With a hint of sweetness and accents of seasonal spices, these Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins topped with Cashew Cardamom Cream are just plain heavenly!
Hello hungry friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I thank those who have stuck with me through some tough times this year and are still subscribed to my newsletter. 2019 has been one of the worst years of my life. My mother passed away in March and it has literally torn my life apart. I have been plagued with depression and anxiety and last night, when the feelings were especially severe, I thought about creating something comforting to help me make it through the night. Hence these Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins topped with Cashew Cardamom Cream. All I can say is they were just what the doctor ordered!
These Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins are the perfect addition to any fall table and pair splendidly with a hot cup of coffee or some delicious, unsweetened almond milk (my absolute favorite nut milk). As versatile as they are tasty, serve them for breakfast, at snack time or as an after-dinner dessert; no matter when you eat them, your taste buds will dance with joy.
Ingredients: What to Shop For
I was lucky when I made this recipe; I had all the ingredients on hand in my pantry, including 2 sweet potatoes that I bought a couple of weeks ago that were just loitering in my fridge without a purpose. If you need to shop for the ingredients to make these Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins, here’s a shopping list:
- Sweet potatoes
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Coconut sugar
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup
- Lemon juice
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Sea salt
- Ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom
- Raw whole cashews
How to Make Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins
Here’s a lil’ step-by-step:
- Prepare muffin tins by lining them with liners or lightly oiling them. Set aside.
- The most important part of this recipe is the sweet potato puree. Bake your sweet potatoes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. They’re done when you can easily pierce each one with a fork. Allow to cool. Peel and mash with a potato masher until there are no more lumps. A word of caution: if you put in the blender, your sweet potatoes will become a sloggy mess!
- Lower the heat of your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the following ingredients – sweet potato puree, almond milk, coconut sugar, water, olive oil, maple syrup and lemon juice – to a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until ingredients are well-blended. You can also use a hand mixer or fork, as long as you blend completely.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and spices. If you don’t have a sifter, a fork will do.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixing bowl and combine on medium speed. Mix for several minutes until a nice, smooth batter appears.
- Spoon muffin batter equally into your lined or oiled muffin tins.
- Bake in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. They’re done when a toothpick, inserted in the middle, comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack for about 30 minutes. Once cool, gently remove each muffin from the pan and place on platter to frost.
- The Cashew Cardamom Cream is super easy. Just throw soaked cashews, maple syrup, almond milk, cardamom, vanilla and sea salt into a food processor. Hit the high button and process for about 4-5 minutes (be sure to soak your cashews overnight to get a smooth blend).
- Now, frost each muffin with Cashew Cardamom Cream, top with a few slivered almonds and enjoy!
With a hint of sweetness and accents of seasonal spices, these Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins w/ Cashew Cardamom Cream are just plain heavenly!
For the Muffins
- 2 sweet potatoes (baked until fork-tender and then pureed)
- 3/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup filtered water
- 1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
- 2 tbsp dark maple syrup (Grade A preferred)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (juice from half a lemon)
- 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinammon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
For the Cashew Cardamom Cream
- 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews (preferrably soaked overnight)
- 1/4 cup dark maple syrup (preferrably Grade A)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
For the Garnish
- 3 tbsp slivered almonds (for garnish)
For the Muffins
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit/204 degrees Celsius. Lightly oil 2 trays of muffin tins or use liners like I did. Set aside.
- In your mixer, combine on low speed the sweet potato puree, almond milk, coconut sugar, water, olive oil, maple syrup and lemon juice.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder & baking soda, salt and spices. If you don't have a sifter, just stir well with a fork.
- Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients in your mixer bowl. Use a spatula to scrape the sides while mixing well for a couple of minutes on medium speed.
- Spoon evenly in your oiled or lined muffin tins.
- Bake for about 20 minutes (depending upon your oven), or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool, pan and all, on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes. Once cool, remove muffins from pan and set on tray to get ready for the Cashew Cardamom Cream.
For the Cashew Cardamom Cream
- To a food processer using the S-shaped blade, add cashews, maple syrup, almond milk, cardamom, vanilla and sea salt. Process on high until creamy, 4-5 minutes or more, depending upon how well you soaked your cashews.
The Grand Finale
- Using a knife, frost each muffin with a generous amount of Cashew Cardamom Cream. Top with slivered almonds and enjoy!
- Beware using a blender to make sweet potato puree. A potato masher, pastry cutter of fork will yield better results.
- Use more or less of the spices to suit your taste.
- Store in sealed container in fridge for up to a week. I haven’t tried freezing, but if you do freeze, do so before they are frosted and frost after defrosting. Does that make sense?
- Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
- Cuisine: American
Did you make this recipe? I’d love to see how it turned out! Be sure to take a photo and tag it #VeganVigilante1 on Instagram.
Have suggestions on how to make these Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins even better? Please leave some comment love at the end of the post to share with the rest of us!
Looking for more vegan breakfast ideas? Check these out:
- Easy Vegan Overnight Oats
- Pecan-Crusted Red, White and Blue French Toast
- Sweet Potato Oatmeal topped w/ Coconut Whipped Cream
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