Sweet Potato Muffins {Good Cook Leftover Thanksgiving Recipe #66}

One thing is for sure about Thanksgiving, and that’s that it yields a lot of leftovers. In celebration of Thanksgiving, I am participating in a fun Good Cook campaign featuring 101 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes by Good Cook Kitchen Experts. My Sweet Potato Muffins would be #66 on that list of 101 delicious recipes featuring Thanksgiving leftovers.

Sweet Potato Muffins

There’s a little bit of a back story as to why I chose to use sweet potatoes in my leftover recipe. A good friend of mine, Debbie, recently had a visit by her brother. Debbie’s brother, Mike, was pretty excited by all of the wonderful produce he found at our local farmers market. We have some pretty fantastic farms here in Georgia. Mike got a little carried away and one of his purchases was for 15 boxes of sweet potatoes. That’s a lot of sweet potatoes! Debbie brought us 2 bags full of sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, and needless to say there are some leftovers. Mom and I have spent the weekend baking up all sort of sweet potato goodies. For example, the muffin recipe shared below can easily be doubled and baked into a bundt cake pan.

To make these muffins, I slightly modified my basic pumpkin bread recipe and baked the muffins in my favorite Good Cook non-stick muffin pan. So often non-stick doesn’t really mean non-stick, but this particular muffin pan truly is non-stick. I just love using it for this type of recipe!

Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

Sweet Potato Muffins

To make these you need:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato, packed (about 2 medium sweet potatoes)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed sweet potato, oil, eggs, water and spices.

3. Using a wire whisk, gently combine the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture, being careful to not over work. Stir in the nuts.

4. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

I love how simple and delicious these sweet potato muffins are, and actually prefer them to the pumpkin muffins that I usually make.

Want to see more amazing dishes from great bloggers like me? Check out Good Cook’s list of 101 amazing Thanksgiving leftover recipes now!

disclosure: I am a Good Cook Kitchen Expert and received Good Cook Bakeware to share my recipe with you.


  1. I love the idea of using sweet potatoes!

  2. Delicious! We have a few leftover sweet potatoes in the kitchen, I think I may know what I am making to go with dinner tonight!

  3. I don’t even like sweet potatoes but those muffins look so good! Yum!

  4. those sounds great!

  5. MAN I wish we had leftover Sweet Potatoes… guess I am gonna have to go make some so I can make these!! They look heavenly!!

  6. I have to try this. Sweet potatoes are my favorite food and who doesn’t love muffins?

  7. Yum. Those look absolutely delicious.

  8. These look like a wonderful way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. How creative.

  9. Wow, so many recipes all in one place. Thanks! We are having more leftovers tonight.

  10. Great recipe! And you gotta love non-stick pans that are actually non-stick!

  11. Yum! I do have some leftover sweet potatoes so I think I’ll give these a try! Though mine will look less attractive as my nonstick muffin tin isn’t. I think I might ask Santa for a new one…

  12. What a great use for leftover sweet potatos. Though I might make these any day of the week they look so good.

  13. I love Sweet Potatoes and incorporate them in a lot of places I would use potatoes.

  14. Pinning to remember! Thank you looks yum!

  15. I would love to make this it sounds so healthy thanks for sharing this one and Happy Holidays.

  16. Yummy, what a fun and scrumptious idea. They look tasty, I’ll have to try these. Would be great for a lazy weekend!

  17. OMG- so glad i found this post!! I have so many leftovers and my hubby wants to eat them all!! Those sweet potato muffins look delicious

  18. I have a sweet potato bread recipe that is delicious and I am sure these are just as good. I will have to try them out. My kids call muffins cupcakes so they will be happy!

  19. I actually have some left over sweet potatoes in my fridge right now from making sweet potato casserole

  20. I am loving all of the leftover Thanksgiving recipes. I would so eat sweet potato muffins. Yum!

  21. omgosh these sweet potato muffins sound delightful

  22. I have never had sweet potato muffins. I definitely want to give them a try.

  23. These look delicious! What a great way to use up some of your Thanksgiving leftovers! I’ve never had sweet potato muffins before.

  24. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    these look SO good!!! i would sub applesauce for the olive oil

  25. I’ve never had a sweet potato bakery item before but I sure do like the idea, Angela!

  26. What an excellent idea!!! I would love to try these muffins!!

  27. This is so unique and such a smart recipe!! I like the addition of nuts to the muffins. I’m saving this one…thank you!

  28. would love these!! combining my two favorites together. this is awesome. will be sharing this recipe with others and making for christmas

  29. Wow that is a nice list of recipes and the muffins sound perfect!

  30. Yum! I was just looking for something to make with all the leftovers! These sound and look great!

  31. They look good. My husband prefers sweet potato goodies over pumpkin.

  32. Love sweet potatoes ….never thought of this! I have to try this recipe. :)

  33. Yum! Those muffins look delicious. No leftovers to make them with, but that is easily fixed. Thanks for all the links to other recipes.

  34. I have never heard about sweet potato muffins! Of course I imagined that they can be used in bakery but I didn`t think that muffins can include it. What kind of taste do these muffins have?

  35. Victoria Kabungulu says:

    I absolutely love sweets, but I’ve never had any sweet with sweet potatoes in it. Now I’m compelled do to this post. Off the the kitchen!

  36. Sandy Cain says:

    Sweet potato muffins! Now you’re talking! I love sweet potatoes! I can’t believe he brought back 15 boxes, of them, though! Where could you store that many? But I am going to make these, and the only tweak I’ll give it is to add just a little of some canned crushed pineapple. Thanks for the recipe!

  37. Jessica Fortner says:

    I love finding new ways to use all of the leftover food in creative ways. Thank you for sharing with us.

  38. Janice Cooper says:

    I love love sweet potatoes and incorporating this into sweet potato muffins is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe :)

  39. Caroline G says:

    Sweet potatoes are so good for you, as are walnuts too. I’m saving this for a healthy yet satisfying dessert or breakfast. Always looking for quick and filling ideas. Hugs to you,

  40. Lisa Brown says:

    those look wonderful. I like adding mashed sweet potatoes to waffle and pancake batter, so good and makes them so moist.

  41. I’m going to have to give this recipe to my Mom, she will love this. I had never heard of Sweet Potato Muffins before, but they look delicious.

  42. I have a question. There is no salt listed in the ingredients (unless I missed it — I tried to look carefully :P), but in the instructions, it says to sift salt in with flour, sugar and baking soda. I’m not sure which is correct, salt or no salt, and how much salt, if it’s needed?
    Thanks! I’m looking forward to trying these!

  43. I love all of these left over recipe ideas!!!! I am HUGE fan of Sweet Potatoes… so this is defintiely a recipe that I would try out for myslef and my family!!! I am going to browse through the links above as well because there were several amazing looking recipes there too! Thanks so much for an amazing blog to visit !!!

  44. Calien Laure says:

    These sound awesome! I might be making them today. I just cooked up a bunch of sweet potatoes and will have to make sure to try these. Thank you for sharing.

  45. Chrystal Thurston says:

    I love sweet potato pie so I’m sure I’ll like these, thanks!

  46. Great recipe, I don’t think I’ve ever had sweet potato muffins, they look delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  47. I love muffin recipes. I will have to try this one. I have never incorporated sweet potatos into any muffins but it sounds like it would go nicely. Thank for the recipe.

  48. Ioana Hampton says:

    what an ingenious way to use the leftover sweet potatoes in your pantry from thanksgiving or christmas! I’ve never used sweet potatoes in a sweet recipe, excited to try it!

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