Yam and Jam Muffins

Sweet potatoes pack vitamin A into these low-fat muffins. Great as a snack or for dessert.

Yam and Jam Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins Prep 20 mins Cool 25 mins Bake 400°F 18 mins


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 of a 17-ounce can sweet potatoes, drained (about 1 cup)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup fruit jam or preserves (such as plum, strawberry, peach, or apricot)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 recipe Jam Icing (see recipe below)

Make It

1. Lightly grease twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper bake cups; set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

3. In another bowl mash the drained sweet potatoes with a fork. Stir in egg, milk, jam, and oil. Add sweet potato mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy).

4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups. Cool slightly. Drizzle muffins with Jam Icing and, if desired, top with additional jam or preserves. Makes 12 muffins.

Jam Icing

Yield: 1/4 cup


  • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fruit jam or preserves (such as plum, strawberry, peach, or apricot)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons milk

Make It

Jam Icing:

1. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, fruit jam or preserves (such as plum, strawberry, peach, or apricot), vanilla, and enough milk to make icing of drizzling consistency. Makes about 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 215, Fat, total (g): 6, chol. (mg): 19, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 39, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 3, vit. A (IU): 1166, vit. C (mg): 3, sodium (mg): 174, calcium (mg): 61, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.