Sweet Potato, Banana and Cinnamon Muffins

Sweet Potato, Banana and Cinnamon muffins

I thought I would begin my mission to get some healthier cooking with kids recipes out there by starting with a muffin. These are gluten free and could be dairy free if you replace the butter with more coconut oil. They also contain vegetables and fruit, and are moist, sweet and delicious too.

BB is only 2 at the time of writing, but he helped out with the mashing, mixing, putting the cake cases into the tray and had a go at putting the mixture into the cases too (that got a bit messy, and I took over when he had a case stuck to his hand and said "Mummy help!"

I should also mention that I originally got the inspiration for this recipe here, but have adapted it quite a bit, as you will see.


1 large sweet potato, peeled, cooked and mashed
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup butter (substitute with coconut oil for a dairy free version)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup ground almond
1/2 cup ground flax seed,
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 generous teaspoon baking powder
cinnamon and ginger to taste
2 tbsp honey
3 eggs
a few drops vanilla essence


  • The sweet potato can be baked, boiled or steamed (you will need to do this for your kids whichever method you use). I steam mine.
  • Mash the cooked sweet potato and banana, then add the butter and coconut oil to the hot mixture, this will melt the fat and help it mix in
  • Add all the dry ingredients and mix well by hand or with an electric hand blender
  • Add the honey, eggs and vanilla essence and mix some more until you have a smooth blended mixture (note I add the eggs last so that the sweet potato has cooled down a bit - don't want to cook the eggs just yet!).
  • Place in paper cases in a muffin tray and bake at 200ÂșC for about 25 mins, or until a wooden cocktail stick emerges clean.
  • Cool on a wire tray and resist them for as long as you can (we were blowing on ours!).

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.


  1. These look great! My kids would love them. Definitely going to give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great! I'd love to hear how they turn out for you - they were a bit of an experiment but worked out brilliantly. They were a big hit here, with non-paleo friends as well as BB and me. Much more satisfying than a regular muffin too.

  3. Barb @ A Life in BalanceAugust 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Wow! I need to try these! I cooked some sweet potatoes on Thursday, and did nothing with them. We also have 2 bananas needing to be used up.