAE) of vitamin A in every 3.5 ounces—enough, on average, to meet 35% of all vitamin A needs, and in many cases enough to meet over 90% of vitamin A needs (from this single food alone).The nutritional value of sweet potatoes is amazing and their delicious taste makes these “spuds” a wonderful choice for a first food . Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium; sweet potatoes also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate. They make a great addition to glutenfree bakes, as they add the sweetness, moisture and texture to the sponge, that the glutenfree versions often lack.


350 g self-raising flour
300 g sugar
2 tbsp honey
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1 egg
400 g cold mashed sweet potatoes (without added butter or milk)
210 g coconut oil

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. In another bowl, whisk egg, sweet potatoes, vanilla, honey and oil, then stir into dry ingredients. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool five minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” Lemony Snicket

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