Sweet Potato & Five Spice Muffins

One of the recipes of Gwyneth Paltrow’s I’ve always wanted to make are her Sweet Potato & Five Spice Muffins. I finally found myself with all the ingredients and decided it was time to give them a go!

I woke up starving and still needed to cook the sweet potatoes, so I had a three berry and spinach smoothie for breakfast instead and saved these guys for a mid-day snack. They turned out pretty darn delicious, so I was happy to find the recipe already published online so that I could share it with you!

2015/01/img_5338.jpgHere are the instructions courtesy of The Rachel Ray Show:


  • 1 large sweet potato (I used two small ones)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup good quality maple syrup or xylitol, plus 2 extra tablespoons for brushing the muffins
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (if the flour doesn’t include xanthin gum, add 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


Preheat the oven to 400F. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a paring knife or fork. Bake until soft (when a paring knife can cut through with zero resistance), about 1 hour. Set the sweet potato aside until its completely cool.

Peel the sweet potato, discard the skin and mash the flesh in a mixing bowl with a fork. Whisk the olive oil, almond milk, maple syrup or xylitol, and vanilla into the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, five-spice powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and evenly distribute the muffin batter among the cups.

Bake at 400F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, brushing the tops with extra maple syrup during the last 5 minutes of baking. Let the muffins cool before serving.


2 thoughts on “Sweet Potato & Five Spice Muffins

    • I know! I am mildly obsessed with sweet potatoes so I was particularly excited to try this one. I’m kind of tempted to try substituting them in more recipes!

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