rydra_wong: Half a fig with some blue cheese propped against it. (food -- fig and cheese)
rydra_wong ([personal profile] rydra_wong) wrote in [community profile] playeatsleep2013-10-09 06:38 pm
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Unsweetened sweet potato berry muffins

Okay, this is kind of cool.

Having said I'm British and unable to get my head round treating sweet potatoes as a sweet food in the way that US-ians seem to, of course I was immediately seized by perversity and set about trying to do just that -- and more specifically, trying to see if I could use sweet potatoes to make sweet fruit muffins without the use of any added sugar/sweeteners.

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300g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
62.5 g coconut flour
62.5g tapioca flour (apologies for the fiddly measurements; I doubt you have to be this precise -- basically, you want 125 g of flour in total, roughly half-and-half coconut and tapioca)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp coconut oil
3 large eggs
250g berries (I've been using a mixture of blueberries and blackberries, which works well, but obviously you can go with whatever you fancy)

Optional: 40g whey protein powder.

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Boil the sweet potatoes for 10-12 minutes (until tender to the point of a knife), then mash them with the coconut oil.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the sweet potato mash and work it in (I resorted to hands rather than implements for this).

Beat the eggs and mix them in.

Stir in the berries (this is a really gorgeous moment if you're mixing blue/purple berries into bright orange batter).







I aimed to end up with some of the berries squished and mixed through the batter, some whole.

Spoon the mixture into muffin cups. This makes about nine muffins.

Bake at 185 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.

Results:





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Note: these are mildly sweet rather than very sweet, in a nice fruity-muffin type way.

I like them as is, but if you have a sweeter tooth, you may find you want to add a bit of sugar/honey/your sweetener of choice (maybe a sprinkle of coconut sugar on the tops of the muffins before baking would add nice crunch?).

See what you think, and let me know -- I'm curious as to how other people find them.