Saturday, 1 August 2015

Arthritis Friendly Recipe: Sweet Potato Caramel Muffins

These yummy sweet potato muffins are like a cross between a very good sticky toffee pudding and a carrot cake. The dark brown sugar and sweet potato combine to create a lovely gooey caramelly crumb without needing to use as much refined sugar or fat as a regular muffin. I won't lie - grating sweet potato when you have arthritis is not easy. I either get my husband or the food processor to do it! The recipe also uses yoghurt - I actually like them best made with soy yoghurt but you can use any yoghurt except the greek kind (which would make them too dense and fudgy - unless you'd like them like that). You could even use a toffee flavoured yoghurt if you liked but this will add a lot of sugar.

Despite my mixed views on coconut oil and arthritis, I do find it works well in cakey things. Because its a solid fat at room temperature it gives a particularly crisp outer crumb and moist centre to baked goods. I leave it up to you as to whether you want to use it or not...


150g grated sweet potato 
200g wholemeal flour (or you could use gluten-free)
100g low fat natural yoghurt (you can use dairy free yoghurt too - I used soy yoghurt)
2 medium eggs
30g ground almonds
75g dark brown soft sugar
2 tablespoons rapeseed oil or coconut oil
1tsp baking powder
1tsp caramel flavouring (optional)

Makes 12 muffins

Mix the wet ingredients (yoghurt, eggs, oil) together in a jug. 

Put the flour, ground almonds, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and stir together. Then pour in the wet ingredients and stir until everything has just come together. The batter will seem a little thick but this is a good thing because the sweet potatoes will release moisture as they cook.

Spoon the mixture into a well greased 12 hole muffin tin. Bake for 20 mins at 180C/375F or until they are well-risen and golden. Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before you attempt to turn them out.

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