Purple Sweet Potato Paleo Muffins with Rosemary + Golden Raisins

I love experimenting with ingredients I’ve never tried before, and purple sweet potatoes are one new food that I immediately wanted to eat again. I had expected them to taste more or less the same as regular orange sweet potatoes, but their unique flavor blew my expectations out of the water. Of course, once I tasted them, I knew I couldn’t stop with puree. As usual, I had to turn them into muffins.

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Purple sweet potatoes taste even sweeter than orange sweet potatoes, but they also claim an enticing vanilla flavor and a slightly smoky kick. After roasting, the potatoes were incredibly sticky (and prone to staining things, beware!) I couldn’t stop sneaking spoonfuls of sweet potato puree as I baked.

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Whenever I set out to make a paleo muffin, I start with this recipe for pumpkin-almond muffins. You can usually substitute sweet potato for pumpkin and, depending on the consistency you want, vary the amount of flour used. The spices, of course, change every time.

I played with the recipe, substituting purple sweet potato puree for pumpkin, and adding complementary flavors: rosemary to enhance the earthiness of the tubers, golden raisins for sweetness and a little extra vanilla extract to play off the sweet potatoes’ natural flavor.

My favorite part of these muffins is the brilliant purple color, from the plain puree’s rich and royal hue to the lighter shade of the final product. Finding a natural, delicious food that produced such vivid natural food coloring was a treat. I’m already tempted to use them in more dishes, for the taste as well as the color, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

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As they bake, the orange-gold top of each muffin cracks open to reveal a vivid purple interior. Oddly enough, the color fades over time. The muffins were at their brightest (and tastiest) when they were fresh out of the oven. Over the course of a day or two, they do become sweeter. I’ve found that most baked goods made with squash, pumpkin or root vegetables tend to sweeten over time.

These muffins are solid, and they won’t rise much as they bake. They’re sturdy enough to throw in a baggie in your lunch bag or grab as you rush out the door in the morning. While the outside is firm and nicely browned, the inside is delicate with a great crumb. Golden raisins burst as you bite in, which is my favorite part of baking with dried fruit.

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You will love yourself forever if you serve these muffins warm from the oven, smeared with butter or maybe even goat cheese. This was the perfect baking project for a snow day, which it seems like we’ll have more of this winter!

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins with Rosemary & Golden Raisins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 10 muffins

1 muffin

Paleo muffins made with brilliant purple sweet potato puree


  • 1 cup purple sweet potato puree
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


Preheat the oven to 350°F and start by beating the eggs in a large mixing bowl. When they are evenly combined, add puree, vanilla extract, honey and almond butter and stir until evenly combined.

Stir in almond meal, baking powder, rosemary and salt; then add golden raisins and combine.

Place foil muffin cups in 10 holes of a muffin pan or grease the muffin pan with coconut oil. Distribute batter evenly between the 10 cups.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in one muffin comes out clean.


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  • http://alwayskara.blogspot.com/ Kara | As Always, Kara

    Love that color! I haven’t tried purple sweet potatoes but have always been pretty curious about them. Your description of sweet, vanilla-y, and slightly smokey sounds amazing.

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      I was so surprised; I expected them to be exactly the same as the orange ones. I really want to find them again!

  • Valerie

    Where can I buy purple sweet potatoes?

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      I found them at Mariano’s, which is a big “fresh market” grocery store in Chicago. I would see if you can find them at Whole Foods, TJ’s (depends on the store) or a farmer’s market.

  • GreenDoorHospitality

    Purple sweet potatoes!!! They sound so good, must find and try!

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Woohoo! Let me know if you try them. :)

  • Sarah | For the Love of Chow

    Amazing! I need to get back into baking….these look delish.

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      I was very tempted to make (and eat) more tonight with regular orange potatoes!

  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    Whoa, these look amazing! I’ve never had purple sweet potatoes but I am sold. Also, they seem a bit like beets, staining everything in sight :)

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Ooh, using beets is an interesting idea too. Definitely earthier and less sweet but they have a stunning color of their own. And yes, it seems impossible to get beet juice off my hands after cutting them!

  • http://www.leanerbythelake.com/ eileen | leaner by the lake

    These sort of blew my mind. I’ve never gotten around to sweet potato puree and I really need to. Because I also want to make those brownies!

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Yeah girl! It’s so easy; usually I honestly forget that I have a few sweet potatoes around, see them start to get a little shriveled, and decide to make puree. So much good comes out of it!

  • Kristen from Gadabout Food

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m honored that you used my recipe and made such a unique and beautiful twist to the originial!

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Kristen, thanks for tweeting the recipe too! This ratio of almond flour to nut butter to puree has worked every time, no matter what flavors I throw at it.

  • http://www.nutritiontofruition.com/ Samantha Scruggs

    Wow!! These look amazing. Although with my recent incident with honey (http://www.nutritiontofruition.com/just-because-its-paleo/) I think I’m going to stick with maple syrup as my sweetener of choice 😉

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Yikes, that sounds awful! I can vouch for maple syrup though; I’ve tried it in this recipe and it works just fine.

  • Joannabanana1989 .

    so cute!!! love the flavor combination in here. i’ve never seen purple sweet potatoes before. the color is just beautiful.

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Baking with them was so much fun! Going paleo has introduced me to so many vegetables (and weird uses for them, like baking sweets) that I’d never considered using before.

  • http://www.therheeldaze.com/ RheelDaze

    I just read about purple sweet potatoes like two seconds ago for the first time and then I check out your blog and here they are! These look ridiculously delicious. I am definitely trying this recipe. Are purple sweet potatoes in any grocery now? I’ve never seen them before but then, I’ve never looked.

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Perfect timing! I found the purple sweet potatoes at Mariano’s, a semi-nice but regular chain grocery store in Chicago. I’ve read online that people have found them at Whole Foods and TJ’s with varying degrees of success. I’ve only seen the tricolor mini potatoes (which include purple, but they aren’t the same as these) at TJ’s. Maybe an Asian grocery store would be a good bet–there are a couple near me that always magically have exactly the vegetable I’m looking for.

      • http://eatwellpartyhard.com/ Claire Suellentrop

        Was stopping by to let you know that Kelly and I were getting all psyched about your use of purple sweet potatoes here, and look at that–she beat me to it! I’d written about them because moving to China was the first I’d ever seen of them.

        Our conversation’s over here ( Sorry about the weird-looking link, full transition to WordPress is still in progress.

        • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

          I love it! I need to locate more of them ASAP. Since finding a huge quantity on sale, I haven’t seen them anywhere and am bumming out. Then again, I have a weird love for grocery shopping so this gives me an excuse to scope out more places around the city.

          Also, that sweet potato butter looks AMAZING! I suspect that if I made that, I would consume it all in a sitting. Health in the new year, yo.

  • http://www.thebaubledept.blogspot.com/ Allison

    Yum! This recipe sounds delicious! Sweet potatoes are one of my absolute favorite foods, but I’ve never some across purple sweet potatoes before! I’m going to have to start looking harder! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

      Purple sweet potatoes are worth trying! I think this would be great with regular sweet potatoes too, and maybe different spices.

  • Kristin

    yum! i actually have all the ingredients here (and a snow day) and think I’m going to try and make these today! they’ll be a perfect breakfast supplement for next week!

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