Gwyneth’s Sweet Potato & 5 Spice Muffins

Sweet Potato & 5 Spice Muffins in the Thermomix by Boiled Eggs and Soldiers

Ah Gwyneth Paltrow, do you love her or indifferent? I love her idea of Sweet Potato & 5 Spice Muffins!  They really are yummy. They are delicious for breakfast, brunch, recess,morning tea, afternoon tea or as an after school snack.  They are healthy and full of yummy flavour, don’t let the Chinese 5 spice in them put you off making it for the kids, mine seem to love them and the sweet potato, maple syrup combination wins every time.

If your kids are fussy about vegetables this is a good way of getting one into them without them really knowing (hopefully!).

Sweet Potato & 5 Spice Muffins by Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

Since finding out one of our daughters isn’t so good with gluten a few years ago I tried out a lot of recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s “It’s All Good” cook book. While I don’t think that I could ever even begin to imagine (or want to for that matter) cutting out all the foods that Gwyneth does (even though I’d love to look as good as her, we all know that is never going to happen, I’m not blonde or blue eyed for starters…) there are some good recipes in the book.  I have a little bit more to say about the book here when I wrote a little review, (a long time ago now!).

Anyway, back to the muffins. The original recipe uses almond milk which I switched for normal milk given that we are not allowed anything nut related at the girls school and I’ve also made them with wholemeal plain flour as well as gluten free in the past, both taste great.  I’ve put Gwyneth’s recipe (with my variations, they are no longer vegan) first and then I’ve adapted it for the Thermomix so scroll on down for that one.  Either way I think they are definitely worth making, my fussy “I don’t like sweet potato” child scoffs them down.  Will you try?

Tip: You can freeze these for about 2 months in snap lock or sealed freezer bags and defrost them in the lunch box.

Another Tip: I usually make these when I do a big batch of sweet potato mash for dinners like Spiced Shepherds Pie, Lime Mustard Chicken, or when I’m cooking jacket potatoes or doing a roast dinner I’ll throw and extra one in for these muffins so that there is minimal effort required when I actually make them.

Regular method up first but scroll on down if you want the Thermomix version.

What you need:

1 large sweet potato (about a cup of cooked)
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
1/2 C of unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
3/4 C of good quality maple syrup, plus extra for brushing the tops
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 C of flour (of your choice)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 Tbs Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 tsp sea salt

What you do:

Boil a large pot of water and cook the sweet potato until soft, & mash them. Set aside until completely cool.

Preheat the oven and line a 12 hole muffin tin with liners.

Whisk the oil, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in with the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, five spice, and salt. Fold dry ingredients in with the wet.

Evenly distribute the batter amongst the muffin cups. (I found that when I used a really big sweet potato it made 18 muffins)

Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool before serving & enjoy!

Sweet potato & Chinese 5 spice muffins by Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

Gwyneth’s Sweet Potato & 5 Spice Muffins - Thermomix


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 100 g olive oil
  • 110 g milk of your choice
  • 220 g maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 270 g flour of your choice, I used gluten free
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chinese 5 spice powder


  1. Boil a large pot of water to cook the sweet potatoes once soft, mash or make sweet potato mash in the Thermomix as you would normal mashed potato. Set the sweet potato aside until it's completely cool (can be made ahead)
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 & Line a 12 hole muffin tin with liners
  3. Add the olive oil, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract to the sweet potato & combine 10 seconds / speed 3.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder & soda and Chinese 5 spice and mix 5 seconds / reverse / speed 5 You may need to help with the spatula and then give it another 5 seconds / reverse / speed 5.
  5. Distribute the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let the muffins cool before serving & enjoy

Do you like Gwyneth’s cook books? Do you hide Veggies in food? Do you like yourself a muffin? 


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4 comments on “Gwyneth’s Sweet Potato & 5 Spice Muffins

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 17, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I love hiding veggies in food and you know how I love a muffin! Win, win! I’ve baked a lot with pumpkin but never with sweet potato so I’ll have to give these a go? Talking of sweet potato, have you tried Sweet Potato Toast yet? Yum!

    • Vicki
      June 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      I will give the sweet potato toast a go in the morning just to add to my total abundance of sweet potato this week – can’t get enough of it!!

  2. Kim @zonktdesigns
    June 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Yum! I’d smash these! Live a good hidden Vege in food. Theses look totally sweet!!

    • Vicki
      June 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Ha, ha yes they are!

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