Streusel Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins

Streusel Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comSweet potatoes were not my responsibility this year, instead, I volunteered to make my stuffing, a shaved brussel sprout salad, cranberries, this tart, and mini-cranberry hand pies (recipe to come).

While the tart was baking in the oven, I decided to roast the one sweet potato I had on hand and 3 purple beets. The oven was already pre heated – time management is the key to life. Don’t you agree? I knew I wanted to make a quinoa + beet salad over the weekend and roasting the beets in advance, stored in a bit of vinaigrette is always a great time saver. The sweet potato, I decided, would be breakfast, “the day after”.

Left over roasted sweet potatoes perfectly combined for a morning treat - Streusel Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comI had found this muffin recipe a few weeks back and experimented by swapping out some of the original ingredients and turned it into a pumpkin-pecan muffin. They were very good. Packing some up for both Levi’s teacher as well as a friend of mine who suddenly lost her husband to a massive heart attack, I was only left with a nibble and a few crumbs. I liked them enough, but felt they needed that WOW factor.

Breakfast - Streusel Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comBittersweet chocolate chips and a sprinkling of streusel topping was just what I was looking for. The WOW factor was achieved and a basic, gluten free muffin base is now happily tucked away in my overflowing recipe binder. It’s not easy converting traditional favorite recipes into versions that do not contain gluten. However, with lots of experimentation, and many failures (and with the help of sites like this, this, and this), finding that right balance between taste, texture,  starch, and proteins is part of the fun.

Smear a pat of organic butter on these hot muffins and pair it with a big mug of hot cocoa. My kids enjoyed their breakfast, in front of the T.V.,  in their pajamas, and didn’t argue. Not even once. For that, I am grateful!


Streusel Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins


for the streusel:
5 ounces | 140 grams | 1 cup white rice flour
1 1/4 ounces | 35 grams | 1/4 cup arrowroot|
1 3/4 ounces | 50 grams | 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
pinch of nutmeg
3 ounces | 85 grams | 6 tablespoons unsalted, organic butter, melted
1 ounce | 30 grams | 1/4 cup slivered almonds
for the muffins:
4 ounces | 100 grams | 1/2 cup sweet potato puree
4 ounces | 105 grams | 3/4 cup brown rice flour
2 1/2 ounces | 70 grams | 1/2 cup millet flour
2 1/2 ounces | 70 grams | 1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of grated nutmeg
5 3/4 ounces | 162 grams | 3 large, organic eggs
3.5 ounces | 100 grams | 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1.75 ounces | 50 grams | 1/4 cup organic, pure cane sugar
2 1/2 ounces | 70 grams | 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
zest of one orange
2 ounces | 55 grams | 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
3 1/2 ounces | 100 grams | 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips


• preheat oven to 350*.
• line 18 muffin cups with paper liners
for the streusel:
• mix all dry ingredients and almonds until combined.
• add melted butter and mix gently with a fork.
• put in refrigerator until ready to use.
for the muffins:
• if you have a ricer, press roasted sweet potato(skin removed) through your ricer.
• in a large bowl, whisk brown rice flour, millet flour, almond flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
• in a medium bowl, whisk eggs, 1/2 cup sweet potato puree, sugars, oil, vanilla, and orange zest.
• fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until you no longer see any of the dry ingredients. add walnuts and chocolate chips.
• using a 1/4 cup ice cream scooper, scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
• sprinkle with streusel topping.
• bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. about 18-24 minutes (I rotate the pans top to bottom and front to back half way into the baking).
• let cool slightly on a wire rack.
• those that are not eaten on the first day (because that is when they are best) can be frozen and reheated for a weekday morning breakfast. simply wrap in foil and reheat in your toaster oven for about 10 minutes.
• I make a double batch of streusel and stick my leftovers in a freezer safe container for future use (this really does come in handy).

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More Recipes Using Leftovers around the Web:
Turkey Pot Pie – Brown Eyed Baker
Turkey Soup – Simply Recipes
Turkey Quesadillas – Confections of a Foodie Bride
Chicken Potato Hash (swap turkey for chicken) – The Urban Baker
Turkey Tetrazzini – The Pioneer Woman

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  • marla

    Love ’em Susan! I love sweet potato any which way 🙂

  • HeatherChristo

    These are so pretty Susan! I love sweet potatoes and they probably make these so moist!

  • brooke

    Looks lovely. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family!

    • Susan

      Thanks, Brooke. Happy Holidays to you and yours!! x

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore

    No Xanthan Gum! How are you finding omitting that is working? Shauna was one of the people who tipped me off that it is not necessary. I notice now that I don’t usually use it (some recipes where I used to use it I have not experimented yet with omitting it) I can notice the consistency being more gummy if I do. These muffins look and sound fantastic Susan!

    • Susan

      I know, right?! I had some email conversations with Shauna and she assured me that xanthan gum is not necessary. The brown butter apple tart crust that I made this past week did not have it and it was perfectly delicious. These muffins are moist and yummy!

  • cathy @ Noble Pig

    Wow, these look and sound amazing….incredible!

  • Reply

    I am a huge fan of sweet potato! I cannot wait to try these muffins.

  • Michelle Mallett

    I have gluten free flour how do I convert? What can I exchange for the coconut oil? Is the sweet potato a 1 to 1 swap for pumpkin puree? Thanks!!!!!

    • Susan

      Hi Michelle – do you mean you have a gluten free flour blend (pre packaged)? I am not really sure how to convert becasue I don’t know what is in your blend. However, you could replace 245g of your blend for brown rice flour, millet flour, and almond flour. I am not sure of what the result will be, but it is worth a try. For the coconut oil, swap out some sunflower or canola oil. And, yes, the pumpkin puree could easily be replaced for the sweet potato puree. Good luck!! Would love to hear how it turns out!!!!

  • aida mollenkamp

    I’m not really a muffin person but these sound fabulous!

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